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Old 01-18-2008, 01:50 PM   #1
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Sound Blaster Audigy SE: No sound is coming through!


I have successfully been able to install my new Creative Sound Blaster SB0570 Audigy SE 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102002) into one of my PCI slots on my ECS motherboard. I run Linux and the Alsa drivers have successfully been able to detect and configure my soundcard accordingly. So yes, I can run alsamixer and the channels are all un-muted. Alsaconf also does list the Audigy Soundcard in the list (along with the legacy choice)

The problem is, when I begin to play some audio, it plays without any errors, but there is absolutely no sound coming through. The Creative speakers I use are plugged in correctly. When I try to listen with headphones it is still silent. All mixer levels are un-muted so that isn't a problem.

I noticed on this soundcard there are 4 pins for AUX. Would I need to connect this with a cable from the soundcard to the AUX pins on my motherboard? There is also about 9 pins on the soundcard which is labeled "CREATIVE" .... I want to know if I am missing something such as needing to use one of those speaker cables to connect the soundcard to the board with that cable? I don't have any "speaker" labeled pins on this soundcard, just the AUX and the Creative pins ... What can I try? Has anyone been able to use this card in Linux?

Again, any audio player is able to play an audio file fine, just that sound is not coming through. All soundcard modules are loaded with modprobe too. Any help is much appreciated.
 
Old 01-19-2008, 07:33 PM   #2
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What distro, window manager?
open up alsamixer and play something, then play with the sliders, mute then unmute and so on.
any luck?

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Old 01-20-2008, 03:20 PM   #3
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When you run alsamixer, what is the actual card name that is listed?
 
Old 01-21-2008, 08:35 AM   #4
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The card name listed is CA0106, but the "chip" is not listed. I figured out the problem, although I can't use all the channels to modify the sound, only one of the analog faders. This card had one channel (very first one) that was some kind of on / off switch ... I had to "mute" this one to get sound from the other channels which is weird, usually you have to un-mute. But this doesn't sound normal since there is only a card name listed as CA0106 and nothing with the name SoundBlaster Audigy in it. Also, the chip is not listed, like I said. Maybe its just me, but it doesn't seem right. Anyone?

(Arch Linux, text mode) ...I only have the base installed right now ... but been using BackTrack 2 in the meantime (until ISP re-connects tomorrow)
 
Old 01-21-2008, 03:10 PM   #5
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Here is your card;
http://www.alsa-project.org/main/ind...:Module-ca0106
 
Old 01-22-2008, 11:03 AM   #6
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Thanks for that link comprookie2000 ... ISP is hooking up the net finally today, will keep that link handy when I begin setting up the sound on my distro after work today. I'll keep you updated on any troubleshooting / solutions I conclude.
 
  


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