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Old 11-28-2008, 03:16 PM   #31
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Default Native support in Mythbuntu 8.10

So I'm building my first MythTV system using parts I had around the house from an old Athlon X2 gaming rig. I popped for a good mobo (ASUS A8N32-SLI) when I built this system about 3 years ago, but the on-board sound was never very good. I had plugged in a SB Live which worked OK for the gaming setup, but for home theatre I required a good digital audio output (i.e., iec958 either optical/toslink or coax). My initial attempt was to use the limited on-board sound, and that has been a very frustrating experience, so I've finally decided to buy a separate card.

Given the dual 9800GT video cards and the HDTV tuner card installed, PCI slots are at a premium. This card looks like the perfect solution as I have an open PCIe 1X slot that is in the least congested spot in my HTPC case. The only concern for me, and the reason why I stumbled across this article, was Linux support. I am happy to report that in my Mythbuntu 8.10 installation the snd-virtuoso driver is included out of the box!

I'm on my way over to Newegg right now to pick one up.

Thanks for the great info!

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18# modinfo snd-virtuoso
filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.27-7-generic/kernel/sound/pci/oxygen/snd-virtuoso.ko
license:        GPL v2
description:    Asus AVx00 driver
author:         Clemens Ladisch [email protected]>
srcversion:     4538CBB90D041DBFD3FFDEE
alias:          pci:v000013F6d00008788sv00001043sd0000834Fbc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v000013F6d00008788sv00001043sd000082B7bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v000013F6d00008788sv00001043sd00008275bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v000013F6d00008788sv00001043sd00008269bc*sc*i*
depends:        snd-oxygen-lib,snd
vermagic:       2.6.27-7-generic SMP mod_unload modversions 
parm:           index:card index (array of int)
parm:           id:ID string (array of charp)
parm:           enable:enable card (array of bool)
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Old 11-28-2008, 05:27 PM   #32
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Linux support for the Xonar has been around for a little while, and I believe it was officially included in the 2.6.26 kernel, if memory serves. So, any distro that has a release with at least that kernel version should support the Xonar. Of course, nothing would ever stop someone from manually upgrading the kernel of their current distro to add support.

I've been using the Xonar under Linux since January and still love it. You don't get all the features as you would under Windows, but pure clean sound is all that really matters.
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Smile As good as advertised!

Just to follow-up to my previous anonymous post. My new Xonar D2X showed up yesterday. It took all of five minutes to install, and when I booted Mythbuntu, there it was. About two minutes later, I had reconfigured MythTV to use it as the primary sound device, complete with S/PDIF pass-through for AC3 content, and BAMMM!!!! It just worked.

So if anyone was waiting for an unsolicited AMEN to your review, consider this it! And the sound quality, all I can say is WOW. This is perhaps the best sound card I've ever owned (and I did own the original SoundBlaster way back when, so I've seen a few over the years).
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Nice, grats on the purchase and enjoy the card!
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