07 April 2008

X-Fi on Ubuntu 7.10

"[Alsa-user] Sound Card SB X-Fi Extreme Audio finally working

mario dupuis
Sun, 13 Jan 2008 11:15:14 -0800

For those who may have encountered problems with no sound coming from this card
under ubuntu Gutsy-Gibbon 7.10 (kernel 2.6.22-14-generic), here's the solution
that worked for me (could work with other distros as well, but i can't test them

Download the latest version here:

After that, do the following in a terminal:
to make sure all will operate correctly, do the following, before any install
$ sudo apt-get install build-essential
and after that you do that:

$ cd
$$ tar xvzf alsa-driver-1.0.15.tar.bz2
$$ cd alsa-driver-1.0.15
$$ sudo ./configure
$$ make
$$ sudo make install

reboot, and it should work

Another thing, you must deactivate in the volume panel EC958, if it is
activated, and use only analog settings (front/center/side/rear, depending on
your speaker setup, chose only analog front for 2.0 speaker system). You may
have to go into edit-->preferences (into the volume panel) to have the volume
sliders enabled for analog. You may use (although not tested) the digital
settings, if you connect your card to a digital sound system through the digital
output of your soundcard.

That's the way it worked for me. So don't throw your soundcard over the window,
there is a possible solution.

Sadly the sound isn't that awesome as you expect it to be...
The problem is exactly with creative who should let it go of this struggle to keep the drivers from being open sourced... I also have logitech z-10 speakers which make it even more confusing for the system...

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