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Old 08-15-2011, 05:41 PM   #1
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sound card device driver not installing

I have some Linux experience, but not a lot, so I am challenged by several issues. I have been using Windows XP, and recently added Linux 10.10, and set it up as a dual boot system. I have a Creative Sound Blaster X-FI sound card (bought in 2007), and driver installed fine from CD on XP. I downloaded the Linux driver from the Creative web site for the sound card, and I'm sure it was the correct one. The first thing I had to do was create a folder to put it in. I created a folder named 'soundcard' under /usr/share/, and extracted (unzipped) the files into that folder. The readme file instructed me to do the following:

In terminal,

1) Goto source directory

2) Execute make command as root


make install

When trying to install the sound card device driver with the make command, I received the following error message:

fatal error: sound/driver.h: No such file or directory

I did a grep search to find out where the sound/driver.h code exists, and is in ctatc.h and xfi.c. There was a '#include <sound/driver.h>' statement in both files, commented them out, tried to run that way, and got a different error message, so that was not the solution.

If anyone knows how to resolve this problem, I would very much appreciate your response ASAP. Thanks.
Old 08-15-2011, 07:16 PM   #2
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"make install" must be done as root (administrator)

other than that I have very little experience with creative devices. (snd-ctxfi)

Hope this helps, Glenn

ps. this error is because you don't have access to the directory, or the file
fatal error: sound/driver.h: No such file or directory

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