From: "Jason T. Collins"
To: John Goebel
Subject: Re: Recommendation for a sound card
Date: Mon, 22 May 2000 09:36:28 -0700
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On Sat, 20 May 2000, John Goebel wrote:
> I need to get a sound card for my home box. Which would you recommend?

Lots of people are using the SoundBlaster Live these days (get the "Value" edition to dump the crap Windoze software bundle). Since Creative is working on the open source drivers with the community, I would say this is a good bet for the future. The Creative Ensoniq AudioPCI is a solid low-end card with no frills. If you need 44.1/16 and that's it, it'll fit the bill (that's what I use). Jason

From: Steven A. DuChene
Date: Sat, 20 May 2000 06:52:55 -0400
To: John Goebel
Subject: Re: Recommendation for a sound card
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On they have a opl3sa2 based sound card with a hardware wave table for $14 It's an ISA card and works really well with the drivers in the kernel. It's made by SIIG and is actually at:

(it's the sixth one down in the list)

I have it in my system here and it works fine.

If you want a PCI card, there are several listed there also.

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Subject: Re: [TAG] Only one speaker sounds.
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Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2002 14:07:14 -0800


Have you seen the sound HOWTOs? (how to set up sound cards) (dated 1999, before kernel 2.4) (ALSA home page) (Linux audio users' guide) (1998; Sound playing programs)

There are plenty of other HOWTOs at (The Linux Documentation Project) that make for fascinating reading.

>> PS. We still need to know for sure whether it's an ISA or PCI card.
> Whats the difference? I think it has to do with the slot. The slot has
> two sections.

Then it's probably ISA, especially if it's big and black. PCI slots are smaller and white. PCI replaced ISA around 1998 because the bus is much faster. Automatic configuration (Plug-n-Play) was designed into PCI properly from the beginning, whereas with ISA, Plug-n-Play was hacked in later, and there are incompatibilities between manufacturers.

Mike Orr, Editor, Linux Gazette SSC: publishers of Linux Journal