ham77
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Re: X-Fi Screech of Death

Is Toronto699 a sales rap. for HP??
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acs9000
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Re: X-Fi Screech of Death


@Toronto699 wrote:

asc9000

 

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Wow - a HP Blackbird LCi - a sweet rig indeed.  Congrats!  When does it arrive?
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Toronto699
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Re: X-Fi Screech of Death

ham , no i work for CBC TV , i bought another brand PC because im fed up with the screech issue, i did what i think is best for me. if i were to buy a XPS 730 there is no guarantee that  a XPS 730 would not have screech static , hiss etc. and so far im very happy with my decision. When the Dell screech issues are resolved i may go back to Dell , time will tell.. but as far as i see there will never be a solution to screech with the X-FI cards. ive had enough. A child had a traumatic incident with screech. that did it for me. i ve had 2 xps 720's both have screech, whats the chances of both having the same screeching issues. need i say more. fed up.
Message Edited by Toronto699 on 09-17-2008 11:25 AM
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liprogfan
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Re: X-Fi Screech of Death

FYI Everyone - I have been running the latest Creative beta driver for a few weeks now and not even 1 screech of death.  The version I am running is 6.0.1.1367 and the filename up on Creative's site is "SBXF_PCDRVBETA_US_2_18_0006.exe".  This is definitey the most stable it's been so far, maybe Creative has actually fixed the problem?!

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Re: X-Fi Screech of Death

I have a Dell XPS 420-

* Service tag number: ~~~
* Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium (32bit)
* X-Fi driver versions tested: Dell's
* Did you have this issue out of box: YES
* Have you updated the PC to the latest bios: NO
* Did you try the X-Fi in a different PCI slot: Yes, thought maybe it was seated improperly, took out, put in diff slot as well.
* Did you try turning SLI off: NO
* Explain your usage when the screech occurs: This is usually when there is no sound playing, when music ends or when a youtube video is done playing (or if I rewind the video). There is no specific trigger except it's when it's silent. It has happened on youtube, and with Winamp, Windows Media Player and I Tunes.
* Possible workarounds? None found so far.

I thought my machine just had it's own problems until I found this forum, I still have this, in fact it did it twice today. This is my second Dell, the first one I never had a problem with. I recently purchased a laptop but due to this issue with my desktop I purchased another name brand.

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Xelkos
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Re: X-Fi Screech of Death

Okay, I was sitting here going through all the songs that Zune Marketplace decided to kill off in error codes, and sorting them in Excel, then my sound cards starts talking in tongues!

I played some songs earlier, but was watching the television when static/chatter/noise starts blaring out of my X-Fi soundcard!

Then I had a BSoD about something DUMBUSB (?) then hard booted. Long restart to Vista x64, get in, and start catching up where I left off.

Later another sret of noisey-static goes off. Noticed it happened when browing in Firefox and had the file explorer open too.
Also recall a small amount of odd static a few days ago when I opened a browser, but it was so short I did not pay it any mind.

Been using the drivers from the supplied CD that came with my system since it ads software that the Dell drivers didn't. Guess I had better grab the Dell drivers and hope this staticy-noise goes away.


SoundBlaster X-Fi Technology (CD)
P/N #: PR878, Rev A01
SB773 / SB774
Windows Vista
Build Version: 6.0.01.1281

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* Operating System: Vista x64 - Service Pack 2
* X-Fi driver versions tested: So far, the Supplied CD (Theirs)
* Did you have this issue out of box (Y/N)? Out of what box? Can't plug it into my laptop.
* Have you updated the PC to the latest bios (Y/N)? Yes
* Did you try the X-Fi in a different PCI slot (Y/N)? Nothing available other than the other Video Card slot.
* Did you try turning SLI off (Y/N)? Don't have SLi yet.
* Explain your usage when the screech occurs: See Above.
* Possible workarounds? Going to try Dell's drivers. I think it's a hardware issue, or more than likely an interrupt conflict. (Screeches as I hit the Windows Key + Break, then open the Device Manager, got static instead of the Confirmation Tone.)

IRQ: 19 (not sharing) - There goes that idea.

 

Do I call Technical Support on this issue too? Already have a hard drive being replaced. Now it's the sound card?

 

I usually play music every night while I sleep, helps calms mine and my cats nerves.

XPS 630i Intel Core² (Wolfdale) 3.0 GHz; BIOS: 1.0.13; 4 GB DDR2 @ 800 MHz;
Hard Drives: 320 GB, NCQ Western Digital; 640 GB, Seagate;
Optical Drives: 48x Combo CD-RW; 16x DVD+/-RW; Creative X-Fi PCI Sound;
Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT w/ 512 MB; 19 in 1 Media Reader w/ Bluetooth;
Windows 7, 64-Bit (Primary), c/b Vista 32-Bit, 32 Bit (OEM); 2.4/5 GHz Wireless 1505 PCIe WLAN

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Xelkos
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Re: X-Fi Screech of Death

Installed the Dell drivers over the CD installed version. Seems to be working so far.

I do notice that the output volume is less than before. I'm at 75% volume and can hear music comfortably. Most hardware would be blaring the walls down at 75% volume!

XPS 630i Intel Core² (Wolfdale) 3.0 GHz; BIOS: 1.0.13; 4 GB DDR2 @ 800 MHz;
Hard Drives: 320 GB, NCQ Western Digital; 640 GB, Seagate;
Optical Drives: 48x Combo CD-RW; 16x DVD+/-RW; Creative X-Fi PCI Sound;
Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT w/ 512 MB; 19 in 1 Media Reader w/ Bluetooth;
Windows 7, 64-Bit (Primary), c/b Vista 32-Bit, 32 Bit (OEM); 2.4/5 GHz Wireless 1505 PCIe WLAN

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Xelkos
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Re: X-Fi Screech of Death

Twice now, while playing EverQuest 2, I got a BSoD after applying the Dell driver patch. Not had this BSoD beforehand.

In the game I have tried opening the in-game's Firefox browser, which seemed to stagger-stall on loading and I got the BSoD. ANother time I was just running around in the game (on a mount) and heard a very short slight scratchiness of the sound and got the same BSoD.

I know EQ2 has a new voice-chat service that loads separate of the game - but when the game starts. I fear that may be a big issue too, on this BSoD stuff. But also seems connected to the sound card too.

 

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

SYETMS_SERVICE_EXCEPTION

If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your compiter. If the screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed.
If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any windows uodates you need.

If the problems continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory options as caching or shadowing.
If you need to use Safe Mode to select Advanced Startup Options, and the select Safe Mode.

Technical information:

*** STOP: 0x0000003B (0x00000000C0000005, 0xFFFFF80000CB6AAC, 0xFFFFFA6010213E80, 0x0000000000000000)

XPS 630i Intel Core² (Wolfdale) 3.0 GHz; BIOS: 1.0.13; 4 GB DDR2 @ 800 MHz;
Hard Drives: 320 GB, NCQ Western Digital; 640 GB, Seagate;
Optical Drives: 48x Combo CD-RW; 16x DVD+/-RW; Creative X-Fi PCI Sound;
Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT w/ 512 MB; 19 in 1 Media Reader w/ Bluetooth;
Windows 7, 64-Bit (Primary), c/b Vista 32-Bit, 32 Bit (OEM); 2.4/5 GHz Wireless 1505 PCIe WLAN

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Xelkos
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Re: X-Fi Screech of Death

The screech is back! Killed off all sounds on the computer.

Right-clicked the Creative SB X-fi Volume Pnel in the system try, switched to Game Mode, got sound back again. Swapped it back to Entertainment Mode, and it's still playing sounds.

All I was doing was setting up shortcuts on my Microsoft Natural Pro keyboard's shortcut menu, and opened up Vista Explorer, and the screech/warbled static went out.

 

NEW: SOE changed the in-game voice chat software in the EverQuest 2 game, and this program claims to not be fully compatible from the properties & system logs. When I have sound issues in EQ2, I used to get scratchy noises. Now I am receiving BSoD:


SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION

I swapped the PCI slots that both the sound card and USB port cards were using. Also updated the drivers directly from Creative Labs, since the Dell version didn't last long for a cure.
Did notice that the small white square that used to be in the system, tray is gone, the one that opened up the various settings and equalizer, and also had thee modes to switch to: Entertainment, Game, Recording. I really miss the enhancements, that only seem to be installable from the Creative Labs X-Fi CD -

Now in Win7 I am playing EQ2 just fine, no BSoD, and no scratchy or screeching noises have been heard (yet). Had to be something in Vista x64 causing a conflict, just haven't tracked it down.

XPS 630i Intel Core² (Wolfdale) 3.0 GHz; BIOS: 1.0.13; 4 GB DDR2 @ 800 MHz;
Hard Drives: 320 GB, NCQ Western Digital; 640 GB, Seagate;
Optical Drives: 48x Combo CD-RW; 16x DVD+/-RW; Creative X-Fi PCI Sound;
Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT w/ 512 MB; 19 in 1 Media Reader w/ Bluetooth;
Windows 7, 64-Bit (Primary), c/b Vista 32-Bit, 32 Bit (OEM); 2.4/5 GHz Wireless 1505 PCIe WLAN

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Xelkos
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Re: X-Fi Screech of Death

Thought I would post an update: July 7th's Windows Updates (Vista & Windows 7) seem to have fixed the issues I was experiencing with the X-Fi sound card, with an occasional static pop here and there when playing EverQuest 2 in Entertainment mode.

The Creative X-Fi Volume Switcher has vanished from the system tray, and occasionally I get a pop-up that the WMI Reverser something or another stopped working. Andthat usually leads to the Service Exception BSoD. That sort of narrows down towhat was causing that nasty BSoD out of the blue.

SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION

Windows Update lists it as:

Creative - Audio - Creative X-Fi Auto Processor (WDM)    Optional    7/7/2009

 

XPS 630i Intel Core² (Wolfdale) 3.0 GHz; BIOS: 1.0.13; 4 GB DDR2 @ 800 MHz;
Hard Drives: 320 GB, NCQ Western Digital; 640 GB, Seagate;
Optical Drives: 48x Combo CD-RW; 16x DVD+/-RW; Creative X-Fi PCI Sound;
Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT w/ 512 MB; 19 in 1 Media Reader w/ Bluetooth;
Windows 7, 64-Bit (Primary), c/b Vista 32-Bit, 32 Bit (OEM); 2.4/5 GHz Wireless 1505 PCIe WLAN