Hello there, this is my first post after reading a lot about the so called "screech of death"...
First I thought my DELL soundbar was to be blamed but after reading so many post about that problem this has apparently a far bigger dimension.
My XPS 420 (Q9300, 4GB, Vista 32bit) was deliverd on the 29.07.2008 and after a while a experienced the screech for the first time: I checked the Creative drivers which are actually from the date: 21.02.2008
Driver Nr.: 18.104.22.1683
Downloading and executing the driver setup from the DELL support site brought no success: it said that the installed driver was up to date and the setup routine quitted.
On the Creative website i found another driver for the X-Fi Xtreme Gamer and Vista 32bit: 2.18.0004 from the 30.07.2008. Should I install this one or does someone know if this solves the screech - problem? (Should I de-install the old one first?).
If you still have noticeable problems with the latest creative drivers, you could try these. Was having a screech at least once a day. None in over two weeks since I installed these...
Thank you for your answers!
I decided to buy a DELL because of the good service but sometimes gold turns out to be led...
I will install the latest X-Fi driver, console driver and Alchemy (which I deleted during my Creative "investigations" on my PC -_-). For the (pre) installed rest (like Creative Media Source 5) I don´ t have any purpose.
I think I will also use that driver sweeper - thx for the link, Toronto.
If these steps fail I will install the PAX drivers linked by Gabhan: Do I just install the PAX PCI XFI driver in additon the original Creative Console and Alchemy drivers (Edit: because it states in the description: "world first creative console launcher" )?
thx & greets
I deleted every pre-installed creative application except Creative Media Source 5 which I never have used so far. After that I deleted everything possible with the driver sweeper in safe mode and I also updated the Catalyst graphics driver.
Just an information for other users who want to try their luck with the PAX drivers like Gabhan and me:
The PAX Driver comes together with the Console Launcher and the Audio Control Panel so it´s complete and "ready to use". After the installation process everything runs fine so far and I haven´t encountered any "screech" - altough I must add that it has appeared approximately 7-9 times over a timespan of 3 months and not every day like in Gabhan´s PC.
I will report wheter the "screech" returns or if it´s gone. EDIT DURING TYPING -_- :
Screech reappeared right now. Chris M. - you´ve got mail.
Does someone know wheter the "screech" problem occurs with EVERY Creative Card that DELL has in Stock, for example the X-Fi Extreme Audio or other cards or is every Creative card faulty?
I paid 95$ for the X-Fi Upgrade but if another soundcard makes no problems I would rather take one of these. Right now I´m writing a response to the DELL service.