My onboard sound went a few weeks back, and I found an XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro (I had a small budget, and it was there, I know there are much better cards. I don't have them.) for cheap on Craigslist. I installed the card yesterday, and it shows up in the Windows Device Manager about two dozen or so times initially as VGA Device, PCI Device, and Multimedia Audio Controller. After driver installs the VGA Device entries change to Creative X-Fi Audio Processor (WDM) in the proper category, and the others stay without drivers in the Other Devices category. Any reason for this?
The drivers appear to have installed fine (although it took about an hour to do so, because it was installing for all two dozen or so instances) but then I get the Windows Code 12, not enough resources. No duh, right? I've tried safe mode to delete the other installations of it, but as soon as I boot into Windows normally, they pop right back up. I've tried one other PCI port, but not the other 3 or so, that's on my list.
I haven't seen anything like my problem, so I apologize if this was in a thread somewhere already. I also had problems putting it into words to search for haha!
OH haha, I probably should have stated I'm using Windows XP Pro SP3...How silly of me.
I've tried every which way of driver installation, they all seem to work fine. At this point it looks like it's a hardware/Windows problem, so I can't even complain about any driver issues. Well, besdies it not getting rid of all the "other" sound card entries.
Maybe this will help in any diagnostic, as I'm at a loss.
As of today, the computer won't display any video when the card is installed...I assume it's actually booting, as the noises are normal, but the mobo LEDs display VGA Error. Did I get a bad card perchance?
Yeah I think there's something bad with the card. Or maybe an incompatibility with my motherboard? I do have an nForce4 chip, and I do remember hearing something about Creative cards and nForce chipsets...but I don't remember what version(s).
Tried it on Ubuntu Karmic today (finally got the computer to boot normally with the card in, only took about 430284302 resets) and "lspci -v | less" gave me essentially the same output as the Windows Device Manager:
If you are still in the market for a new sound card, ASUS Xonar Ds is currently $35 after MIR on Newegg.
It will match your X-Fi card for sound quality and has much better driver support.
Thank you for the recommendation, but from what I've read, the DS is one of the few Xonar cards that doesn't have solid Linux support yet. It would suck to only be able to have sound on my secondary OS Though I did notice that MIR deal, and I'm still debating it, probably until the last minute haha.
It should work if you use the standard C-Media CMI8788 drivers
The OS should not be able to tell the difference.
Yeah, I have heard of issues with Creative and the nForce chipsets.
Never what you describe, mainly clicking and popping in the audio.
These issues where supposedly fixed with the updated Titanium series drivers...
Perhaps you could stick the card in a friends system and see if there are any issues booting then?
Yeah I'm going over to a friends house for a party today, I'll slip it in his, although he has a newer Intel chip board, so I don't know what help it'll give me. I suppose to just confirm that the card itself isn't bad.
I did find an 80 page thread over on the creative forums about the nForce4 conflict, and mine matches right up with it. Oh well, 5 years too late. So at this point it looks like either get a new motherboard to suit this card, or a new sound card to suit my motherboard. Maybe I'll get some resell value out of the X-fi.