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Creative Extreme Music Only Shows 2.1 for options

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December 14, 2008 11:01:04 PM

I have a Dell XPS 420 running Vista and I installed an older Creative Xi Fi Extreme Music sound card. When I run the sound I'm only getting sound from the front 2 speakers. When I go into the Creative app I only get an option for 2.1 not for any of the other many speaker config options... I have downloaded a couple of the newer Vista drivers but no luck. Any ideas? Thanks!

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December 15, 2008 4:40:52 AM

What speakers are you using... if youve only got 2 channels plugged in youll only get the option for 2 channel. It seems like a stupid question but it must be asked.
December 15, 2008 11:26:29 AM

I think thats beacuse the ExtremeMusic is capped at 2.1...

Have you tried the hacked drivers yet? Creative probably still blocks the advanced features under Vista...
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December 15, 2008 12:37:07 PM

CHOOK - Thanks. I have the Logitech Z-5300 (can be config to 2/4.1/5.1 and the switch remains at 5.1) and all the output/inputs are connected like they were on my old XP Dell machine when they all worked.

GAMER - Thanks as well. I don't think it's capped at 2.1 as I thought I had all functionality on the old Dell machine the card had been installed in which was running XP.

I downloaded a couple of the newer Vista drivers but the driver rev I'm seeing everywhere is dated 7/15/2008 which is odd as I have downloaded, installed and rebooted the following two updates:
SBXF_PCDRV_LB_2_18_0004 JULY 30 2008 REL Date
SBXF_PCDRV_LB_2_15_0006 MAR 14 2008 REL Date
December 15, 2008 10:27:07 PM

Sounds like it could be something in the sound config a Vista, are you using the X-fi console or vista sound options?
December 15, 2008 11:01:48 PM

I have looked everywhere including everywhere in the Vista Control Panel -->Sound options as well as any Creative Console apps I have including Creative Audio Console, Creative System Info which tells me:

Product name: Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Music
Description: Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Music
Creative Product ID: 01 11 04 60 00 00 00 B3
Driver version: 2. 18. 4