X-Fi series Driver 2.18.0004 – 30th July

30 07 2008

Filename: SBXF_PCDRV_LB_2_18_0004.exe

This download is a driver providing Microsoft® Windows Vista® and Windows® XP support for Creative Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ series of audio devices. For more details, read the rest of this web release note.

This download supports the following audio devices only:

  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty® Professional Series
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro 
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi

Added Features:
To find out the Product ID of your audio device and if it supports the following features in Windows XP, click here.
For systems using Windows Vista

  • Dolby® Digital and DTS® 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 software. Click here to download. 

Fixes:

  • Resolves issue of system crash when switching to an unsupported sampling rate in Audio Creation Mode while Dolby Digital Live is enabled.

Requirements:

  • 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 Windows XP MCE 2004
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi audio devices listed above

Notes:

  • Do not install this driver for Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio.
  • To install this driver
    1. Download the file onto your local hard disk.
    2. Double-click the downloaded file.
    3. Follow the instructions on the screen.

Download: Creative File Area


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18 responses

30 07 2008
nomoregoatsoup

Seems Creative are tightening up on their file protection and other things.. like Dolby Digital Live.
This is the first X-Fi driver we are unable to force on to Audigy cards.

I wonder what they are hiding… *takes another close look*

31 07 2008
Nick

So any chance of making these work with an Audigy 2 ZS? Or is this the end of backporting X-Fi drivers?

1 08 2008
nomoregoatsoup

Yes I think it’s the last we’ve seen of “Unified Driver Architecture”.

We’ve almost completed an updated installer for Audigy, but we’d like to include some of the new features of the 2.18.0004 driver.

Creative are worried we’re all going to get DDL for free, I think.

4 08 2008
sarmat

So what’s progress of work? When we probably see this modded X-Fi drivers for Audigy 2 ZS, if at all?

5 08 2008
nomoregoatsoup

It’s going very slowly. Creative have changed quite a lot with the new drivers, as I mentioned. We have completed an Audigy 2.18.0001 revised installer – it has fixed microphone issues many of us have been suffering with. However the dts decoder on 2.18.0001 drivers is buggy and doesn’t work for a lot of people! The strange part is; it’s old files that never had issues before -so obviously something else is causing the dts support to vanish. We’re also experimenting with lots of X-Fi 2.18.0004 files which is fun – but we have to be careful not to add any unsupported or unlicenced features. It’s a shame because the 2.18.0004 driver contains many more fixes, yet at the same time conflicts with ALchemy sometimes!

I know I keep promising it, but it really is worth waiting for something fully tested! Everytime I say it’s almost done -we find a new issue.

At present, the best working driver for Audigy owners is the 2.18.0001. Sadly it has mic issues and minor decoding issues.

Until we can beat that, I won’t post anything -sorry. I don’t want to fix one issue and create two more. I’ll only get a page of comments with people saying “The ALchemy isn’t working on CS:S” or “WTF happened to my dts?”.

We are working on them at every available free moment, but it’s time consuming to uninstall & reinstall every driver change we test.

I have to say though, the new breed of drivers do sound quite nice… when they work!

14 08 2008
prawncore

Hmm, am I the only one who can’t get these drivers working on my X-FI Xtreme Music under vista? I get the error about needing XP or higher as a OS.

15 08 2008
nomoregoatsoup

Try fully uninstalling first, running CCleaner and Guru3D Driver Sweeper. This error usually is connected with bad uninstaller problems and older drivers.

16 08 2008
TheAI

What can i do when i have an sb046a where is no encoder support. Can an mod driver fix that?

16 08 2008
anpaha

Hi there, is there any reason why i can only use the ddl 1 driver for my x-fi music ??? not any of the later drivers ?

using vista 32

17 08 2008
nomoregoatsoup

<— X-Fi noob

17 08 2008
anpaha

sry, but what does that mean ? do u think that i´m a noob ?
just asked one simple question and an answer like “theres no way to install
later ddl drivers from auzen, because of…” might be enough !

17 08 2008
nomoregoatsoup

no, It means I have no idea about X-Fi.

They’ve just changed all of the X-Fi driver technology and I was never silly enough to buy an X-Fi. I’ve not bothered looking in to pulling the drivers apart since they don’t seem to work on Audigy series any more. No need.

So, just to be REALLY clear – I’m the X-Fi noob😛

17 08 2008
CDub

Does anyone know if there is any way to strip the Licensing crap out of these drivers? CTAELicensing and the Creative Audio Engine Cleanup?

18 08 2008
prawncore

worked perfectly, thanks bud :]

20 10 2008
Argent

So, will this driver work with my X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series sound card to re-enable to Dolby Digital/DTS decoding on the digital optical input. It’s frustrating that I bought a better, more expensive Sound Blaster than I had before (an X-Fi Platinum with front panel I/O Drive), but this card doesn’t support the most important feature I used the other one for, running the digital sound from my gaming consoles and HDTV through my computer to get surround sound. Still, the quality of sound that I do get from this card, in PC games and music, is a lot better than my Platinum was. I never hear any crackling or popping from the speakers with this card, which is why I’m very hesitant to remove it and put the Platinum back in until I can find a solution to use the Dolby Digital/DTS decoding on the Titanium.

17 12 2008
nerdGNU

Creative have just released a new X-Fi version labelled SBXF_PCDRV_LB_2_18_0008.exe

You can download them from Creative support. So far I have heard they are working well for some users and sound good.

Here are the notes, sorry about the size.

* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty® Professional Series
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi

Added Features:
To find out the Product ID of your audio device and if it supports the following features in Windows XP, click here.
For systems using Windows Vista

* Dolby® Digital and DTS® 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 software. Click here to download.

Fixes:

* Resolves issue of audio popping when playing AC-3 Wave files or using Dolby Digital Live via the digital output on Windows Vista.
* Resolves Audio Control Panel issue of incorrect X-Fi CMSS®-3D behavior while using Audio Creation Mode.

Requirements:

* 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 Windows XP MCE 2004
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi audio devices listed above

Notes:

* Do not install this driver for Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio.
* To install this driver
1. Download the SBXF_PCDRV_LB_2_18_0008.exe file onto your local hard disk.
2. Double-click the downloaded file.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen.

28 01 2009
XivadeR

Hi!

I’ve been following this blog for some time (I have in my RSS lol). Now I need to ask you a question. I have recently bought and X-FI Xtremegamer, is there any way to unlock the f****ng software locked DTS/DD/ decoding function? I don’t know how, and I didn’t with my Audigy 2 too (that’s why I changed).

Thannkssss🙂

18 06 2009
Mark Robinson

I have a question. I’m using a SB0460 – Creative Xtreme Music X-Fi. Windows XP Home SP3.

I was using a SB0250 Audigy Drive and was able to control SPDIF In ie.
Bypass, DD/DTS decode or Default. I have changed to a Creative Digital I/O module. Now on SPDIF In I get only Default greyed out. I have tried jumpering pins 25 and 35 as was suggested for Audigy on the AD_EXT on the DriverHeaven site. It seems that the card polls for the presence of a Drive, if found it enables the SPDIF IN options. Maybe it could poll for
Flexjack – Digital I/O if Drive not present.

Anyone have any experiences with this and would like to share.

Regards Mark

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