I'm a newbie to Linux (I'm trying it out and like what I see). I chose linuxmint because I like the user friendly nature of it.
I bought a Dell XPS 420 for video editing including a sound card and I'm dual booting linuxmint 4 with Vista. I have not upgraded to 5 as I'm waiting for bugs to be fixed. I'll upgrade to 5 if it is more likely that I can get sound working in it. It appears that I have an ACPI-x86 based PC with an Intel x38 Express chipset.
My problem is that I can't get any sound to work in linux, it works fine in Vista. The device manager in Windows says that I have a Creative SB x-fi even though I bought it all through Dell (I imagine that this refers to both the sound card and 5.1 speakers). After searching the forums, I found that creative has release a beta linux driver for 64/32 bit systems (at the moment I am using 32 bit), at http://connect.creativelabs.com/opensou ... .aspx#X-Fi .
The site says 'At the time of this writing, ALSA does not yet state X-Fi Xtreme Audio, but the source code does contain it.' Does this mean that ALSA could work with tweaking for x-fi? If so I'd like to try this as it looks like I'll have less chance of stuffing up with this option.
I tried to install the driver in the command line with Gnome turned off (as per the instructions below), but I could not navigate to the right directory and got an error message that no such folder/file exists. This is probably because I don't know enough. The installation instuctions are:
Sound Blaster X-Fi Linux 32/64-bit Beta Driver Readme File
The purpose of this document is to describe how the X-Fi Linux device
driver is built, packaged, and released.
1) You must have the fully configured source for the Linux kernel and
ALSA which you
want to use for this device driver. Partial installed
kernels (e.g. From distribution makers) may be unusable for this
2) Run one of the following commands as root in the terminal:
* ALSA Source Tree
On 2.6 kernels, the location of the ALSA source include directory
is parsed automatically from the running kernel.
If it is not in the standard place, specify the path via
On 2.4 kernels, the location of the ALSA source include directory
must be specified via --with-alsainc=<ALSA_include_directory>.
If integrated ALSA is to be used to build, --with-alsainc option
must not be specified.
In the terminal,
1) Change directory to /opt/Creative/XFiDrv_Linux_US-1.18
2) Run the following command as root
For GNOME users, You may need to close the Volume Control
applet before uninstalling. Right-click the Volume icon on the
GNOME panel and select "Remove From Panel"
3) Manually delete all files in /opt/Creative/XFiDrv_Linux_US-1.18
Copyright (c) 2008 Creative Technology Ltd. All rights reserved.
[End of Readme File]
Does anyone know what I should do next to get x-fi working in linuxmint 4 or 5? I'd appreciate as much detail as possible as I don't have much experience in linux. Thanks in advance.