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27 May 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 
Newest addition to my rig.

Oi. Good idea, this forum!

I just added a Creative Sound Blaster Live! Audigy I got for 30$. And, oh god, my FLAC files sounds even more amazing now!

Btw, I'm pretty sure you all read "On-board Realtek HD Audio" too in my specs... it's because that Creative card doesn't have Stereo Mix/"What You Hear". Kind of cheap for a separate Audio card... That's why I keep it activated otherwise it would have been desactivated for good.

Comments?

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28 May 2010   #2

Windows 8 X64 M3 8102 / Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

I have sound-blaster XFI Fatal1ty Titanium PCIe and i love it also i do have in storage some sound-blaster Audigy 2 ZS PCI cards in the back room
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28 May 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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I just added a Creative Sound Blaster Live! Audigy
Is it a SB Live or an Audigy? They both use different drivers.

Also if an Audigy is it an Audigy 1/2/4 or the Audigy SE? Again they use different drivers (the 1/2/4 all use the same driver package, and the SE uses a totally different one).

Depending on which it is, it may be possible to get What U Hear back.
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29 May 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

IN device Manager, it's shown as "SB AUDIGY". So, I suppose it's an Audigy that's it that's all.

But according to touslesdrivers.com (French website that detects and offers drivers for download), it's an Audigy SE.

I said "Live! Audigy" because I remembered the driver installer mentionning both.
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29 May 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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I said "Live! Audigy" because I remembered the driver installer mentionning both.
That would explain it as the Audigy SE is not a true Audigy and is nothing more than a renamed SB Live 24 bit, down to they even use the exact same drivers. As for What U Hear it doesn't look like it will be working any time soon,

SB P17X Series Support Pack 2.7 (04/01/2010) - Aud... - Creative Labs

2nd post there.
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29 May 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

VERY SAD. Thx for the info though. Crap-ative is damn cheap. That's why for my next rig, I'm gonna go for HT Omega sound cards. Anyway, got that for cheap and at least kind of justify my "Audiophile" status a bit.
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29 May 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Why did you get the audigy? Its getting on a bit in age now (even the current X-Fis have been out for a while). I seem to remember I used to have strange audio problems with the audigy in some games. In Mafia for instance if I was in a tight area such as a corridor there would be a horrendous whine which would get louder. Wasn't just this game either.

Personally Id like to get away from Creative cards as their drivers arent that good, but Im not sure what to get.
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29 May 2010   #8

 
 

Kudos on the card anyway mate. Always better than on-board.

However, the biggest failure with creative are their drivers.

I have an auzentech x-fi forte, (pretty much a higher quality x-fi creative based card) but it's Achilles heel are the drivers which are 98% Creative. ( I think the other 2% are the logos they add to the control panels )

Auzen have promised 'new drivers are coming' for a year now. And I thought ATI and their driver promises were bad..

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
Personally Id like to get away from Creative cards as their drivers arent that good, but Im not sure what to get.
HT Omega or Asus Sonar?
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29 May 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

@swarfega : I don't have any issues yet... Me too, but my friend just accepted to let it go for 30$. Since I do have a job, I didn't let that pass...

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Kudos on the card anyway mate. Always better than on-board.
Thanks!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
However, the biggest failure with creative are their drivers.

I have an auzentech x-fi forte, (pretty much a higher quality x-fi creative based card) but it's Achilles heel are the drivers which are 98% Creative. ( I think the other 2% are the logos they add to the control panels )
QFT. Drivers are HORRIBLE. Hell, they didn't even care to activate "What You Hear" for Vista & Windows 7. I hate post-XP OS Killer companies where XP is seen like a god. And so, that's why I still stick to my on-board at the moment : Stereo Mix. I use it for various stuff.
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