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Sound Blaster X-Fi

This page describes how to enable support for Sound Blaster X-Fi devices on Debian systems.

The Sound Blaster X-Fi is a sound card series (PCI, PCI-E and USB host interfaces) produced by Creative Technology.

Device support in ALSA is specific to the chipset within the device:

The snd-ctxfi driver - based on Creative Technology's open source driver - was introduced in ALSA at version 1.0.21.

Configuration

  1. Install the alsa-utils package:

    # aptitude -r install alsa-utils
  2. If not already performed, add your user account to the audio group, then log out and log back into your system:

    # adduser yourusername audio
    # exit
    $ exit
  3. Run alsamixer(1) to unmute channels and raise the volume levels.

  4. Test the sound device, for example:

    $ aplay /usr/share/sounds/alsa/Noise.wav
    $ speaker-test -t sine -f 440 -c 2
    $ speaker-test -t wav -c 2

Known Issues

The Creative Labs CA0106 Soundblaster seems to have some isses with audio capturing in Debian 7 "Wheezy".

Supported Devices

The page HowToIdentifyADevice/PCI explains how to identify a PCI device.

snd-ctxfi

The following list is based on the alias fields of modinfo snd-ctxfi in Debian 3.2.0 (3.2.51-1) kernel images:

snd-ca0106

The following list is based on the alias fields of modinfo snd-ca0106 in Debian 3.2.0 (3.2.51-1) kernel images:

snd-hda-intel

The following list is based on the alias fields of modinfo snd-hda-intel in Debian 3.2.0 (3.2.51-1) kernel images, with non-Creative devices removed:

See Also


CategoryHardware | CategorySound