Audigy Series Vista Driver – 9th May 2008 (X-Fi Driver Mod)

2 06 2008

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
Release Notes
Version 2.18.0000
Added Features:

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.

Known Issues:

    * 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.

Known issues:
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, 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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28 responses

3 06 2008

There is no cmss2 in this version right? 😦

3 06 2008


Need a little help. I tried several drivers from this site and now I want to use this set. I did everything explained on how to remove previous drivers – first I unistalled everything Creative, closed CThelper and used Guru3d. Than I also removed Creative WDM drivers in the device manager and I think this is where I went wrong. Why?

Well I did setup this set of drivers, restared PC and than manually installed the X-fi driver. Everything is set up ok, the device is working normally in the device manager but there is no sound coming from the speakers – like they where on mute. I have volume up to full, made shure there is no mute enabled and still there is no sound. Also if I try to run Audio Console I get an error ”Unable to find the Audio device. Please make ……”

Help please – where did I go wrong?

Thank you.

3 06 2008


The drivers may have ticked option “Digital Output Only”

3 06 2008

Yeah that might be it. But where do I deselect ”Digital output only”?

Thank you.

3 06 2008

START>Control Panel>Sounds and Audio devices>In volume tab click on advanced>Now should open “Play Control” in options menu tick Advanced Controls>That make You able to select advanced settings in play control and that option should bee there.

sry 4 my english

3 06 2008

Thank you daniel for all your help. But in control panel I have only ”Sound” and if I click it I can see the volume bar of the speakers go up and down if I play music in background but still no sound.

I can’t find any of this things listed Daniel – can you please help me some more if you can. Oh and I’m running Vista 64 bit.

Thank you.

3 06 2008

Sorry Toni i was thinking you are on Windows XP i dont have Vista and cant help you.
(My last idea try change default sound device to yours primary soundcard)

3 06 2008

I’ve had the sound “vanish” with both X-Fi and Audigy drivers, Vista 32bit.

If I watch a movie, then play a game, then try to play an mp3 in WMP… it just stops producing sounds, like Toni said.

Oh and digital output in Vista is located umm..

START>Control Panel (classic view)>Sound>
When the sound dialog pops up, select “Speakers -SB Audigy X WDM” and hit the “Properties” button.

When the “Speaker Properties” dialog box appears, navigate to “custom” tab to find output options.

We’re playing around with these drivers, but it seems they are quite flawed when it comes to Vista Sound System… and clearly the don’t do dts in movies, but dts-Audio works fine!

4 06 2008

Thank you for all your help so far. Now I have unistalled Daniel K drivers and put on official Creative beta drivers and the sound works OK.

14 06 2008

Do these drivers support the Audigy SE series? It isn’t quite clear if yes or no under supported audio cards.

15 06 2008

Nope turning Audigy’s in to X-Fi is asking a lot. Audigy SE is asking too much.

15 06 2008

Nevermind I figured everything out.
Question though, is there a way to separate the Audio mode (Headphones, speakers, 5.1, etc) in the Console Launcher from the mode in Windows Vista. Asking because I would like to use CMSS-3D but most things require 5.1 setting in Windows and 2.0/2.1 mode with CMSS-3D on for a good surround sound to be achieved on headphones. Upon putting a 5.1 in Vista, Console Launcher also puts 5.1 resulting in weird sounding things and CMSS-3D not working properly for 2.0/2.1/Headphones mode.

17 06 2008


i use Vista with an Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro and i´m wondering which driver i should install on my fresh installed system:

– This one, 9th May (2.18) X-Fi Mod
– The new official Audigy Beta Driver from Creative (2.18)
– The last Vista Support Pack from Daniel_K (2.15, SBAX_PCDVT_LB_2_15_0004EQ.exe)

Until now i used the third one (Daniel_K drivers 2.15) and had no big problems with them. Should i try one the new drivers, or does it make little difference?

Thank you for your help 🙂

17 06 2008

Please,When are you going to release Audigy Series Vista Driver Pack 3? Very much thanks!
My Audigy 2 works perfectly with x-fi mod, better than with official beta drivers, recommended!!

2 07 2008

roe: Most people prefer daniel_k’s 2.15.0004EQ version for the joystick, mediasource, DVD audio player EQ etc. Myself I use the goatsoup version -simply for drivers and no extra crap. It’s up to you what you need. 🙂

botejohn: we’ve had several unreleased versions but in all honesty 2.15.0002 and 2.15.0004 are more stable. Until we can offer improvements, they won’t be released. Creative plan to release a new set this month (July) so hopefully there will be no need for driver pack 3…..

…lol I can’t see that. Lets just wait to see what we can fix when they release it. 😀

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14 10 2008

I can’t install it on my Windows XP SP2, it say my Audigy 2 SZ can’t start, what can i do?

14 10 2008

I think i fixed, but how can i active X-FI Crystalizer? is it possible?
i can’t access in audio console, any fix?

6 12 2008

Drivers are awesome, but I can’t adjust volume of central and rear speakers. When I have 5.1 speakers taken too.

My reare speakers are a bit farther from me then front speakers, and I have to make it louder. I was thinking about turning down front speakers, but if I do it rear spekars are turning down too.

Help me please I don’t want to go back to original drivers 🙂

8 12 2008

gasparmx: If you’re using Windows 98 or XP you already have dsound, which is better.

me: I’ve not tested on XP -but if you have Vista… do you know where the Vista volume is?
If your Center Speaker and Surround function with reduced volume, do the following:

* Visit Control Panel (Classic View) and find “Sounds”
* Select “Speakers – Creative X-Fi / Audigy” and hit the “Properties” button
* Navigate to “Levels” and hit the “Balance” button
* Here you will find independant volume levels for your Creative soundcard

15 01 2009

bro any link driver for audy platinum to xfi?

i already uninstalled my previos driver……..where should i download adriver that works?tnx!

28 02 2009

dont work for me y have vista x64 audigy 2 zs error code 10, pleae heeelp

2 03 2009

blackmoly: Softmodding really isn’t worth the problems it causes. Just buy an X-Fi.

gabrielmdp: error code 10 usually occurs when previous drivers cause conflicts. Try using Guru3D driver sweeper in safe mode.

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30 05 2010

Does that work on Win7 64bit? Or is there a updated mod version?

30 10 2010

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