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Windows 7: X-Fi Fatality Pro, W7 x64, no sound

29 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
X-Fi Fatality Pro, W7 x64, no sound

I have just installed Windows 7 64bit on my PC, fresh format. Everything seems to be working except that I have no sound from my X-Fi Fatality Pro.

There are no error messages. Windows 7 thinks there are no problems. The X-Fi is the default sound device as I have disabled the onboard audio. I am running the latest drivers for the X-Fi - 2.18.15.

There are 3 audio devices in the "Sound" section.

1. Speakers
Creative SB X-Fi
Default Device

2. SPDIF
Creative SB X-Fi
Disabled

3. Digital Audio (HDMI)
High Definition Audio Device
Disabled, unplugged

The only noise the speakers have made since installing Windows 7 is a faint 'click' when drivers are installed. I have read a lot of threads regarding X-Fi soundcards and poor driver support, though none have helped me.

If I try to play audio, various software programs either refuse without errors (iTunes), pretend to play audio very slowly (WMP) or pretend to play audio at normal speed (Creative Mediasource 5), although none actually output any sound whatsoever.


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29 Nov 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

As far as you devices being shown, the HDMI one is likely the Audio device on your graphics card.
This is Ok to install if you have/use HDMI and should not affect the funton of the X-Fi.
It should show up when the driver is installed.

My X-Fi shows like the snip below in sound devices, so what you are decribing sounds to me at this point as normal.

When you disbaled the onboard, how did you do it? In device manager or in the bios?

Onboard should be disabled in the bios.


If you installed Creative Software form the CD, the only thing I would recommend installing are:
1) The Volume Panel
2) THX Console

They should be installed by setting the setup.exe as Compatability mode Vista SP1 and run as admin.
The Drive, Audio Console, and all other softweare you want should be downloaded from the official site. There are Windows 7 x64 versions.

I too have heard all the horror stories, but fortunatly have not had any issues with my X-Fi using the official drivers/software. This is how I installed mine if it matters.


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29 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks for the reply.

The onboard sound has been disabled via the BIOS. I haven't installed any Creative software from the CD. The drivers and software I am using are the Windows 7 64 bit versions from the Creative site.

I installed the Windows 7 64bit drivers like I normally would install any software. Should I have installed them using Vista Compatibility mode?

My 'Sound' window looks very similar to yours. One difference is that you have some green bars at the right, whereas my 'Speaker' section only has light blue bars.
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29 Nov 2010   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

No need to install the drivers in compatibility mode. As you noted there are Windows 7 drivers for that card.
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29 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

No, if you downloaded the correct drivers it should be Windows 7 x64 compatable.


As silly as this sounds... Have you double checked you speaker connections?
It could possibly be something that simple, and honestly quite easily overlooked.

((Mine had green bars because Zune was playing in the background when the snip was taken ))
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29 Nov 2010   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

I'm not sure you answered Wishmaster's question.... have you made sure the X-fi is the default soundcard as indicated by the image Wishmaster posted?

Also the speaker connections is valid as well.
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29 Nov 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Yes, I have checked the speaker connection. There is no sound with either my 2.0 Analog Speakers or 5.1 Analog Headphones connected to the card.

Yes, the X-Fi is the default device.
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29 Nov 2010   #8

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Specifically what X-Fi soundcard are you using?

Make sure the card is fully seated in the PCI slot.

Also, try this.... install from the CD, choosing what you want to install, then updating those items. See if the card then works.
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29 Nov 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I am using a SoundBlaster X-Fi ExtremeGamer Fatality Professional. PCI, not one of the later PCI-E ones.

Going to check the seating. Not sure where my original disk went, the card is a few years old now.

Thanks.
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29 Nov 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Card is seated fine inside case.
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