daniel_k Audigy Series Support Pack 3.8

21 04 2010

daniel_k has released an updated service pack for Audigy owners. This update boasts several fixes including DTS Connect and improved performance. Another great contribution to the Audigy community!

SB Audigy Series Support Pack 3.8
(04/19/2010)

This software/driver pack is unofficial, not supported by Creative Labs.

Use it at your own risk.

Supports any model of the following Sound Blaster cards (based on Emu10kx DSP):

- Audigy

- Audigy 2

- Audigy 2 ZS

- Audigy 4

For Audigy SE/LS/Value and Live! 24-bit cards, click here for a compatible version.

Operating systems supported: 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows 7 RTM / Vista SP2 / XP SP3

Included in the pack:

- Audigy series driver 2.18.0017.7
- ALchemy 1.41.02

- Audio Console 1.33.01
- DDL and DTS Connect License Activation 2.00.03 (*)
- Dolby Digital Live Pack 3.00.06 (*)

- DTS Connect Pack 1.68.75 [modified 1.03.04] (*)
- EAX Console 3.00.56 (Windows XP only)
- Graphic Equalizer 2.00.65
- MediaSource DVD-Audio Player 2.00.78
- SoundFont Bank Manager 3.21.02
- Speaker Settings 2.00.60

- THX Setup Console 2.10.43 (Windows XP only)

(*) Purchase and activation required, more info at http://buy.soundblaster.com.

Does this driver improve sound quality or performance? Are there any tweaks?

No, this driver does not improve sound quality nor increase performance.

No, there are no tweaks.

If someone states that a driver improves sound quality and performance, you are being fooled, cheated.

It is even worse that the so called tweaks come from a person who is not EVEN technically acknowledged, does NOT know anything about Windows internals, software engineering and sound fidelity that all audiophiles always look for.

If you “feel” the sound better, that is the infamous placebo effect and there is no real proof that any tweaks work.

In fact, I have yet to see a driver that states in its release notes that it improves sound quality.

I’ve disassembled about every single .SYS driver, .DLL libraries and .EXE executables and found nothing.

There are some undocumented registry values, but nothing related to sound quality or performance.

Would the so called tweaks even exist, they would be in my Support Packs, you can bet that.

Audio Console: DTS  Interactive in Encoder tab

Fixes and improvements:

- Fixes Windows crash (BSOD) when you restart, shutdown or suspend Windows with Encoder activated.

- Fixes high CPU usage when DTS Interactive encoder is enabled on Windows XP/Server2003.

- Fix the EAX Console installation error on Windows XP/Server2003.

- Removes the Microsoft Audio Home Theater Effects to (try to) fix the static issue when playing audio using DirectSound interface.

- Adds WaveRT interfaces for Windows 7/Vista

- DTS Interactive encoder now works on Windows XP without any tricks.

- Fixes a cosmetic issue on Audio Console, encoder status now says DTS Interactive.

- Readds support for 64-bit OpenAL and 64-bit ASIO.

- Fixes Microphone not available on Audigy1 cards on Windows 7 / Vista.

- Enables support for WASAPI exclusive-mode event-driven playback, seems to be working just fine.

- Fixes the enhancements errors in Windows mixer and Windows Media Player.

- Adds Microsoft Audio Home Theather Effects for both Speakers and S/PDIF Out endpoints.

- Includes Encoder Switcher to enable DTS Interactive on Audigy cards.

- Fixes the Audio Console “Internal application error” when enabling the DDL Encoder on localized installs.

- Updates Audio Console to display DTS Interactive in the Encoder tab when Encoder switcher is used.

- Workarounds a bug that unexpectedly resets the speaker configuration.

- Prevents an issue during installation on Windows 7/Vista that may result in low volume when certain enhancements are enabled.

- Implements Hardware CMSS Headphone by using a workaround.

- Updates all InstallShield setup scripts to support Windows 7.
- Fixes installation INI to properly install applications depending on the detected OS.
- Removes COM workaround for Equalizer, fixed by Creative.
- Adds workaround to a memory corruption issue preventing Equalizer from starting on Windows 7/Vista.
- Updates shared modules, responsiveness on certain applications is improved.
- Enables CMSS2 and Stereo Surround.
- Fixes 32-bit ASIO not working on Windows 7 x64.
- Fixes Encoder not available on Windows 7 x64 (related to fix above).
- Sets default speaker setting to 5.1 to properly reset configs to their defaults during install (fixes Bass and Treble leves not set to 50% on Windows 7 / Vista).

Undocumented fixes by Creative (not listed in the release notes):

- Fixes the 6.1 speaker configuration is incorrectly available on Windows 7 64-bit (documented).

- Fixes the Enable Dolby Digital Live checkbox not staying checked when Audio Console is closed.

- Fixes Equalizer Out of Memory error.
- Fixes Equalizer settings being lost on Windows 7 / Vista when speaker configuration is changed.
- Fixes low volume on Windows 7 / Vista when default format is set to anything higher than 16-bit, 48kHz.
- Fixes MIDI instruments in Melodic Pool not playing when speaker setting is higher than 2.1 speakers.
- Restores missing Microphone option in Surround Mixer (documented).
- Fixes Microphone mute, volume and +20db boost controls.

Release Notes:

Windows Security warning during driver installation

When prompted with: “Windows can’t verify the publisher of this driver software”, choose “Install this driver software anyway”.

OpenAL 2D benchmark in RightMark 3DSound crashes your system

Due to a driver bug, your system will crash if you run the OpenAL 2D benchmark using 63 buffers. No problem With 62 or fewer buffers. OpenAL 3D and OpenAL 3D + EAX benchmarks are not affected.

Details: DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL (0x000000D1) – ctoss2k.sys

System crashes when shutting down or restarting Windows if Encoder is enabled

Due to a driver bug, your system will crash if you try to shutdown or restart Windows with Encoder enabled.

Details: SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION (0x0000003B) – ha10kx2k.sys

There is no DirectSound hardware acceleration on Windows XP 64-bit (x64)

The Audigy driver does not support 64-bit addressing, disabling the DirectSound hardware acceleration and causing multichannel sound to be played only in the stereo channels (front left/right).

Workarounds:

- install the 32-bit (x86) version of Windows XP.
- limit to less than 4GB the amount of RAM available to Windows.
- enable the “Memory Hole” setting in the BIOS Setup, if your motherboard supports it.

Microphone issues on Windows 7/Vista 64-bit (x64) with 4GB of RAM or more

Audigy driver does not support 64-bit addressing, resulting in random issues with the Microphone (static, robotic or distorted voice, white noise).

Workarounds:

- install the 32-bit (x86) version of Windows

- limit the RAM available to Windows to less than 4GB

- enable Memory Hole in BIOS Setup, if your motherboard supports the setting

MediaSource DVD-Audio Player system requirements

- 32-bit edition of Windows 7 / Vista / XP

- any Audigy 2, Audigy 2 ZS or Audigy 4 card

Built-in Decoder on Windows 7 / Vista (requires Service Pack 1)

To use the built-in decoder, make sure it is enabled in Audio Console.

Select “SPDIF Out (Creative SB Audigy (WDM))” as the output device of your player and then configure the AC3/DTS filter to send the stream through SPDIF.

When you restart your computer, the Tone settings (Bass and Treble) are not applied.

Just readjust one of the controls one time per boot.

Advanced EQ and Special FX not available on Windows 7 / Vista

These presets don’t work on Windows 7 / Vista.

There is no sound in games with OpenAL support on Windows XP

Disable Advanced EQ and Special FX selecting “No effect” before running the game or program.

Equalizer settings are lost

When you run a game with OpenAL support or using Creative ALchemy, the Equalizer settings are lost.

Just run Equalizer and the saved setting is loaded automatically.

Tone settings are reset when speaker configuration is changed

Bass and treble settings are reset when speaker configuration is changed.

DTS Encoder Switcher

The Encoder Switcher is now part of Audio Console.

A shortcut is created in the Programs -> Creative folder in Start Menu.

For additional info, read thoroughly the ReadMe.txt file included in the \EncSwitcher folder where you extracted the Support Pack.

On Windows 7/Vista, when using DTS Interactive encoder, you MUST use ANOTHER SPDIF Out device, otherwise the CTAudSvc (Creative Audio Service) won’t work properly (high CPU usage).

Hardware CMSS Headphone

To use the hardware CMSS you need to select “Disable all enhancements” in the “Enhancements” tab on:

Playback Devices -> Speaker Properties

Now check the Speaker configuration in “Playback devices”.

If it is Stereo, run Audio Console and change it to 4.1, 5.1 or 7.1 and only after that change it to Headphones.

This procedure ensures that CMSS(1) will work after a Windows restart, otherwise only CMSS2 will work.

MIDI Device Configuration Utility for Windows 7 / Vista

Use this utility to change the MIDI playback device for 32-bit and 64-bit applications.

Download:

Filename: Audigy_SupportPack_3_8.exe

File size: 64.3 MB

CRC32 hash: 48ED6316

SHA-1 hash: 7501A42BBEB600B57EF888F3E0F466E8A00E0653

To verify the file hashes, I recommend HashTab.

Remove all apps, driver then remove the Creative folders in the Program Files (x86) and Program Files folders.

Under the 64-bit edition of Windows 7/Vista, you might want to try the Win7Vista_4GB_MicFix.reg registry patch that might fix the issues with the Microphone when there are 4GB of RAM or more memory installed. Simply double click the registry file and restart Windows. It is not guaranteed to work on every system.

Mirrors: Hotfile (by daniel_k)

Sendspace (uploaded by NoMoreGoatSoup)

All files are property of Creative Technology Ltd, unless otherwise noted.

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98 responses

21 04 2010
Yochanan

Not that daniel_k necessarily reads this, but thanks to him for making these and NoMoreGoatSoup for letting us know! :D

21 04 2010
Mark Robinson

When will there be one of these for X-fi cards?

Mark

21 04 2010
nomoregoatsoup

Yes, I believe it’s expected soon.

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23 04 2010
MidNite

THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!

23 04 2010
hwtan

Great work! DK

26 04 2010
Mark Merenda

Hi at all! Thanks again to Daniel_k for his precious help to all the world!
I’m sad to inform you that I’ve the same problems with ASIO supporting on Windows 7 32bit and Pcmcia Audigy2 ZS notebook….
:-( I think I must come back to Windows XP…

27 04 2010
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29 04 2010
COLOMBILLERO

Thank you a lot Bro!!!

30 04 2010
Wobbles

I’m not sure whether I should install this. I haven’t got that win 7 distortion bug in a few weeks now. The only real change I made to my system is setting my pen drive up for readyboost which added 4 GB onto my systems memory. not sure if thats what caused it to stop happening. As I said on the 3.7 post my audio would go distorted after listening to media player / browsing the web or when I’m playing COD MW 2. I haven’t played it in a bit as I’ve been playing fallout 3 alot (fook2 mod kicks ass :). but even so my audio used to go to hell after 1/2 an hour ~ of intensive use . now its completely fine :D
Appart from no EAX everythings cool! Cheers daniel_k and nomoregoatsoup you legs!!

9 05 2010
Kuli

So I don’t know if anyone checks this anymore but for the life of me, I cannot get SPDIF to work with windows 7. I have an original Audigy with SPDIF out (SB00090) and I cannot for the life of me get any sound out. The drivers all install, and windows sees an SPDIF device. When playing sound the little meter jumps up and down like it’s actually playing something, but there is no SPDIF link! I know that the card works because if I run XP or even linux on the same machine it plays just fine, which also proves that the receiver connection is proper too. There used to be a “digital output only” checkbox on the XP audio driver that would automagically make things work. It’s driving me crazy.

26 08 2010
abi

I have a SB Audigy 4 Pro. I am trying to get SPDIF to work via my Cable HD PVR. I’m using an optical cable (out) from my HD box to the Pro4 external Decoder IN jack. My sound is working fine via Win7 and Creative drivers; however I can’t seem to get the external decoder to work. Has anyone been able to get their External Decoder to work via SPDIF in Win7?

13 05 2010
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2 06 2010
foxxl

First of all, thank you guys for all the work.

However, this Pack introduced a (very specific?) Problem for me:

I’m currently replaying Starcraft 1 campaign using a windowmode launcher (->Chaoslauncher). However, after installing ASSP 3.8, I get a distortion bug with additional choppy mouse-movement directly after starting the game.

CPU Usage jumps to 77%, with only around 40% usage to Programs, wich means that a lot time goes to interrupt pulling.

With ASSP 3.7, this didn’t occur, the Starcraft in Windowmode worked perfectly.
I don’t know yet if this happens with other games, but after a very short test it doesn’t seem so. Starting Sc1 without the window plugin, seems to work fine too.

I’m guessing the driver in 3.8 introduced a bug wich gets triggered 100% by using the SC1 windowmode Patch.

Hardware/Settings:
(intep p35 mobo, 2gb ram, audigy 2, win7x64, disabled cmss/audio enhancements, 5.1 speaker, testet 16/24bit + 44,1/48/96kHz, Logitech G5 USB Mouse)

Also, at the end of the Installation of this Pack, during the “readreg application” thingy, my Mouse simply vanished.
Cursor wouldn’t move, the upper Leds on my Logitech G5 got switched off, but the “ambient” light underneath were on, so the usb port still powered it.
Never happened before and deinstalling the 3.7 drivers, installing this pack was the only thing I changed.
I had to restart again to fix my mouse.

-> Back to 3.7 for now.

18 06 2010
maxi

gracias DK.. se escucha igual o mejor q el xtreme music.. Eso que lo uso con unos parlantes jbl que venian con las compaq..jeje

11 02 2011
Titi

Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaax a looooot for this driver and the software…i’ve tried all the combinations possible since i got this pack….NO MORE GOAT SOUP!!!!! definetly! U ROCK!!!! it took me 12 hours to get here! AMAZING!

17 06 2010
Adam

Is there a way to use this pack to enable dolby digital decoding from an external SPDIF source on an Audigy Platinum in Windows 7, 64bit? I thought I read somewhere that that’s one of the features of this driver, but I haven’t been able to find any instructions for doing so.

19 06 2010
Brice

Not sure if anyone still reads this but I’m trying to fix the Microphone problems related with Audigy 2 ZS and Windows 7 x64 bit with more than 4Gigs, basically I sound like I’m under water, i was hoping this would fix it, the registry mentioned at the end there did not work either.
If anyone managed to fix this problem without switching Windows versions or taking out RAM, help would be greatly appreciated. I’ve been at it for quite a while now.

30 06 2010
nomoregoatsoup

Yep I know what you mean Brice. There’s no official fix (aside from the registry fix you mentioned – that doesn’t work for most people). Some people believe it will never be fixed, due to technicalities with the UAA sound system. I disagree, and imagine Creative will fix the issue… around 2012 when a new sound system arrives.

Save yourself a ton of aggro and get a cheesy CMEDIA USB headset. They’re pretty reliable.

26 06 2010
Florin

I have a problem with the installer,it says : setup is unable to detect a suported product on your system….I have win 7 32 biti,and my sound card is sound blaster audigy se model sb0570. Any ideas for my problem please. With the last driver to creative site for win 7 32 biti my 5.1 surround wont work just front speaker. when i configure my audio system to the crontrol panel-sound-speaker configuration all speakers work when i play the test,why work on the test and in music and video wont work?
txs

27 06 2010
Warden Gad Hassan

NOMOREGOATSOUP IS THE FUXXING SHIT JIGGA!!!

LOVE THE NEW DESIGN TOO

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30 06 2010
nomoregoatsoup

Yes.
Yes.
Not really.

30 07 2010
Denilson

[...] Que driver recomiendan para la Audigy 2 ZS en Windows 7 X64, he probado con dos controladores con Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2.18.0017 y la version de daniel_k daniel_k Audigy Series Support Pack 3.8 y encuentro que funciona mucho mejor la versión 2.18.0017. Claro ambos con sus respectivos problemas.

La verdad es que no he buscado mucho, ayer estuve viendo con cual andaba mejor y no se si existe alguna otra versión que le saque mas provecho a la tarjeta.

Lamentablemente me tuve que pasar a windows 7 X64 por necesidad. [...]

1 08 2010
ezworld88

Hi

can anyone please help me!!! anything!! i have an audigy 2 zs platinum that is driving me insane. i have followd all the instructions here regarding guru 3 / driver sweeper clean install for both 3.8 support pack and *UPDATED* Unofficial Audigy Series Software CD for Win2000 / XP / Server 2003 / Vista 32/64-bit, from this site.

the support packs don’t seem to work properly on my system (mesh system using asus a8v deluxe, win xp home sp3).

the software cd worked beautifully – all my lovely apps back and all.

but cannot get any midi input through creative game port on the front panel ‘breakout’ box. argggggHHH!!!!!

nothing fixes this even from this site!!!!!!

all i want to do is make some music!!!!!!!!!! WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

please help me before i hunt down some mf at creative – or maybe wait till after???!!! i have never used so many exclamation marks in my life!

ez

2 08 2010
Felippe

Hi Daniel

My name is Felippe from Brazil. I bought an use Audigy 2 NX, that didn´t come with the Instalation and Applications CD. So I started looking for the drivers and applications to install. I installed the beta driver. I managed to install the sound card with it. The problem is the applications. Some of them I did the download (wave studio, creative mediaplayer), but the EAX CONSOLE I couldn´t install. So I tryed to install the Support Pack 3.8 that you published, with no success. The error code is “-6003″. As I do not know much about computers, I ask you to help me. I work with music, voice recording, and EAX CONSOLE is really useful, since I do not know any program to replace. Well, I wait your response as soon as possible. Thank you. Felippe

PS: Sorry about my english, ok?!

PS2: You can answer trought the following email: felippeferreira@yahoo.com.br

5 08 2010
Aton

Hi Daniel

I have a BIG problem about SFBM.
I can’t find any Creative’s device of the soundfont synth, so it does not work.
I uninstall the driver and programs and reinstall them all,the problem still exists.
How do I slove this problem?

12 08 2010
DanT.

Hi guys. My Audigy 4 it’s not working properly even with this driver pack. I get random clicks / pops sometimes even when I’m not playing any sounds! Another strange problem – sometimes the sound mutes by itself even if the volume slider it’s OK – I have to reset speaker settings to hear the sounds again… What shall I do ?!

Computer specs: Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P31-ES3G, CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E7300, System Memory 4096 MB (DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM), Video Adapter ATI Radeon HD 4670, OS: Windows 7 x64

13 08 2010
pollo

the driver suports sb1394 ? ( SB0090)

1 09 2010
delldim8400

support for oem(dell)-versions of sb audigy 2 (SB0353) ???

3 09 2010
kanji

even the remote works with winamp!!! but that’s just a tiny bit of what this increadible pack does. daniel, you are times more creative than Creative, they should consider working for you. I mean, people will gradualy stop using outdated creative hardware just because of software negligence, or lazyness, or budget, who knows. but thanks to you the solidness of soundblaster and all the other great series will remain legenday. thanks for having you man, cheers.

4 04 2012
tibertius

how do you activate the remote control at all? thanks for your help.

9 09 2010
MaTr1cE

THANK YOU Daniel you are the BEST !!! i was searching for this driver over 1 year…this driver is PERFECT. BLESS YOU man !

15 09 2010
jane

I just started blogging a while ago and it feels great

1 10 2010
RPG

Gracias amigo por este exelente pack no sabia que existia hasta ahora, por la captura se ve que es un exlente pack de drivers.

11 10 2010
toyasboy

Hi nomoregoatsoup,

I am the owner of a SB audigy 2 ZS video editor where the sound capability works fine under win 7 64bits (thanks to you!). But nothing about the video capabilities of this great unit since Creative didn’t update the drivers & vidcap.
Here the last driver and note published by Creative in Jan 2008: 2VX_PCDRVIS32_L9_1_00_0010.exe
“This download contains the video driver and VidCap, an application you can use with your Sound Blaster® Audigy 2 ZS Video Editor to capture and convert videos for editing.”
Do you think there is a change to get it updated by Creative or by you? :-)
Thank you for the wonderful work you’ve done!
Cheers

22 01 2011
jay

Dan is a legend, nice to see someone give these corporate idiots a kick up the behind.
I wont be buying from creative again, ive had all my soundcards from them in the past including live, extigy, audigy.
So what if the extigy is old its was not cheap at the time and even today its spec is still more then enough for most audio projects.
Creative are lazy guits for not supply I high demand driver, of course they just wanna rip you off and squeeze more cash outta ya, but for me, id rather eat my own feces then buy another product from creative.

Dan thanks m8!

29 01 2011
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ThankS

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10 02 2011
DarkMaster

Hello, it is not in my nature to post just like that – but I have to do that just now…I have Audigy 2 ZS, installed this particular pack (I used these pack all the time and I was always impressed with it/them) but just my luck; after installting this pack on clean windwos install, there is almost no sound from my rear speakers…the sounds are really really low, quite inaudiable, even though I have everything set-up correctly, all settings in windows 7 ent x64 are default. Any clue or hint? PS this is on my Logitech Z5400 sound system, test sound from speakers is correct…

11 02 2011
Titi

Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaax a looooot for this driver and the software…i’ve tried all the combinations possible since i got this pack….NO MORE GOAT SOUP!!!!! definetly! U ROCK!!!! it took me 12 hours to get here! AMAZING!

22 02 2011
Sinan

When i installed official creative driver for my audigy 2 zs pcmcia , i was having problem that whenever i want to shutdown my computer it always restarts computer, i hope this pack would be a solution to my problem, also, if anyone who is willing to help me in this issue, i appreciate it

28 02 2011
Paul

I have been using Mr. K’s support packs for a long time now. I have had much success with them. Thank you, Mr. daniel_k. Your perseverance & dedication credit you and your family. It is sad that many companies & corporations do not see that personal discipline & developement as effecting their bottom line (until it is too late). When I make my next purchasing decision, the future availability of updated drivers (& whether or not they WORK) will be my primary consideration (not cost, availability)
I have tried a modified set of 2.18.0017.7 drivers on XP with my old SB100,SB150,CT4780,CT4870,CT4830′s, etc & they all seem to work great. I need some help on that end. I care not for credit, only that these updated drivers may someday be freely available, since they should be. If there is anything I can do to assist testing, & development, please contact me, daniel_k.
Thank you, again.

5 03 2011
Paul

This only seems to work if i’ve had your support pack 3.8 & an audigy installed, before installing the modded inf & the sb0100. I have no interest in plagarism, just hoping to contribute. the more sucessful the 3rd-party drivers, the more obvious the corporate cacaophony. (or as i like to call it, a cacaphony of crap).

10 03 2011
Easter Bunny

The installers don’t put proper paths in the installer keys (there should be a quote around the path) so they won’t uninstall properly. You have to edit them yourself. The driver with the 3.8 pack was giving me loads of distortion and general poor performance as well so I had to install the regular downloaded version.

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28 03 2011
Paul

Attention: Mr. “Daniel_K”

Your packs are AWESOME! I’ve hated unCreative since my first PCI512 & their unconscionable driver support, yet – thanks to you – I still love their HW.

However; there is a development that i believe you (may) should be made aware of. It would seem that win7.sp1.x86 breaks the audigy support pack 3.8. The symptoms encountered were lockups at the ‘welcome’ screen after the 2nd restart after initial installation – after just getting the sound to work (which sounds great, i might add). Safe mode still worked, naturally.

I remembered in your Release Notes that the encoder can cause lockups if the Encoder is enabled. I was using analog audio, so reasoned that that would not likely be the culprit. I checked the Event Viewer, & all it could tell me was that the lockup was sudden & unexpected (no help).
On a whim, I decided to try to uninstall DDL & DTS, yet did not due to the warning that other apps depend on them, so I uninstalled the DDL-DTS license activation, & VIOLA, end of issue!

Now that i have uninstalled the DDL-DTS license activation, does this mean that when I do go digital, that i won’t be able to properly license it? If so, please, please, please, …. …please release Audigy Support Pack 3.9, & if possible an update to the SB Live Support Pack series (providing you won’t get your arse sued off by a corporation with a malfunctioning moral compass – if that would be the case i will understand & hate unC even more!)

Thank you, again for giving me back the card(s) that I purchased, only to have them ‘stolen’ back by a corp that only wants royalties, not loyalties!!!
I can only imagine the untold (should be told) time & aggravation spent to make these Support Packs possible. I sure appreciate being able to use my hardware again.

If only unCreative would publicly support your efforts (like releasing your support packs publicly, crediting you – if you concur), i would consider buying their hardware again.

Anybody ‘second’ the last statement?

30 03 2011
Sechs Machine

We’re all waiting for the 3.9 pack, but I don’t think it will be released. daniel_k hinted last May that it was nearly ready. His blog was removed, and I for one haven’t heard from him for a while on the Creative Forums.

1 04 2011
Paul

I know for certain that Daniel_K doesn’t Robert McClelland, the ‘creator’ of POX drivers(never tried – terrible, i hear http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?p=1035904571. Probably tried importing Daniel_K’s work without permission, or credit. Some guy tried making an install CD on Creatine’s forum, included Daniel_K’s Support Pack, yet neglected to ask his permission.

It really is the worst insult to someone after they have invested hundreds of hours on something that they are willing to SHARE, only to be slapped in the face by dumb f%^*’s that ignorantly plagarize someone elses work!

Uh oh. I wonder if that was why the 2.18.0017.7 drivers worked with only a modified inf & imported .dat’s, .ico’s. I’m not sure whether i base that mod on the original creafive drivers, or Daniel_K’s support pack. Thank God, i never posted them (just in case)! Oh well, it’s dead HW anyway. The last thing i want to do is show my appreciation for his work by slapping him in the face.

It’s usually a small percentage of people that screw things up for the majority of people. I don’t want to allow myself to be one of those ‘precious’ few.

2 04 2011
nomoregoatsoup

Well you’re just plain wrong sechs machine. Don’t make me put a beating on you again… “Shoryuken!” If you visit this link you can read this post.

NOT GONE, YET.

I’m busy with my personal life.

Expect some updates in 2 weeks or so.

See ya,
Daniel

28 03 2011
Paul

PS: I reinstalled the support pack a second time to confirm the win7.sp1.x86 issue & yes, it’s the DDL-DTS license activation that #$%^’ed up! I wonder if win7.sp1.x64 is affected as well.

28 03 2011
Paul

PPS: The issue i was experiencing sound an awful lot like
http://forums.creative.com/t5/Sound-Blaster/Windows-7-s-boot-halts-because-of-SB-Driver/td-p/572113
i don’t want to register w. unC – can you help him?

28 03 2011
Paul

Please forgive the excessive posting.

I talked to another person with an audigy & win7.sp1.x86. Apparently no problem was encountered. SP1 was installed AFTER the Support Pack 3.8.

28 03 2011
eduardo

I HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THE SOUND BLASTER AUDIGY 2 ZS PLATINUM PRO

MODEL SB 0290.I LOST FUNCTION IN THE SOFT WEAR.AND I CAN NOT REPEAR.

PLEASE CAN YOU HELP ME.

EDUARDO.

29 03 2011
Paul

Shut down your computer, eduardo. Unplug the power cord. Remove the card. Power up again.
Uninstall all creative software from the add-remove programs (or program features / uninstall a program – vista-7). ( Creative Alchemy, Creative Audio Console, Creative Drivers, DolbyDigitalLive, DTS connect, DVDaudioPlayer,DDL & DTS Licence Activation, EncoderSwitcher, SoundFont Bank Manager, Speaker Settings, THX Console – if you used the AudigySupportPack – may God Bless Daniel_K).
Visit this site (print it for reference) it seems relevant to xp & win7 as well -> https://nomoregoatsoup.wordpress.com/2007/09/12/how-to-fully-uninstall-creative-vista-drivers-solve-install-problems/
Download a fresh copy of Daniel_K’s ‘AudigySupportPack3.8′ from above (so it would seem) & extract the files. (don’t install it yet, navigate to ‘Drivers’ folder, run the Setup.exe & select Uninstall and Delete all shared files). Restart windows.
Run the DriverSweeper from http://downloads.guru3d.com/Guru3D—Driver-Sweeper-%28Setup%29-download-1655.html
(avoid the latest versions, they may install OpenCandy, or worse – Guru3D spanked ‘em – this one’s clean). Uninstall only the Creative drivers & restart.
I like Piriform’s Ccleaner personally, to clean the registry afterwards – DriverSweeper isn’t a comprehensive solution.
Delete any leftover files, as per printed instructions (if possible).
Shut down your computer. Unplug it. Install your Audigy, secure it. Plug in your computer & start windows. Navigate to the folder with the AudigySupportPack & run the Setup.exe (not the one in the ‘Drivers’ folder) to install.
Remember, I cannot be held responsible if things go wrong, so be careful. When in doubt, STOP, don’t rush, ask questions. Good luck.

30 03 2011
19 07 2011
ahsan401

I have a problem with the installer,it says “setup is unable to detect a suported product on your system….” and then it quits…
i have Windows 7 .My creative system is T7900. Please help me so that i can make full use of my sound system.
I need the audigy drivers including CMSS 3D,enhancers,surround mixer,eax control etc etc for Windows 7.Please help me.
My sound card is Creative Sound Blaster Audigy Value!

19 07 2011
nomoregoatsoup

T7900 is your speakers. They require no driver.
If you look at the supported hardware you can clearly see the following:

“For Audigy SE/LS/Value and Live! 24-bit cards, click here for a compatible version.”

Audigy Value IS NOT SUPPORTED BY THIS DRIVER BECAUSE IT IS NOT EVEN A REAL Emu10kx AUDIGY.
Sorry, Creative cheated you.

2 08 2011
denz

hi.
i have following bug with these drivers. somethimes when i enter windows, all setings are changed, for example 2.1 speaker configuration is selected and cmss , although i set 5.1 and cmss2. but that happens rarely. other bug is that someties sounds is totaly different, for example very low sound is coming from rear speakers..
i have 5.1 altec lansing, and sound blaster audigy, and window xp 32bit
tnx

13 08 2011
Rob

Is this driver still available? I tried the regular one on my Vista 32 bit system and freezes system on installation. Can’t find download link for the improved driver you were talking about here. Saw a link up toward the top about needing to buy – wasn’t sure if that was referring to driver or something else – and link didn’t lead to place to buy driver anyway.

Help would be appreciated.

17 08 2011
hwtan

I am using Windows 7 X64 with 4G ram with Audigy 2. The bug on the usage of microphone due to the memory limit of the 32-bit driver really barks me. Daniel, is it possible to do a 64-bit driver from the X-Fi drivers?

24 08 2011
TechDud

There is a fix on the unCreative Forum. Unfortunately, they also have posts that directly plagiarize daniel_k’s work. Shame on you unCreative for continuing to allow this deviant behaviour.

Boycott them; someone should be ‘caned’ over this day’s work. Send them email concerning how angry you are.

Look for all the driver BS to replay itself once again, once ‘Windows 8′ is release, and people discover that there is no driver support!

13 01 2012
Jahmen1

TechDud , If there is a fix in the creative forum ,can you post the link please

28 08 2011
Problem mit Soundkarte in Win7?

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30 08 2011
Milli

I installed these drivers to get the ‘Stereo Surround’ function back and while it now does appear in my Audio Console, it doesn’t do anything. CMSS2 works but I prefer Stereo Surround.
I’ve cleaned up the Creative drivers twice and reinstalled these (according to instructions) but still no go. Does anyone else experience the same issue?
I have Windows 7 x64 and an Audigy 2 ZS. THX

4 09 2011
Alex Snaps

A real solution that works. Very nicely done too, installed swiftly without hiccups. Thanks a mil!

4 09 2011
Lodey

I have an issue where I can’t record “what u hear” using these drivers. With the official Creative drivers, I could record – but it sounded like crap, lots of drop outs and overall a garbled mess.

With daniel_k’s drivers, when I try to record “what u hear” it’s completely silent. Any ideas why?

16 09 2011
Thomas

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! First I want to say that I (and my bother too) have big experience concerning creative cards. We are using them for 10 years now tried numerous models, we bought and installed for others , tested, etc. So we know some things about them, the successful models. We aslo have good equipment like Sennheiser and AKG’s. Probably our favorite model Is the Sound Blaster Live 5.1 SB0100 WHICH IS a LEGEND and a hidden treasure :P after my opinion. It is an old card but it extremely good and powerful (a bit noisy but it’s ok). But after we changed to Windows 7 we were very dissappointed. It was almost impossible to even start it up. I tried everything but it was almost in vain. Then I consolidated myself with the kxdrivers which were ok but not even close to the old XP performance of the card. Then last week I tried the latest support pack for it and I am AMAZED. It came back to life again and it’s just like in XP days!

And btw on my pc I have an Audigy 4 for 3 years now, which is a nice card but it was far as powerful as the old Live. On windows 7 manged to use it with that windows vista driver cd (by daniel_k). So I almost went back to the Live but then today out of curiosity I installed this pack for the audigy without uninstalling the old stuff and SURPRISE!!! I’m not saying the sound quality is better but IT’s MUCH MUCH MORE POWERFUL AND LOUD NOW!! I just can’t believe how can this be true?!?! Before I used it on 40% and now I don’t need to go over 15%!!

Anybody have a clue what is the explanation for this surprise??
And THX AGAIN for the developer! :D

1 10 2011
William Scherber

Thanks so much you made my soundcard sound like it’s suppose to! Even the newest “current” windows 7 drivers suck! Thanks for these it even brought back some of the apps to control it! <3

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23 11 2011
Leandro

Daniel_K (Daniel Kawakami) is a great genius and Creative has proved a very bad company leaving their customers in the hand over time. The investment is high when buying cards from Creative, we can not just drop support for each new operating system. I have a Audigy 2 ZS and don´t work in Windows 7 Home Premium 64bits :(

30 11 2011
TechDud

Get ready for the same BS when Win8 is released to market.
MS has changed driver models again, now HW access is OK (like XP). Don’t expect the old drivers to work, though.

Look for unCreative to do the usual trifecta of deny, denigrate, & delay. They will say “it’s out of warranty”, or the classic “buy a new one”. Once again, they likely won’t tell you that your ‘new’ X-Fi doesn’t come with Win8 drivers!

BTW, they have a ‘new’ brand name ‘ZiiLabs’.

29 12 2011
Austin

I too suffer from the microphone blues with my Audigy 2 ZS plat… Nothing works… I enabled my onboard audio and I use the microphone feature from it while still using the far superior sound on my Audigy 2… This may or may not work from some motherboards, I have no stability issues and run a 20% overclock on my cpu. Good luck…

13 01 2012
Jahmen1

Crackling , popping Solution , fix , :) Windows7 64-bit , creative labs , soudblaster , audigy 2zs,

Asus p5n-d motherboard
Intel 750i chipset
2 x nvidia 8600gt sli
8gb ddr2 corsair xms2 800mhz
(5-5-5-18- and some other timing at 18 forget which one

!!! Audigy motherFrakin 2Zs Johnny5 ALIVE !!! Ombre’s
( in the bottom pci slot ) always best in the bottom I say.

So here is what I did, as exactly and inefficiently as I did it.

- load Daniel K’s latest audigy 2 driver pack ( currently 3.6 )
(notice crackling increase during the install of Alchemy)

so I uninstalled Alchemy, and the crackling reduced a little for me
(but not anywhere near good enough. still very noisy)

- mute all the inputs in the sound properties, mic, sdif, input, …etc…..

- I began to realize that this is problem is shared by my creative card,, and the pci bus on my Asus motherboard.

well, so I learned about pci bus routing. and figured, hmmm, lets crank the

south bridge on my motherboard as it is responsible for the pci bus that my Audigy 2zs is connected to…….. TA DA ,,,,

Increased my South Bridge (SB) voltage from 1.50 to 1.56 and noticed the crackling reduce, so I took it all the way to 1.62 and the crackling is 99.99999999999 percent gone, I think I heard one earlier today, but not sure.

current settings are:

Bios:
-Southbridge voltage: 1.62
- Dram voltage = 2.09
- Hypertransport ( HT ) = 1.32
- North Bridge ( NT) = 1.32

Soundcard:
- 4 channel enabled
- 24bit 96000hz enabled
- disabled: Allow applications to take control of this device
(located in the speaker properties , advanced tab )

I am gonna see if I can change to:
- 24bit 192000hz and
- 5.1
- maybe try reloading alchemy,
,,,,,, but I’m scared I’ll break it , hahaha, it frakin works , whoo hoo, crankin tunes and my apartment building can hear it all perfectly clear, so they say :)

I will post back ,

ps.. holding back working drivers, making good customers throw away good cards,, ,,, be a maaan ,, doooo the right thing

13 01 2012
Jahmen1

also my frame rate in battlefield stays in a tighter range with the the voltage increase. Before +-25 frames ,, now +- 15 ,,, remember its always better to have a tighter range.

13 01 2012
Jahmen1

oh , I guess the current version is 3.8 my bad,,

13 01 2012
Jahmen1

update:

192000 hz enabled , causes my crackling almost immediately

even with and increase in voltage to 1.64 . darn , I like that 192000hz zoundz gooda,,

so I am keeping it at = 96000hz

13 01 2012
Jahmen1

when I changed my settings to 192000hz, the clicking came back, and did not go away until I changed the setting back to 96000hz, and then disabled and enabled the audigy 2zs in the device manager.

13 01 2012
Jahmen1

ps, my cpu is running totally stock, no changes , e8400 dual 3.ghz 6mb L2

4 02 2012
Anonymous

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6 02 2012
andy

Is this a joke? Where is the download? Everywhere I click I get led to some bogus download site that is trying to download some malware.

11 02 2012
No More Goat Soup

This is not a joke. daniel_k doesn’t want people providing mirror for his files. I think he gets minor income from Hotfile, which he then invests in ebay-Creative-hardware.

I guess you’ll have to take it up with him on the Creative Support Forums.

Best of luck!

21 02 2012
ehab anis

any chance for audigy 2 xn(usb)
plz help me i am a musician and use windows xp instead of 7 to keep the cd software work>>>> did i stay all my life use windows xp ) :
tnx

7 03 2012
No More Goat Soup

Sorry ehab anis, I have no experience with regards to the external USB devices, :(

20 03 2012
ehab anis

tnx for reply
tnx for your good and hard work

22 02 2012
M

There is daniel_k’s audigy support pack v.4.0:
http://forums.creative.com/showthread.php?t=697079
update for famous version 3.8, but is seems that the final one ;((

19 03 2012
cagri

Thank you for informing us about this. A new release is exactly what i was looking for when i revisited this page. Thanks a lot!

19 03 2012
Ane

X-Fi Titanium HD

creative sound card equalizer not remains in the equalizer mode,

creative equalizer switch every min 2 automatically to normal mode

I can so not audio editing as the equalizer everytime is gone,

Ane

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12 07 2012
hash

i have Creative AUDIGY VALUE , from where can i find the drivers for this product?

4 10 2012
Renato

This driver is working great on my Audigy 2 ZS with a Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. It fixed all limitations of the driver that I used before, from Creative. It is working well in 24 bit at 96 kHz without lowering volume as before it did. And after about 2 years I can use the sound enhancements of this card again! Thanks.

3 11 2012
shadinio

Hey Renato, is DDL working fine for you?
Daniel’s released a v4.5 that’s supposed to support win 7 and 8. Everything’s fine but the main reason I got back into Audigy was to get DDL to work for 5.1 gaming on my sound system. And it just won’t :(

14 11 2012
eiswas@yahoo.de

Thank you very very much!
You make me happy when i see a pro work on it.
i dont understand why Creativ dont give you a job for u work!
But i think they doesnt pay well.
Another thank you from germany for u great work!
regards
Chriss

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