European site: http://www.tools.de/solaris/sbpci/
Solaris has had a "soundblaster" driver for a while, called "sbpro". Unfortunately, it was only for the old ISA based cards, and required a lot of hand tweaking, even if you had a "supported" card.
If you have one of the somewhat newer PCI based soundblaster cards, this new sbpci driver may work for you with a minimum of fuss. Unfortunately, the
|Card name||Alternate names|
|Sound Blaster 16 PCI||CT5880 chip (Creative Labs),CT4740|
|Sound Blaster PCI128||EN1371 chip (Ensoniq), (CT4700?),(ES1371)|
If your card is not listed, feel free to try out the driver anyway...
as long as you dont mind potentially crashing your
(backups are your friend)
The good news is, if your card IS an official SBPCI16 or SBPCI128, the driver seems very stable.
If your card is not listed, you'll probably want to download the source code, and build the driver there. Be sure to read the README file in the distribution for possible tweaks to get it working. And if you do get it working with an unlisted card, please email back, so we can let other people know !
To install the binary version, gunzip, and then use
pkgadd -d file.pkg as root.
Disclaimer: It is still possible that this driver will crash your system, even for cards listed above! But at this point, it does not seem to. If you do have a problem, please email is, and we'll try to give you a hand sorting things out. But no promises.
Disclaimer #2: I'm not sure that the 64-bit-sparc version will work at all. If you have the appropriate hardware to test it on, please email us and let us know whether it works or not.
For the next generation of the drivers, with a modular framework and i810 support, take a look at http://www.tools.de/solaris/audio
Random tip: If you want to adjust the default volume of the audio device to max from the command line, you can use
/usr/dt/appconfig/sdtvolctl/audioctl -p -U50
This says, "Adjust the p)lay volume U)p by 50 units".
This driver was written by Juergen Keil and Philip Brown.
Please email any comments to
('sbpci' is the name) at bolthole.com.
spam is an evil thing, that makes me munge email addrs.. But my own personal address is already in spam-hell, which is why it is directly included below 8-/