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Old 09-19-2002, 01:40 PM   #1
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Need help getting Philips AcousticEdge 5.1 sound card working in linux

This is on a Mandrake 8.2 box.

I've looked at all of the opensound projects and stuff that I can find, and I haven't been able to find any drivers for this card.

No sound is the only thing holding me back from running linux full time as my desktop OS (even though I use it quite a bit).

I've had my share of unix classes, but I haven't had any experience with getting sound working before so talk to me like a newbie in that area Must.. have... sound.. for... ut2003 demo..... *drools*

Old 09-20-2002, 06:20 AM   #2
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Unfortunately Philips didn't release any drivers/docu/source developers could work with to provide Linux drivers so, no.

Soz to say, but you shouldve checked the LHD before you bought this card...
Old 09-20-2002, 06:31 AM   #3
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If you aren't too pressed for cash, and can spare ~30 bux, you can find a (well supported) SB Live card at and swap em out. The cards are great, and sound is superb.

Old 09-20-2002, 10:00 AM   #4
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Well.. this began as a Win2k box about 6 months ago, which is why I had the Philips card in here. I have an unused original SBLive card sitting around, but the only reason I haven't hooked it up is because I have a 4.1 speaker setup that I would like to take full advantage of (if at all possible).

I don't really want to buy a new sound card right now, just work with what I have already. I'm gonna be buying a Zoltrix Nightingale Pro card soon because it has optical inputs (which I need for special purposes) and costs only like $50. Wonder if that will work in linux. :P

Otherwise I guess I'll swap out and put the SBLive in and live without using my speakers full capabilities
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According to the not so complete data sheets of the PSC7* cards, they are fully register-compatible with the standard SB card. So, it may be possible to use the standard SB driver with them. But first, the card and the emulation has to be turned on & received firmware & default register settings.
There is a DOS driver for the cards, SB_INIT.EXE does everything necessary to fire up the card as an SB clone (+turns on 4ch output, WT and a couple of things) and after this soft booting with loadlin.exe might work (as with MWave cards)
claudma.exe reports the DMA channel(s) in use by the card.
I've tried it on an ASUS TUSL2-C mobo, but I got a message that the card doesn't work in DOS mode behind a PCI bridge. In this mobo every PCI slot is on the second pci bus (eg. behind a bridge)
Maybe just a simple patch could do, but I don't know what to patch. (The AU88* Win drivers also have this problem in this mobo, but a simple registry key turns the warning message off nad everything work as expected, so maybe PSC* will work, too)
One important thing: the card must be set to use IRQ 5 to emulate SB.
I've tried the DOS drivers on an old i430TX mobo, and it worked. There is no Linux installed on it (yet) so I could't test it.

Maybe someone with good reverse-engineering skills will have a look at the DOS drivers.


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