audio driver autodetection

James Hawkins truiken at
Fri Oct 1 14:40:54 CDT 2004

> If you want to get a glimpse at what a proxy driver should be, look
> inside dlls/winmm/wavemap

Ok, thanks Eric.  I'll take a look at what we have and see if I can
come up with something useful.

On Fri, 01 Oct 2004 21:29:44 +0200, Eric Pouech <pouech-eric at> wrote:
> > I remember working on this a couple months ago.  I put the driver
> > detection in winmm.c, but that was wrong.  I can't remember exactly
> > what I was supposed to do to fix it...something like put the driver
> > detection in each driver.  I'm not really sure what that means or how
> > it would work if it does what I think it does.  Does it mean that we
> > load one driver, and if it doesn't detect its *nix counterpart then it
> > loads the next driver?  I would like to get to work on this task, so
> > if anyone has any pointers or ideas on this one, please let me know.
> >
> there were at that point two different discussions, which may boil down,
> someday, to the same thing:
> 1/ don't put driver detection in winmm. we want winmm to load drivers
> from the registry settings, so that it can be shared between, say, Wine
> and ReactOS. Each "OS" then decides how it's going to manage its
> drivers. Instead, for Wine, use a specific driver which will detect
> which hardware is present and then load the appropriate driver (and pass
> every message to it).
> 2/ most of current wine audio drivers look very similar and share a
> great deal of code. It may be interesting to only make a unique audio
> driver which is going to pickup the decent hardware interface in the
> underlying OS.
> Note: that doing 1/ is still compatible with current drivers. You keep
> them as they are. By default, wine will get a unique driver (the proxy
> as described above). For power users, you can still configure the
> registry and install the "physical" driver you want to use (and be
> better performance wise).
> If you want to get a glimpse at what a proxy driver should be, look
> inside dlls/winmm/wavemap (except for the driver loading, where you'll
> need to do it "by hand", as winmm does).
> A+

James Hawkins

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