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Windows 7: New X-Fi Win 7 Beta Drivers

31 Jan 2009   #11
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Because its a beta and Creative dont produce very good betas


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01 Feb 2009   #12
v8ornot2v8

Windows XP
 
 
Fatal1ty X-FI

I got the older PCI Fatal1ty X-FI sound card in my Windows XP (32) system.

I am thinking going to Windows 7 - is the X-FI W7 Beta driver good for this card?

Has anyone used it with Quake 4?
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01 Feb 2009   #13
Sailindawg

Windows 7 beta 64 bit build 7000
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by twinkycowboy View Post
I got the older PCI Fatal1ty X-FI sound card in my Windows XP (32) system.

I am thinking going to Windows 7 - is the X-FI W7 Beta driver good for this card?

Has anyone used it with Quake 4?
Ought to work fine. I'm using an XtremeMusic that's a couple of years old now. My card works fine with these drivers. It's some of the newer lower end cards that don't so so well at the moment.
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03 Feb 2009   #14
arstron

windows 7 beta
 
 

Does anyone know if these drivers will work with the xfi xpress card for a laptop? I have one coming and was just wondering ahead of time.
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03 Feb 2009   #15
wrathloki

Windows 7
 
 

Do these drivers work for the X-fi Titanium cards? Seems weird that it wouldn't since basically every other card is supported.
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04 Feb 2009   #16
Zuntar

Win XP 32 / Win 7 64
 
 

I just loaded Win7 last night and my X-fi Music was not to be seen. I'll give it a try tonight! ktnx
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04 Feb 2009   #17
dsopocy

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
Continued X-Fi Crackling and Popping

Help!

I'm getting continued crackling and popping from my OEM X-Fi XtremeMusic no matter what I try. I get random pops even when no sounds are playing and static and pops distort any music I play. The distortion continues for a while and then sound stops altogether. Going into Speakers properties and changing the Default Format (Advanced tab) to any other frequency and testing restores distored sound for a while and then I have to repeat the sample rate reset. (I normally keep it at 24 bit, 4800 Hz as recommended in another thread.)

I've tried all of the solutions on this forum. I first tried installing the modded X-Fi drivers recommended in another thread, and than the new beta drivers the day they became available. Neither made any difference. I then suspected the onboard Realtek AC'97 might be the culprit, so I tried disabling the Realtek driver (no effect), installing the v2.14 HD audio driver (does not replace the v6.1.0.5879 12/01/2006 driver installed by Windows 7 regardless of whether or not I use Vista compatability mode), and installing the updated v6.0.1.6285 x64 3/25/2008 Realtek AC'97 driver - all to no avail. I currently have reverted to the Windows 7 Realtek driver and have muted Realtek audio output with the levels control as recommended in another thread.

In Sound Management, I have 3 devices showing. Speakers - Creative SB X-Fi (default), SPDIF Out - Creative SB X-Fi (Ready), and Speakers - Realtek AC'97 Audio (Ready). Only the Speakers - Creative SB X-Fi generates sound when tested.

The only possibility I've been able to unearth is alluded to in an article posted on the Creative support site: X-Fi Sound Cards Crackling and Popping. While I suspect this article is targeted at problems arising with resource-intensive games, it does identify an area of incompatibility with nVidia nForce 4 motherboards where X-Fi PCI bus master memory requests for audio data are being held off for much longer intervals than specified by PCI bus standards and tolerances. I tried the only fix suggested by this article, installing the nHancer app to access and tweak X-Fi settings, however access to tweak maximum interrupt deferral times (DPC) was not supported for my card and there were no other settings accessible that might alleviate my problem, if this is indeed my root cause. (I did NOT experience this problem running Vista Ultimate 64-bit.)

Does anyone have any bright ideas?

Otherwise I have to hope for a new improved Windows 7 nVidia nForce4 driver that addresses this issue (I'm not optimistic this will happen.)

Dale

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05 Feb 2009   #18
Zuntar

Win XP 32 / Win 7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dsopocy View Post
Help!

I'm getting continued crackling and popping from my OEM X-Fi XtremeMusic no matter what I try. I get random pops even when no sounds are playing and static and pops distort any music I play. The distortion continues for a while and then sound stops altogether. Going into Speakers properties and changing the Default Format (Advanced tab) to any other frequency and testing restores distored sound for a while and then I have to repeat the sample rate reset. (I normally keep it at 24 bit, 4800 Hz as recommended in another thread.)

I've tried all of the solutions on this forum. I first tried installing the modded X-Fi drivers recommended in another thread, and than the new beta drivers the day they became available. Neither made any difference. I then suspected the onboard Realtek AC'97 might be the culprit, so I tried disabling the Realtek driver (no effect), installing the v2.14 HD audio driver (does not replace the v6.1.0.5879 12/01/2006 driver installed by Windows 7 regardless of whether or not I use Vista compatability mode), and installing the updated v6.0.1.6285 x64 3/25/2008 Realtek AC'97 driver - all to no avail. I currently have reverted to the Windows 7 Realtek driver and have muted Realtek audio output with the levels control as recommended in another thread.

In Sound Management, I have 3 devices showing. Speakers - Creative SB X-Fi (default), SPDIF Out - Creative SB X-Fi (Ready), and Speakers - Realtek AC'97 Audio (Ready). Only the Speakers - Creative SB X-Fi generates sound when tested.

The only possibility I've been able to unearth is alluded to in an article posted on the Creative support site: X-Fi Sound Cards Crackling and Popping. While I suspect this article is targeted at problems arising with resource-intensive games, it does identify an area of incompatibility with nVidia nForce 4 motherboards where X-Fi PCI bus master memory requests for audio data are being held off for much longer intervals than specified by PCI bus standards and tolerances. I tried the only fix suggested by this article, installing the nHancer app to access and tweak X-Fi settings, however access to tweak maximum interrupt deferral times (DPC) was not supported for my card and there were no other settings accessible that might alleviate my problem, if this is indeed my root cause. (I did NOT experience this problem running Vista Ultimate 64-bit.)

Does anyone have any bright ideas?

Otherwise I have to hope for a new improved Windows 7 nVidia nForce4 driver that addresses this issue (I'm not optimistic this will happen.)
Is your on board sound disabled in the BIOS? Win7 shouldn't even know its there if you disable it in the BIOS.
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05 Feb 2009   #19
dsopocy

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zuntar View Post
Is your on board sound disabled in the BIOS? Win7 shouldn't even know its there if you disable it in the BIOS.
Thanks, Zuntar. Integrated Sound was On in the BIOS by factory default. I disabled Integrated Sound in the BIOS and uninstalled the Realtek driver installation program for good measure. The Realtek AC'97 no longer shows up in Device Manager, however my problem is unabated (same amount of noise and sound quitting after a few minutes) after a warm and then a cold boot.

A symptom I failed to mention in my original post is that the popping anc crackling are present even in the system sounds that occur during Windows boot up.

What's your next idea?
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08 Feb 2009   #20
curmet

Windows 7
 
 

HI, i need help!!

I have installed the beta driver for x-fi but now with Unreal Tournament 3 i don't have any sound with the intro's at the start of the game... and i'm not sure but i think i dont' have any audio with the story mode vids.
I also have a problem with Rainbow six: Vegas 2 because the video calls you get during Single Player, they have no sound. it's just the video.

And with Premiere Pro CS4 i don't have sound with allot, if not most, if not all my video files.

Does this mean the driver is at fault?
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