I have disabled the onboard audio through the bios - but for some god awful reason it keeps finding a "High Definition Audio Device" in the device manager - even with the new Creative card not installed! It keeps interferring with installing of any sound be it onboard or the X-fi - no sound works at all.. Installed all the drivers, updated drivers, uninstalled, and reattempted numerous times. I'm at my wits end and hope, that once again, this fine community will share their knowledge and experience to help a very frustrated user out..
I've tested several things and come to find out, no matter what I try - NO audio is working. It sees both the Onboard audio, AND the Creative X-Fi card but neither will work. Please help, i'm very frustrated..
go to the control panel -> sound icon -> under the playback tab - check to see that the default audio device is selected (the one the speakers are connected to) - it's probably defaulting now to the built-in audio of the video card)
All of your suggestions are greatly appreciated! Only problem was (i'll explain the was part) that in the control panel, the Sound option was there, but when I clicked it, nothing would come up.
After digging through archives of crap info on the internet, I found that one of the updates that microsoft pushes out, interferes with something on this motherboard. I ended up just having to format and reinstall windows and stop updates.