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Creative Sound Blaster Z CA0132 (Internal Sound Card, PCI Express)

Multimedia Creative, PCI-Express, Sound card

Creative Sound Blaster Z CA0132 (Internal Sound Card, PCI Express)
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Updated: 10/11/2016 06:40

Review of Linux Compatibility

The Creative Sound Blaster Z CA0132 is an internal sound card for the PCI Express port. The card is only partly and unreliably supported by the Linux kernel (see open bug report). It is therefore not recommended to use this card under Linux.

The following error message is shown by the standard (i.e. unpatched) Linux kernel during the initialization of the Sound Blaster Z:

snd_hda_intel 0000:07:00.0: enabling device (0000 -> 0002)
hda_intel: Disabling MSI
hda-intel 0000:07:00.0: Force to non-snoop mode

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One response to “Creative Sound Blaster Z CA0132 (Internal Sound Card, PCI Express)”

  • Marc Bourgoin says:


    Since kernel 3.7 the CA0132 sound cards (Sound Blaster Recon 3D and the Sound Blaster Z) have worked properly on Linux 32bit kernel where the firmware loader works properly and says “ca0132 DOWNLOAD OK :-) DSP IS RUNNING.”

    Tested up to 3.16.2. 64bit has errors and requires using commands such as…

    sudo kill `ps uax |grep pulseaudio | grep -v grep | awk ‘{print $2}’` ; sudo rmmod snd-hda-intel; sleep 3; sudo modprobe snd-hda-intel

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