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Update: Better SoundBlaster Live! Drivers ...

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October 13, 2001 6:22:52 AM

Just ran across some newer drivers this evening for SoundBlaster Live! cards. These are v5.12.01.3507, which are newer than the Win2K drivers released on the Creative website. The drivers on the Creative site are v5.12.01.2108, dated 6/21/01. The drivers I found are dated 8/10/01.

After installing them, I noticed (since I'm running a four speaker setup) that all of a sudden the speaker test in the mixer included a center channel. And the two front speakers combined for this part of the test. I was a little startled, at first! Not digital either ... analog.

These drivers offer much more bass to the tone (I had to cut back the subwoofer volume by 30%!), and also add a great deal more treble and clarity to the rear speakers, which had sounded muffled with the older drivers. Also, there had been some popping and cracking when watching DVD's with the 2108 drivers, and this is now completely gone.

I recommend that you give them a try. No BSOD's on this end.

The site is French, and that might be confusing to some. But just look down on the bottom right-hand side of the web page, and you'll see the link.

Install the drivers manually, written exactly as currently listed in your Device Manager for the device. In my case, that was Creative SB Live! Series (WDM), with the first letter of every word capitalized. You may receive an error message in Win2K that the drivers are not correct for the hardware ... but you'll notice, afterwards, that the drivers are WHQL.

These drivers are supposed to also support WinXP, but don't quote me on that ... I'm not running it, and can't say for certain.

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Everything sure sounds good to me! I'm burning these bad boys off onto a disk, even as we speak.

And no, in case you are wondering ... everything will still be in English, afterwards ... even if the self-extractor for the drivers is in French. ;-)

Toejam31

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October 13, 2001 2:56:41 PM

I'll give it a try thank you.
Is this driver from soundblaster if so why don't they release it, tech support from sounblaster said the latest driver was on their site
October 13, 2001 3:52:25 PM

I have no idea why this driver isn't the one listed on the site. Doesn't make any sense to me, either, especially since they are WHQL. But I installed the driver they released, and it didn't sound worth a damn .. .and it was the first time that I had experienced problems with cracking and popping in the speakers. The drivers on the retail LiveWare! CD were better than the 2108 release.

The 3507 drivers are not perfect. But they are much better, and anything is an improvement.

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October 14, 2001 12:01:04 AM

Thanks for the information.
October 15, 2001 7:05:25 PM

A friend of mine hasn't been able to get the center channel working correctly in DVDs. Hopefully this fixes the problem. Thanks

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