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I'd like to try it again but with my EMU 1212m?


That is probably the main issue that shoots the whole idea down. As far as I know, the 1212m will not work in Linux. But I have not been keeping up with any new Linux distributions either. I’d like to try this Netrunner thing, but am I wasting my time since I have a 1212m?

Any thoughts?


It should work out of the box.
ALSA replaced OSS as the default sound drivers and architecture built into the kernel years ago.
The EMU 1212m is supported by ALSA:

You should also be able to load soundfonts to it’s wavetable memory on the command line with asfxload.
Rosgarden can load the soundfonts to the card itself as well.


Thanks for the updated info. I’m gonna have to try this distro. Of course I probably won’t be able to use my Line 6 POD X3 with Linux but I may be able to do without that.


Have a look here:


I looked. And I got confused real fast. Since I’m not a Linux user, I simply didn’t understand what I saw. Folders with cryptic names and stuff. How would I choose the correct folder that contains the correct driver?

And of course I have no idea how to install software or drivers in Linux.

But the first thing I’m gonna try is to simply install Netrunner and I may try PC Linux OS as well. Then I will go about things slowly and see what happens. If all goes well, I will need some help to install the Line 6 drivers.


I have installed the OS and I must say I love the GUI. It never looked this good 10 years ago when I was trying all those Linux Distros. But my sound card is not being detected. It does not show up in the hardware settings area. So I have no sound.

Can you advise?


Sorry about that, The EMU chips requires firmware to be loaded.
Download the firmware from alsa and extract it:
Matches the version of alsa installed:
Latest stable firmware:
Next go to the folder where you extracted alsa-firmware in the terminal and run the following commands:

sudo mkdir /lib/firmware/emu sudo cp *fw /lib/firmware/emu sudo dpkg-reconfigure linux-sound-base
and choose ALSA.
Now reboot and you should have sound.

NOTE: To be on the safe side you might want to have alsa-tools installed.


Ouch! I don’t really want to monkey with flashing my sound card. That is to say that I don’t like the idea of changing a piece of software embedded into my card. My card is absolutely fantastic and you can’t buy it anymore and I don’t want to wreck it.

Unless there is a way to reverse the firmware update which I don’t think is possible.

Your thoughts?


Even the windows driver loads the firmware to either the on board chip (only certain models), or into system ram when the driver loads.
These are what are refereed to as win devices, winmodems, winprinters, etc.
It’s the only way to get functional sound out of the device.
Creative labs began using this tech with most of the Live and Audigy lines of products (devices based on the EMU10k1 and up), and all of their EMU products.


Okay. I’ll keep this project in my list of ongoing projects. But I tried your links and they are both dead.


The forum software is adding an http:// to the links, they are supposed to be ftp://
Copy and past from between the quotes:


Okay Thank You So Much. I have successfully downloaded the two RAR Files and will continue this project real soon. If I have any more problems I will post.


I went to that SourceForge site that you mentioned in reply to my concern about not being able to use my Line 6 POD Device, and once again I’m confused. I see folders that say Branches or Tags or Trunk. Means nothing to me. I don’t know specifically what to download or specifically what to install.

Or do I just look at the folders that say Apps and Driver and just try to download those two?


I’m not 100% sure on that one, I don’t have one of these devices.
I do know that it’s source code so it would need to be compiled and installed.
Typically Trunk is the branch you would compile from.
Let me see what I can find out.


Did you come up with anything? Any way to use Netrunner with my POD?


You would need to download, compile and install the drivers from svn trunk.
I do not have this card so I can not give you specific instructions.
You could try asking for help on the mailing list.