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August 4, 2008 8:17:35 PM

Hi all,

I have a x-fi xtreamemusic card that I took out a while ago to install vista. Long story short, creative doesn't give me 5.1 sound in Vista.

What I like to know is that if there is any change in creative's drivers? Are they preforming better in Vista now?
I missed my 5.1 surround sound with xtrememusic.

thanks in advance.

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August 5, 2008 1:22:24 PM

I had the same problem and is one of the major reasons I went back to XP Pro, so as you, I'll be interested in the responses to your thread!

Also since then I purchased the Creative XFI Extreme Gamer Fatal1ty soundcard, [Wife inherited the Extreme Music soundcard], but have not reinstalled Vista to check out whether it performs any better even though it actually comes with a separate Vista installation disk, in XP its an amazing soundcard with some of the best 5.1 surround I've experienced yet and I'll eventually test it in Vista but haven't had the time lately to do a reinstallation of Vista and check it out.

I've read Creative has different drivers but haven't tried them out.

With my XFI Extreme Music soundcard in Vista I got so much sound distortion I couldn't use it at all, I'm basically a Gamer at heart so that was completely unacceptable, neither updates from Creative or MSFT solved the issues, so I removed Vista and went back to XP.
August 5, 2008 5:50:26 PM

there might be many reasons why you are not getting 5.1 in Vista and the driver is not very likely the cause of it as it does support 5.1 over analog. And over digital it gives 5.1 with the pre-encoded dolby. So first of all check your audio settings. Are you using analog 5.1 kit or a digital connection?
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August 5, 2008 6:43:27 PM

I believe I'm using analog 5.1.
I have x-fi music and logitech x-530 speakers.
I was able to get 5.1 surround sound out of my speaker with xp.

I tried to mess around with vista before, but I couldn't get 5.1 surround.
People said it's because Creative intentionally crippled the vista drivers.
I'm wondering if the scenario has changed. Anyone able to get surround sound with x-fi card in vista now?
August 5, 2008 8:24:47 PM

I have 7.1 Surround - Dolby and DTS.

But it is NOT a Creative card. It's an Auzentech that uses an X-Fi chip.

The monkeys at Creative couldn't write a driver with a Professor of Computer Engineering on the left, Mommy on the right, code samples in front of them, and a VB manual shoved up their collective a$$es.

Best advice is to buy products from another company.
August 5, 2008 8:27:10 PM

Sorry... The above was less than helpful...






Quote:
Creative ALchemy 1.20.04 (18.69 MB) 1 Aug 08


Filename: ALMY_PCVTAPP_LB_1_20_04.exe

This download is an application for use with Creative audio products. It restores 3D audio and EAX® effects for certain DirectSound®3D games in Microsoft® Windows Vista®. For more details, read the rest of this web release note.

This download supports the following audio products only:

* Creative Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ Titanium Fatal1ty® Champion Series
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Series
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Notebook
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Notebook
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Go!
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Play!
* Creative Sound Blaster Audigy® 4
* Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro
* Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum
* Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Notebook
* Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS
* Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Video Editor
* Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS SE
* Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum EX
* Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum
* Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2
* Creative USB Sound Blaster Audigy 2 NX
* Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Value
* Creative Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum EX
* Creative Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum
* Creative Sound Blaster Audigy
* Creative Sound Blaster Audigy LS
* Creative HS-1200 Headset
* Creative USB Gaming Headset
* Creative USB Speaker

Added Features or Enhancements:

* Added support for the following games:
o Beyond Good & Evil
o City of Heroes
o City of Villains
o Peter Jackson's King Kong
o Rayman Raving Rabbids
o Star Wars® Empire at War: Forces of Corruption
o The Witcher
o Titan Quest: Immortal Throne
o Universe at War: Earth Assault
o Warhammer®: Mark of Chaos

Fixes:

* Enables the DirectSound3D game audio to be processed by your Sound Blaster audio device to deliver EAX effects, 3D audio spatialization, sample rate conversion and hardware audio mixing. Without this, most DirectSound3D games will be reduced to stereo output without any EAX effects.
* Improves 3D audio processing for host-based Sound Blaster audio devices.

Requirements:

* Microsoft Windows Vista 64-bit or Windows Vista 32-bit
* Creative audio product listed above

Notes:

* Do not install this application if you do not play DirectSound3D games in Windows Vista.
* To find out more about Creative ALchemy or view the list of DirectSound3D games supported, click here.
* To install the application
1. Download the ALMY_PCVTAPP_LB_1_20_04.exe file onto your local hard disk.
2. Close all other Windows applications.
3. Double-click the downloaded file.
4. Follow the instructions on the screen.



http://support.creative.com/
August 10, 2008 12:56:13 PM

Creative's latest round of drivers WORK VERY VERY WELL! If you're using Vista and you haven't upgraded to the new drivers DO SO NOW, the drivers have been as solid as a rock that hasn't been moved in a millenium, in my experience. Auzentech wishes they could get their drivers as solid as Creative's latest batch.
August 11, 2008 12:31:07 AM

^agree with halcyon, and be sure to get the Alchemy software as well...
July 4, 2009 4:59:02 AM

Im running Vista 32 bit and I can's select 5.1 or 7.1 from the speaker configuration menu, only 2.1 appears.. =( HELPPPPP even with latest driver.

July 5, 2009 5:24:23 PM

4Ryan6 said:
I had the same problem and is one of the major reasons I went back to XP Pro, so as you, I'll be interested in the responses to your thread!

Also since then I purchased the Creative XFI Extreme Gamer Fatal1ty soundcard, [Wife inherited the Extreme Music soundcard], but have not reinstalled Vista to check out whether it performs any better even though it actually comes with a separate Vista installation disk, in XP its an amazing soundcard with some of the best 5.1 surround I've experienced yet and I'll eventually test it in Vista but haven't had the time lately to do a reinstallation of Vista and check it out.

I've read Creative has different drivers but haven't tried them out.

With my XFI Extreme Music soundcard in Vista I got so much sound distortion I couldn't use it at all, I'm basically a Gamer at heart so that was completely unacceptable, neither updates from Creative or MSFT solved the issues, so I removed Vista and went back to XP.



Update::: Alchemy does solve the issues.

July 5, 2009 5:25:00 PM

4Ryan6 said:
I had the same problem and is one of the major reasons I went back to XP Pro, so as you, I'll be interested in the responses to your thread!

Also since then I purchased the Creative XFI Extreme Gamer Fatal1ty soundcard, [Wife inherited the Extreme Music soundcard], but have not reinstalled Vista to check out whether it performs any better even though it actually comes with a separate Vista installation disk, in XP its an amazing soundcard with some of the best 5.1 surround I've experienced yet and I'll eventually test it in Vista but haven't had the time lately to do a reinstallation of Vista and check it out.

I've read Creative has different drivers but haven't tried them out.

With my XFI Extreme Music soundcard in Vista I got so much sound distortion I couldn't use it at all, I'm basically a Gamer at heart so that was completely unacceptable, neither updates from Creative or MSFT solved the issues, so I removed Vista and went back to XP.



Update::: Alchemy does solve the issues.

!