Re: [alsa-devel] [PATCH] ASoC: fsl_ssi: call _fsl_ssi_set_dai_fmt() just once in AC'97 mode

From: Maciej S. Szmigiero
Date: Tue Nov 21 2017 - 06:27:35 EST

On 21.11.2017 02:14, Nicolin Chen wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 01:32:09AM +0100, Maciej S. Szmigiero wrote:
>> On 21.11.2017 01:00, Nicolin Chen wrote:
>>> On Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 11:13:45PM +0100, Maciej S. Szmigiero wrote:
>> (..)
>>>> We need to make sure, however, that only proper channel slots are enabled
>>>> at playback start time since some AC'97 CODECs (like VT1613) were observed
>>>> requesting via SLOTREQ (and so enabling at SSI) spurious ones just after
>>>> an AC'97 link is started but before the CODEC is configured by its driver.
>>> I don't really understand this part. Why do we need to *make sure*
>>> and set SACCDIS and SACCEN again since they're initialized already>
>>> Could you please elaborate a bit more?
>> SACCDIS and SACCEN aren't just normal registers.
>> They are a way to disable or enable bits in SACCST register - writing
>> a '1' bit at some position in SACCDIS unsets the relevant bit in SACCST,
>> writing a '1' bit at some position in SACCEN sets the relevant bit in
>> But a bit in SACCST can also be set (and so an AC'97 channel slot
>> enabled) if a CODEC sets the relevant bit in its SLOTREQ request (it is
>> enough if this bit was set in SLOTREQ just once, bits in SACCST are
>> 'sticky').
> This makes sense now. It could be mentioned a bit in the commit log
> as well.

Will do.

>> If an extra slot gets enabled that's a disaster for playback because some
>> of normal left or right channel samples are instead redirected to this
>> extra slot.
>> Unfortunately, the VT1613 codec on UDOO board (which is the only user of
>> fsl_ssi driver in the AC'97 mode) is a bit broken and likes to (sometimes)
>> set extra bits in its SLOTREQ request - I've confirmed this on two boards
>> bought a few months apart directly from UDOO shop.
>> A workaround implemented in fsl-asoc-card of setting an appropriate
>> CODEC register so that slots 3/4 (the normal stereo playback slots) are
>> used for S/PDIF seems to mostly fix this issue but since this codec is so
>> untrustworthy then:
> If this move is also a workaround, probably it'd be better to have
> an fsl_ssi_ac97_xxx_war() function with some comments/descriptions,
> and include it in the config(). Since it doesn't hurt to set these
> registers again, I am personally fine with that. But it needs to be
> clear -- otherwise, people may try to remove it later with a change
> like: Removing redundant SACCEN/SACCDIS settings since they're done
> during probe().

That's a good point, will do.