Creative Open Source Incomplete Linux X-Fi Drivers

7 11 2008

Seems like the unthinkable has happened. Creative have released the source code for it’s X-Fi running under Linux. Of course it’s buggy, incomplete and probably dangerous to your system -but it’s a start. Just remember the only reason they have released the source is because they can’t be bothered to develop drivers themselves….

If you’re waiting for the Vista drivers to go open source -I wouldn’t hold your breath.

Hello Everyone,

There is a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi and X-Fi Titanium Series Linux 32bit/64bit Driver Source released. Please post your feedback here.


Release date : 6 Nov 08

File Name : XFiDrv_Linux_Public_US_1.00.tar.gz

File Size: 68.8 KB


This download is a source release driver providing Linux® 32-bit / 64-bit OS support for Creative Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ and X-Fi Titanium series of audio devices. For more details, read the rest of this web release note.

Take note of the following:

  • We recommend that only experienced users install this driver. Do not install this driver on a system used to perform critical tasks.

This download is intended for the following audio devices only:

  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty® Champion Series
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Professional Audio
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro 
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic

Current release features:

  • ALSA PCM Playback
  • ALSA Record
  • ALSA Mixer

Known issues:

  • External I/O modules are not supported in this driver release.
  • Applications from the Installation CD of your Sound Blaster audio device will not work with this driver.


  • Linux x86 / x86_64 OS
  • Creative Sound Blaster audio devices listed above


  • To install the driver, do the following:
  1. Download the tarball package onto your local hard disk.
  2. Un-tarball the downloaded package to unpack its contents.
  3. Read the README file and follow the instructions.

You can grab the source code from Creative File Area.

You can tell Creative what you think here. You can also report bugs here, if you want to chance being ignored.




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