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  • #46
    Originally posted by vladsinger View Post
    EDIT: ExpressCard devices are treated as USB? Well, anyway, it shows up in lsusb as "Bus 003 Device 002: ID 041e:30d2 Creative Technology, Ltd"
    The slots have a few pins attached to the USB bus, which is why it shows up there.

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    • #47
      So it's not completely a USB device though? It doesn't show up in lspci at all.

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      • #48
        There's technically nothing stopping it from being USB-only, but using an entire card slot for a USB device seems pretty wasteful...

        Long shot, but have you tried just using the USB-audio driver?

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        • #49
          Originally posted by Ant P. View Post
          There's technically nothing stopping it from being USB-only, but using an entire card slot for a USB device seems pretty wasteful...

          Long shot, but have you tried just using the USB-audio driver?

          Just did, but I think I may have screwed it up. Anyway, when I look in dmesg it seems to be recognized as an input device for some reason...thinks it's a keyboard.

          [ 211.440117] usb 3-2: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 7
          [ 211.600560] usb 3-2: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
          [ 211.614156] ALSA /usr/src/alsa/alsa-driver-1.0.20/usb/usbaudio.c:2885: cannot find HEADER
          [ 211.614184] snd-usb-audio: probe of 3-2:1.0 failed with error -5
          [ 211.638850] input: Creative Technology Ltd SB X-Fi Notebook as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1a.0/usb3/3-2/3-2:1.3/input/input14
          [ 211.672255] generic-usb 0003:041E:30D2.0005: input,hidraw1: USB HID v1.11 Device [Creative Technology Ltd SB X-Fi Notebook] on usb-0000:00:1a.0-2/input3
          [ 211.679466] input: Creative Technology Ltd SB X-Fi Notebook as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1a.0/usb3/3-2/3-2:1.4/input/input15
          [ 211.708982] generic-usb 0003:041E:30D2.0006: input,hidraw2: USB HID v1.11 Keyboard [Creative Technology Ltd SB X-Fi Notebook] on usb-0000:00:1a.0-2/input4

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          • #50
            I think on-mobo sound cards have pretty much taken over. Comparing the sound quality of different sound chipsets would be interesting though.

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            • #51
              how do you benchmark this?

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              • #52
                With latest alsa driver snapshot is anybody getting these errors?
                Code:
                ctatc: Card not recognised
                ctxfi: Something wrong!!!
                SB-XFi: probe of 0000:06:01.0 failed with error -2
                I hope that they did not disable Auzen X-Fi PCI IDs.

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                • #53
                  Originally posted by hax0r View Post
                  With latest alsa driver snapshot is anybody getting these errors?
                  Code:
                  ctatc: Card not recognised
                  ctxfi: Something wrong!!!
                  SB-XFi: probe of 0000:06:01.0 failed with error -2
                  I hope that they did not disable Auzen X-Fi PCI IDs.
                  I get the same error with my Auzentech Prelude.
                  I've mailed the list about it.

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by drag View Post
                    Hrm.

                    I always thought that the quality of analog output rested mostly with the DAC chips on the sound card, were as those mods seem mostly to center around conditioning the power delivery.

                    Better DAC, better sound. That's about it.
                    On the Auzentech card the DACs are the best available and are also
                    user-upgradeable. If a better DAC comes out you can buy it yourself
                    or buy one of auzentech's upgrade kits.

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by cros13 View Post
                      I get the same error with my Auzentech Prelude.
                      I've mailed the list about it.
                      Oh nice, I mailed in too but did not see any other requests. Btw all X-Fi based cards should work now, hopefully this hack hits 2.6.31 upstream if it hasn't already .

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                      • #56
                        is it worth to buy a X-fi titanium PCIe to use on linux with the actual FOSS driver?

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                        • #57
                          Originally posted by Setlec View Post
                          is it worth to buy a X-fi titanium PCIe to use on linux with the actual FOSS driver?
                          It works fine. Don't expect to see a mixer panel and features you see on a older Audigy by any means but the basics work well.

                          BTW for those that are interested, I got Takashi Iwai to backport it, (he graciously took the 1/2 day to do so) into the openSUSE Factory kernel (which sits at 2.6.30) so in the next milestone release of 11.2 you should be able to start utilizing x-fi's even on the live cd's starting with that release.

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                          • #58
                            Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                            It works fine. Don't expect to see a mixer panel and features you see on a older Audigy by any means but the basics work well.

                            BTW for those that are interested, I got Takashi Iwai to backport it, (he graciously took the 1/2 day to do so) into the openSUSE Factory kernel (which sits at 2.6.30) so in the next milestone release of 11.2 you should be able to start utilizing x-fi's even on the live cd's starting with that release.

                            When you say the basics, does that include full 5.1/7.1 surround sound support?

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                            • #59
                              Originally posted by faemir View Post
                              When you say the basics, does that include full 5.1/7.1 surround sound support?
                              Yes 5.1 / 7.1 speaker configs are supported.

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                              • #60
                                Originally posted by deanjo
                                It works fine. Don't expect to see a mixer panel and features you see on a older Audigy by any means but the basics work well.

                                BTW for those that are interested, I got Takashi Iwai to backport it, (he graciously took the 1/2 day to do so) into the openSUSE Factory kernel (which sits at 2.6.30) so in the next milestone release of 11.2 you should be able to start utilizing x-fi's even on the live cd's starting with that release.
                                it's better than the actuall intel_hda_snd driver that i'm using! I can't even use my mic with skype, ekiga or mumble.... the onboard sound card are good on windows but can't configure for best perfomance on linux...

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