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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:24 pm    Post subject: Need hardware recommedations Reply with quote

Hi guys!
Please recommend me some pieces of hardware, namely a decent soundcard (maximum 100€ price tag) and a wifi card or better USB-dongle, that both run painless with Gentoo. Background is, that I failed to get my Creative CA0132 soundcard working. I also had huge woes with my Ralink Wifi dongle, which was affected by a naughty kernel bug, I suppose. That all annoyed me so hard, that I quit using Linux on this machine. What can I say? Windows 7 works, no problems, but it's also boring and pretty maintainance-intensive. So basically I would like to return, even if that means that I have to invest in new hardware. Oh, and the soundcard is meant for hifi-purposes, maybe an Audigy? But I've read very mixed up reviews with Linux as well. So, any advice is very welcome.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why not try again with old Hardware :?:
Linux Kernel Driver DataBase: CA0132

In short, your sound driver is snd_hda_intel

For RA-Link see:
RT3070 based usb-wifi dongle - wpa_supplicant not connecting

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I know the CA0132 is in the kernel. But it seems not to be maintained at all. I've had it all set up correctly, firmware loading and everything. But no sound :roll:
Your second link isn't working, says "topic does not exist".
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Martux wrote:
Yeah, I know the CA0132 is in the kernel. But it seems not to be maintained at all. I've had it all set up correctly, firmware loading and everything. But no sound :roll:
Your second link isn't working, says "topic does not exist".


Try now...
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL, the "try now" involves "freshly install Gentoo again" first :) Need a weekend for that :)
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I meant try my Link now... :lol:
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahahahaha :)
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This should be a working USB adapter: TP-Link TL-WN722N. If you prefer PCI instead of USB: DLink DWL G510 (but this is 54MBit only). Maybe for PCIe you should check out DLink DWA-556. All these cards should have an Atheros chipset.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@bbgermany: Thanks. Looks good. I found another one, which I like even better because of its nano form factor: The TP-Link TL-WN725N. It uses Realtek RTL8188CUS chipset. Any suggestions about this? It seems to be supported by Linux, but I am willing to go with the bigger one if that's a better choice.
Now I am still missing a well working soundcard. I didn'T found a single live CD that supported the bloody CA0132 chip. I tried ~2 months ago, even with 3.11 kernel no luck. So does anybody have a good suggestion?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, I bought the WIFI adapter, bbgermany suggested. For the soundcard, I took the M-Audio Audiophile 2496, which got nice reviews and has dedicated cinch-connectors.
The Creative SB Z was the last card *ever* I bought from them. High price tag and the worst Linux support ever > bye bye Creative.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

unless you're doing studio audio stuff, spend $100 on a audio card is pointless. Invest that cash in GPU, CPU or RAM.

$6 usb audio dongle is enough. Or some free pci sound card from a friend/relative should be okay. Heck, what's wrong with mobo's audio?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

_______0 wrote:
unless you're doing studio audio stuff, spend $100 on a audio card is pointless. Invest that cash in GPU, CPU or RAM.

$6 usb audio dongle is enough. Or some free pci sound card from a friend/relative should be okay. Heck, what's wrong with mobo's audio?


To begin with, the output level. Just compare a decent sound card with onboard sound over a decent PA/speaker system. You might not believe it, but I will hear the difference.
I got the M-Audio used for 66 €, just waiting for the arrival, so hopefully next weekend will be Gentoo installation. CPU/GPU is already great, no need to invest any more there.
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