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Windows 7: creative SB 5.1Vx problem

10 Jul 2013   #1

Windows 7 ultimate 32bit
creative SB 5.1Vx problem

Well my I plugged in a new creative sb 5.1vx, installed all the relevant drivers that come with the CD. But since then it has been a HUGE disappointment:

1. THe sound through my headphone (sony mdr xd200) is very, very low even with full volume!

2. The soundblaster tab in speaker properties has different options; viz: bass boost, cmss, eq etc. I want to change the eq, but when I double click on the eq nothing happens! Same with other options (bass boost, cmss..)

I tried everything. If I dl drivers from the creative site, it always says 'unsupported product, setup will now exit'!

Please help!

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10 Jul 2013   #2

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit

Did you disable the Integrated Audio in the BIOS? If not, there can be a conflict and cause some of your problems.
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10 Jul 2013   #3

Windows 7 ultimate 32bit

yes, I did. Same problem. I reset my BIOS, did a fresh reformat and re-installation of Windows 7 to. Problem persists.
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11 Jul 2013   #4

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit

Did you connect the front panel headphone/mic jack to the SoundBlaster? If it has an HD Audio connector use that instead of AC97. Is the sound OK through the GREEN speaker jack on the SoundBlaster?

I don't have access to what configurations are available for that card, Creative/SoundBlaster support would be the best place to seek help with that.
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11 Jul 2013   #5

Windows 7 ultimate 32bit

NAh, I connected through the rear (lime green). The sound through headphones are very poor (almost no bass, poor treble response). For a budget card I trusted creative to provide the best. Now I am regretting my choice.

Also, I tried my best to install my previous creative sb live! 16bit (I know... I know...). But always getting friggin bsod while driver installation!

kx drivers did not give me bsod, but did not produce any sound either.

O am now left with an obsolete card, a poor one and a dead mother board integrated sound!

Thanx for your advices though. I truly appreciate it.
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11 Jul 2013   #6

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit

Since you are using PCI, not PCIe, this suggests you have an old motherboard. PCIe has been out for a long time. Most modern sound cards are for PCIe. Your best option would have been to buy a USB connected sound "card" and use that. You should consider this.

Here are some examples (I know nothing about them except what I found doing a google search).
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