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I have been desperately trying to get my creative x-fi soundcard to work with my 10.10 install and I am almost there! I have 1 speaker working and when I open volume control I see that my device is Creative X-Fi (Also mixer).

However, it appears to be stuck on mono. When I open pavucontrol I get a message that says Connection failed: Connection refused and it exits. Before it closes I can see that playback is set to mono but it won't let me change before it closes.

Can someone help me over this last hump? I am running 32 bit 10.10 any advice is much appreciated.

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Use this tutorial : HOWTO: PulseAudio Fixes & System-Wide Equalizer Support

Do only Part A.

This should fix the Connection failed: Connection refused problem.

For the mono sound output (if the problem is still not fixed) I need more info on the audio card, there is a lot of Creative X-fi cards.

But first you can try to open pavucontrol and go to the Configuration tab and try differents profiles and see if one work better than the others.

I also found a bug that seem related ([SB-XFi - Creative X-Fi] digital output only in mono) but it should be fixed already, so try to activate the backports repositery : open Synaptic, go to Settings->Repositeries and to the Update tab and then check "Unsupported updates", close the window, reload in Synaptic and then update all your packages.

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thanks for the response, unfortunately this hasn't resolved my issue. trying to open pulseaudio first with pulseaudio & pavucontrol still results in the same error. As far as my card AlsaMixer says the chip is 20k1, it is the Fatal1ty branded card. Thanks again for your help. –  schwiz Feb 21 '11 at 18:38
    
I just did a new fresh install to help my way around this problem. Hopefully I won't break it again getting my soundcard working. Now I have 4 speakers working.. just need center and sub >.< –  schwiz Feb 21 '11 at 22:53
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