Sound Card Recommendations

Mark Kane mark at
Sat Nov 19 16:13:34 GMT 2005

Allen D. Tate wrote:
> Hello All,
> I have a PC with a built in SoundMax audio card that I have disabled in
> the BIOS because everything I have read to date is that they just don't
> work with FreeBSD. For those of you who have working sound cards, would
> you mind sharing the brand name and letting me know how difficult it
> was to get the drivers installed & configured? BTW, I'm running FreeBSD
> 6.0.
> Thanks in advance,
> Allen D. Tate

Hi Allen.

I have had generally pretty good luck with the Sound Blaster cards from
Creative. I'm not a huge fan of their hardware or their company, but so
far it has worked great with FreeBSD.

I currently have 4 systems with sound:

- Sound Blaster Augidy 2 Platinum (FreeBSD 5.4-RELEASE amd64)
- VIA VT8235 Onboard Sound (FreeBSD 5.4-STABLE i386)
- Sound Blaster Live (FreeBSD 5.4-RELEASE i386)
- Integrated VIA sound on laptop (FreeBSD 6.0-RC1 i386)

A list of supported cards can be found here:

As well as how to get them working:

The sound setup is real easy. I usually load the "snd_driver" kernel
module to find out what driver is necessary, and then if it's a fairly
fast system I'll compile that into the kernel as described in the
handbook. If it's a slower machine that I won't be recompiling the
kernel anyway, then I'll just leave the module loaded and use that.


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