View Full Version : [ubuntu] Creative X-fi Surround 5.1 USB, not working properly?

February 4th, 2009, 12:52 AM
I bought a Creative X-fi Surround 5.1 USB, some time ago, for my windows machine, so it never was and never has been inteded for linux.
But i tried it on my linux box, out of curiosity, and it seems to be extremely buggy if it just pnp.

For starters, the sound is the same level always, the volume knob can't change it, the ubuntu sound controls can't change it. Secondly, it only runs in 2.1 mode, and therefore doesn't utilise the speakers properly.
Thirdly, the remote control is even more useless for linux than it is for windows. :P

So my question is, has anyone gotten this to work, and if so, does the remote and volume knob work aswell?

February 4th, 2009, 12:54 AM
I read about this somewhere, but I forget where it was. However, it did say something about Removing ALSA and installing......what was it....

February 4th, 2009, 01:27 AM
If you remeber do IM me :P
Been searching far and wide for a solution.

February 4th, 2009, 10:31 PM
I am thinking of getting one of those sometime, but if it won't work...then why should I...

I read about this somewhere, but I forget where it was. However, it did say something about Removing ALSA and installing......what was it....

Might you be thinking of Pulse-Audio mixer? That is what I use/used to get my usb speakers/headphones working. At any rate, try PulseAudio, and tell me if it works >.>

nagyon ribanc
April 2nd, 2009, 10:14 AM
Found something that might help (though I can't get it to work at all, which maybe my lack in knowledge in Open Source stuff)

Check http://opensource.creative.com/souncard.html which gives lots of info on different soundcards from Creative and how to get them to work in Linux distro's.

For the Creative X-fi 5.1 surround (USB) you can get a beta driver, which is not supported and also not on their site. (you'd expect it to be as they created it, but yeah ...) The download can be found here http://tweakers.net/meuktracker/17583/creative-sound-blaster-x-fi-118-beta.html
Be aware that if you are using Ubuntu they tested it on 7.10 so that is some time ago.

December 11th, 2009, 03:51 PM
I just got this device for Karmic and it worked great. I just plugged it in and went to sound preferences. Make sure under the hardware tab it has Analog Stereo Duplex (this works even for the Digital outs) and then slelect "SB_X-FI_Surround_5.1 Analog Streo" in the output tab. Unfortunately the volume knob does not work. I have mainly just tested the optical output, but if that works I am sure every other output works.

February 12th, 2010, 12:49 PM
any luck with the volume button?

forget the volume button, I can't get surround to work on karmic! did anyone manage to do it?

March 8th, 2010, 03:30 PM

Just an "UP" message, with goal to don't create a new subject.

Did anybody get his creative remote control working properly ?

I've tried several tutorials, but, while the sound works perfectly, the remote control is not in love with ubuntu...

Has anyone a new solution to this problem ?

I have also the RM-900B in stock, wich is knewn from lirc (who doesn't seem beginners friendly..)

Thanks a lot,


ps: sorry for bad english, my mother tongue is french ;)