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Why wont some games detect my creative labs soundcard?

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June 23, 2010 2:03:52 PM

Dow 2 wont let me put the settings on 3D sound, is it because i dnt have all my speakers plugged in? It says not supported by hardware :\

i have a sound blaster x-fi xtreme and its uptodate
June 23, 2010 2:33:58 PM

Update your Direct X
Download and install DriverSweeper
Run in safemode
Check Creative
Click Clean
Restart normal
re-install Creative drivers
Creative drivers are always troublesome if not purged before updating imo

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there is also a possibility that the game doesn't use EAX but another audio process such as Directsound,Open AL etc...
June 23, 2010 4:54:48 PM

weehamish said:
Dow 2 wont let me put the settings on 3D sound, is it because i dnt have all my speakers plugged in? It says not supported by hardware :\

i have a sound blaster x-fi xtreme and its uptodate


If you have sound blaster X-F Xtreme Audio card it is a cheaper version with software audio acceleration and not hardware. Maybe that's why. Unfortunately most sound cards these days do not really process sound in hardware

If you have X-Fi Xtreme Gamer or Xtreme Music, which are full versions, the setting should be available. Make sure onboard sound is tunred off in bios.
June 23, 2010 5:46:27 PM

Its the gamer one it was pretty good when i got it 2 years back, ill have to check in my BIOS then, its only some games that dont let me enable it btw.
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