Originally posted by mondaypickle
did this sound blaster card come with a gateway computer? if so it might not be a real sound blaster card, rather an oem card that gate was calls an sblive and that card does not work in linux.
Yes, it came installed in the computer. I suppose there could be something different about the card, however......
The PC, as purchased had Windows ME on it. About a year later, I purchased and installed Windows XP Pro. XP recognized it as an SB Live card, and the sound card performs flawlessly with XP. Wonder why XP didn't turn-up its nose at it?
The first Linux I tried was Red Hat 9. It seemed to recognize it as a SB Live card, and installed the module Emu10k1, as the driver of choice. However, I was NEVER able to get any sound out of the Red Hat system. I went through the "modprobe" and "sndconfig" and several other hints and tips, but to no avail.
Finally, I decided to try another Linux distro. Downloaded and installed Mandrake 9.1. Mandrake recognized the card as a SB Live card and installed a driver that looked to be the correct one. I think it was an ALSA driver. Note! For exactly ONE time, I WAS able to hear system sounds from my speakers, however a music CD did NOT come through. The CD played (spun) and the player indicated a selection was being played, but NO sound.
On the very next, and all subsequent bootups, there was NO system sound at all. I checked Vol settings, checked that system sounds were enabled and went through the usual gyrations (hints and tips), went into the Mandrake config utility, and picked a different Emu10k1 driver ---but nothing worked, and I never heard any system sounds again.
Couple those experiences with the MANY (not just a few) postings that you can find here, and on other forums, about others having the same kind of problems -----it finally dawned on me that Linux (in general) must have some serious problems with sound drivers. Being a
I expected a certain amount of startup problems, but this sound card thing is obviously not a problem that is unique to only my system.
In the old days (early 80s), I would think it interesting to mess around with new PC problem ---but now, some 25 years later, I just wanted to take a close look at Linux and get familiar with the "open" environment and especially the development tools. These incredible sound card problems that seem to be all too common with LOTS of folks just bringing up Linux.... have completely stifled my interest in the Linux OS.
If my sound card had given me trouble from the beginning, or had not played well with XP, I would concede that it could be a fault of Gateway and their card... but that is just not the case.