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Windows 7: X-Fi snap crackle pop (SCP), thread #32,317

21 Dec 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
X-Fi snap crackle pop (SCP), thread #32,317

The Specs
(Everything was installed by myself, as-is, with no fiddling/overclocking)
  1. Vid Card Asus Geforce 570 GTX ENGTX570 DCII
  2. Motherboard Asus P8P67 Deluxe (Rev 3)
  3. System Memory Corsair Vengeance 2x4 GB
  4. Monitor Asus VW266H
  5. OS Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP-1 64-Bit
  6. Soundcard Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD PCI-e
  7. CPU Intel Core i7 2600K 3.4 Ghz BX80623I72600K 64-Bit
  8. Speakers Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 2.1 R/C

I've read a ton of problems online with the X-Fi + GeForce issue so if anyone is going to post a link to Creative's official statement or similar problems, please save yourself the effort since I have read oh-so-many of them already and there doesn't seem to be a common denominator that is of any use to me

The Problem
When I built my PC about two years ago, I experience that snapping crackling and popping (SCP) when sound was coming out of my speakers that were hooked-up to my Creative SB sound card (specs above). Of course, upon building the system I had installed the latest drivers for everything, including my audio card and my GeForce vidcard. After toiling for a week or so, I managed to find the right version of (beta) drivers that made this problem go away for quite a while. They weren't easy to find, as they were not the latest supported release OR the latest beta release. As such, I thought that I had saved them for future use should this problem arise again.

The Mistake
A few days ago, I updated my vidcard drivers to 310.70 and, upon restarting, there was no sound coming out of my speakers at all. Whether relevant or not, I remember that I had selected a custom install and then hesitated slightly before deciding to leave the "HD Audio Driver" selection checked, rather than skipping it (which IIRC, I had done in the past).
After I investigated, it seems that my "Speakers: Creative SB X-Fi" entry/device had disappeared from the list of Playback devices in the Win7 Sound control panel and the onboard Realtek Digital Output device had succeeded it to the Default Device Throne.
I connected the mental dots (what'd I recently install? Oh, that HD Audio driver from nvidia... oops) and installed the drivers that I had saved from the initial build that had cured the crackling problem. After restarting my system, my "Speakers: Creative SB X-Fi" entry/device had returned to the list, but it had returned with that nasty crackling, popping and scraping sound distortion.

The Troubleshooting
Here's what I've tried so far... not in order or counting backtracking. The only change has been a loss of all sound.
-Un/Reinstalled graphics card drivers cleanly, with and without the HD Audio Driver
-Uninstalled the HD audio device from the Device Manager list
-Un/Reinstalled sound card drivers cleanly, both final, beta, official, unofficial (PAX, etc) with no change
-Let windows try and handle providing the drivers on its own
-Musical chairs with the graphics card and sound card in various slots

The Plea
I will attach my IRQs, a DxDiag, a device manager screenie and some other things.
I gave up last night after the last install of the official older beta drivers, so I imagine that is what is causing dxdiag to report the issue in the Sound 3 & 4 tabs of DxDiag. I'm currently using the speakers on my monitor for audio output, which is what is shown in the control panel screenie. The Corsair speakers don't seem to want to play out of the monitor's Red/White ports, but I'm not familiar with the setup procedure to get them to do that so I don't think it means they're faulty. The SB sound card is still in the system and my case is ready. Any help would be appreciated while I'm browsing for a replacement card.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Dec 2012   #2

Windows 10 64 bit

I got lost trying to read your lengthy dissertation. However if you have both the Realtek (integrated) audio enabled and the SoundBlaster enabled there can be conflicts. Disable the RealTek in the BIOS as a first step.
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