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    Question Sound Blaster Z on openSUSE Leap 42.3

    Hello,


    I tried to run Sound Blaster Z on my new machine. Unfortunately, no sound was detected in the system, I found only the SB 1500 AUDIGY FX in YAST if the snd-hda-intel driver .


    So I tried to implement the latest dummy version of the 4.12.8.1 (openSUSE:Factory on Tumbleweed) kernel with zero effect. Is there an option to make this sound card operational?


    I did not find anything positive on the internet. I'll just add that if I install the system completely, without saving the old account, see / home / xxxx, so in the system tray, I see "SB RECON 3D" but sometimes the sound goes up and sometimes not.


    I do not know if setting up an older folder with an account in / home / xxx has this effect, but even if I create a completely new account where I see SB RECON 3D in volume control, so the sound goes one once and not one.


    Can someone please advise me?

    Great thanks Martin

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    Default Re: Sound Blaster Z on openSUSE Leap 42.3

    My recollection is some Sound Blaster variants work ok with GNU/Linux, and some do not.

    Please can you run the following diagnositic script in konsole/xterm as a regular user (!) while PC is connected to the internet:
    Code:
    /usr/sbin/alsa-info.sh
    Select the share/upload option and let the script run to completion. After it has completed, in the konsole/xterm will be a URL/web-address where the results from the script will have been uploaded. Please post that URL/address here.

    Looking at that may give us a hint whether this is forum solveable, or whether a bug report is needed to bring this to an openSUSE sound packager attention, for their assessment and possible fix.
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    Default Re: Sound Blaster Z on openSUSE Leap 42.3

    Hello,


    thank you for answer. I did and the result is available here: http://www.alsa-project.org/db/?f=23...571d19ba293689

    Thank you Martin

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    Default Re: Sound Blaster Z on openSUSE Leap 42.3

    Quote Originally Posted by svenhassel View Post
    thank you for answer. I did and the result is available here: http://www.alsa-project.org/db/?f=23...571d19ba293689
    wow. Interesting hardware. I note a Gigabyte AX370-Gaming K7 that is using 3 instances of the snd_hda_intel kernel module (alsa driver). Card-0 is the creative soundblaster with a CA0132 codec. Card-1 is an ATI HDMI with an R6xx HDMI codec. And Card-2 is a Realtek ALC1220.

    You noted you wish to get the Creative Sound Blaster Z working.

    When I look in the dmesg from that script output I note this error :
    Code:
    [    9.082931] snd_hda_intel 0000:0a:00.0: Direct firmware load for ctefx.bin failed with error -2
    That makes me suspect the firmware for the Creative is not loading upon boot.

    I note that the application/package 'alsa-firmware.rpm' has these files:
    Code:
    /usr/share/doc/packages/alsa-firmware/ca0132
    /usr/share/doc/packages/alsa-firmware/ca0132/README
    /usr/share/doc/packages/alsa-firmware/ca0132/creative.txt
    So that leads me to ask .... Do you have 'alsa-firmware' installed ? If not, please install that, reboot and test / check to see if the creative sound blaster works with that installed.

    Good luck.
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    Default Re: Sound Blaster Z on openSUSE Leap 42.3

    Hello,


    you're right. I did not install this package on my system. I tried to install it, restart the system. Unfortunately, I still can not hear the sound. I will try to create a new user account if the old home account is still unaffected, which has been gradually transferred from 42.1.


    In the current statement, I can not see the error with the erroter. See: http://www.alsa-project.org/db/?f=2a...aeb6d4297474bb


    Otherwise, thank you for your help, I appreciate it a lot.

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    Default Re: Sound Blaster Z on openSUSE Leap 42.3

    Hi,


    Again me. I tried in my folder to delete everything in /config/pulse and restart the pc. Now I can see the SB RECON 3D + ATI + ALC 1220 volume control on the system tray, but there is no audio yet. I forgot that the home folder is being transferred from the old machine.

    Thanks Martin

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    Default Re: Sound Blaster Z on openSUSE Leap 42.3

    Quote Originally Posted by svenhassel View Post
    ...there is no audio yet. I forgot that the home folder is being transferred from the old machine.
    Ok .. try this in an xterm/konsole, and advise if it yields any sound
    Code:
    pasuspender -- aplay -D hw:0,0 -vv /usr/share/sounds/alsa/test.wav
    and also try this
    Code:
    pasuspender -- aplay -D hw:0,1 -vv /usr/share/sounds/alsa/test.wav
    I don't expect the "hw:0,1" to work, but I think the "hw:0,0" may work.

    The idea of the above is to see if aplay works with pulse audio suspended for the one command. If you get audio from either then it "may" be a simple matter to install pulse audio volume control (pavucontrol) and ensure the sound coming froom an application is directed to the correct audio device.

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    I tried both, but the result is that no sound is heard. See image: http://www.imgup.cz/image/LjWm

    Thanks Martin

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    Default Re: Sound Blaster Z on openSUSE Leap 42.3

    Quote Originally Posted by svenhassel View Post
    I tried both, but the result is that no sound is heard. See image: http://www.imgup.cz/image/LjWm

    Thanks Martin
    That screenshot doesn't work for me. Maybe try http://www.imagebam.com/.

    Did you get any errors with those commands ?

    Have you checked anyway to see if pavucontrol is redirecting the sound from your applications to the wrong device ?

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    Default Re: Sound Blaster Z on openSUSE Leap 42.3

    Hi,

    i tried first code: martin@linux-mx5m:~> pasuspender -- aplay -D hw:0,0 -vv /usr/share/sounds/alsa/test.wav

    with result:

    Code:
    
    Playing WAVE '/usr/share/sounds/alsa/test.wav' : Signed 16 bit Little Endian, Rate 44100 Hz, Stereo
    Hardware PCM card 0 'HDA Creative' device 0 subdevice 0
    Its setup is:
      stream       : PLAYBACK
      access       : RW_INTERLEAVED
      format       : S16_LE
      subformat    : STD
      channels     : 2
      rate         : 44100
      exact rate   : 44100 (44100/1)
      msbits       : 16
      buffer_size  : 22016
      period_size  : 5504
      period_time  : 124807
      tstamp_mode  : NONE
      tstamp_type  : MONOTONIC
      period_step  : 1
      avail_min    : 5504
      period_event : 0
      start_threshold  : 22016
      stop_threshold   : 22016
      silence_threshold: 0
      silence_size : 0
      boundary     : 6196953087261802496
      appl_ptr     : 0
      hw_ptr       : 0
    #  +                                               | 04%
    martin@linux-mx5m:~> 
    
    second code: martin@linux-mx5m:~> pasuspender -- aplay -D hw:0,1 -vv /usr/share/sounds/alsa/test.wav

    Code:
    
    
    Code:
    Playing WAVE '/usr/share/sounds/alsa/test.wav' : Signed 16 bit Little Endian, Rate 44100 Hz, Stereo
    Hardware PCM card 0 'HDA Creative' device 1 subdevice 0
    Its setup is:
      stream       : PLAYBACK
      access       : RW_INTERLEAVED
      format       : S16_LE
      subformat    : STD
      channels     : 2
      rate         : 44100
      exact rate   : 44100 (44100/1)
      msbits       : 16
      buffer_size  : 22016
      period_size  : 5504
      period_time  : 124807
      tstamp_mode  : NONE
      tstamp_type  : MONOTONIC
      period_step  : 1
      avail_min    : 5504
      period_event : 0
      start_threshold  : 22016
      stop_threshold   : 22016
      silence_threshold: 0
      silence_size : 0
      boundary     : 6196953087261802496
      appl_ptr     : 0
      hw_ptr       : 0
    #+                                                 | 00%
    martin@linux-mx5m:~>
    


    Currently configured pavucontrol:






    Thank you

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