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Windows 7: For Users of the Crosshair IV Formula Motherboards

08 Mar 2011   #1

windows 7 Pro 64 bit
For Users of the Crosshair IV Formula Motherboards

For those of you that have the Crosshair IV Formula and are thinking of using a Creative Sound Card
Turns out that if you ever install the X-Fi codecs that come on the installation disk with the Crosshair IV Formula motherboard, you will need to do an entire reformat of your hard drive and O/S that contains the drivers for your system before installing the sound card.. Ugh, what a pain in the "You Know What !". After resorting to Advanced System Optimizer 3 to make use of the un-install utility, I noticed that there was a registry entry pertaining to the on-board X-Fi sound "card" that could NOT be removed. No utility I found or used would un-install or remove it. Driver Sweeper didn't even find it. After performing a hard drive re-format, and re-installing my O/S; I am happy to report that it is working just fine. Well in truth...I only thought the card sounded good before! The difference is remarkable. The quality of sound I am experiencing now is the richest, and fullest I have ever heard. It's definitely a card worth purchasing even if you have to do a little work, to get it to work.

P.S. When re-installing your Motherboard utilities, DO NOT install the VIA Audio codecs either. I noticed on Via's site that they recommend that you avoid installing their codecs if a third party sound card is to be used...Good to know.

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09 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7/10 64 bit

A comment on Integrated Audio, if you are using a separate sound card. Disable the Integrated Audio in the BIOS as having the Integrated audio enabled can cause conflicts with a separate sound card. Not installing the drivers (codecs as you call them) and leaving the device enabled in the BIOS can still cause problems. I've seen problems with having the Integrated audio enabled and a separate sound card, from not being able to set the default playback device to Code 39 in the Device Manager.
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09 Mar 2011   #3

windows 7 Pro 64 bit

I believe you would be referring to the "Azalia HD audio device" listed in the "on-board device configuration" option within the BIOS. Yes, disable it as it will not be used.

P.S. Still can't get my new Creative X-Fi HD external card to run without crashing my computer. ARGH !!!
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