Creative SB X-Fi issues - Suse

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  1. Creative SB X-Fi issues

    This topic has apparently not been visited on this list since Nov.
    2006. I hope there has been some progress since then.

    I installed OpenSuSE 11.0 (x86-64) on a system that has this sound
    card, and it was not detected. I could not install the beta driver
    that was made available in April of this year. I understand that this
    problem also exists with other distros.

    Strangely enough, sound does work when OpenSuSE is installed as a
    VMWare image and run on Windows XP, using the same hardware. In this
    case the driver is snd-ens1371, which cannot be installed in a native
    OpenSuSE installation.

    I'm wondering if anyone knows something more current about this. Some
    users, of course, have just substituted better-supported hardware for
    this card.

  2. Re: Creative SB X-Fi issues

    tim1948 wrote:
    > I installed OpenSuSE 11.0 (x86-64) on a system that has this sound
    > card, and it was not detected. I could not install the beta driver
    > that was made available in April of this year. I understand that this
    > problem also exists with other distros.


    Creative's beta driver has not been updated for recent changes in the
    kernel.

    > Strangely enough, sound does work when OpenSuSE is installed as a
    > VMWare image and run on Windows XP, using the same hardware. In this
    > case the driver is snd-ens1371, which cannot be installed in a native
    > OpenSuSE installation.


    VMWare always emulates an ENS1371 sound card by using the sound driver
    of the host system.

    > I'm wondering if anyone knows something more current about this.


    James got some documentation from Creative several months ago, but there
    is no driver yet. Apparently, he doesn't have enough free time to write
    or complete the driver. At the moment, there is no plan or estimate for
    when it might be finished.


    Regards,
    Clemens

  3. Re: Creative SB X-Fi issues

    In bb:

    [Snip...]

    > Never open your computer if you have no knowledge of ESD


    Good advice. I do, but still managed (apparently) to zap the BIOS in an
    older PC I've worked inside OK for years. I was simply replacing the 3v
    CMOS battery--now, it's bricked. Won't even do the basic POST.

    So, it goes in the salvage pile for parts. Live and learn...

    --
    Regards, Weird (Harold Stevens) * IMPORTANT EMAIL INFO FOLLOWS *
    Pardon any bogus email addresses (wookie) in place for spambots.
    Really, it's (wyrd) at airmail, dotted with net. DO NOT SPAM IT.
    I toss GoogleGroup posts from gitgo (http://improve-usenet.org).

  4. Re: Creative SB X-Fi issues

    On 2008-09-24 14:24, Harold Stevens wrote:
    > In bb:
    >
    > [Snip...]
    >
    >> Never open your computer if you have no knowledge of ESD

    >
    > Good advice. I do, but still managed (apparently) to zap the BIOS in an
    > older PC I've worked inside OK for years. I was simply replacing the 3v
    > CMOS battery--now, it's bricked. Won't even do the basic POST.
    >
    > So, it goes in the salvage pile for parts. Live and learn...
    >


    The CMOS power line is so sensitive that just leaving it floating without the
    battery can get it killed by a mobile phone polling or something that moves near
    the computer.
    Hold a finger on the connector all the time while replacing the battery.
    (a non floating finger)

    Mostly the internal CMOS protection diodes take the hit, but start to leak,
    so the new battery don't last for 10 years as designed, but maybe just weeks,
    or a few days power off time.

    Well, not much X-FI here, but for all hardware , users shall not touch it
    before they know how to handle it, just as they expect that the food they eat
    is only handled by peoples that know to handle food in a safe way.

    /bb

  5. Re: Creative SB X-Fi issues

    bb skrev:
    > On 2008-09-24 14:24, Harold Stevens wrote:
    >> In bb:
    >>
    >> [Snip...]
    >>
    >>> Never open your computer if you have no knowledge of ESD

    >>
    >> Good advice. I do, but still managed (apparently) to zap the BIOS in an
    >> older PC I've worked inside OK for years. I was simply replacing the 3v
    >> CMOS battery--now, it's bricked. Won't even do the basic POST.
    >>
    >> So, it goes in the salvage pile for parts. Live and learn...
    >>

    >
    > The CMOS power line is so sensitive that just leaving it floating
    > without the
    > battery can get it killed by a mobile phone polling or something that
    > moves near
    > the computer.
    > Hold a finger on the connector all the time while replacing the battery.
    > (a non floating finger)
    >
    > Mostly the internal CMOS protection diodes take the hit, but start to leak,
    > so the new battery don't last for 10 years as designed, but maybe just
    > weeks,
    > or a few days power off time.
    >
    > Well, not much X-FI here, but for all hardware , users shall not touch it
    > before they know how to handle it, just as they expect that the food
    > they eat
    > is only handled by peoples that know to handle food in a safe way.
    >
    > /bb


    I got my soundcard (Sound Blaster X-Fi Extreme Music PCI) working by
    installing the Open Sound System Driver from
    www.opensound.com/download.cgi. For the 64-bit OpenSuse use the AMD64
    version.

    Best regards, Carl-Aage

  6. Re: Creative SB X-Fi issues

    On Sep 24, 9:34*am, Carl-Aage Morgen wrote:
    > bb skrev:
    >
    >
    >
    > > On 2008-09-24 14:24, Harold Stevens wrote:
    > >> In bb:

    >
    > >> [Snip...]

    >
    > >>> Never open your computer if you have no knowledge of ESD

    >
    > >> Good advice. I do, but still managed (apparently) to zap the BIOS in an
    > >> older PC I've worked inside OK for years. I was simply replacing the 3v
    > >> CMOS battery--now, it's bricked. Won't even do the basic POST.

    >
    > >> So, it goes in the salvage pile for parts. Live and learn... *

    >
    > > The CMOS power line is so sensitive that just leaving it floating
    > > without the
    > > battery can get it killed by a mobile phone polling or something that
    > > moves near
    > > the computer.
    > > Hold a finger on the connector all the time while replacing the battery..
    > > (a non floating finger)

    >
    > > Mostly the internal CMOS protection diodes take the hit, but start to leak,
    > > so the new battery don't last for 10 years as designed, but maybe just
    > > weeks,
    > > or a few days power off time.

    >
    > > Well, not much X-FI here, but for all hardware , users shall not touch it
    > > before they know how to handle it, just as they expect that the food
    > > they eat
    > > is only handled by peoples that know to handle food in a safe way.

    >
    > > /bb

    >
    > I got my soundcard (Sound Blaster X-Fi Extreme Music PCI) working by
    > installing the Open Sound System Driver fromwww.opensound.com/download.cgi. For the 64-bit OpenSuse use the AMD64
    > version.
    >
    > Best regards, Carl-Aage


    The sound output is good, in my opinion. Unfortunately, it doesn't
    support the microphone, so users of Audigy, Ekiga, and Skype would
    still have something to complain about.

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