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Old 10-05-2003, 12:32 AM   #1
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Question Best Sound Card Choice

Hi everybody...

I want to buy a new sound card, and I want to guarantee that this sound card comes with Linux RH 9.1 driver.

So what is the best choice?

Old 10-05-2003, 02:09 PM   #2
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I use a store bought in the box Sound Blaster Live. About $40.00 average. Not OEM. These are about a year old and use the emu10k1 module. if you still have kudzu running then it should automatically load the module for it.

But I never have done a sound card change from one to another brand, I would search this site and see what you might to up for.

Lots of info here about the subject.

Hope this helps
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IMO, I think Soundblaster LIVE! cards suck. They screw up the bus to make sure it goes at a constant 32 clocks. Also they have the worst sound quality than Philips and Turtle Beach sound cards. Soundblaster LIVE! maybe great for gamers because it uses little bit of processor usage but ist worthless for recording video or other sources. In one of my systems, I had to use my on-board sound device instead of Soundblaster LIVE! because in video capture recordings it added pops and clicks even if I lower the recording level to a point where I can not hear it.

There are several hundred sound cards that are supported in LINUX. Have a look at ALSA.

If you want to see how well the Soundblaster LIVE card did go to

BTW, Soundblaster LIVE cards have been around for over 3 years.
Old 10-08-2003, 06:42 AM   #4
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Thank you,

I am having a build-in sound card which is C-Media (CMI9739) , I want to buy new one sound card since my current one are not recongnized by my Linux 9.1.

I got the driver for C-Media from some place, I read the configuration instructions, but I couldn't understand any thing!!

In the instruction there was:
- Turn on sound support (soundcore module).
- Complied source code.
I don't know how to do both! there was no descriptions for any!!!!

By the way, I am still very new in Linux.


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Old 10-09-2003, 12:03 AM   #5
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So do you advice me to keep on trying configure my current C-Media or buy a new sound card??

Old 10-14-2003, 09:03 AM   #6
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Hi, I bought a new sound card AT LAST!!!

First, my Linux detect it and it could only output .wav files.

Any time I tried to play .mp3 files, I get an error, until I discovered that I have to install the support files for MP3 (to XMMS player) from the site

Now I can execute both .wav and .mp3, but I can't listen to any of my audio CDs



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