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  • #41
    Nice. So does this mean my next rig can safely get itself a sound card from creative ?

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    • #42
      No please do not buy anything from creative.

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      • #43
        Originally posted by bugmenot View Post
        How do you install this in Ubuntu 9.04 ?? Is there a PPA available or do you have to compile stuff to get this to work ??
        That's something I'd like to know as well but OSS is fine for now.

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        • #44
          you have to compile the driver there is no "support distrib" for now!

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          • #45
            Any chance this driver will work with the latest expresscard one (not the XtremeAudio) - the black one with the wireless capability.

            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"
            Last edited by vladsinger; 06-01-2009, 06:18 PM.

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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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