Originally Posted by hanksegle
I have read everything I can find on the web on this subject and tried them and I ether get command not found or no file etc.etc. I checked alsamixer and IEC958 is off. Just how do I get this sound card to work? I am a linux newbbie so try not to get over my head
This card is indeed a pain in the ass, I can tell you.
If your OS uses ALSA, you should be able to get it running with relative ease, as long as you don't plan to use anything but stereo. Note that I said "should"
I assume you are using some kind of analog setup, in this case, you are right, you need to mute the channel called iec958. With an analog setup, most of these cards do use the analog front or center channels to regulate your volume.
We should concentrate on getting *any* sound first, later you can worry about surround, which has its own set of problems.
On the contrary, if you use a digital speaker set you should have the iec958 un-muted, and use the digital sliders instead of the analog ones.
Failing everything, you can still get it to work with OSS4, instead of ALSA. OSS4 just works from my experience, with a couple clicks on ossxmix you get full support for surround and to play multiple sounds concurrently. The main downsides of OSS4 are two: no functional midi support and no support for OSS4 at all in most professional/advanced audio applications.