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Windows 7: can't decide what to do

21 May 2010   #1

windows 7 Ultimate RC x64
 
 
can't decide what to do

hello i think that my on-board sound device is going to die because when i listening music or watching films the sound once fade away a little then after while burst again its like someone plays with the volume wheel slightly up and down. I am already updated the driver and it didn't help and i know my speakers are great (Creative Inspire T6100 5.1)

Now i have to options that i'm trying to decide:
1.Buy Creative Audigy Value 7.1 but the problem is that in my motherboard has 2 PCI Slots.One is occupied with a PCTV-card and the other slot is blocked by the cooling unit of my video card.Therefore if i want to buy internal sound card i need to buy an external pctv card.

2.Buy Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1
With external sound card i can keep my internal pctv but i read some bad reviews to this sound card,some problems that could occur with maybe USB or my computer isn't strong enough; here my PC specs:
pentium 4 3.ghz
ASUS P5GD1 mother board
RAM 2 GB
GeForce 9600GT
WIN XP x86

One Pro is that will improve my laptop sound and its a big pro i would realy like to connect my laptop to 5.1 sound system.Also it is the cheaper option,but still i'm afraid about those reviews that i read.


Please those of you that have expirience with Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 tell what you think and help me decide

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21 May 2010   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kopka View Post
hello i think that my on-board sound device is going to die because when i listening music or watching films the sound once fade away a little then after while burst again its like someone plays with the volume wheel slightly up and down. I am already updated the driver and it didn't help and i know my speakers are great (Creative Inspire T6100 5.1)

Now i have to options that i'm trying to decide:
1.Buy Creative Audigy Value 7.1 but the problem is that in my motherboard has 2 PCI Slots.One is occupied with a PCTV-card and the other slot is blocked by the cooling unit of my video card.Therefore if i want to buy internal sound card i need to buy an external pctv card.

2.Buy Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1
With external sound card i can keep my internal pctv but i read some bad reviews to this sound card,some problems that could occur with maybe USB or my computer isn't strong enough; here my PC specs:
pentium 4 3.ghz
ASUS P5GD1 mother board
RAM 2 GB
GeForce 9600GT
WIN XP x86

One Pro is that will improve my laptop sound and its a big pro i would realy like to connect my laptop to 5.1 sound system.Also it is the cheaper option,but still i'm afraid about those reviews that i read.


Please those of you that have expirience with Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 tell what you think and help me decide

If I were you I would try and fix what I had. Have you check in device manager to see if your driver is installed and working correctly?

(type device manager in search and go to the sound tab) look to see if it is listed and does not have a yellow triangle on it

Let us know if you need help

Ken
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 May 2010   #3

windows 7 Ultimate RC x64
 
 

i'm 100% sure that its a hardware problem, i reinstaled the driver,get updates for the driver,instaled new windows.
I think because its an old motherboard (5 years i got it) the amplifiers inside are weak,when i touch the connectors there is no change so the holes are fine so it has to be something deep in to the electronics of the sound card
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21 May 2010   #4

Vista 64 Ultimate, Windows 7 64 Ultimate, Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

I used an Audigy USB external card on a laptop for nearly 6 years w/o issue and it still works great, I don't know if an external PC/TV card will work as well as your internal one but if that one is working well with Windows 7 I'd leave it alone and go with an external sound card.
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22 May 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kopka View Post
i'm 100% sure that its a hardware problem, i reinstaled the driver,get updates for the driver,instaled new windows.
I think because its an old motherboard (5 years i got it) the amplifiers inside are weak,when i touch the connectors there is no change so the holes are fine so it has to be something deep in to the electronics of the sound card
Right click on the Microsoft speaker icon, select playback devices, select your Default Playback Device (green check mark). Then select the "Properties" box in the lower right. Select the "Enhancements" tab.

Scroll down mane sure "Loudness Equalization" is NOT selected, if it is, deselect.

Next: Start at the beginning, right click MS speaker icon, select recording devices, select the "Communications" Tab, select "Do Nothing".

Might want to reboot now.

May or may not help but worth a try!

Ap
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22 May 2010   #6

windows 7 Ultimate RC x64
 
 

can you tell me how to do this in Win XP because on my pc its xp not seven
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24 May 2010   #7

windows 7 Ultimate RC x64
 
 

so how about Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 anybody have experience with this sound card?
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