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Re: Wolfson Audio card with Volumio

Postby tyres2 » Sat Apr 05 2014 08:57

Further progress on using the Wolfson card. I downloaded the custom Wolfson Raspian image created by Ragnar.Jensen on the element14.com website https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzIaxM ... sp=sharing (which is smaller than the massive official Wolfson download), flashed it to an SD card and booted up, and it recognised my Wolfson audio card.

I installed MPD and managed to get it to play a flac file using the Gnome Music Player as the client (in Ubuntu). Then I thought, Volumio is essentially a client for MPD, so couldn't I use that instead? Looking around I found the tutorial produced by Ebsy (of these forums) at http://typingoutloud.org/raspberry-pi-i ... io-pibang/. His tutorial is for installing Volumio on the PiBang distro, but I thought I'd give it a go and see if it works on Raspian. And guess what? It does! So I've now got the Volumio web-interface working with the Wolfson audio card. Possibly not all of Michelangelo's background operating system tweaks are there, but I'm happy anyway. Nice sound, nice interface!
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Re: Wolfson Audio card with Volumio

Postby pinacolada » Mon Apr 07 2014 01:47

Maybe a stupid question;
But did you also try it out with a normal Volumio distribution to see if it recognized the Wolfson card?
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Re: Wolfson Audio card with Volumio

Postby tyres2 » Mon Apr 07 2014 11:35

I can't remember if I did try it with the standard Volumio distribution. Probably not, as the card does require the Wolfson drivers to work, and I'm pretty sure they aren't in the Volumio distribution at the moment. They aren't even in the standard Raspian distribution right now, so it's unlikely they'd have made it into Volumio. However Wolfson and Element14 say they are working to get the drivers included into the official Raspbian distribution 'in the next few weeks'.
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Re: Wolfson Audio card with Volumio

Postby maestroji » Tue Apr 08 2014 13:32

I have tried Volumio with the Wolfson Audio Card and unfortunately it does not work.

As tyres2 mentioned the card does require the Wolfson drivers to work.
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Re: Wolfson Audio card with Volumio

Postby tyres2 » Tue Apr 08 2014 16:11

So, if you have the Wolfson card, what are you using with it? As I said, you can use Ragnar Jensen's version of the Wolfson image, which is a smaller download than the official Wolfson image (which is 4GB compressed!). However, using Ragnar's image does lock you into the kernel he is using, at least in the short term. But he also includes a standard Raspian kernel, which could be switched to (and I assume upgraded) when the Wolfson drivers make it into the offical Raspian distribution. And the Volumio Web-GUI can be installed on Ragnar's image (and presumably the offical Wolfson image too). I even rolled the 'look and feel' of Volumio back to the 'Raspyfi' look, which I prefer. I was actually still using Raspyfi before, as I found it worked better for my previous USB Dac set-up than Volumio did.
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Re: Wolfson Audio card with Volumio

Postby tyres2 » Fri Apr 11 2014 00:45

maestroji wrote:I have tried Volumio with the Wolfson Audio Card and unfortunately it does not work.

As tyres2 mentioned the card does require the Wolfson drivers to work.


However, I have just booted up the Raspyfi distribution using the replacement Wolfson kernel supplied by Ragnar Jensen in the Element14 forums (the Wolfson Audio Card section http://www.element14.com/community/comm ... wolfson_pi) . Ragnar gives an explanation in the 'Re: Wolfson modified Noobs raspbian zipped img Cannot unzip new download' thread of how you replace the standard kernel with the Wolfson kernel. The standard kernel is not overwritten, so you can switch back if it doesn't work.

Presumably the same process would work for Volumio. It appears to be a non-destructive way to try it out until the Wolfson drivers hopefully get included into Volumio.
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Re: Wolfson Audio card with Volumio

Postby MSH » Fri Apr 11 2014 09:41

in order to use Volumio i.c.w. this card you may try this: volumio-for-normal-pcs-t951.html#p3659
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Re: Wolfson Audio card with Volumio

Postby tyres2 » Fri Apr 11 2014 11:52

MSH wrote:in order to use Volumio i.c.w. this card you may try this: volumio-for-normal-pcs-t951.html#p3659


If you look back up this thread a little bit you'll see I already did that! It's good, but essentially installs the Volumio Web-GUI, without any of the O/S background tweaks that Michangelo has done (since I don't think we know what those tweaks are!). I may well implement Ebsy's Volumio install over my Raspyfi setup though (the Web-GUI part). I've got a lot of music on the card, so I don't want to flash it anew with Volumio. And what I've got now is working very well anyway. It's a delight to listen to.

Also that set-up (volumio-for-normal-pcs-t951.html#p3659) will only 'work with this card' (the Wolfson card) if you have the Wolfson drivers installed. Volumio by itself currently doesn't support the Wolfson card, as somebody else commented earlier in this thread.
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Re: Wolfson Audio card with Volumio

Postby trigg015 » Sat May 17 2014 01:37

Any news when Volumio will support the Wolfson card?
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Re: Wolfson Audio card with Volumio

Postby tyres2 » Sat May 17 2014 10:04

trigg015 wrote:Any news when Volumio will support the Wolfson card?


Not that I've heard. A few weeks ago Michelangelo said he was due to get a Wolfson card, but there's been very little if any activity from Michelangelo in the forums since then, let alone about the Wolfson.

You can use the Volumio Web-GUI with the Wolfson card, by installing it using this method http://typingoutloud.org/raspberry-pi-i ... io-pibang/

The example is for the PiBang distribution, but I found it works with a Raspyfi distribution that I've got (the predecessor of Volumio), and it may well work with a Volumio installation, or standard Raspian.

However, it is just the Web-GUI, not the full Volumio, so it may be missing some of Michangelo's O/S level tweaks. Having said that, my system sounds pretty good using Ragnar Jensen's custom Wolfson kernel and the Volumio Web-Gui.
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