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    Question Creative SoundBlaster drivers

    Hi all,

    New to Suse and Tumbleweed, but I love it.
    However I am not able to hear any sound as my audio card is a SoundBlasterX G6, connected via USB.
    Creative does not have any drivers for this model (has for others though).

    Any idea if I can make it work?

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    Default Re: Creative SoundBlaster drivers

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    Default Re: Creative SoundBlaster drivers

    Sorry, forgot to mention...

    GNOME for know, but if there is a solution to any other, I might try, cause right now, it's a no go for me...

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    Default Re: Creative SoundBlaster drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by lI_Simo_Hayha_Il View Post
    Hi all,

    New to Suse and Tumbleweed, but I love it.
    However I am not able to hear any sound as my audio card is a SoundBlasterX G6, connected via USB.
    Creative does not have any drivers for this model (has for others though).

    Any idea if I can make it work?
    A quick search online didn't turn up any confirmation of Linux support for this device (as of yet). Can you provide the chipset details?

    Code:
    usb-devices
    *Try and identify the output block pertaining to the device itself.
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    Default Re: Creative SoundBlaster drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by deano_ferrari View Post
    A quick search online didn't turn up any confirmation of Linux support for this device (as of yet). Can you provide the chipset details?

    Code:
    usb-devices
    *Try and identify the output block pertaining to the device itself.
    Sorry for the delay, I was on a trip.

    So, I contacted Creative. They don't have, nor they will plan to release drivers.
    They suggested to contact Alsa Project, but neither they have for USB models.

    "usb-devices" output is:

    Code:
    T:  Bus=05 Lev=02 Prnt=02 Port=02 Cnt=02 Dev#=  6 Spd=12  MxCh= 0
    D:  Ver= 1.10 Cls=00(>ifc ) Sub=00 Prot=00 MxPS=64 #Cfgs=  1
    P:  Vendor=041e ProdID=3256 Rev=01.00
    S:  Manufacturer=Creative Technology Ltd
    S:  Product=Sound BlasterX G6
    S:  SerialNumber=xxxxxxxxxxxx
    C:  #Ifs= 5 Cfg#= 1 Atr=80 MxPwr=500mA
    I:  If#= 0 Alt= 0 #EPs= 0 Cls=01(audio) Sub=01 Prot=00 Driver=snd-usb-audio
    I:  If#= 1 Alt= 0 #EPs= 0 Cls=01(audio) Sub=02 Prot=00 Driver=snd-usb-audio
    I:  If#= 2 Alt= 0 #EPs= 0 Cls=01(audio) Sub=02 Prot=00 Driver=snd-usb-audio
    I:  If#= 3 Alt= 0 #EPs= 1 Cls=03(HID  ) Sub=00 Prot=00 Driver=usbhid
    I:  If#= 4 Alt= 0 #EPs= 1 Cls=03(HID  ) Sub=00 Prot=00 Driver=usbhid
    Last edited by lI_Simo_Hayha_Il; 23-Nov-2018 at 16:29. Reason: s/n

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    Default Re: Creative SoundBlaster drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by lI_Simo_Hayha_Il View Post
    Sorry for the delay, I was on a trip.

    So, I contacted Creative. They don't have, nor they will plan to release drivers.
    They suggested to contact Alsa Project, but neither they have for USB models.
    Try communicating with the the alsa developers...
    https://www.alsa-project.org/main/in.../Mailing-lists

    We are fortunate to have such an alsa developer (Takashi Iwai) who is also a packager/maintainer for openSUSE as well, so raising a bug report may also get the required attention, although please be aware that driver development sometines takes considerable time and effort, and may involve reverse engineering to get a working driver. (Hopefully, this chipset is similar to other soundblaster devices that are already supported by the snd-usb-audio driver.)
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    Default Re: Creative SoundBlaster drivers

    In the past Soundblaster cards often required the user be a member of the sound group. you may try that

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    Default Re: Creative SoundBlaster drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by gogalthorp View Post
    In the past Soundblaster cards often required the user be a member of the sound group. you may try that
    No, that's not required, and the issue is no driver support as of yet (refer to the usb-devices output).

    BTW, if you check
    Code:
    ls -l /dev/snd
    you'll see that ACLs are used (and 'getfacl /dev/snd' will report similarly).
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    Default Re: Creative SoundBlaster drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by deano_ferrari View Post
    BTW, if you check
    Code:
    ls -l /dev/snd
    you'll see that ACLs are used (and 'getfacl /dev/snd' will report similarly).
    I am not sure what to see here:

    Code:
    ls -l /dev/snd
    total 0
    drwxr-xr-x  2 root root       60 Nov 24 07:19 by-id
    drwxr-xr-x  2 root root       80 Nov 24 07:19 by-path
    crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116,  8 Nov 24 07:19 controlC0
    crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116,  2 Nov 24 07:15 controlC1
    crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116,  7 Nov 24 07:15 hwC1D0
    crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116, 10 Nov 24 07:58 pcmC0D0c
    crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116,  9 Nov 24 07:57 pcmC0D0p
    crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116,  3 Nov 24 07:16 pcmC1D3p
    crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116,  4 Nov 24 07:50 pcmC1D7p
    crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116,  5 Nov 24 07:16 pcmC1D8p
    crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116,  6 Nov 24 07:16 pcmC1D9p
    crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116,  1 Nov 24 07:15 seq
    crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116, 33 Nov 24 07:15 timer

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    Default Re: Creative SoundBlaster drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by lI_Simo_Hayha_Il View Post
    I am not sure what to see here:

    Code:
    ls -l /dev/snd
    total 0
    drwxr-xr-x  2 root root       60 Nov 24 07:19 by-id
    drwxr-xr-x  2 root root       80 Nov 24 07:19 by-path
    crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116,  8 Nov 24 07:19 controlC0
    crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116,  2 Nov 24 07:15 controlC1
    crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116,  7 Nov 24 07:15 hwC1D0
    crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116, 10 Nov 24 07:58 pcmC0D0c
    crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116,  9 Nov 24 07:57 pcmC0D0p
    crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116,  3 Nov 24 07:16 pcmC1D3p
    crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116,  4 Nov 24 07:50 pcmC1D7p
    crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116,  5 Nov 24 07:16 pcmC1D8p
    crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116,  6 Nov 24 07:16 pcmC1D9p
    crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116,  1 Nov 24 07:15 seq
    crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116, 33 Nov 24 07:15 timer
    That reply was really for user gogalthorp (to demonstrate ACLs are in use for permissions). Refer to the '+' sign in the output.
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