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Aureal won't work in Windows XP **FIXED**

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July 7, 2002 9:20:09 AM

This upsets me. I thought this Aureal Vortex 2 SQ2500 is supposed to be supported out of the box for Windows XP? I also installed the updated drivers from the Windows Update site. But, my sound keeps cutting out after a couple minutes after boot up.

Any suggestions?

BTW, I'm back in Windows 2000, but I have an image of Windows XP handy to go back to, if you have suggestions. I also have some time tomorrow afternoon to do a clean install.

So far, I moved it from PCI #3 to PCI #2. It works just fine in Windows 2000 with the drivers from the Vortex of Sound website.

Thanks for any help you have to offer. :smile:

Bryan
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July 8, 2002 5:22:47 PM

Nope AFAIK it will never work in XP because Aureal was "killed" before XP was even a glimmer. No new drivers = no support for future OS'es.

Your using WHAT??? (quote from friend when I told him my PC specs)
July 8, 2002 5:32:18 PM

Nope, Microsoft got the source for the drivers and improved on them somewhat. So, they do work. It's odd because I built a friend a computer based on a similar Asus A7V133-C (no RAID), and the SQ2500 works just fine on his.

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July 8, 2002 9:12:35 PM

Sorry to hear that Bryan. That's weird it play on your friends and not yours.

>Any suggestions?<

Yeah, get an Image of Win98, or use two computers, or dual boot, and you won't have to worry about if a game will play or not. If it plays in Win2000, use that, but does Win2000 play them all? I mean play them well. Lol......I use to computers, it's the best way for me to have the best of both worlds.



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July 8, 2002 9:50:07 PM

Well, right now, I'm back in Windows 2000. When I get my Windows XP CD back (I left it at a friend's house), I'm going to do a clean install without the 4-in-1 drivers and without installing the updated ones from the Windows Update site. If that doesn't work either, then I'll have to stay in Windows 2000 until I get a new sound card (most likely a Turtle Beach Santa Cruz).

Blasted...I need to hear my music, though! :lol: 

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July 8, 2002 10:34:28 PM

I'm starting to get the feeling, Aureal Vortex 2 SQ2500 is not a game. Lol.. In that case get an Image of Win98 for all your sound cards will work.

Good luck with the clean install. I got tired of trying so many different drivers, in different order, to get a dual boot. But on my other computer it was very simple, I didn't have to load a single driver. And when I did upgrade the video it become unstable. Must have done something wrong, I didn't know it was supposed to be so difficult. I didn't want to go threw the driver issues again, so I just put it back the way it was, it didn't help my gaming, anyway. But if I'm not mistaking, my Live card is not sounding to good. I'll have to check it out, and I might be getting a new sound card too. How is the Turtle Beach Santa Cruz for drivers, do they have any approved for WinXP? I thought I read some where they had a problem with drivers, finding them or something, not sure. Toey had mention one for gaming, can't remember the name, I might look into that one also, since it may be for gaming.








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July 8, 2002 10:54:36 PM

Well, it's not Aureal's fault that Creative screwed them. :mad: 

ejsmith PMed me how he installs Windows XP. It should be very helpful, especially since he has the same motherboard as me. So, I'm going to try that either tonight or tomorrow morning, then I'll get back to you.

As for soundcards, I'm not sure what'll work. I hope the Santa Cruz would, but do tell what Toey's recommendation is. (If it's over $100, then that's out of the question for me.) :lol: 

See ya,
Bryan
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July 9, 2002 12:26:25 AM

Could be that spotty VIA chipset problem with PCI latency, it affected both the Vortex2 and Live, but not on all systems! Which is why VIA bugs can be so hard to pin down!

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July 9, 2002 1:07:57 AM

Sorry I can't remember what Toey recommended to me, I should have the info on another HDD which isn't hook up at the moment. I might have to ask Toey again and I think it was about 150.




Hey Baby, want to play with my computer?
July 9, 2002 6:37:25 AM

Well, I'm about to clean install Windows XP. But, sifting through the Vortex of Sound site, I read this:

<font color=green>(Note: Microsoft has since updated the drivers for the Aureal Vortex-based sound cards and put these new drivers on the Windows Update site. User feedback has been negative in regards to these new drivers, so it is recommended that you <b>not</b> update to this new version.)</font color=green>
<A HREF="http://www.vortexofsound.com/drivers/drv_wxp.htm" target="_new">http://www.vortexofsound.com/drivers/drv_wxp.htm&lt;/A>

Well, this might've been why it was choking last time. So, I'm going to try a clean install again, ejsmith style. :smile:

Be back later. Wish me luck! :eek: 

Bryan
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July 9, 2002 9:19:20 AM

Wow, and they even have a BIOS mod for VIA chipsets. Seems like VIA could have figured that one out? They probably didn't even try.

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July 9, 2002 9:27:40 AM

It's rather unfortunate that Aureal folded because we really have been left with only a single alternative (Creative Labs). I recently switched over to an Audigy simply because I couldn't get use the full capability of my old Vortex2 SQ2500. Windows XP has native drivers for any of the Aureal Vortex sound cards but you will only get basic functionality. Don't count on setting Quad speakers or adjusting any of the 3D sound capabilities. Rather sucks because the Audigy drivers suck. My PC freezes everytime I play a game in XP. Works fine with Win98. Someone please tell Creative Labs to develop better drivers.

Claude
July 9, 2002 10:08:28 AM

:lol: 

Anyway, so far, so good with CoolPlayer playing. I'll post later in the morning, because I need to go to bed. I'm screwing up my biological clock. :lol:  But, I will have my hand at some rounds of Counter-Strike to see how my sound will hold up.

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July 9, 2002 12:28:15 PM

Did you check out the <A HREF="http://www.vortexofsound.com/techhelp/th-v2a80.htm" target="_new">VORTEX 2 FAQ</A> on the site?

Suggested sound cards under $100.00 (by yours truly):

Santa Cruz (certified driver available on this <A HREF="http://www.turtlebeach.com/site/kb_ftp/585ftp.asp" target="_new">page</A>.)

Hercules Gamesurround Fortissimo II (with the v2.03 drivers.)

<A HREF="http://www.terratec.net/products/xfire/xfire_overview.h..." target="_new">TerraTec SoundSystem DMX Xfire 1024</A>

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July 9, 2002 4:24:05 PM

Thanks Toey, I'll take one of each please.




Hey Baby, want to play with my computer?
July 9, 2002 5:39:51 PM

Yeah, that page is my last resort. I'm going to try that soon, because I played CS for about 15 minutes before the sound cut out. I even lowered the Hardware Acceleration in Advanced Speaker settings to "Basic Acceleration", but that didn't help. :frown:

I'll get back to you all in a little bit, because my friend is here to mooch off my computer. So, it'll force me to work on that other Packard Bell I'm having issues with.

Thanks for those recommendations. I'll bookmark those. :smile:

Bryan
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July 10, 2002 12:06:02 AM

Alright, so far, good news. My sound hasn't cut out after trying that fix. I played CS for about 30 minutes, and now I'm watching a download of Billy Madison without any hiccups. :lol:  Also, I put the Advances Speakers settings to Full Acceleration. So, both computers are A-OK...for now. :smile:

By the way, would any of you that used the fix mentioned on that page know if WPCRSET is on my Windows partition now? I unzipped it and ran it on my personal data drive, not in my Windows partition. And, is this the same fix as the <A HREF="http://networking.tzo.com/net/software/" target="_new">PCI Latency Patch</A>?

Thanks for all your help!

Bryan
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