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Ugh now I have another bloody problem. Since I'm only using ALSA I can only have audio play from one application. Is there any other solutions that would work with my card, support 5.1 (upmixing would be a nice feature as well) and be able to play audio from multiple apps at the same time? (Besides installing win7 again, if possible.)
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now you understand why they use pulse audio smile.gif

you can remove alsa all together, and try OSSv4, there aren't all that many audio subsystems tbh smile.gif

the xonar ds is supported in it.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/OpenSound

here are the directions (i would recomend building from source, cause the binary package offered by 4front, offers on a non-free year licenses, where the source is gpl...go figure huh.)

on that page you will also find a link to a list of compatible sound cards, i'm pretty sure i seen the xonar ds on that list, but you might want to double check to make sure its the right one.
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Ugh now I have another bloody problem. Since I'm only using ALSA I can only have audio play from one application. Is there any other solutions that would work with my card, support 5.1 (upmixing would be a nice feature as well) and be able to play audio from multiple apps at the same time? (Besides installing win7 again, if possible.)

ALSA has internal mixing, it was OSS3 that doesn't. You can play from multiple applications, if you can't you did something wrong.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1402102

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Let's get this strait. PULSE AUDIO SUCKS!!!!!! It doesn't support 5.1 on my desktop and it doesn't support the headphone jack on my laptop. ALSA is awesome but some distros like to screw up ALSA so that it can support Pulseaudio. *cough* Ubuntu 9.10 *cough*. Can the new Ubuntu 10.10 run without Pulseaudio? If not what is a decent distro that doesn't require a crap ton of initial config that works well with ALSA?

Use OSSv4. The first thing I do when I install a Linux distro is purge all pulseaudio/alsa stuff and then compile OSSv4. There is an Ubuntu wiki page that walks you through the process.

NOTE: when you get to the part of "Installing OSS" I highly recommend you use the build from source method. This is because if you install the binary .deb file, it will have a time limit on how long you can use it. If you install from source, there is no such limit.
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