Originally Published: Thursday, 20 January 2000 Author: Kristopher Kersey
Published to: enhance_articles_hardware/Hardware News Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

Linux.com Exclusive: Aureal Inc. Releases Linux Drivers

Linux.com is proud to announce exclusively the first public release of Aureal's Linux drivers for their entire line of Vortex chipsets. Having been in private beta testing for some time, this new driver build features support for basic audio functionality, including: full duplex PCM playback and record, multiple audio channels, analog joystick and MPU-401 support, and OSS compatibility.

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Linux.com is proud to announce exclusively the first public release of Aureal's Linux drivers for their entire line of Vortex chipsets. Having been in private beta testing for some time, this new driver build features support for basic audio functionality, including: full duplex PCM playback and record, multiple audio channels, analog joystick and MPU-401 support, and OSS compatibility.

While this version of drivers is mostly binary, source code is provided for the OSS API implementation and some interfaces with the kernel. Aureal is committed to providing Linux users with a stable driver package, and support of the Open Source principle in the near future.

Aureal will be represented at the LinuxWorld Expo next month, where we expect to hear even more about their Linux strategy. In the meantime, be sure to check back with us regularly for updates. Now head on over to Aureal's new Linux site: http://linux.aureal.com and grab those drivers!

README

Release Notes for the Aureal Vortex Linux Driver ================================================

The following files are distributed in this release:

README this file Makefile used to build and install the driver COPYING GPL information ChangeLog Version change information mod_conf script used by make install vortex.c driver source file asp30.o object file containing Au8830 core asp10.o object file containing Au8810 core asp20.o object file containing Au8820 core

System Requirements -------------------

This driver is for Intel x86 systems only.

If your BIOS has an option for "PnP OS", it must be disabled.

This driver has been tested on the following distributions:

Red Hat 6.0, kernel version 2.2.5-15. Red Hat 6.1, kernel version 2.2.12-20. Red Hat 6.1, kernel version 2.2.13.

Installing the Driver ---------------------

1. Unpack the distribution: tar xvzf au88xx*.tar.gz

2. Change to the driver directory and become root: cd au88xx* su

3. Type the following install commands:

If you have an 8830-based card: make install

If you have an 8810-based card: make install10

If you have an 8820-based card: make install20

There is no need to reboot.

Supported Sound Cards ---------------------

Aureal SQ2500 (8830-based) Aureal SQ1500 (8810-based) Diamond MX300 (8830-based) Turtle Beach Montego (8820-based)

Features --------

1. OSS compatible.

2. Full duplex PCM playback and record, multiple channels (/dev/dsp).

3. Mixer support (/dev/mixer).

4. MPU-401 support (/dev/midi).

5. Joystck support at port 0x201.

6. Supports games such as Quake2.

7. Supports Vortex 8830, 8810, and 8820 based cards.

8. Supports /dev/audio and /dev/sndstat.

Midi synthesis is supported through a software midi synth, such as Timidity.

Missing Features (UNDER DEVELOPMENT) ------------------------------------

1. /dev/sequencer (hardware wavetable)

2. A3D

3. S/PDIF

4. EQ/Tone control

5. Multi-processor support

Known Problems --------------

1. DMA Hangs on K7 motherboard in some PCI slots.





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