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Windows 7: Front Panel Mic not working with Sound Blaster Z

31 Jan 2014   #11
joebots

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoN View Post
Just one tip maybe...when you plug from back to front panel and versa , Sound Blaster engine doesn't switch the mic automatically. You have to switch it manually from rear mic to front mic in the "crystal voice" panel.
I tried this but I could never get front mic to appear in the crystal voice panel no matter what I did, or in the Windows 7 recording properties. I looked for hidden or disabled recording devices as well. Nada.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoN View Post
PS: Better disable HD audio panel in bios settings, but seems obvious if you do plug the case HD Audio cable onto the Pci-e card..
I did this even before I installed the card.

There were other peculiar things going on, too. Sometimes coming out of sleep mode Windows 7 would recognize the card as a Recon3D PCIe. I'd have to reboot when this happened to get sound back. I also got a few Blue Screens, which never happened before. It could be just be compatibility problems with my motherboard, the OS, or some kind of driver issue. I gave up trying to get it working and returned it for a refund. It's a shame because it put out really nice sound.

Thanks for your reply.


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01 Feb 2014   #12
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by joebots View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoN View Post
Just one tip maybe...when you plug from back to front panel and versa , Sound Blaster engine doesn't switch the mic automatically. You have to switch it manually from rear mic to front mic in the "crystal voice" panel.
I tried this but I could never get front mic to appear in the crystal voice panel no matter what I did, or in the Windows 7 recording properties. I looked for hidden or disabled recording devices as well. Nada.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoN View Post
PS: Better disable HD audio panel in bios settings, but seems obvious if you do plug the case HD Audio cable onto the Pci-e card..
I did this even before I installed the card.

There were other peculiar things going on, too. Sometimes coming out of sleep mode Windows 7 would recognize the card as a Recon3D PCIe. I'd have to reboot when this happened to get sound back. I also got a few Blue Screens, which never happened before. It could be just be compatibility problems with my motherboard, the OS, or some kind of driver issue. I gave up trying to get it working and returned it for a refund. It's a shame because it put out really nice sound.

Thanks for your reply.
Its a shame you couldn't make it on your Motherboard and system based OS.

The Sound Blaster Z just working like a charm on mine with latest drivers. No cracks & poppy noises coming out my sound system 5.1 (only one pop coming from a light commutator in the house, badly isolated that i can hear out the speakers).

Otherwise great sound for watching movies, musics, and fear myself on some games.


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03 Jun 2014   #13
robort1138

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

I had two computers both running Sound Blaster2 ZS (SB0350), one was the platinum. Both setups worked fine with XP but forced out of XP (thanks Microsoft) went with Win7. Neither sound card was functional using either installation disc and drivers that came with them. Great sound cards but a generation before Win7 so the drivers just don't work.
Googling, one discovers the Creative Labs site offers updated driver downloads. Problem is, Creative Labs at this point sidesteps escaping all responsibility, because these are third party drivers. To download them you must navigate through the trial licensing agreement (Ireland) which mentions possible unspecified charges for using this software may (or may not) follow in the (unspecified) future. Furthermore, the agreement warns that avoiding adhering to the agreement guidelines could result with incurring "serious damage to your computer system." I wanted my sound systems working so I tried going along with it. Upon installing the software my speakers now worked great, but I noticed some of my folders were not functioning normally. I decided to uninstall and delete some folders the result of which was "NOT ALLOWED." I now get the occasional BSOD, especially recovering from sleep mode. These third party driver downloads corrupted my clean install. I haven't resolved this yet, although I have begun researching the BSOD issue.
Initially, it seemed I might do well to perform another clean install and get rid of the Sound Blaster products.
I read a PROFESSIONAL comparison review and subsequently purchased a ASUS Xonar Essence ST sound card with an ASUS H6 7.1 extension card to go with it. Then I discovered via USER reviews that they were having all kinds of problems with the drivers ASUS provides for Windows 7.
So many problems trying to use a broad range of peripherals (graphics, sound, etc.) with Windows 7.
As operating systems are released relatively frequently, apparently no one wants to invest time and money writing software for older products (they of course instead prefer to sell you new stuff) and the OS will be here today and gone tomorrow.
I will, little doubt, eventually do a new clean install but first I want to see where researching the BSOD leads. I would suggest (to be safe) use only current products that list on packaging they're compatible for your configuration. Don't totally rely on "after the fact" contrived driver updates that may not function.
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