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Old 06-11-2002, 06:30 PM   #1
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Best Supported Sound Card

Any recommendations on the best supported up to date sound card for Linux? I'm going to be using either RH or Mandrake. Latest Versions.

I need to purchase a new system soon and was looking for opinions. The card I have now is terrible it pops and crackles when i play xmms :\ tho it may also be my k6-2 300mhz

Old 06-11-2002, 08:21 PM   #2
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Any Sound Blaster card.
Old 06-11-2002, 08:55 PM   #3
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Sound Blasters are indeed the card u may be looking for. Well almost !!! SB Audigy may not be really well well supported now unless u'd want to rebuild kernel with with the audigy driver(emu10k1 driver). Any other SB card will work real nice.

- Manas
Old 06-11-2002, 09:03 PM   #4
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excellent. I have some old SB 16's. They din't give me the same performance they did under windows but... thats all i've ever ran their old and ISA so perhaps that was a problem.

I'll look into the new models. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.
Old 06-15-2002, 07:16 AM   #5
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Just to let you know...

I didn't have to recompile my kernel to get the emu10k1 module, it was automatically recognized in my mandy install. It's the driver for both Audigy and Live! cards. The Audigy apparently uses a slightly 'tweaked' version, but nonetheless it is still the emu10k1 module. And I LOVE my Live! card. It sounds great and offers quite a bit... It has a Dolby Digital (SPDIF In/Out) plug, 2 out plugs for a 4 or more speaker setup, and 2 CDROM audio inputs and 1 digital audio input on the board. Not too bad and the prices have dropped dramatically since the audigy was released.
Old 06-17-2002, 12:30 AM   #6
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I agree, the SB Live! is really good quality for your buck and you wont have any trouble with compatibility.


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