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Old 06-27-2016, 12:36 PM   #16
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Hi Ardvark71 and Good Day to you and Emerson!
I certainly appreciate everything that you and Emerson have done in trying to help me out!

In your last response, you mentioned that maybe I should give the ASUS Xonar DX or another card a try. That's just what I was thinking of doing--rather than rebuilding the kernel--and here's what I discovered:

<SNIP>

Please let me know if this approach seems logical. I have been trying to find a card that is known to work with CentOS 7.x that would be plug-and-play.
If you know of such a sound card, a low-profile PCIe card, especially one that *does not* require auxiliary power, please let me know
The first thing I'll ask is, "WHY are you using CentOS 7? What is your *NEED* for a server-class distro, and why do you need a sound card in a server?" From what I've seen of that server, it's either a 1 or 2U rack-mount device...why would it need a sound card at all? Servers (and server-class OS'es like CentOS, RHEL, SLES, etc.), aren't really designed to support 'consumer' hardware, like sound cards, wifi, bluetooth, or even VIDEO cards...they may not even have keyboards/mice attached to them, since they're designed to be shoved into a rack.

Unless you have a real NEED for a server-class OS, I'd load Fedora (if you want to remain in the Red Hat ecosystem), or Mint, which will probably work right out of the box. What's your goal with this server/hardware??? What can't you do with Fedora/Mint/ubuntu, that you think you can do with CentOS?

EDIT: Also, upon further thought, why don't you just get a USB sound card?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-075-_-Product

..is just one of many. Seen them as low as $10.

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Old 06-27-2016, 05:46 PM   #17
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The system was given to me--it was free. It has 36GB of RAM, two CPU modules (16 CPUs), six 146GB on-board hard drives with hardware RAID. It is extremely fast. CentOS was the only Unix-based OS that I could successfully load. I *like* CentOS. I am using it for digital signal processing and to develop computer-generated music, and some graphics development.

That is why I am using this server and I am looking for a low-profile, PCI Express sound card that is known to work with CentOS.

Thank you for your time.
 
Old 06-27-2016, 07:33 PM   #18
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You need RT-Kernel for making music. Is there even one for CentOS?
 
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Old 06-27-2016, 07:38 PM   #19
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Hi Ardvark71 and Good Day to you and Emerson!

I certainly appreciate everything that you and Emerson have done in trying to help me out!
Hi Russell...

You're welcome

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The ASUS Xonar DX needs Auxiliary Power
Yes, that's correct.

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Please see the attached "Auxiliary Power for PCIe" and the "ASUS Xonar DX PCIe Sound Card" images. The system is an IBM x3550 m2 that has an 8-pin molex connector on the system board to support an optional video card. I have worked out a series of cable connections that would begin with an 8-pin molex connector ending with a 4-pin floppy disk connector. I just have to verify that the voltage the on-board 8-pin molex connector provides is the correct voltage required by the Xonar DX.

Please let me know if this approach seems logical.
Yes, it does. I would imagine the onboard connector would be able to supply the power needed.

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I have been trying to find a card that is known to work with CentOS 7.x that would be plug-and-play.

If you know of such a sound card, a low-profile PCIe card, especially one that *does not* require auxiliary power, please let me know
I did find a card here that has a straight CMI8788 chip. I'm just not sure at this point what the black connector is on back of the card. It doesn't look like a port that is used for auxiliary power but I could be wrong.

EDIT: The black connector on back is a "2pin connector for coaxial digital output" as mentioned here. From what I can see, this card does not require any auxiliary power. However, the type of ports it offers is a bit different than usual, so I'm not sure it will meet your needs.

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p.s. God Bless you and Emerson!
Thank you, may God bless you!

Regards...

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Old 06-27-2016, 07:58 PM   #20
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You need RT-Kernel for making music. Is there even one for CentOS?
Hi...

I didn't even think about that. I found this page, if this is needed.

Regards...

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Old 06-28-2016, 10:29 AM   #21
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The system was given to me--it was free. It has 36GB of RAM, two CPU modules (16 CPUs), six 146GB on-board hard drives with hardware RAID. It is extremely fast.
Free is always good. But...
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CentOS was the only Unix-based OS that I could successfully load. I *like* CentOS.
...the reason you probably could only load CentOS, was because it's nearly identical to RHEL. You're stuck with it, and it's good you like it. You *MIGHT* be able to load SLES as well, or Oracle Unbreakable too, but you're in the same position you are now.
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I am using it for digital signal processing and to develop computer-generated music, and some graphics development. That is why I am using this server and I am looking for a low-profile, PCI Express sound card that is known to work with CentOS.
If this is your goal, I'd stop where I was. You're going to be *SERIOUSLY* limited in what you can do with audio and graphics, with that hardware. If it was me, I'd just flat out SELL that server, and buy a high-end workstation with a SERIOUS audio/graphics setup, and not worry about things. You'll have FAR more options, and be able to load something like Ubuntu Studio:

https://ubuntustudio.org/

...which is designed for audio/graphics users. Already has the realtime/low-latency kernel, and supports a TON of hardware. Trying to shoehorn a card into a box, make a cable, compile a kernel...JUST to support a small subset of hardware that you might be able to find...only to be locked in to ONE distro, and ONE card (good luck replacing it in a few years, if you need a new feature), seems short-sighted to me. But, good luck.

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Old 06-28-2016, 11:00 AM   #22
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Well, one can always install Gentoo. Gentoo runs on anything, because it is custom built for hardware it will run on. There is also Gentoo Studio.
 
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Old 06-28-2016, 05:52 PM   #23
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Smile CentOS 7 with SB Audigy FX - No Sound

Hi Ardvark71, Emerson, and TB0ne,

With much appreciation, I want to thank you all for your quick, expert, and numerous responses and also for your patience and grace!

In consideration of everything I have learned throughout the life of this post, I think I will follow the good advice offered by TB0ne:

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  1. Purchase a Creative SOUND BLASTER PLAY! 2 USB Interface Sound Card so that I can get *some* sound out of the box
  2. Purchase a high-end workstation with a SERIOUS audio/graphics setup
  3. Install Ubuntu Studio on the new workstation and move forward with my project.
Whatever I learn--with the new workstation and Ubuntu Studio--I will happily share in the appropriate forum

As far as the x3550 m2 is concerned, it would make a great backup server using either Amanda or Bacula

All the best and may God Bless!
Regards,
Russell
 
Old 06-28-2016, 06:00 PM   #24
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You are welcome! Have fun with your project.
 
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Old 06-28-2016, 06:02 PM   #25
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Slackware also performs quite nicely, and there is a book's worth of tutorials at http://slackermedia.ml

It's what I use!
 
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Old 06-28-2016, 10:35 PM   #26
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With much appreciation, I want to thank you all for your quick, expert, and numerous responses and also for your patience and grace!
I'm not sure how expert mine was but you're welcome!

I wasn't aware of the limitations with servers as TB0ne described.

If you would, please mark this thread as "SOLVED" by clicking on "Thread Tools" directly above your initial post. Thanks and let us know how it all turns out...

Regards...

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Old 06-28-2016, 11:22 PM   #27
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Dear Ardvark71,

Your input was just a valuable as that of Emerson, TB0ne, and notKlaatu.

I would like to stay in contact with you if that's possible--please let me know how to do that if that's okay.

I will mark this thread as "SOLVED" tomorrow.

All the best and many, many thanks to all y'all!

Sincerely,
Russell
 
Old 06-29-2016, 12:45 AM   #28
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I would like to stay in contact with you if that's possible--please let me know how to do that if that's okay.
Hi...

Thank you but I would prefer to keep our communications here on the forums.

Regards...
 
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Smile [SOLVED] CentOS 7 with SB Audigy FX - No Sound

Hi Ardvark71,

I didn't mean to concern you.

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Thank you but I would prefer to keep our communications here on the forums.
Actually, what I really meant was through a message board or a chat room on *this* site.

Are there any such mechanisms available within Linux Questions?

I was looking for a way to shoot out a quick one-liner hither and yon, i.e. to share an idea, etc.

Sorry if I inadvertently raised any red flags!

Regards,
Russell
 
Old 06-29-2016, 02:12 PM   #30
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Sorry if I inadvertently raised any red flags!
Hi Russell...

No problem.

Each member is given a personal blog space which you can access using the "My Blog" link on the top right hand side of this page under "My LQ." There's no chat room that I'm aware of.

Regards...
 
  


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