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Windows 7: Creative Sound Card Problem Thread

01 Jun 2009   #111

Windows 7

I have a EVGA 680i LT with a Creative SB Xtremegamer card. I used the CD and everything says it works fine. I dont have my audio equipment yet because Im moving soon. But when I try to update the drivers or even use the beta drivers, I get a message that says "You previously installed drivers and need to reboot" or something to that effect. So I reboot and nothing. Only thing in my computer giving me a headache.

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01 Jun 2009   #112

Win 7 RC1 32bit

Uninstall your previous drivers and reboot and install up to date drivers !
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01 Jun 2009   #113

Windows 7

I did that but still the same effect. The only thing I have not done was delete all the programs and any registry. I will try again and see what happens. Thanks though.
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01 Jun 2009   #114
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Xtreme Music on a Asus M4A78 Pro, only problem is occasionally a setting gets forgotten.
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01 Jun 2009   #115

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
X-Fi + nForce4 + >3GB RAM Still a Problem in 64-bit RC1

FYI. Creative's beta driver 2.18.0013 does not resolve the problems with sound crackling, popping, speedup/slowdown, and stoppage altogether for 64-bit Win 7 RC1 systems with X-Fi souncards (XtremeMusic in my case), the NVIDIA nForce4 chipset, and 4GB or more system RAM. Not unexpectedly, the latest "Daniel K." driver package also does not resolve these problems. In a thread focused on Titamium cards in dual SLI systems on Creative's User Forum, the Creative moderator mentioned a collaborative effort between Creative and NVIDIA to address a compatibility issue that was isolated to bus arbitration logic and was addressed in new Titanium drivers (see message). I have posted a message to Creative's Win 7 beta driver forum asking the moderator to confirm that this Creative/NVIDIA collaboration also addressed, or is addressing, what seems to be a related issue causing the aforementioned sound problems in what will become a much larger segment of Creative's customer base as 64-bit Win 7 installations on existing systems continues to grow. I noted this is not an issue that only affects gamers, but even the most pedestrian of applications, including Windows system sounds.

For the record, I am running a clean install of 64-bit Win 7 RC1 (Build 7100) - the "official" version downloaded directly from Microsoft. My XtremeMusic card was not recognized by Win 7 during installation, so I downloaded the latest beta driver from Creative and intalled the driver using Creative's installation program. After cold booting, sound distortion was immediate, and sound quit altogether after a minute or less of use when my full 6 GB RAM is enabled. As I have reported previously here and in the Creative Forum re earlier beta drivers, using MSCONFIG to limit system RAM to 3 GB or less restores undistorted sound at the expense of system performance.

Note to others suffering with this problem - I have discovered a new workaround, at least with respect to the beta driver 2.18.0013 that does not entail crippling system resources. Disabling the SB Driver in Control Panel, rebooting, then enabling the SB Driver avoids the sound stoppage problem and reduces the crackling and popping to some extent. This workaround does not work indefinitely, but usually lasts several days before I have to repeat the procedure to restore sound.


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01 Jun 2009   #116

Windows 7

Sound card: Creative SB Audigy 2ZS Gamer
Motherboard: Nvidia NForce 750i SLI

Problems: Sound distortion/crackling
5.1 surround sound was sort of working for awhile but for some reason the computer thought that the front left/right speakers were the rear left/right speakers, even though I havn't changed the wiring at all since I was using XP last, which it was working properly in XP. However, now the surround sound dosn't work at all. When I go into mmsys.cpl then configure the speakers and click on the icon to test play a sound for the left and right rear speakers the sound plays through the front left and right speakers.
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01 Jun 2009   #117

Windows 7 RC1

Sound Card: SB Live! 24-Bit USB
Computer: Dell Inspiron 6000
Problem: Low Volume

Under Windows 7, both the Beta and the Release Candidate, my sound card's volume has been much lower than under Windows XP or Ubuntu. I run my sound card to a stereo receiver and have had to increase the volume so much that I'm now picking up a lot of hiss and background noise, and it's very annoying; I record to tape a lot and I can't do that anymore because I have to turn the recording level so much the interference is very noticeable.

Right now I'm using Creative's Windows Vista drivers because after installing the Creative Beta Windows 7 drivers it sounded as if everything was being passed through an awful metallic reverb filter...oh, and the volume was still too low.

Naturally, all my volume mixer sliders on here are maxed out, and I can't find any reference to this problem seems people are having plenty of problems with Creative cards under Windows 7, but low volume isn't one of them.
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05 Jun 2009   #118

Windows 7 RC1

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy Gamer
Mother Board: ASRock 939Dual SATA-2 (ULi)

Problem: Drivers install and work fine until restart, then system crashes on boot. All attempts to repair boot process or restore system to previous working restore point have no effect.
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05 Jun 2009   #119

Windows 7 RC 7100

Hello All,

I have not updated the thread in sometime for working on a design project. Last night I was up into the wee hours doing an installation of Windows7 RC, since learning that the most pivotal software; Solidworks2009 is now functioning in RC.

So, I also have been able to successfully open the x-fi console in this RC build. Have not really had the time to thoroughly test the sound quality, but as yet it seems to work rather well.

I shall update the thread today to reflect everyones continued issues, so that you may also have resolution to your wants.
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05 Jun 2009   #120

Windows 7 7600 x64 (16385) Ultimate,Windows Vista x64 Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by velvetman View Post
Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy Gamer
Mother Board: ASRock 939Dual SATA-2 (ULi)

Problem: Drivers install and work fine until restart, then system crashes on boot. All attempts to repair boot process or restore system to previous working restore point have no effect.
have you tried installing the driver in safe mode? i had a problem like that with my display driver with an earlier beta version and had to uninstall it from safe mode, rebooted into safe mode then installed it and after rebooting into normal mode it was fine.
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