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Old 03-06-2004, 01:26 AM   #1
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Angry Sound Blaster Audigy 2 NX || Slackware 9.1

Okay, Semi-new to Linux, mostly helped by real life friends that have migrated to Linux prior to myself. I just made the "complete" switch yesterday, as I am dual booting 2k. But that's not where the problem lies.

A couple weeks ago I purchased a SoundBlaster Audigy XT which is an external USB sound card. I've yet to find drivers that will allow me to use this device, and I would be lying if I didn't say I wanted to hear my mp3s. -.-

I've tried emu10k1 and exaudio, however I may have done something incorrectly, as I've yet to get anything from my speakers. Also, the mute light seems to be on on the actual card, and pushing the button under it has no effect on it. It does the same thing on Windoze, but I can just unmute it in the Sound manager. However, when I use the sound thing (kmix, alasmixer, rexima) none of them show my USB deviced, all they show is the CD sound.

Slackware 9.1
XFree86 version 4.3.0
Kernel 2.4.22

System Specs:
AMD 2700+
1 gb PC2700 DDR Memory
3 80 gb Hard drives (2 internal 1 external)
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro (also having trouble with getting dual monitors setup)
SoundBlaster Audigy XT USB Sound Card

I've been working on this problem for a good 4-5 hours, with the help of my semi-linux gurus, that know only about 2-4x as much as I do.

I was wondering if I could get some help from the grape vines.
Thanks in advance.

Old 03-06-2004, 02:15 AM   #2
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Go grab the latest Kernel source tarball ( and configure it to have support for USB audio within the ALSA sound part. From there you should be able to get it working, although I can't promise anything.
Old 03-06-2004, 09:58 AM   #3
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Wouldn't the fact that I'm on 2.4 kernel have an effect on the 2.6 driver??
Old 04-20-2004, 09:08 PM   #4
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The point would be to compile a 2.6 kernel with the appropriate drivers and upgrade. I have not yet taken the leap myself, but if you can compile a 2.4 kernel and get it to run, I don't think the transition from 2.4 to 2.6 would be that much more difficult unless you have proprietary drivers that are pre-compiled for 2.4.
Old 05-10-2004, 06:38 PM   #5
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I too have almost the same exact configuration... except I'm using Gentoo Linux with the latest kernel, 2.6.6, which came out today... I don't have my Audigy 2 NX working yet, and my friends don't know why it doesn't work. The card has the latest firmware, which is what I'm guessing is the cause of the problem. AFAIK, if I emerge the EZ-Flash firmware upload/downloader, the soundcard might work, but that requires that I have the firmware in a file on the hard drive, of which is probably possible to get, but I'm too lazy to hex edit the install files... (Yet I hex edited the crap out of the halo maps...) ...

If anyone can help with the usb-alsa problems, please respond.

BTW: My system config is as follows...

Athlon XP 2500+
1GB PC2700 RAM
2 120GB HD's
Liteon 411S@811S DVDRW
Samsung 52x cdrw
Asus A7V8X Motherboard with 1014.001 beta bios
ATI Radeon 9700Pro
- - Things connected to USB ports are as follows
- Logitech MX510 mouse
- Audigy 2 NX
- HP PSC2175 printer
Gentoo Linux (2004.1-based liveCD install with 2.6.6 development-sources kernel)
I have compiled in USBAUDIO support, but have done away with all ALSA modules.

I'm clueless as to where I should go next.
Old 07-15-2004, 09:48 PM   #6
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I can't get my Audigy 2 NX working either - started my own thread here. Slackware 10, 2.6.7...

edit: fix link

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Old 07-15-2004, 11:11 PM   #7
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i'm just looking through menuconfig in kernel 2.6.7...

first, try upgrading all the alsa components
then, you can use a tool called alsaconf (comes default in slack 9.1 and above) to see if you can find a suitable module to work; once it does its work and modifies /etc/modules.conf, reboot, and watch the output; check dmesg for errors

the above should at least tell you what drivers you need; post that here if the below does not work

in my 2.6.7 menuconfig, try enabling these options:
device drivers-sound (enable sound)-alsa (enable the necessary options, including oss support)-pci devices (emu10k1)
go back-alsa usb devices-(usb audio)

i would configure everything as modules, so in case they don't work, the kernel won't panic or get confused

after the recompile and kernel install, reboot into the new kernel, and modprobe emu10k1 (or whatever the driver may be called) and the snd_usb module (find the correct names in /lib/modules/2.6.7/kernel/drivers/sound)

after that, try doing alsaconf again (works extremely well in slackware with 2.6.x kernels if sound is modularized); hopefully something will work

try alsamixer, and check dmesg

good luck!

*note: i do not own this sound device, i'm making some educated guesses


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