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Old 09-18-2005, 12:42 PM   #1
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Question Bad sound quality from SB 128 PCI on FC4 64-bit

Hello all!

I posted this question before, but I don't think I got any responses, unfortunately. This might be a tough one.

So, here's my story... I've got Fedora Core 4 (Release 2.6.1-11.1369_FC4, 64 bit) running on my snazzy new Athlon 64 3000-powered computer. My motherboard came with a bothersome on-board soundcard which for some reason or another (I forget why) I ended up bypassing with a Soundblaster 128. On my Windows partitian, everything is hunky-dory.

In Fedora, not so much. I think Fedora did detect the correct soundcard. My multimedia Audio controller is listed as "Ensoniq 5880 AudioPCI" (Apparently, Creative Labs used an Ensoniq chip on their lower-end sound cards). However, the problem is that there is a constant loud buzzing coming from my speakers as soon as Linux loads up the audio drivers. Also, if I attempt to play any sounds or music, it comes out sounding as if its being transmitted from a weak AM radio station! Very staticky (is 'staticky' a word? )

So I headed on over to Creative Labs' website looking to see if they offer current Linux drivers for the SB128 PCI. No such luck. I think they want me to break down & buy a current soundcard.

I did some Google searches & received few promising hits... the ones that did look as though they might be talking about a similar problem were unfortunately not in English

Anyway, does anyone have any ideas for me?
Here is output from /sbin/lspci:
00:00.0 Host bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce3 250Gb Host Bridge (rev a1)
00:01.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce3 250Gb LPC Bridge (rev a2)
00:01.1 SMBus: nVidia Corporation nForce 250Gb PCI System Management (rev a1)
00:02.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation CK8S USB Controller (rev a1)
00:02.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation CK8S USB Controller (rev a1)
00:02.2 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation nForce3 EHCI USB 2.0 Controller (rev a2)
00:05.0 Bridge: nVidia Corporation CK8S Ethernet Controller (rev a2)
00:08.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation CK8S Parallel ATA Controller (v2.5) (r ev a2)
00:0a.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation CK8S Serial ATA Controller (v2.5) (rev a2)
00:0b.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce3 250Gb AGP Host to PCI Bridge (rev a2)
00:0e.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce3 250Gb PCI-to-PCI Bridge (rev a2)
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTra nsport Technology Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Con troller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscella neous Control
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV25 [GeForce4 Ti 4600] (r ev a3)
02:07.0 USB Controller: NEC Corporation USB (rev 41)
02:07.1 USB Controller: NEC Corporation USB (rev 41)
02:07.2 USB Controller: NEC Corporation USB 2.0 (rev 02)
02:08.0 Multimedia video controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Video Capture ( rev 11)
02:08.1 Multimedia controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Audio Capture (rev 11 )
02:0a.0 Multimedia audio controller: Ensoniq 5880 AudioPCI (rev 02)


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