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Windows 7: Creative THX Console missing. Can't get it back.


14 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 64 Home Premium
 
 
Creative THX Console missing. Can't get it back.

Hey all. I asked this question before but in a different manner. Basically I may have caused some confusion as to what my problem is and as yet, I still haven't found a solution.
Ok, I have the Creative XF-i Extreme Audio soundcard on my system and since upgrading to Windows 7, I am missing the THX console and also the Creative Volume Panel applications.
I have used my original Creative CD and installed the drivers and software etc from that in hoping to be able to extract just them components but I can't and they don't seem to be there and I have looked through all folders etc. Obviously being the very original CD that first shipped with PC the drivers and applications are out of date so Creative Auto Update takes care of that.
However, what it does not do is find nor install those said applications. I am disappointed that they are not included and when running a new auto update scan it finds no new updates and says I have the latest available software.
I have even been on the Creative website and when I do eventually find my soundcard, the updates etc do not show anything to do with the THX console.
Basically, it was an interface that let you adjust bass gain and boost and let you physically adjust sliders and effects to suit. Nice feature and I have it in XP, just not win 7
I am sure people are familiar with the component I am referring to and would be grateful if someone could point me in the right direction.
I am wondering if this feature has been disabled for Windows 7. Have no idea why but I cannot find it and Googling doesn't bring up any answers either.
Surely I am not alone with this issue.

Thanks.

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14 Oct 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

As far as I know the Xtreme Audio (you have to remember that that card is essentially nothing more than an Audigy SE with the X-Fi name) has never used the THX Console. As far as the Volume Panel goes you can get that directly from Creative (listed as a beta),

Creative Worldwide Support > Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio

You can also find it in this modded set,

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

One more reason I don't believe that card supports the THX Console is that if the person that modded that package didn't include it, it was never meant to be there in the first place.
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14 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Im not sure if that card had THX with it or not. If it did, it will be on the disc.

Its a bit of leg work to get it all working properly in Windows 7 x64. heres how i done it (with the Extreme Gamer)

Use the Install CD you got (The Windows Vista one)

DO NOT let it auto run.

Browse the CD and look for:
Setup.exe = Right click at set it to run in compatability mode Windows Vista.

Next go into the Audio folder on the disc.
Theres 2 folders. THXCONU and VOLPANEL.

Open the THXCONU folder, and set the setup.exe to compatability mode Windows Vista.
Then open VolPanel Folder and set its setup.exe to compatability mode Windows Vista.

Now, go back to the main Setup exe and run it.

Do a custom install, but install ONLY the Volume Panel, and THX Console.

Reboot.

Download and install the latest official Consol Panel from Creative and reboot.
Finally, install the latest official Driver from Creative.

Everything will work now.
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14 Oct 2011   #4

Windows 7 64 Home Premium
 
 

Ok I get what your saying regarding the THX console but I remember the Volume Panel application being part of the XF-i Extreme Audio kit.

I perhaps should have said the Entertainment Mode or interface as that is exactly what it is. The Xtreme Audio series only gives you the entertainment mode and this is what I had in the past. It's not available in Windows 7 and as I have said it is when I boot XP so whats changed?

I shouldn't have to mess about and install bits manually it should all come as one and why the Creative Software Auto Update feature doesn't pick it up as missing god only knows.

Anyway, I do apprecaite your reply and the links regardless. I will attempt to install it now and post back my progress.

Thanks.
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16 Dec 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

@Wishmaster: Thanks! Works just fine now!

For those who might not still have their disk, I found this solution on another forum. I did NOT actually follow it so I cannot vouch for its effectiveness: - SOLUTION FOR THX CONSOLE!!! X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro @ Windows 7 64bit - Creative Sound Blaster Card - mcf Forums

Good luck!
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