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    I am a complete novice with Linux.
    I recently installed openSUSE 11.3 (64-bit) on my PC -- no other OS is present. I like openSUSE a lot but I cannot get my sound card to work. (Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio - PCIe).

    Poking around on the Internet, I found a site (OSS/Linux) that apparently has a Linux driver for the card (the driver is called Open Sound System). I would like to give it a try and see what happens...

    I need however to get some help since Linux is still a mystery to me:
    1) Which version do I want to download from OSS Download Registration? (Linux 2.6 AMD64 RPM? Linux 2.6 AMD64 DEB? Linux 2.6 AMD64 TAR? Does it even matter??)
    2) How do I install the downloaded file?

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    Default Re: Driver for Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio (PCIe)

    OSS
    Is already part of the SUSE install
    It will not help your situation. Which IIRC did I suggest ebay for a bit of selling and buying?
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    Default Re: Driver for Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio (PCIe)

    The .rpm is the file to download if you want to try it.

    Then in the download location open a terminal and become su and do

    Code:
    rpm -ivh oss-linux-v4.2-2003.x86_64.rpm
    When you download the file there is a instructions link too
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    No, don't use OSS. This card should be perfectly supported with what comes with openSUSE. Please describe what you see in YaST when you try to configure sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberiad View Post
    No, don't use OSS. This card should be perfectly supported with what comes with openSUSE. Please describe what you see in YaST when you try to configure sound.
    According to this link Matrix:Vendor-Creative Labs - AlsaProject my card is not supported by the ALSA Project.

    Sound Configuration shows the following cards:
    * 0 Sapphire HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E Dual Slot Fansink
    * 1 SB1040

    Within the Manual Sound Card Selection section, I can select Creative Labs, select X-Fi, and chose either Quick Automatic Setup or Normal Setup. In either case, I get an error message stating that the kernel module snd-ctxfi for sound support could not be loaded and that this can be caused by incorrect module parameters, including invalid IO or IRQ parameters.

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    OK, I see. Could you please run the following command and paste the output?

    hwinfo --sound

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    OSS
    Is already part of the SUSE install
    It will not help your situation. Which IIRC did I suggest ebay for a bit of selling and buying?
    caf4926, an alsa emulator of OSS is provided with openSUSE. The OSS driver is not provided with openSUSE. OSS is in fact a separate audio driver.

    There was a time years ago that OSS was "THE" Linux driver, but then the developer of OSS decided they had spent so much time on it, they wanted money for their efforts and after some complexities associated with that, almost all of the open source Linux community dropped use of the OSS and adopted the alsa driver. Of couse this is all ancient history.

    I documented some of this detail in an old sound concepts wiki: Sound-concepts - openSUSE

    Of course my sound concepts page was not migated to the new wiki, and me not even be certain it met the new criteria that the wiki team has, means I have not pushed to have this page moved to the new area. I suspect that sound concepts page may just 'die' as I suspect not many found it useful.

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    Default Re: Driver for Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio (PCIe)

    Quote Originally Posted by tb75252 View Post
    According to this link Matrix:Vendor-Creative Labs - AlsaProject my card is not supported by the ALSA Project.

    Sound Configuration shows the following cards:
    * 0 Sapphire HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E Dual Slot Fansink
    * 1 SB1040
    I can't find the SB1040 on that list. Just because it is not on that list does not mean for certain it is not supported (although this could very well be). Could you do a screen dump of the page, and mark it up as to where it states your specific X-fi is not supported? Some X-Fi work with Linux and some do not, and I can not see the SB1040 version on the page you note.

    A good place to go, when one has tried everything they can think of and still do not have their sound working, is to write a bug report on openSUSE-11.3 component 'sound'. This brings their sound problem to the attention of the SuSE-GmbH packager, who is also a developer of the alsa sound driver. If anyone can be 100% accurate in their assessment as to a sound card's compatibility, they can for sure. There is guidance here for writing a bug report: openSUSE:Submitting bug reports - openSUSE Use your openSUSE forum user name and password to log on to bugzilla. Note the openSUSE packager will REFUSE to read a forum thread, so the bug report must have all salient information. Also attach to the bug report (with the attach feature on bugzilla) the /tmp/alsa-info.txt file you get by running:
    Code:
    /usr/sbin/alsa-info.sh --no-upload
    I note you had another thread trying to get sound working on this X-Fi. I stopped providing you support on that thread: No Sound From Speakers... because as near as I could determine you stopped following my recommendations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberiad View Post
    OK, I see. Could you please run the following command and paste the output?

    hwinfo --sound

    Thanks.
    See below.

    35: PCI 200.1: 0403 Audio device
    [Created at pci.318]
    Unique ID: 2Oa+.h2kiZ7VIR82
    Parent ID: 3hqH.tOQycw20j13
    SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:03.0/0000:02:00.1
    SysFS BusID: 0000:02:00.1
    Hardware Class: sound
    Model: "PC Partner Sapphire HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E Dual Slot Fansink"
    Vendor: pci 0x1002 "ATI Technologies Inc"
    Device: pci 0xaa30 "HD48x0 audio"
    SubVendor: pci 0x174b "PC Partner Limited"
    SubDevice: pci 0xaa30 "Sapphire HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E Dual Slot Fansink"
    Memory Range: 0xfb9ec000-0xfb9effff (rw,non-prefetchable)
    IRQ: 5 (no events)
    Module Alias: "pci:v00001002d0000AA30sv0000174Bsd0000AA30bc04sc03i00"
    Config Status: cfg=yes, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
    Attached to: #10 (PCI bridge)

    37: PCI 500.0: 0403 Audio device
    [Created at pci.318]
    Unique ID: Ddhb.YhraNp3EzIA
    Parent ID: YmUS.Ap1NNKytTd3
    SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1c.0/0000:04:00.0/0000:05:00.0
    SysFS BusID: 0000:05:00.0
    Hardware Class: sound
    Model: "Creative SB1040"
    Vendor: pci 0x1102 "Creative Labs"
    Device: pci 0x0009 "[SB X-Fi Xtreme Audio] CA0110-IBG"
    SubVendor: pci 0x1102 "Creative Labs"
    SubDevice: pci 0x0018 "SB1040"
    Driver: "oss_hdaudio"
    Driver Modules: "oss_hdaudio"
    Memory Range: 0xfbafc000-0xfbafffff (rw,non-prefetchable)
    IRQ: 16 (3591 events)
    Module Alias: "pci:v00001102d00000009sv00001102sd00000018bc04sc03i00"
    Config Status: cfg=yes, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
    Attached to: #36 (PCI bridge)

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldcpu View Post
    I can't find the SB1040 on that list. Just because it is not on that list does not mean for certain it is not supported (although this could very well be). Could you do a screen dump of the page, and mark it up as to where it states your specific X-fi is not supported? Some X-Fi work with Linux and some do not, and I can not see the SB1040 version on the page you note.

    A good place to go, when one has tried everything they can think of and still do not have their sound working, is to write a bug report on openSUSE-11.3 component 'sound'. This brings their sound problem to the attention of the SuSE-GmbH packager, who is also a developer of the alsa sound driver. If anyone can be 100% accurate in their assessment as to a sound card's compatibility, they can for sure. There is guidance here for writing a bug report: openSUSE:Submitting bug reports - openSUSE Use your openSUSE forum user name and password to log on to bugzilla. Note the openSUSE packager will REFUSE to read a forum thread, so the bug report must have all salient information. Also attach to the bug report (with the attach feature on bugzilla) the /tmp/alsa-info.txt file you get by running:
    Code:
    /usr/sbin/alsa-info.sh --no-upload
    I note you had another thread trying to get sound working on this X-Fi. I stopped providing you support on that thread: No Sound From Speakers... because as near as I could determine you stopped following my recommendations.
    I have the screen dump you requested in the form of a .jpg file but I cannot figure out how to attach the file to this message. In the ALSA matrix link that I quoted in the earlier message, the card is listed as: "X-Fi Xtreme Audio (PCIe)"
    Also, the chipset for my card is CA0110 since my card is PCIe. I am not quite sure why openSUSE thinks that it is an SB1040.
    I am trying my best to become proficient with Linux while also trying to find some solution to this problem...
    Thanks.

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