Darrell WV
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Re: X-Fi Screech of Death

thanks Xelkos for the update, let the list know in two weeks if your system remains stable.

my Creative is still removed, the onboard has worked fine for me, how much deep sensative sound do I need to hear things getting blown up or crashing while I game?  I mean really, if I need super senative sound I still have my Fisher (25+ years old and still great fidelity).

If you system remains stable with the update, I may try it and see if my rig will run it as well.

Thanks again,

Darrell

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Xelkos
3 Argentium

Re: X-Fi Screech of Death

Had good luck so far, minus a bit of distortion or static games, 'til just a few minutes ago...

Was making folders in a Zune "monitored" music folder, using Windows Explorer. When I right-clicked to created a new Folder, I was asked by the UAC for permission. As soon as I clicked to Allow, the sound card briefly "screeched out the static-y noise".

Guess the update isn't a cure after all. Should probably try this in Windows 7, once the Zune support staff fixes my songs.

 

Do not use that Windows 7 Home-group setup for music files stored on another drive/partition, as gawd that's annoyingly hard to get rid of; as it "locks" that drive/partition on other OS'. So if you was working in Vista, you can't access the Home-group, and buying new music and have it download won't work, software complains of not having "usage rights" to the folder. So annoying.
Homegroup might be best used for an external drive storage, least until release.

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
3 Argentium

Re: X-Fi Screech of Death

Was even organizing my Zune database, sorting unlicensed media to a different folder, burning songs, and ripping them. Then went to listen to songs, and a horrible buzzing, screechingly loud noise, followed by a steady hum filled my speakers. Luckily I only had to close the Zune (64 bit) software, hit ctrl+alt+del to kill the Zune.exe file, and start Zune again. The music was able to play, with a brief amount of pause.

It's been behaving itself a while, and more than the previous drivers.

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
3 Argentium

Re: X-Fi Screech of Death

Soundcard was doing okay till I played some Earth & Beyond AVI files, now the thing is stuttering playback of music while I'm opening up and reloading webpages. I would't think a soundcard would be affected in this fashion.

Would hate to call technical support as they seem to only replace stuff when there's an error code from the basic diagnostics, past that they are clueless as to real support.

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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Psykoh1
1 Copper

Re: X-Fi Screech of Death

Please Help !

I have a problem since I have updated my 710 H2C to Vista 64

I get static over my Creative SB X-FI

Latest Driver from Creative

Latest BIOS from DELL

New issue since update from XP to Vista 64

SLI is off

Have not changed card to new slot

Reloaded driver from Creative ..... no help

Can not use gaming headphones ..... please help

 

 

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Wolfehunter
1 Copper

Re: X-Fi Screech of Death

I've post this issue last year.  Dell technical support gave me the run around.... I went through 7 people till I finally got told from customer service that they don't do anything after 30 days..I didn't read the fine print. Shame is I missed it by 5 days... opps. Now I'm stuck with an X-Fi extreme music pci card that works but not with my dell XPS 730 system.  I've been using my onboard card for many months. I've even tried my X-Fi Elite Pro on my old rig and the bios detects it but the drivers won't install.  Says it don't exist..lol what a crock.  But I know creative is responsible for that issue turning card features on or off depending on the OS and X-Fi card version.

For the BSOD and other odd sound events are partly a hardware compatibility between Creative X-Fi cards and Nvidia nForce mobo boards mine being a 790i.

 

Operating system:  Original dell Vista 32bit Home premium, Vista 64bit Ultimate + SP1 + SP2, Win7 7100 RC1 64bit,  All give me BSOD when gaming.

X-Fi driver versions tested,  ALL even betas... none work.. the only one I haven't tried is the brazil dude's custom drivers that had been threatened by Creative.. I would love to get my hands on those Unofficial drivers.

Did you have this issue out of Box?  Yes but I try to resolve the issue by my self before I worry about getting help.  Also I have had 2 years experiance with my elite pro from my old rig running XP SP2 and Vista 32bit Ulitmate.  Working on a Intel motherboard. I even tested the Dell X-Fi extreme music on my old rig and it works.. Just not on the dell I had purchased.

Have you updated the PC to the latest bios?  I have my nForce 790i at Dell Inc 1.06 which is latest.. But did the same on 1.04 1.05 too. That doesn't work. 

Did I try to use the X-Fi on a different slot?  Yes I still get the BSOD.

Did I try turnign SLI off? I have a single GeForce GTX280.

Explain my usage when the screech occurs... Lets see? playing games. I play games. alot of games.  Most of the time I get stuttering or odd sound clipping then followed by a BSOD.

Possible workarounds?  Sure not using it. Use your onboard sound card... in my case a High Definition Realtek sound chipset.  Not X-Fi quality but working. My Dell XPS works great without X-Fi.. But that's not what i bought!

 

This is what me off the most.  I ask the sales guy about nForce boards and Creative cards before I bought the XPS Rig. I've had 2 years with my Elite pro so I know about Vista driver issues. I also knew on creative labs and Nvidia forums about there two hardwares not being compatible.  He said don't worry dell tech have fixed the issue.  So i spend cash on a non functioning system.  

So Dell sales have no clue what there talking about... Dell tech don't do nothing but and pass you around hoping you hangup in frustration. 

I've read some post here too. these guys aren't going to help you all... Once they've bagged your hard earned money this is all for show.  I've been supporting dell for 10 years..I used to buy a few laptops.  This rig will be my last system I ever buy from dell.. 

Goodluck dell you will need it.  Economy is tough these days..

WH

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tarssarb
1 Copper

Re: X-Fi Screech of Death

I SOLVED IT

 

It has been 4 years of dealing with the dell oem version of the x-fi (though not sure that was cause of all my x-fi related bsod).  Never could take up new driver updates (even dell's).  Perhaps some random ones stuck once in a while.

 

HERE IS solution to X-FI driver blue screen of death, reinstall uninstall, no detection, no audio device,  no switching in creative console launcher

You can use the latest driver from creative even on dell branded x-fi by

1) downloading the driver update package from creative

2) download and install peazip

3) extract the driver package into a directory (say on desktop)

4) go to control panel / system / device / sound / x-fi / driver

5) click uninstall driver

6) reboot

7) XP will try to autodetect driver, mine looks for the cd and some dll on that cd

😎 ignore the pop up window, close it down

9) go to control panel / add hardware

10) click on multmedia device (or whatever autodetect calls it)

11) the first pass will be same as the bubble (step 7) click cancel to get to next mode of driver install

12) see compatible creative x-fi highlighted in a dialogue box, then click have disk

13) it should be looking for a .ini file now.  Go to the extracted new driver install files you put on desktop

14) go to drivers / sbxf / wdw you will see an .ini (may be different than original one looking for), click that and install

15) it will then say it is looking for appsetup.  This is first folder of your extracted files of the new driver

16) reboot and it works with drivers not from 2005 but from 2009!

16) dell: send me a new computer if I helped you out!  You know i did, this x-fi fiasco has been royal PIA

 

Part 2: Where is the taskbar icon for the creative console launcher and volpanel after I did a complete reinstall with new drivers / applications?

1) download the console launcher 60.29

2) download and install peazip

3) extract the install package for the 60.29 version

4) volpanel is a folder than has a setup file that installs the missing icon and taskbar functions.

 

Note: I did a complete uninstall of the creative drivers and software followed by registry cleaners to remove all traces.  Then I installed the creative driver package as they intended and it would not find the x-fi card.  No errors, but no sound either.  Uninstall and put in cd from dell, nothing.  ETC, nothing worked.  This is the classic issues of the x-fi in the forums.  So I hope you find my approach useful!

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Xelkos
3 Argentium

Re: X-Fi Screech of Death

The last update hasn't caused a screech or sqwualk hardly at all, but had created yet another issue. Playing MP3 & M4A files, and I open up Firefox to search for stuff; when Firefox is gathering items to display the page - stuttering, almost at times to totlal scrunching music into horrible sounds, and other audible issues occurs. I hate having to reboot every few hours to get past this messy audio.

I have been playing music in the background while playing EverQuest II and heard clips, pops, and music scrunching in the background. This soundcard is junk anymore. Was good the first three quarters of a year, now feal like it's falling apart.

 

Swapping PCI slots (there's only 2!) did not help.

 

Also get WDM failure notices in Vista x64 a lot, usually right after reboot while the Nvidia drivers are loading - which in itself is taking a heck of a lot time (upwards of 10 minutes).

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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Wolfehunter
1 Copper

Re: X-Fi Screech of Death

Thanks, i'll give it a try.

 

I'm curious to see if this works. emoticon.Yes.title

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Psykoh1
1 Copper

Re: X-Fi Screech of Death

I followed the step by step instructions posted by tarssarb on 8/15 and it seemed to work fine.  It got rid of the popping and crackling.  However, I'm a huge gamer and now I have another problem, the mic on my headset doesn't work.  So if you just want to listen to music this fix might work for you.

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