Ok I said I would deliver the Audigy drivers tonight, but haven’t been able to complete the installer. So what I’ll do for now is; post instructions on how to “force” your Audigy series sound card in to accepting a X-Fi driver. This method is quite simple provided you’ve ever used Vista device manager before.
We do hope to bring an installer soon, but as always -SP1 likes signed drivers too much and Creative like to use system file protection…
Anyway please take a moment to read this article on how to remove previous installations. It’s better to start with a clean slate -especially if you’re the type likely to whine when it doesn’t work…
Anyway, enough of the hostility fuelled by VGA rage. Lets move on to drivers that might crash your Vista, but provide really crisp 24bit Audio by default!
Audigy Series Vista Drivers
For systems using Windows Vista, users will notice improved quality and better decoding features.
* Dolby® Digital and DTS® driver decode re-established for sound cards that included decoding in their Windows XP drivers (Not applicable for products that included a 3rd party software DVD player license in the package).
* DVD-Audio playback re-established for sound cards that included the application in their Windows XP software suite (For Windows Vista 32-bit only).
Requires the latest Creative MediaSource DVD-Audio Player Beta software.
* Resolves issues of intermittent and random application/system crash when playing games or running applications that use EAX®, DirectSound®, OpenAL and/or ASIO features.
* Resolves issue of volume mapping leading to very soft volume level in systems using Windows Vista with Service Pack 1.
* Resolves issue with distortion and noise occuring in systems with 4 GB of RAM or greater.
* X-Fi CMSS®-3D feature is not available in Windows Vista 64-bit.
* Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE) 2005 or Window XP MCE 2004
* Creative Sound Blaster Audigy Series audio devices listed below
This setup file is intended for Windows Vista. The driver should support:
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy including Platinum and Platinum eX series
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 including Platinum, Platinum eX, Value series
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS including Platinum and Platinum Pro series
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 4 Pro and Sound Blaster Audigy 4
Supports only Windows Vista 64-bit or Windows Vista 32-bit
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy audio devices listed above.
Applications from the original Sound Blaster Audigy CD will not work with
this download. Nor will various applications such as daniel_k’s Crystalizer.
Users are advised to use Audio Console included in this
download to change speaker configurations.
This driver does not support DirectSound®-based EAX games or 6.1 speaker mode. (Download ALchemy)
SPDIF passthrough is supported on Vista 32-bit only.
How to install
Step 1: Extract the ZIP to your desktop. Run the “Setup.exe” file, drivers will probably still be “2007” afterwards, but it’s needed for Audio Console. To update to Driver Version 18.104.22.1680, Dated 5/9/2008, you now need to manually update through Windows Device manager.
Step 2: Update Driver Through Device Manager
Step 3: “Let Me Pick From A List Of Device Drivers On My Comuter”
Step 4: Select “Have Disk” and navigate to the directory where you have the drivers extracted to, C:\Users\GoatSoup\Desktop\Vista Decoder 2_18_0000\Drivers\wdm\wdma_emu.inf (for example)
Step 5: Select “Creative Technology, Ltd” and “Creative X-Fi Audio Processor (WDM)” and click “Next”.
Step 6: Click “Yes” when Vista warns about driver update.
Step 7: Restart and check your driver dates in device manager!
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