followup to my previous sound-card/driver question
robroy at bigbuckingunicorn.com
Fri Feb 2 13:14:23 UTC 2018
On Thu, 1 Feb 2018, C Gray wrote:
> development server.
For this use I'd recommend skipping the internal sound card all together,
and buying an external, USB-connected sound card (DAC). This one works
fine for me with FreeBSD 11.1-RELEASE in a USB 2.0 port:
I bought one through eBay for $49. You just plug this item in to any USB
2.0 or 3.0 port (no penalty for 2.0), plug your headphones in, and you
have sound--and the sound quality seems excellent.
A USB connected sound card may seem hokey, but I gather from the more
audio-inclined that it's a nicer design since it's less subject to EMI
than internal cards.
To respond to your other questions about PCI-e card mixing'n'matching,
here are a few goofy things I did recently that completely worked (also
a] A QLE2562 (PCI-e 2.0 x8) card in a PCI-e 3.0 x4 slot
b] An nVidia PCI-e 3.0 x16 card in a PCI-e 2.0 x8 slot
Yet I think you'll be better off using the external DAC and saving your
PCI-e slots for a card that can actually use the bandwidth.
Days of joy to you Chris
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