Creative Sound Blaster Audigy series Driver 02.18.0010 released!

24 03 2009

Creative have released some more official drivers. We’re testing them at the moment, and so far they look pretty incomplete. Anyway, here they are.

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy series Driver 02.18.0010
Filesize : 37.91 MB
Release date : 23 Mar 09
File Name : SBAX_PCDRV_LB_2_18_0010.exe

This download is a driver providing Microsoft® Windows Vista® and Windows® XP support for Creative Sound Blaster® Audigy® 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 Audigy including Platinum and Platinum eX series
* Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 including Platinum, Platinum eX, and 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
* Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Notebook PCMCIA

Added Features or Enhancements:

* Supports Dolby® Digital Live

To get the above mentioned feature you will need to purchase the Dolby Digital Live software pack.

Fixes:

* Restores missing Microphone option in Surround Mixer after installing driver 2.18.0001.

Known Issues:

* Applications from the original Sound Blaster Audigy CD will not work with this download on Windows Vista. Click here to download the latest applications that are available for your product.
* Users are advised to use Audio Console included in this download to change speaker configurations.
* Gameport is not supported in Windows Vista and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition.
* 6.1 speaker mode is not supported by Windows Vista.

Requirements:

* Windows Vista 64-bit with Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows Vista 32-bit with SP1, 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 Audigy audio devices listed above.

Notes:

* DO NOT install this driver for Sound Blaster Audigy LS, Sound Blaster Audigy SE, or Sound Blaster Audigy Value.
* To install this driver
1. Download the SBAX_PCDRV_LB_2_18_0010.exe file onto your local hard disk.
2. Double-click the downloaded file.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen.

It’s already been pointed out, there is no 64bit ASIO support for 64bit applications. Who knows what else is missing.

They also install fine for people like me using Windows 7.


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16 responses

25 03 2009
Tom

02.18.0010 + DDL – Got bugs.

1st: CMSS seams to get stuck on when in headphones mode. When set to Off in the CL audio console CMSS is clearly doing its thing.
When set to CMSS (on) everything becomes tinny/sqeaky…?
Tried reinstalling the drivers, didn’t help so I thoroughly stripped the drivers/software and everything CL related off my PC using Driver Sweeper and Revo Uninstaller then reinstalled – still happening.

2nd: If I turn the DDL encoder off to use analogue, playback craps out alltogether. Sometimes the little Vista audio icon shows a red circle with a cross through it, sometimes not, but regardless playback just doesn’t work.

25 03 2009
indir

thanx

25 03 2009
CasTex

Thanks for the post.

26 03 2009
Toph

Hmmm..
Wonder if it’s better than daniel’s latest 2.18.0008 driver.

Speaking of which, there are alot of new audigy driver mods coming out on creative forums these days that don’t get updated here.
This used to be the one place to come to find the latest😦

26 03 2009
nomoregoatsoup

Toph: If it’s worth posting, it’ll be posted. I’m not going to post every installer that random people post on the Creative forum. Most of them are just official Creative drivers with a few files swapped here and there then repackaged. People only start asking me to fix their install problems -take a look at the daniel_k threads….😉

The new file protection system Creative put in place makes it really difficult to access the “bugged” stuff. Not many people realise that newer drivers rarely contain many worthwhile fixes. A lot of Creatives recent updates over the last two years have been file protection. They want to keep out the third party developers, who highlight their intentional “bugs”.

….”Everything would have been ok, if nobody started offering unlicenced or unsupported features in their mods”……

We’ll be posting our own driver package soon enough. It may only be x64 as the x86 driver doesn’t seem as bugged. We need some help with the ASIO too… but Creative haven’t been exactly helpful. More details of that later..

28 03 2009
John

New drivers do one thing well — the equalizer now works in XP-32 bit (but why they have to waste time and make it all “pretty”)! And I did not have to do anything complicated to install the new driver. Just let the program uninstall the old software and driver, reboot, then install the new software.

3 04 2009
Fraser

It only seems to come with Audio Console… Do the new drivers not work with any of the old applications? Like Creative Speaker Settings for example?

Because I need a way to change the cutoff frequency and that option doesn’t seem to be in Audio Console.

12 04 2009
Boruteczko

Still, no reference in changelog that EAX problem has been solved in Windows Xp 64-bit with 4 gb. : (
Is there any hope Daniel can fix it ?

13 04 2009
Tom

I recon the best thing NMGS could so now is compile a list of everything that lacking from CL’s Audigy drivers (and X-Fi is the list is long and damning enough) and post it to every tech site around.
Sites like HardOCP spring to mind.
I was thinking of doing this myself but don’t really know enough about all the various features/soundcards.
Imagine is someone like nVidia or ATI were as bad with their drivers as CLs are.
It would be all over the tech sites like a rash.
I think the only real way to get CL to do something and finally sort out their cards is to force their hands with bad press.
When they tried to sell Audigy owners Alchemy, that made the press, and if i remember correctly it wasn’t long after that they changed their minds and made it freely available and finally release the Sept 08 beta drivers.
I was just reading on CL’s forums a post from musician who’s installed the latest Audigy drivers only to find his I/O breakout box no longer works – which obviously screws him good and proper.
I’m not sure what’s worse; that fact newer drivers break previously working functionality, or the fact’s his running WinXP?!
Imagine what a FUD spreading site like The Register would do (if they’ve interested). They love stirring the shit.

14 04 2009
nomoregoatsoup

CL have a huge list of issues that have been submitted, Tom. The only trouble is, their status is set to “Reported”. There are very few “active” bug reports. Some of these issues affect every driver from the last few years. They never have been corrected, and they probably never will.

The Audigy was supported in Vista, but I don’t think Windows 7 will get much love. I’ve been looking at new soundcards for a while -and I don’t think the next one will be Creative, somehow.

I tell ya, I wish Realtek made a high end soundcards. I’ve never had any issues with their basic drivers. They even update drivers monthly. If they did make one with DDL feature, I’d buy one.

That’s really what we need. Come on Realtek! You can do it!

14 04 2009
Tom

Yeah, i can imagine, but it’s amazing what a spot of bad press can achieve

5 06 2009
bahcldrivers

Audio apps (apart from Unix based software) in anything but WinXP are a nightmare, well more of a nightmare I mean. Think ASIO problems are bad in XP? Throw Vista in the mix and then watch the fireworks fly (or not even ignite) when you try and use your 3rd party plugins with your swanky new $1000+ audio suite. Enjoy typing in serial numbers for your VST plugins every time you use them, well wicked then.

Direct audio hardware access rumours in Vista from the boffins at M$? Where is my 0 ASIO latency? Wait until all those plugins are updated for the new audio driver implementation, pay for the new versions, install them and then hope they work while the next lot are updated for swanky audio driver system 2. Call it FAS2 – Failed Audio System 2!

9 08 2009
gr8spot

Hi, I have sound blaster Audigy Value 7.1. and I have windows Xp SP3 os installed. Will this driver work for me. b’coz i have serious issue with sound card driver prob like echoing, freezing most of time.. Currently i have SB24_VTDRV_LB_1_04_0077.exe installed…..
please please Help me….

13 08 2009
@Chiraag_G

I have Win XP SP3 with an Audigy Platinum… Yeah, I do this oldschool!😦
Hell, I had a SB16 for years before that, so imagine how quickly my system turns around… not very.
I decided to upgrade to these drivers from the ones I had from 2004, and it’s decided to show volume control in the systray and all the devices installed for each seperate setting on the devices (Sound and Audio Settings), but the Audio Console says there is no device installed. Lo and behold no sound comes from any source, and the main page in the sound settings is all greyed out with no device mentioned.

I only did this this morning before going to work so no chance yet of messing around much sorting it…

Anyone have a clue why it’s doing this?
Previous updates were the same, hence since 2004 drivers/software, I have updated nothing, but it still had issues then (such as having to change to 5.1 back to 2.1 to get any decent level of volume every time on start up) which is just becoming a pain in the rectum, if i’m honest…

Any help would be most appreciated as I am tempted just to sit and cry now.

13 08 2009
@Chiraag_G

Sorry I upgraded to 02.18.0011 I believe… bah!

29 10 2009
Shawn

The only thing missing in these packages for Audigy 2 cards in windows 7 is an actual mixing console. Is this because of the way Windows 7 is already layed out? Will this possibly be added in the future? Is there a way I can install one myself separately? The mixing settings that come in Windows 7 are pretty klunky and not very user friendly. So, can we expect to see a better audio mixer in the future?

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