soundblaster live + 5.1

Thomas Beckett thomas.beckett at
Thu May 26 07:27:05 UTC 2005

On 5/26/05, Andreas Constantinides (MegaHz) <megahz at> wrote:
> Hello,
> I've been using ubuntu 3 months now,
> but I am having a problem with the sound.
> I am using a SoundBlaster Live 5.1 with 5.1 creative speakers. The
> problem that I am facing is that I dont get a clear sound (in xmms) both
> with OSS, Alsa, esd, there is some noise.
> In the windows it works okay with a clear sound.
> also the rear speakers are not working and I haven't found a way to fix
> it. This problem I was having it with other linux also, but i messed a
> lot with alsamixer and found the way. I am asking here for a problem
> solution.
> I will appreciate if you can help me.
> thank you
> Andreas Constantinides
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Im afraid I dont know what the problem is, but I have the same card
and speekers. The only issue I have ever had is that when the volume
controlls for master and wave are set to full 100% I got distortion,
setting them to about 75% stopped it completely. Try bringing up the
mixer (double click the volume icon in the tray) and setting the
levels to about 75%. change through the devices - you will have one
for alsa and one for oss. When they are at 75% I got fine sound and
the volume controll on the speekers was more than sufficient (i still
dont put it past half way as the whole street would complain!).

Hope this helps, 


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