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Windows 7: New X-Fi Win 7 Beta Drivers

28 Jan 2009   #1

Win7 x64 Ultimate RTM
 
 
New X-Fi Win 7 Beta Drivers

The date says January 28....get 'em now.

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This download is a beta driver providing Microsoft® Windows® 7 Beta support for Creative Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ series of audio devices. For more details, read the rest of this web release note.

Take note of the following:
  • THIS IS AN UNSUPPORTED BETA DRIVER. There is no technical support for this driver.
  • We recommend that only experienced users install this driver. Do not install this driver on a system used to perform critical tasks.
  • Users who are looking for stable drivers should wait for the final release. When this happens, user should install the latest Sound Blaster X-Fi series driver available.
This download supports the following audio devices only:
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty® Professional Series
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi
Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Beta
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi series audio devices listed above


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29 Jan 2009   #2

Windows 7 beta 64 bit build 7000
 
 

I just installed these drivers. I was previously using the latest Vista drivers. I'm running 64 bit.

These betas seem to have cleared up an issue I was having with COD:WAW. Whenever I used the game mode from the Creative Console launcher, the sound for the game would hang when shutting down the game and the game would hang upon shut down.

Now game mode can be used and WAW shuts down normally. HOWEVER, ALChemy still hangs the game at shut down. I can't use ALChemy with WAW. In game mode without ALChemy, I still get positional 3D sound from my 4.1 speakers.

For music, these drivers sound a bit crisper and cleaner in entertainment mode. All options work in entertainment mode, from CMSS 3D to EAX.

Creative has taken a step in the right direction with these drivers. Glad to see that they are paying attention, expecially to a beta OS.
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29 Jan 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Hmm Creative only mention "Windows 7" and neither 32-bit or 64-bit is mentioned.
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29 Jan 2009   #4

Windows XP Pro SP3 / Windows 7RC 7100
 
 

Nice find
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30 Jan 2009   #5

Windows 7 x64
 
 

it's not usual to see creative responding so well to the masses . so, props to them for this release.
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30 Jan 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

But does it suppport 64-bit?
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30 Jan 2009   #7

Windows 7
 
 

im using it on 64-bit, worked at first, but now im having issues, funnily enough they seem to be having compatability problems with age of empires 1. occassioanlly the game crashes, i reboot, and find my sound isnt working.. :S
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30 Jan 2009   #8

Windows 7 beta 64 bit build 7000
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ElGoorf View Post
im using it on 64-bit, worked at first, but now im having issues, funnily enough they seem to be having compatability problems with age of empires 1. occassioanlly the game crashes, i reboot, and find my sound isnt working.. :S
Are you using ALChemy? I have run CODWAW, COD4, World in Conflict, Company of Heroes & HL2 Source games. All have worked well with ALChemy, except WAW. WAW would crash when shuting down because the dsound.dll file from ALChemy hangs.

If I run without ALChemy, everything just works. I'm using an Xtrteme Music sound card.
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30 Jan 2009   #9

Windows 7
 
 

nope, not using alchemy. on xfi gamer.
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31 Jan 2009   #10

XP
 
 

Arghhhhhhhhh...

Why won't they support the Xtreme Audio?!
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