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Old 04-13-2004, 09:34 AM   #1
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Surround Sound and Audigy Card


For two hours ive been reading through posts about surround soung not working in Linux and how to fix it. But im sorry i still dont understand it. I have an audigy card with 5.1 creative speakers. I dont know which driver i have, i dont know how to check, and when i play mp3's using XMMS i only hear music out of my front speakers. I would really appreciate some help.
Old 04-13-2004, 10:55 AM   #2
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There is no easy way that I know of.
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Old 05-07-2004, 12:24 AM   #4
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We have exactly the same problem and while looking through the status info for the emu10k1 driver we found this posting...

FROM: Takashi Iwai
DATE: 02/01/2002 11:19:44
SUBJECT: [Alsa-user] Audigy support status


now emu10k1 driver on cvs suports SB Audigy and seems working somehow

according to Steve Hassard:

- playback on front works. AC97 seems irrelevant and only
"Wave Playback Volume" affects actually.

- playback on rear - implemented - not work. no idea.

- playback on center/lfe - implemented - not tested

- digital (audio) outputs - implemented - not tested

- digital non-audio i/o - not implemented
no TRAM access yet

...does this mean that the rear speakers do not work at all at this stage, or am I reading this wrong?
Old 12-01-2004, 04:03 PM   #5
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same problem

I am haveing the same problem. fortunatly my speakers have an ability to switch to output the sound from the front speakers input to the back speakers simultaniously and as i mainly use my system for mp3s it isn't a big deal. however i think i had mandrake 10 (i now use libranet (Debian sarge)) working with all the chanels independent but i never tested to see if they were infact independent.

on annother note, i'm sure the sound quality is better with ALSA under linux than it ever was under windows for some reason. (all be it in sterio) and i remember the windows drivers as reverting to 2 speakers often and needing changing back once in a while when i noticed


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