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Community: The Aureal Linux Driver Petition

Mar 28, 2001, 18:00 (2 Talkback[s])

"A year or two ago, Aureal Inc, a sound card chipset designer, made two chipset called Vortex and Vortex 2. These chipsets are incorporated into many sound cards made by companies other than Aureal Inc, such as VideoLogic and Diamond. As the designers of these two chipsets, it was Aureal's job to write drivers for them, and Aureal's code was incorporated into the manufacturer's drivers."

"Unfortunately, a little while ago, Aureal Inc filed chapter 7 in the US and is no longer writing drivers for these chipsets. At the time that Aureal went bust, they had only written complete and stable drivers for Windows 95/98/ME. The Windows 2000/XP and Linux drivers were still in beta form."

"A group of people at Sourceforge were in possession of the source code for Aureal's beta Linux driver for the chipsets before Aureal disappeared, and have been working on the drivers since. These drivers are stable and complete and work on most Intel systems. However, a problem with the drivers and VIA chipsets (which are found on old Pentium systems and all AMD systems) means that system lockups occur when the drivers are used on these VIA chipset-based systems. This is a problem that was acknowledged by Aureal when it was still trading, and the problem was fixed in the Windows 95/98/ME drivers. If the problem is to be fixed in the Linux drivers, the people maintaining the Linux drivers need access to the source code for the stable Windows 95/98/ME drivers. The driver source is now owned by Creative Inc, which bought the assets of Aureal after it filed chapter 7."

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