Ubuntu 10.10 Sound Problem

Ric Moore wayward4now at gmail.com
Sun Oct 17 06:45:09 UTC 2010

On Sun, 2010-10-17 at 04:28 +0300, Adil ALPMAN wrote:
> Hi Everybody;
> I have installed ubuntu 10.10 (fresh installation) from ubuntu dvd tonight.
> My soundcard is Sound Blaster 5.1 VX
> (http://support.creative.com/Products/ProductDetails.aspx?catID=1&subCatID=207&prodID=17510&prodName=Sound%20Blaster%205.1%20VX&subCatName=Others&CatName=Sound+Blaster&VARSET=prodfaq:PRODFAQ_17510,VARSET=CategoryID:1)
> in the past (in ubuntu 10.04) i can get a sound from this soundcard but i
> cant get sound in kubuntu 10.04 but now, i cant get sound from this card in
> ubuntu 10.10.
> Ubuntu meet it as SoundBlaster CA106 and when i click test the right side of
> the soundcard in sound properties page i see a new page that 5+1 speakers
> (because i use this card with creative inspire 5200 5+1 speaker system and i
> choose 5.1 analog input + 1 analog output option in ubuntu) and when i see
> "test" button on each seperated button on the different speakrs i heard only
> noise like a radio that cant find any channel (only noise)...

I know, it can get weird as pulse isn't always aware of what your
soundcard can do since it doesn't have the windows drivers. 

"Most onboard audio to this date use software drivers rather than
hardware to accomplish the audio task. The problem this presents is that
most computers (notwithstanding the latest and greatest) are depleted of
valuable resources when it must rely on internal software drivers,
rather than an external hardware device to handle the audio; this is
especially true of on-board sound cards that say they are capable of
"5.1 surround sound"." --from a review of your speaker system on

Hopefully you have your SB manual since there was zip for info at that
site URL. If it requires software drivers, there is part of the problem.
So, forget about the microphone input, which would squeal like a
Mandrake Root in the middle of all of those speakers anyway. Deselect
using a mike. Then select 2.0 (stereo) sound output. You should get
sound. Then 4.0. Then 4.1. Then 5.0. Then 5.1 Which ever works, stick
with it. On my 6.1 speaker system, 4.0 works. Ric

My father, Victor Moore (Vic) used to say:
"There are two Great Sins in the world...
..the Sin of Ignorance, and the Sin of Stupidity.
Only the former may be overcome." R.I.P. Dad.
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