[linux-audio-user] hdsploader

Robert Epprecht epprecht at solnet.ch
Mon Sep 22 08:29:00 EDT 2003

When using a RME Hammerfall DSP card (like in my case the pci interface
together with a multiface) the 'hdsploader' program from Thomas Charbonnel
is used to load the firmware into the card (that's what the README says).

I am not really sure if I do understand correctly what this means.
Would someone who really knows be so kind and correct me if I am wrong.

AFAIK hdsploader must be called once after booting the hardware and
after loading the snd-hdsp module. Without that snd-hdsp cannot work.

There is firmware on the RME website. I guess this firmware is *not* the
same as the one hdsploader loads into the card.  I guess, the RME firmware
is burnt into FLASH memory of either the interface card (pci or cardbus)
or the soundcard (digiface, multiface) or maybe both, while the firmware
hdsploader cares about seems to be stored in RAM of the soundcard (and/or
interface).  Is this correct?

Thanks a lot for helping me to understand,
Robert Epprecht

More information about the Linux-audio-user mailing list