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Old 01-16-2019, 05:26 PM   #1
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Help requested - Linux Mint, ALSA, Audigy 4 Pro breakout box - how to enable


Hi folks,

Mint Cinnamon 19
ASUS P5Q-EM
Intel Core 2 Quad
GeForce GTX745
6GB RAM

I've just added an Audigy 4 Pro with breakout box. The box does not respond to anything, just showing power LED.
Soundcard is working.

I went to the ALSA page, and there's a workaround for getting it working, which requires that I add two lines to /etc/modules.conf - except I don't seem to have that file.

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There is an issue with the Audigy 2 Platinum Ex soundcard and the Audigy 4 pro (and probably some other Audigy 2 cards as well), whereas the IR sensor, MIDI and the buttons on the LiveDrive do NOT work at all until the LiveDrive is initialized by sending the sequence of '0xf0, 0x00, 0x20, 0x21, 0x61, 0x0, 0x00, 0x00, 0x7f, 0x0, 0xf7' to the MIDI port. Before doing this, even the LED on the LiveDrive won't blink, as it usually does when a button on the remote is pressed. As far as I know, this behaviour is different than with most LiveDrives manufactured by Creative. For more information see this link. The easiest workaround to this is to add the following line to /etc/modules.conf

post-install snd-emu10k1

echo -e '\360\000\040\041\141\000\000\000\177\000\367' > /dev/snd/midiC0D1

If it doesn't work, try

echo -en "\xf0\x00\x20\x21\x61\x00\x00\x00\x7f\x00\xf7" > /dev/snd/midiC0D1

It works for me and it should be distribution-independent (with exception to Debian, where you change /etc/modutils/alsa and run update-modules afterwards, Debian users will know anyway).
Here's the link:
http://alsa-project.org/main/index.p...Module-emu10k1

I have no coding skills, and this link/quote is from 2006, so probably fatally outdated.

Any help appreciated in how I should go about this.

Cheers.
 
Old 01-18-2019, 02:49 AM   #2
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I think the reason why you don't get any replies is because nobody knows what an "Audigy 4 Pro with breakout box" is.

we would prefer a problem description from the Linux side of things, together with code, commands, output, logs etc.

you can create the file /etc/modules.conf and add those two lines, then reboot.

beyond that i cannot give any advice atm.
 
Old 01-18-2019, 03:15 AM   #3
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Hello ondoho.

It's a soundcard from Creative Labs, and the breakout box is an external box with controls and connectors. Was also called a LiveDrive, I think.
I'm a little bit new on this OS, so please list any logs or command outputs you would like to see.

I should add - this isn't an OS failure.
I'm trying to use the info quoted in my opening post from the ALSA website, which is 13 years old. What I'm seeking is some assistance on how to adjust that to today's OS version.

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Old 01-18-2019, 02:10 PM   #4
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I'm trying to use the info quoted in my opening post from the ALSA website, which is 13 years old. What I'm seeking is some assistance on how to adjust that to today's OS version.
i don't see why it shouldn't work on a current system.
except for the last bit; you'll just have to figure it out (ubuntu didn't exist back then, afaik, but mint is based on ubuntu which in turn is based on debian).
 
  


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