Debian Lenny Creative XFi Drivers Installation

Creative Labs release his official Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Linux driver. You can find it through creative support site http://support.creative.com/ under X-Fi and drivers area.

You need this drivers to get audio from X-Fi, ALSA doesn’t have drivers, but Creative have supplied a data sheet to developers so development work has started.

Status: Front Panel doesn’t work with Creative official drivers (at least as today March 30, 2009)
There is a compatibility issue with Ubuntu 8.04

Installation process: (thanks to NullHead on ubuntuforums)

1) Check if you have the minimal compiling tools to build your driver:
(you can check it first with aptitude show build-essential or … linux-headers-… if you don’t have that install it)
aptitude install build-essential
aptitude install linux-headers-'uname -r'
(if you have trouble with the ”, just check your version with uname -r)

2) Download the official driver with the link provided before or with:
wget http://ccftp.creative.com/manualdn/Drivers/AVP/10792/0x0343D29A/XFiDrv_Linux_Public_US_1.00.tar.gz

3) On a clean folder unpack the contents of the gzipped tar:
tar -xf XFiDrv_Linux_Public_US_1.00.tar.gz

4) Get into the directory
cd XFi...

5) Compile and install
make
make install

Then check if the drivers are in your settings (for gnome go to System->Preferences->Sound

6) Finally you have to restart

References:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=870001 (the original article that works, than you very much NullHead)

Additional:
http://www.alsa-project.org/main/index.php/Matrix:Vendor-Creative_Labs
http://support.creative.com/downloads/welcome.aspx?nDriverType=1#type_1
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=843012
http://forums.creative.com/creativelabs/board/message?board.id=soundblaster&thread.id=132288&view=by_date_ascending&page=4
http://connect.creativelabs.com/opensource/Wiki/SoundCard%20Support.aspx
http://www.soundblaster.com/
http://wiki.debian.org/ALSA

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  1. Pingback: Instalación de Drivers de la Creative XFi en Linux Debian Lenny « Ernesto Ocampo Blog en Español

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