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Creative Soundblaster Z on Ubuntu 17.04


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#1 xnite

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 12:00 AM

I can't get any audio out of my soundblaster z even though it appears in the audio devices.

Furthermore the card shows up as 2.1 instead of 5.1 surround.

I've tried a few suggestions for Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04 but nothing seems to work.

I'm positive that the wires are plugged in correctly because my audio does work in Windows.


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Posted 03 November 2017 - 04:57 AM

seems this is one of those pieces of hardware that doesnt work with linux.

Its not the fault of linux as linux is independently developed, there is no multi billion dollar company funding it nor do some hardware makers work well with linux.

Linux support has to come from both ends, the hardware makers need to provide a good open source or well integrated proprietary drivers like what nvidia does.

Do you have other audio output on your machine?

Are you open to alternatives?

I know this sucks as I know these kinds of cards are pricey but its how linux is sometimes, its still a great system but its stuff like this that do annoy me when a major hardware company gives linux the middle finger.


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Posted 03 November 2017 - 02:29 PM

seems this is one of those pieces of hardware that doesnt work with linux.

Its not the fault of linux as linux is independently developed, there is no multi billion dollar company funding it nor do some hardware makers work well with linux.

Linux support has to come from both ends, the hardware makers need to provide a good open source or well integrated proprietary drivers like what nvidia does.

Do you have other audio output on your machine?

Are you open to alternatives?

I know this sucks as I know these kinds of cards are pricey but its how linux is sometimes, its still a great system but its stuff like this that do annoy me when a major hardware company gives linux the middle finger.

That's a shame. I couldn't find any working solutions either (Some people reported it working while myself and others could not get those solutions to work).
I just ordered a new audio card (Asus Xonar DG) that is supposed to work with Linux with a little bit of tweaking. It's about $30 cheaper than what I picked the Soundblaster up for. I'll just wind up using the new one and swap out the old one into one of the Windows systems.
Thank you for taking the time to research and reply. :)



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Posted 03 November 2017 - 09:32 PM

Yeah I mean I know it sucks but still linux is stool a good system.

Only a small amount of hardware doesnt work with it.


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