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Windows 7: SoundBlaster Live! (EMU10K1) terrible sound?!

25 Jan 2009   #11

Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 x64 Windows 8 Enterprise RTM x64

Thanks for both the posts above, am gonna look into the topic and the drivers mentioned. Thanks


I did some more tinklering. The dialog at startup wasn't from the driver. It was the mixer. The Kx mixer doesn't work in Win 7. Just use MSConfig to disable the mixer at startup.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Works perfectly now... ah i can finally ditch xp....

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18 Mar 2009   #12
Mike Key

xp pro
Sound Blaster EMU10K-1

WE use this card and chip in our training systems. We use Linux OS.
This is the only chip set that will work in our system and now they have been discontinued. I have a need for 5 ea of these cards to finish the project we are working on. Then we are going to a different config.
If any one wants to get rid of some cards e-mail me.

Mike Key
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27 Mar 2009   #13

windows 7

hi fellas
I have a solution
Yes i had the same problem as you but this is what i did:
0) right click my comp click properties click advanced system settings click hardware tab click device installation settings and choose "no let me choose what to do" and select last option to NOT low windows update to install drivers for u.
1) Uninstalled windows update driver through device manager. Tick remove driver from pc box
2) click scan hardware changes icon at top
3) it should fail
4) Download winrar from WinRAR archiver, a powerful tool to process RAR and ZIP files
4) Make sure you have the old file from a few years ago "LiveDrvUni-Pack(ENG).exe"
5) Right click this file and click "extract to folder LiveDrvUni-Pack(ENG)"
6) Go to device manager and right click "multimedia controller" which should hav exclamation mark next to update driver. click the 2nd option to "browse computer"..then click browse button and locate your LiveDrvUni-Pack(ENG) folderand double click your way to Audio\Drivers\WIN2K_XP..tick "include subfolders"...then click a song in winamp and it should be ok
7) This is a 2002 driver but hey it works! And im sure the morons at microsoft and creative will fix this problem down the track or it will be time to buy a cheap chinese sound card on ebay!
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31 Mar 2009   #14

Windows 7 Beta (and others, multiboot)

just a note for people this is actually a hardware problem with the SB cards live and newer.
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31 Mar 2009   #15

windows 7

yeh i'm sure Creative aren't as good as they seem or should be...but it still does the can it be a hardware issue when the 2002 drivers work perfectly on windows 2007..they obviously have not been dedicated to testing and making better drivers...and generally speaking about drivers, it's very confusing how windows update have different driver dates to those on the manufacturer's website.

Is there a better brand of sound card out there? I know realtek and c-media aren't that great and prob get their stuff from Creative?
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31 Mar 2009   #16

Windows 7 Beta (and others, multiboot)

Its called a driver workaround. it's SOP when there is a hardware bug, the problem is this is a bug big enough it should have been recalled or at the very least not put into their newer cards!

Who told you C-Media and realtek got their stuff from creative? realtek makes their own chips basically, and so does C-Media. C-media actually makes some REALLY nice chips, and has been the chip maker of choice for most of the other middle to high end cards out there, including ht omega, turtle beach, asus, and on.

Check out the HT OMEGA sound cards if you are looking for a gamer to audiophile quality sound card.
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26 Apr 2009   #17


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bleeds View Post
Google Daniel_K driver download..
Fixed my creative sound problems 100%...

SB live
audigy Series..
XFI series..

Is the one with 700MB, the right one?
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11 May 2009   #18

Windows 7

I recently downloaded the Windows 7 RC from the windows site and i'm having this exact problem. Initially i just didn't have any sound at all, but when i finally got 'something' to come through, it was just the initial error noise telling me,

"You have sound, but this is all wrong. How do you know this? Because I (Windows 7) just played an extremly distorted Airhorn through your house at 2am waking up your family and frightening your dog beyond imagination."

It sounds like my bass is cranked up and there's nothing i can do to correct it, i tried running kxdrv3541 however when i go to instal the drivers, i get the popups as follows:

1. "kX Setup will now install new drivers for your soundcard. Please confirm new device installation and answer 'No' to any reboot requests. Answer 'yes' to proceed with unsigned driver installation if prompted (the kX Audio Driver is not Microsoft certified), Press OK now and follow on-screen instructions..."

2. "Do you wish to install the kX Drivers for the following device? SB0220 10k1 (PCI\VEN_1102&DEV_0002&SUBSYS_80671102&REV_0A)"

3. "Yes."

4. "Error selecting device"

5. "kX Setup: Windows will now re-enumerate all the supported devices and will install drivers for them. Please confirm new device installation and answer 'No' to System Reboot requests if any. Press OK now and follow on-screen instructions."

6. "Installing drivers.... Ignore reboot requests, press 'OK' to continue when the Install Wizard has finished installing new drivers for all of your device(s)."

7. Please choose the path to your VST Plugins folder or press 'Cancel' if you do'nt have VST Hosts (such as Cubase VST) installed.

I press No for this because i don't believe i have it unless it's something that's installed and i'm retarded, i can't find it however so i think i'm alright there. Basically says it's finished and to restart, but it doesn't do a thing, i restart and it just continues to rumble my house uncontrollably i am absolutely clueless on how to correct this. I've tried every step in this thread with no prevail, help!

*edited for easier reading.


After playing with it for a little while i went into Playback Devices, and changed my default playback device from "Speakers" to "SPDIF Out", corrected it 100%
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11 May 2009   #19

Windows 7 RC (Build 7100)

I had this exact same problem with the Beta. Here's what some people suggested that finally worked for me:

I took the latest drivers from Windows Update for my SoundBlaster Live! Platinum. I installed those, and the sound was overly loud and distorted. Then I went into the device configuration and TOLD IT my card was 5.1, even though it's NOT.

After that, I still had trouble getting it to recognize my Live! Drive, but with the RC, that's fixed too. The card works the same as it did in XP.
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24 Jun 2009   #20

dual booting XP and WIN 7
Works perfectly

Followed this procedure and it worked like a charm for me. I now have normal sound from my SBLive on a Dell 8200. Thank's Laxmanalal.

1. Download "LiveDrvUni-Pack(ENG).exe"
2. Right click this file and click "extract to folder LiveDrvUni-Pack(ENG)"
3. Go to device manager and right click "multimedia controller" which should have exclamation mark next to update driver. click the 2nd option to "browse computer"..then click browse button and locate your LiveDrvUni-Pack(ENG) folder and double click your way to Audio\Drivers\WIN2K_XP..tick "include subfolders"...then click next.

Installation then proceeded automatically and it works!
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