Re: PCI Soundcard
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On Sun, 3 Oct 1999 firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> I would suggest one based on the Trident 4DWave chipset. These things can be found
> for as low as $15, and they are excellent sound cards. Not to mention the Linux
> support is great due to Trident releasing all the necessary specs to the ALSA people.
I second this. I bought a Trident 4Dwave card from onsale.com for about
$18, including shipping. I have never had an easier time setting up a
sound card for Linux. It's as simple as going to www.alsa-project.org,
downloading the driver source, compiling it, and inserting the modules
into the kernel (OK, so I left off the little detail about figuring out
the ALSA mixer, but you'd have to do that no matter what card you get).
I think it's a very important thing to support companies like Trident that
are willing to furnish all the information needed by free software
developers to program drivers for their hardware.
The one problem I've found with the Trident card is that sound-in quality
is poor. Playback is great, but both the mic and line-in ports are quite
noisy. I have only used these ports under Linux, but I suspect you'd see
the same behavior in other platforms...
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