[RDD] USB audio woes

Rob Landry 41001140 at interpring.com
Tue May 10 06:37:02 EDT 2016

On Tue, 10 May 2016, Cowboy wrote:

> I've been ( on and off ) searching for a way to reset the USB buss 
> without a reboot, and sometimes a hard reboot. The problem seems to be 
> that while there are various "solutions" out there for resetting the 
> kernel's idea of the USB buss, there seems to be nothing for resetting 
> the BIOS idea of the USB buss without reloading BIOS, hence a reboot.

I have a computer deployed on Cape Cod that has a Stellar Labs 555-17815 
balanced USB audio interface that is driving me nuts. The machine is in a 
studio and is used to run RDAirplay and RDPanel by DJ's. It is left idle 
overnight, when the radio station is fed from a Rivendell machine at the 
transmitter site, and often someoen will come into the studio, start 
RDAirplay, and it won't play because Rivendell no longer sees the 
interface. Stopping and restarting the Rivendell daemons fixes the 

I have thought of running RDAirplay from a script that stops/restarts the 
daemons before launching the program, but that requires root privileges, 
and I don't want them running anything as root.

I am thinking of taking the machine out of service and substituting 
something with a non-USB audio interface. Oddly, an identical machine off 
Cape doesn't have the problem (why do weird, inexplicable problems always 
happen on Cape Cod?).

> In your case, I'm wondering if you simply unplug the USB connector, wait
> a minute, and plug it back in, does that work ?

If the device gets its power from the USB connector, then yes, that 
usually works.

However, one machine I'm saddled with has a Focusrite Scarlett 6x2 audio 
interface that is powered externally. It won't be recognized by the OS 
until it is power-cycled. Booting the computer or unplugging/replugging 
the USB connector will not make the interface visible, only unplugging and 
replugging the interface's AC power cord.


Я там, где ребята толковые,
Я там, где плакаты "Вперёд",
Где песни рабочие новые
Страна трудовая поёт.

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