View Full Version : [ubuntu] Xonar 1.3 HDav Slim

August 19th, 2009, 01:03 PM
Just recently purchased this great sound card, but unfortunately I cannot get it to work in Ubuntu. It sounds fantastic in windows, but I really want to get it running under linux.

Has anyone had success with this?

August 31st, 2009, 09:46 AM
I will buy the deluxe version soon & will try to get it working.
If I find anything out I'll let you know.

Likewise keep us all posted if you find a solution!


September 4th, 2009, 03:28 PM
Thanks jalyst, will do.

September 21st, 2009, 06:00 PM
Have a look here and this site in general

I recall one of the main devs saying that there won't ever be support for hdmi on the on the hdav & hdav deluxe, only analogue.
So that means no support at all for the slim as it's only digital....

I could be wrong though, it was a while ago and a lot of other stuff has gone through my head...

Sign up to the alsa-users mail-list
you can get more advice there, I think there's even an IRC channel.

I may not be getting a hdav deluxe if i can find out what's happening with the freakin Essence ST deluxe!

September 23rd, 2009, 12:44 PM
Thanks for the info Jalyst. It would be sad if they don't support this card, it really has excellent sound quality and is a top notch HTPC solution.

Unfortunately that means I'll have to stick with Windows for now, which I hate, but the difference in sound quality between the Asus and my onboard is a show stopper for me. However, saying that, I'm wondering if I convert my HD audio content to FLAC (HD audio really being the reason I went to the ASUS card) and see how it sounds on my other sound card...

I'll keep an eye on the Alsa site though, hopefully they'll come up with a solution in the near future.

Thanks again!

September 23rd, 2009, 12:57 PM
no worries, all the best!

October 11th, 2009, 12:09 AM
I think the HDAV slim may be supported soon (maybe next Alsa release), as it uses the same processor as the Deluxe (AV200).

I think you can get HDMI, sound + video, by using your GFX card DVI output, and DVI-HDMI adapter (usually supplied with your GFX card), at least it was with mine (Nvidia GTX285) & SPDIF. Depends if you need audio via HDMI, or have a separate surround amp. Bit of a fudge, i know.

Clemens mentions this here.

I have a HDAV1.3 Deluxe, and there is a problem with the latest Alsa drivers (alsa-lib-1.021a & alsa-driver-1.021). Sound does not work after re-boot. However alsa-lib-1.020 & alsa-driver-1.020 seem to work ok for SPDIF and Analogue audio out.

Keep an eye on the xonar driver status on the Matrix page, as there seems to be frequent changes, and the slim may be included quite soon.

You will have to update your Alsa drivers, when it is.

edit. The Essence is now supported.

October 11th, 2009, 04:14 AM
oh sweet, I'm getting the ST + H6 6.1 expansion card!
Dont care much about digi passthrough, I'm intending to make my htpc the AVR.
LT will also be getting PCI digi amp card.

The Essence is now supported.

October 11th, 2009, 04:18 AM
LOL that's my email to him, forgot everything he said.

Clemens mentions this here.

October 20th, 2009, 02:24 PM
Ah, that would be sweet! I'll keep my eye out on Alsa.