I have a Creative Sound Blaster Z and am running Ubuntu 14.10.

I have been searching for quite a while about the problem with the Creative Sound Blaster Z not working under the 64-bit Linux Kernel.

Could someone help me to a similar solution as in the solution for the Creative Recon3D card.

  • And your question is??? Please edit your question so that it is clear what you're asking. (and you'll definitely not going to grab Creative Labs attention in this forum, unless you cross-link)
    – Fabby
    Dec 14, 2014 at 13:25
  • I want someone to write some modification or driver(if worst comes to the worst) like the one used to fix the Creative Recon3D card. Here's the link askubuntu.com/questions/398826/…. Dec 14, 2014 at 13:43
  • I've edited your question to attract more attention. As I'm just a low-level moderator, it still has to be peer-reviewed before you can see it.
    – Fabby
    Dec 14, 2014 at 13:47
  • Look at this place bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=55541 but the problem is not agreed.
    – user369594
    Jan 17, 2015 at 11:26
  • Since this question was bumped to the homepage i recommend testing with a newer kernel or Ubuntu release (14.10 is EOL anyway), Marc Bourgoin made a few comments in the bugzilla thread that kernel 4.4 or newer should work.
    – LiveWireBT
    Apr 12, 2017 at 12:16

1 Answer 1


There is a way I known to get sound out of this card, I have one and tried it.

It is form here:http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147443&page=4

First of all, BEFORE turn the PC you need to plug the speaker or headphone to the front panel headphone socket.

Then open a terminal(ctrl+alt+t) and run one of the follow line of code ASAP after logining in.(Because it sometimes work, depend on luck)[enter your user password when sudo ask for it]

sudo kill `ps uax |grep pulseaudio | grep -v grep | awk '{print $2}'` ; sudo rmmod snd-hda-intel; sleep 3; sudo modprobe snd-hda-intel


sudo kill `ps uax |grep pulseaudio | grep -v grep | awk '{print $2}'` ; sudo rmmod snd-hda-intel
//Then(This is not a command!)
sudo modprobe snd-hda-intel

Sometimes, you will need to run it twice.

If you encounter only one side sound out, then try alsamixer or gnome-alsamixer in terminal, check the sound level.

PS:It is really a hassle to change plug every time I change OS, so I could only stick with Windows.

  • Looks like a good solution will try when I am at home as I am currently abroad Mar 9, 2015 at 20:38
  • Can you give me an alternative to using the front panel audio as I do not have. Mar 15, 2015 at 12:01
  • As said, this is the only way i know of, front panel is the only way out for sound
    – Benny10033
    Mar 17, 2015 at 10:33

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