Re: VIA VT8233 <snip> getting a real card
From: Edward Crismond (none_at_none.non)
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2003 02:03:05 GMT
Captain Dondo wrote:
> I just got a replacement box with a VIA 8233 chipset. The stock kernel
> drivers (via82cxxx_audio.o) produced no sound what so ever.
> I downloaded the latest alsa drivers, compiled everything, and followed
> the installation instructions to the letter, and I have working sound.
> I do have a few moments of quiet crackling at the end of a sound, but it's
> OK for my uses.
> I think mostly the chipset is junk (at least as implemented on my mobo).
> If you want really good sound, dish out the $$ and get a really good sound
> card. These guys that sell a mobo for $49 don't put much research into
> sound quality....
I am typing this message from the first box with VT8233 southbridge that I
installed Slackware 8.1 with ALSA on, and it sounds fine to me. Like I
mentioned before, the MSI box just has little standard PC speakers. The
Tyan P4 box is hooked to a Pioneer surround sound amplifier with full size
Cerwin Vegas. Maybe the tweaters in the Cerwin Vegas are revealing the
limitations of the ALSA 8233 driver? In the KDE control panel, the sound
hardware is listed in the MSI box as a later revision of the VT8233. Maybe
the MSI implementation is better than the older Tyan motherboard that I
installed ALSA on today.
But I think I will take your advise, and get a Soundblaster Live or Audigy.
I want the hardware wavetable synth, so I can hook up my full size Roland
keyboard and make some music, hopefully in Linux, and without the latency
problems that I would get with the onboard sound. No more wasting time and
patience with makeshift sound hardware thats worth less than a bottle of