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I'm trying to get the pHAT DAC to work with my Raspberry Pi Zero W on running Raspbian Jessie Lite 4.4, but I cannot get it to output any sound.

I followed Pimoroni's own tutorial and tried both the "Automated setup":

curl https://get.pimoroni.com/phatdac | bash

and the "Manual set up" so far, without luck.

Running aplay -l, after installing and rebooting, outputs this:

**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: sndrpihifiberry [snd_rpi_hifiberry_dac], device 0: HifiBerry DAC HiFi pcm5102a-hifi-0 []
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

But neither their test sounds, nor trying to play some local .wav files outputs any sound.

Do you have any advice on how to make it work?
Might I have screwed up the soldering?

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I have a Pi Zero Wireless running Raspbian Jessie Lite (4.4.50+) with a pHAT DAC. I ran the automated install -

curl https://get.pimoroni.com/phatdac | bash

At the end of running this script it asked me if I wanted to test it, (yes), and it successfully played the sounds through the headphones I had attached.

Running aplay -l gives me the same output as you:

pi@blackpi:~ $ aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: sndrpihifiberry [snd_rpi_hifiberry_dac], device 0: HifiBerry DAC HiFi pcm5102a-hifi-0 []
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0`

So... sounds like it might be your soldering ?...

  • Ok, thanks for the input. Isn't it weird though that aplay -l gives me any result at all? Or is that merely software configs, and doesn't have to do what is actually attached or not? – Johan Dettmar Mar 18 '17 at 17:27
  • Software / Config. When I remove the pHAT DAC, reboot and run aplay -l again, I get the same output... – KennetRunner Mar 18 '17 at 17:59

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