Where are Linux drivers for my X-Fi card?

Where are Linux drivers for my X-Fi card?

Right now, there's a lone audio cable running from my A8N-SLI Deluxe's onboard audio to the auxillary input jack on my speakers, and that cable makes me sad. It's there because there aren't any drivers for my X-Fi card for Linux. I'm not playing games or doing any audio editing in Linux, so having good sound isn't critical, but listening to music through the noisy onboard audio really sucks.

So, what's Creative's story? The last mention of X-Fi support on Linux was a post from May 18, 2006. It says "Creative plans to make proprietary (closed source) drivers available for the X-Fi series of sound cards in the second quarter of 2007. These drivers will have full support for ALSA (playback, recording, mixer, MIDI, synthesis) and OpenAL 1.1 (with EAX effects)." We're about to enter the second quarter, but we've heard nothing from anyone at Creative for 10 months.

It's safe to describe a standalone soundcard as a luxury item these days, virtually every montherboard you can buy includes good onboard sound, especially for people who don't play games. The only reason anyone needs a standalone soundcard is if they play games or if they want the cleaner, less noisy audio that you get when you move the DACs and sound hardware up off the motherboard. When I buy a luxury item, I expect it to provide better functionality than the commodity hardware I already have, everywhere I need it to. My standalone soundcard, which I paid for, should be demonstrably better than the onboard codecs that came soldered to my motherboard for free--whether I'm running Windows or Linux.

The X-Fi has been on the market for almost 18 months now. I'm not asking for support for 3D sound or a fancy control panel. All I want is the ability to play MP3s and watch video using my X-Fi card. It's time for at least a beta release, Creative.



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The only power you have has already literally been spent. Companies see dollars as votes. Once you've spent your money with a company your importance to them is minimized in all but rare cases.

Solution: Research first and buy hardware that IS supported for your favorite OS. Write the company from whom you bought and tell them why you bought it. Write other cmpanies that you didn't buy and tell them that you regrettably didn't buy their product because they don't supply or even modestly support Linux drivers for their products.

Examples of Linux supported Hi Quality Soundcards
M-Audio (home theater especially)
ESi (check out Juli@)
RME Hammerfall (big bucks pro stuff)

You have to check the chipset for each model to be certain and you can look up support on http://www.alsa-project.org/ and select "soundcard list"

Just plug in manufacturer and csee results for level of support. Also, most manufacturers have forums where one can beg and plead, but dollars work best. Like Dylan said, "Money doesn't talk, it swears!"



X-fi users deserve a much better a linux support. After all they have bought a premium product. Premium products ought to have premium support.



I agree... I am so sick of everyone ignoring Linux. I use openSUSE 10.2 and I love it. I can do 90% of the stuff i used to do in windows. I am about to build a new pc and instead of buying a x-fi, I will keep my sb live 5.1 gamer.

hell, osx gets more attention than linux and i doubt there are more mac users than linux.



Amen Brother. I've had the same problem since I started using Ubuntu. Every time I want to use it I have to reach behind my PC and swap out cables, its a pain in the butt.

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