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Old 06-18-2005, 04:44 PM   #1
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Question How to install Creative soundcard driver and how to execute bin- and rpm-files

Hi outthere!

I am the biggest newbie of all when it comes to Linux. I just installed Kubuntu 5.04 as a second OS (I still have Windows XP installed on another harddrive which works absolutely fine with everything) yesterday. I have been searching at Google to find out everything I can about Kubuntu.

What I've foung is how to install the newest nVidia graphics driver and to set my screen resolution right by editing /etc/X11/xorg.conf. I've done that and it's all working fine. I only have two issues left now:


1) How do I install my soundcard driver?
I have a Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS soundcard which I need some drivers for. I don't know if Linux actually knows that I have a soundcard - it just make sounds from the motherboard when I make a mistake.

I have found these opensource Creative drivers but I don't know how to install them.

My system has following specs:
SiS Motherboard P4S5A/DX+
Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.40 GHz
Kingston RAM 1024 MB DDR

nVidia GeForce 4 Ti4200 GFX
Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS SFX

1 x Maxtor 80 GB HDD (Windows XP)
1 x Seagate 80 GB HDD (Kubuntu 5.04)

I use GRUB as bootmanager.

I hope you have some tips for me (please step-to-step it for me) - I really want to hear music in Linux :-)


2) How do I excute an bin- or rpm-file?
I'm having trouble execute files of the type .bin or .rpm. How do I execute those?


I hope you can help me. Thank you!

Last edited by znuggle; 06-18-2005 at 06:50 PM.
Old 06-18-2005, 04:44 PM   #2
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The opensource drivers that I found is located here:
Old 06-18-2005, 08:54 PM   #3
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well, more often than not, the sound card support is compiled into the kernel, and should be all set. Try running
from the terminal, it will give you a "text-based gui" for adjusting the system volumes. Make sure nothing is muted (mute is denoted by an "M" at the top of the column.) once finished, use su to become root and:
alsactl store
to store the new volumes as default

This is just an educated guess -- It might not be the problem at all. Now, as for rpm and bin packages, for the bin files just type
chmod +x filename.bin
RPM's are installed using a utility, aptly named rpm. In most cases, typing
rpm -i packagename.rpm
will do it all for you, If there are other options needed, oftentimes wherever you downloaded the rpm from will tell you so.

Good luck!
Old 06-19-2005, 07:21 AM   #4
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Okay, thank you. It did partly solve my problem. I still need to use my Audigy 2 ZS soundcard instead of the onboard sound on the motherboard. When I get into the alsamixer it says like this:

Card: SiS SI7012
Chip: C-Media Electronics CMI9738
View: Playback

How do I change the card to my PCI-soundcard?



Okay, here's the thing. The onboard sound is working fine. In KMix I can see my soundcard in the dropdown menu but I can't manage to change Audigy 2 ZS to my default sound device.

How do I do that?

Last edited by znuggle; 06-19-2005 at 07:48 AM.


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