Very strange problem with Mulitface II
I am using the Multiface on a cardbus adapter since years without issues. Long ago, i used it with PCI at a desktop, too.
Now i got a new desktop for recording an mixing in my home studio because I still have the PCI card. I build the system with same architecture (amd64) as on the laptop. Everything worked at first..
Because the Multiface is build in a case, it was painful to switch the cables between cardbus and PCI usage. Therefore i build an firewire extension with Neutrik connector where the Multiface was connect with 1m cable internally. Because the length is critical I tested with both cards:
On cardbus it works like everytime. On PCI the firmware was loaded (yellow lights blinking) but I cant start hdspmixer (1.0.23), it crashes with buffer overflow - although I can use the card, start jack, record, everything ! - but hdspmixer doesnt work anymore.
Therefore i switched back to the old hardware config, with means, i connected to firewire cable directly to the Multiface .. but the hdspmixer issue still exists !!!
Afterthat i upgraded alsa-tools to 1.0.24. Trying again, hdspmixer says: "uninitialized RME card found" use hdsploader and so on. hdsploader says "Hwdep ioctl error on card hw:1" which normally means, the firmware wasn´t loaded, but it was ! I can start jack, i can use Ardour and I can record but i cant start hdspmixer, which is a showstopper, as you now, because the Multiface keeps silent :(
Does anybody has an idea what this could be? I am already thinking about an hardware issue. When struggling with the cables i accidently unplugged the firewire cable while the computer was running, could this have been damaged my PCI card?