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FS#48948 - [linux] 4.5-1 breaks Broadwell-U I2S Audio

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Brandon Thomas (uncon) - Thursday, 14 April 2016, 15:22 GMT
Last edited by Doug Newgard (Scimmia) - Thursday, 14 April 2016, 15:42 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Kernel
Status Closed
Assigned To No-one
Architecture All
Severity Medium
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 0
Private No


After upgrading the linux kernel (4.4.5-1 -> 4.5-1), the built-in I2S sound card (Intel Broadwell-U Audio Controller) on my Dell XPS 13 (9343) disappears.

This appears to be due to building the kernel with DW_DMAC_CORE as modular. Apparently, to enable SND_SOC_INTEL_BROADWELL_MACH, it must now be built-in. (Source:

# zcat /proc/config.gz | grep "DW_DMAC_CORE=\|DW_DMAC=\|DMADEVICES="

Additional info:
Rolling back to linux 4.4.5-1 resolves this issue.

Steps to reproduce:
1. Check for sound card in 4.4.5-1
# aplay -l -L | grep broadwell
card 1: broadwellrt286 [broadwell-rt286], device 0: System Playback/Capture (*) []
card 1: broadwellrt286 [broadwell-rt286], device 1: Offload0 Playback (*) []
card 1: broadwellrt286 [broadwell-rt286], device 2: Offload1 Playback (*) []

2. Upgrade to 4.5-1

3. Note the absence of the sound card
# aplay -l -L | grep broadwell
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Closed by  Doug Newgard (Scimmia)
Thursday, 14 April 2016, 15:42 GMT
Reason for closing:  Duplicate
Additional comments about closing:   FS#48936 

Confirmed by looking at the kernel configs. Please post your info over there.
Comment by Doug Newgard (Scimmia) - Thursday, 14 April 2016, 15:38 GMT
Same as  FS#48936 ?