Page 3 of 68 FirstFirst 123451353 ... LastLast
Results 21 to 30 of 680

Thread: How-To: Creative X-Fi

  1. #21
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    wrong planet
    Beans
    746
    Distro
    Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

    Re: How-To: Creative X-Fi

    Quote Originally Posted by NullHead View Post
    They finally broke and released datasheets to both OSS and ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture).
    When did this happen? And is the development by Alsa for the Xfi active or dead?

    Oss, obviously, has released a driver before ALSA has even started development. Therefore I choose not to have Creative's section included on this page anymore. It causes users too much trauma trying to get it to work and OSS works great anyways.
    Did you find a way to get hardware mixing with the Xfi drivers and OSS4 or are you doing without that?
    Linux Advanced Guides and News!
    http://linuxinnovations.blogspot.com/

    Green means go, Yellow means faster, Red means don't stop.

  2. #22
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    An Aperture Science Lab
    Beans
    1,287

    Re: How-To: Creative X-Fi

    Quote Originally Posted by go_beep_yourself View Post
    When did this happen? And is the development by Alsa for the Xfi active or dead?



    Did you find a way to get hardware mixing with the Xfi drivers and OSS4 or are you doing without that?
    You can check in alsa's card matrix for support from the Alsa team, but I doubt it'll happen any time soon.

    I've been doing without hardware mixing. I use OSS and it works very well. I'm actually using a compiled source from OSS's git tree. This works very well for me.

    I guess the only thing can tell you if you want a fully supported sound card is to go back to windows Sorry to be so blunt, but OSS is as good as it gets for the X-Fi at the moment.
    I reject your reality and substitute my own.

  3. #23
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    wrong planet
    Beans
    746
    Distro
    Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

    Re: How-To: Creative X-Fi

    Quote Originally Posted by NullHead View Post
    Try disabling ESD through the menu system, System>Preferences>Sound>Sounds, and restart your computer.

    Is that similar to the hardware mixing Alsa does? Can you have sound from multiple applications at once using that with OSS4?
    Linux Advanced Guides and News!
    http://linuxinnovations.blogspot.com/

    Green means go, Yellow means faster, Red means don't stop.

  4. #24
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Beans
    10,548

    Re: How-To: Creative X-Fi

    OSS4 uses vmix for multiple sounds (ALSA uses dmix and doesn't necessarily do hardware mixing). You need to build OSS4.1rc2 according to the guide if you want vmix to work properly on your X-fi, because it was just fixed recently: http://mercurial.opensound.com/?rev=X-fi

    ESD is used for system sounds in GNOME. I guess one can try to route multiple sounds through it, but most people/distros have moved away from this because of how crappy ESD is.
    Twoum + Twoum...

  5. #25
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    wrong planet
    Beans
    746
    Distro
    Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

    Re: How-To: Creative X-Fi

    I just installed oss4 using that guide (should be 4.1rc2 but I don't know how to check), and I have no sound from my X-fi. OSS seems to want to use my onboard audio only and that has nothing hooked up to it. http://pastebin.com/m676e663 I've been thinking about RMA the card but thought I should give this a try before deciding to do that, really tough call, can't get as good of a gaming sound card for xp in dual boot if I were to purchase something else.
    Last edited by go_beep_yourself; October 9th, 2008 at 05:15 AM.
    Linux Advanced Guides and News!
    http://linuxinnovations.blogspot.com/

    Green means go, Yellow means faster, Red means don't stop.

  6. #26
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Beans
    10,548

    Re: How-To: Creative X-Fi

    You can check your Build ID with:
    Code:
    ossinfo
    If you're not using your onboard audio, then disable it in the BIOS. The next time you boot into Linux, run:
    Code:
    sudo soundoff
    sudo ossdetect
    sudo soundon
    Make sure your speaker volume isn't too loud and run:
    Code:
    osstest
    Twoum + Twoum...

  7. #27
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    An Aperture Science Lab
    Beans
    1,287

    Re: How-To: Creative X-Fi

    Well OSS should work with your card, but I honestly wouldn't blame you if you returned it. If you end up returning it, I'd suggest you get this card to replace it. It has full out of the box support with ALSA. So what you see is what you get; least with that card anyways
    I reject your reality and substitute my own.

  8. #28
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    wrong planet
    Beans
    746
    Distro
    Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

    Re: How-To: Creative X-Fi

    There's a lot of talk about getting the X-fi's working with alsa lately on the alsa-devel mailing list. They even say there's a way to put the sound cards in hda compatibility mode and use them with alsa right now. They need hardware to test it on, donations to buy the hardware, so they can test it themselves, and people that will test the alsa drivers on. Read the thread "[alsa-devel] Will there ever be emu20k1/x-fi support in Alsa?" and all of the responses here.

    http://mailman.alsa-project.org/pipe...ead.html#11214
    Linux Advanced Guides and News!
    http://linuxinnovations.blogspot.com/

    Green means go, Yellow means faster, Red means don't stop.

  9. #29
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Beans
    2

    Re: How-To: Creative X-Fi

    If you look at the thread's at the alsa-devel mailinglist you will see that they now have a sort of beta ( backport ) driver for the X-fi series. You can find the thread's by looking for the key word “sbxfi”.
    The new driver has support for more of the functions of the X-fi then the OSS driver.

    Unfortunately I don have the time to test the driver myself. But maybe it could be of some use for somebody else here.

    The development of the driver is very active so I suggest to keep a close eye on it.

  10. #30
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    An Aperture Science Lab
    Beans
    1,287

    Re: How-To: Creative X-Fi

    Thanks, Kato_san.

    I have been keeping a very lose eye on it, but I won't test it until there's reported success stories. Until then, I won't spend any time testing it. There's other people that are active in Alsa's development that are more suited for that task than I.
    I reject your reality and substitute my own.

Page 3 of 68 FirstFirst 123451353 ... LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •