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Creative Sound Blaster XFI USB and Ubuntu

As of kernel in Ubuntu 11.10 (at least as of late 2011 updates), XFI USB (and Titanium HD support) is there.

However for whatever reason, it’s disabled by default as a preference/rule in /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf, and doesn’t show up in listed devices nor does it play.

Had to go in that conf file, right near the bottom or find this:
“# Keep snd-usb-audio from beeing loaded as first soundcard
options snd-usb-audio index=-2”

… and change the -2 to 1 (being an index for device). This allowed both my on-board Intel audio (index 0) and USB xfi (index 1) to show up at the same time.

Ubuntu 8.10/9.04 & VMWare key mapping

I recently updated my system at work to Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty.  It provides a more native environment for our development tools. With Hardy, I had to back port and find hacks for things to meet requirements.

Anyway, now happily running 9.04 32-bit, installed VMWare Server 1.0.9 to run a Windows XP Pro client on my Ubuntu host.  I found that something in the newer X server is mucking up keyboard mappings to VMWare such that the arrow keys, page up/down, home, delete etc. and number keys do weird things like opening menus and programs.

After some time, I found that I could at least workaround the problem by hard coding broken keymaps like so:

In ~/.vmware/config (create it if it doesn’t exist), put the following:

xkeymap.keycode.108 = 0x138 # Alt_R
xkeymap.keycode.106 = 0x135 # KP_Divide
xkeymap.keycode.104 = 0x11c # KP_Enter
xkeymap.keycode.111 = 0x148 # Up
xkeymap.keycode.116 = 0x150 # Down
xkeymap.keycode.113 = 0x14b # Left
xkeymap.keycode.114 = 0x14d # Right
xkeymap.keycode.105 = 0x11d # Control_R
xkeymap.keycode.118 = 0x152 # Insert
xkeymap.keycode.119 = 0x153 # Delete
xkeymap.keycode.110 = 0x147 # Home
xkeymap.keycode.115 = 0x14f # End
xkeymap.keycode.112 = 0x149 # Prior
xkeymap.keycode.117 = 0x151 # Next
xkeymap.keycode.78 = 0x46 # Scroll_Lock
xkeymap.keycode.127 = 0x100 # Pause
xkeymap.keycode.133 = 0x15b # Meta_L
xkeymap.keycode.134 = 0x15c # Meta_R
xkeymap.keycode.135 = 0x15d # Menu

yay google.