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Old 01-12-2006, 12:09 PM   #1
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Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro - ALSA

I am in the middle of a fresh debian testing install and I just got a Audigy2 ZS Platinum Pro and I went to the soundblaster site and they do not have native drivers for linux. Now will ALSA take full advantage of the cards features and support lets say 5.1 speakers. Or will it just be a sort of dummy driver that allows sounds to play but not that good of quality.

This is my first soundcard so I am new to it. let me know if I am confusing.

Old 01-13-2006, 06:20 AM   #2
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After going to and looking up your card it appears that the card is supported under the "emu10k1" driver. The installation instructions (I don't know how dated they are, especially since you are using Debian) can be found here. I have an Audigy 2 ZS and I would say all the features are included EXCEPT for playing DVD-A discs. I have not been able to find a player in linux to do that (most likely because no one has cracked the encryption). Other than that I watch movies with 5.1 surround without a problem. Just a little word of advice. When you get your drivers installed and when you go into "alsamixer" turn your PCM volume down to about 70-80% and then control everything from the master volume. When I had my PCM volume up all the way I had a lot of crackling/popping/static in my sound files and once I turned this down it went away. Hope this helps and good luck.
Old 01-16-2006, 03:23 AM   #3
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I followed your advice and turned the PCM to about 75%. However, after every MP3 i listen to, the PCM level always drops to zero. Any ideas as to why?
Old 01-16-2006, 11:24 AM   #4
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well a new problem has arose with my sound. I have no alsamixer or alsaconf, though when I go to the volume control in gnome it tells me I am using a audigy 2 ZS alsa. I have an open thread right now explaing my problem.

also, does your external sound box control your volume(the master volume knob), or do you lose that function.


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