Originally Posted by sP00N;12796993
My soundcard doesn't come up at all for me in pulseaudio. The last time I tried to use pulse audio in conjunction with alsa, I woke up one day and my sound just didn't work. >.< Also that guide on removing pulse audio is a joke, I still cant hear crap and I've been screwing around with ALSA for over 5 hours now. Can someone please make sound in Linux not suck?
I installed ALSA 1.0.24 (Alsa's site says that it supports my Xonar DS) and now I can see my DS in alsa mixer. But no programs will output sound (not even aplay) and this is all confusing as hell. (been a while since I've messed with linux, probably because of the dodgy sound drivers, lol.)
not sure what you expected from the guide? thought you wanted pulse removed, that guide shows how to remove.
ubuntu typically defaults to about 20% volume upon installation, could be why you aren't hearing anything?
as for you loosing of 5.1 its like error10 said, go set it up in sound preferences.
alsa aint much now days, i rarely think it gets updated. it was one of the reasons why the distro's started moving towards the use of pulse as plugin, alsa is seriously lacking in modernization, and oss4 i believe carries a non-gpl use license (correct me if i'm wrong, that just might be the initial binaries that were released.)
its also why kde developed phonon.
i do agree there needs to be a serious undertaking on the linux sound subsystem, as it is a complete mess right now...so as long as there is no "cooperation" between the distro's to get a new sound sub system,mediocrity will slip in till then.