Hey all. I just installed Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM (<3 my MSDN membership) a couple of days back. Everything has worked fine, with a few quirks (like some additional tweaking needed for apps that have shell extensions), but thats it. I even have games and software that aren't working for other people working beautifully for me (such as Call of duty 2, CS 1.6/Steam), which is great. My ONLY problem now lies in my sound.
So I have 2 sound cards I've tried, and both work fine *for the most part* (and to avoid confusion, i've never had both installed at the same time - that'd just be stupid).
My sound cards:
HT OMEGA STRIKER 7.1
Soundblaster X-Fi XtremeMusic
The issues with each are as follows:
HT OMEGA STRIKER 7.1:
I get sound from it, and it sounds GREAT. Even the software works, but every once and a while (like every 3rd or 4th time I maximize or minimize a Windows, or something to that effect), it "skips". You know that little cut out you get when you're using a CD player with a damaged lense, but the disc itself is fine? Thats what its like. This is the ONLY problem. Here's the kicker: It seems to happen only in iTunes, but not Winamp, but I need iTunes, iPod/Podcast/Store. This was never an issue in Vista 64 (and it still isn't, as I dual boot 7 and Vista).
Soundblaster X-Fi XtremeMusic:
The only problem here is random "popping" noises. It sounds like a blown speaker, but it's not my speakers/headsets. It happens no matter what app I use to play my media. I've tried 2 headsets (My Sennheiser PC-600, and my Creative Fatal1ty Headset), as well was my sound system (Harmon Kardon based receiver system), and they all do it. It does NOT do this in Vista 64. So it is definatly a driver
To answer the inevitable question, YES I have the newest drivers
. I've even tried the XP 64/Vista 64 Drivers for each, to no avail.
At this point, I don't care which I get working properly; My ears aren't that sensitive (although i would PREFER the HT OMEGA, simply for the optical out), and as you can see by my specs, my computer is no slouch, so it can't be a hardware or memory problem.