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    Thanks for that info - I hadn't realized there were some driver issues causing the hardware to revert back to 2 channel mode. I'll look into it some more and decide if it needs to go on the front page.
     
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    Yep I have the audigy 4 series card. I am sorry I cannot tell you what driver version it was. (I threw the disc out):laugh:
     
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    maybe it was only the Audigy's, then, as I haven't found anything on X-Fi's acting like that.

    Anyhow . . . <bump>
     
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    Alchemy drivers have been updated to version 1.00.30. Taken from Creative's website:

    you can download them here: Creative Alchemy
     
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    I have just bought this program-

    http://melloware.com/products/intelliremote/

    Manual-

    http://melloware.com/products/intelliremote/Intelliremote User Manual.pdf

    [​IMG]

    It is called intelliremote,heres a quick summary-

    Intelliremote is a software program that replaces the cumbersome Creative Remotecenter software that is bundled with Soundblaster Live!, Audigy, and X-Fi models. Intelliremote also replaces the EHTray application for Microsoft Windows Media Center. Creative and Microsoft had an excellent idea bundling an infrared remote control with their products...it's just to bad the software doesn't even do what you want it to do!

    Intelliremote is roughly 900K in size, and it packs the punch of Microsoft's Intellitype instructions. So any application can be controlled with the IR remote that "listens" for Intellitype messages such as ITunes, Winamp, BSPlayer, Foobar2000, VLC, Windows Media Player, and many more! Each remote key can be assigned to an instruction, a mouse event, application event, or even a windows automation script.

    If anyone has a creative or vista remote and wants a better program to run it,PM me and i will send you it,or the exe that unlocks it.I doubt i will be allowed to post it on here even tho' i have just paid for it.
     
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    Nice find, man! Let me know how well that works out for you with all the available features and all - I might add that info to the main post . . . looks like it'd come quite in handy for remote control users!
     
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    tigger I'm the only one

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    It works great.I have the creative upgrade remote control with the usb reciever.It works great on wmp/wmc,not tried nowt else yet but i will.You have to pay £7 to unlcok it,but i dont mind shareing it if anyone wants it.

    This is what creative should have had with the remote,not the software that came with it.
     
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    I got my extream music a few months ago marked down to 50 bucks at office depot was just there yesterday and saw 2 more marked down to 50 I am tempted to co get them also.
    Great card and no problems
     
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    Get the upgrade remote,the proggy above is tops for the x-fi and remote.i can use it for everything on vista now.it does work on xp too tho'
     
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    This looks like a great idea to me. Thanks
     
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    I thought those were no larger being sold . . . maybe they were just after stock . . . good card's, though. IMO, they're a step down from the Fatal1ty PRO. If you can snag 'em for $50, even better (I think original retail was about $120). :rockout:
     
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    Where did he get that from again?
     
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    not sure what you mean . . . :confused:
     
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    P.M him for more info yo.
     
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    Is there any big improvement with Xfi-Xtreme Gamer over the Audgy 2 ZS if you only use 2.1channel config?
     
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    you mean, as in, sound quality? Yeah - most defi, even with a 2.1 or a headset - even more so if you play a lot of games that make use of EAX, the X-Fi can support the newer EAX implimentations, and does a ton better job of audio positioning. TBH, even if you use some cheapo $10 headsets, you'd be amazed at how the X-Fi can pull off 3D sound (although, 3D capable headsets are better).

    As for processing power - the X-Fi can handle more voices in game than an Audigy can, too, plus it can process them much faster.

    Although, the Audigy is a highly capable card in itself, and is still capable of dealing with even newer games - and they've never really sounded that bad, either . . . it's really up to you, though.
     
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    i was just wondering how the X-Fi and the Audigy 4 Pro stack up against each other. i have the audigy 4 pro with the external box-o-gadgets connected by the adlink and fire wire and a remote, so they are similar but as far as sound quality what is the dif?
     
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    I like the performance of my Audigy 4. Although have not heard an X-fi so I cannot say the difference but I know my Audigy sounds heaps better than onboard.
     
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    well, TBH, the X-Fi and the Audigy (even the Audigy 4 PRO, which is kinda the creme de la cream of the Audigy series) are two completely different beasts.

    Although the X-Fi is capable of EAX HD 5.0, CMSS-3D (environmental audio positioning), Dolby 5.1 and a few other piddly features - unless you do a lot of gaming or DVD watching, you're probably not likely to notice a major difference over the Au4. Gaming, though, is a whole other story. The X-Fi can "position" sounds in an unbelievable manner, even if you use a cheap headset, you'll be amazed by it. The X-Fi can also handle more voices in game than an Audigy processor can, and can manipulate, buffer, and playback those files a lot faster also. Creative pretty much went back to the drawing board for the newer processors, and whipped up something that is in essence designed for gaming performance.

    If you spend a lot of time watching DVD's and HD media, you'll more than likely hear a difference here, too. The built in Dolby decoders for the card bring out what those high dollar 5.1 and 7.1 setups can offer, and when combined with the environmental positioning, you can be sure that the APU is putting sounds exactly where they need to be.


    I hope that kinda answered your question . . . unless you wer ewanting me to get into the technical differences between an Audigy and a X-Fi . . .

    TBH, though, if you're looking for the all-out best audio quality you can get for your setup, forget Creative and try to find yourself an Auzentech X-Meridian, if that's not possible - the Auzentech X-Fi Prelude. Either of those two card's outperform even the Creative X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Fatal1ty Pro in the realm of audio quality . . . but, if gaming is your forte, and you want a soundcard that can handle massive amounts of audio files, and process them extremelly fast, look for the Creative X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Fatal1ty PRO.
     
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    well that was exactly what i was looking for. thanks alot. i have been thinking about getting a new sound card for a while now as creative dropped the ball on vista support for the au 4 pro. as far as vista is concerned my au 4pro sounds like a 15$ no name card. they only offer driver support and not the EQ, THX, EAX and other apps that really made this card sound amazing. and that is truely the only reason i have not made the switch yet. now dont get me wrong i like vista for it's eye candy and DX 10. but if the sound is shit then the gaming / movie experiance is lame. any way thanks alot man :rockout:
     
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    well - the X-Fi's still sound great on Vista . . . but as for anything that relies heavily on audio acceleration - like DirectSound - it's kinda touch and go. Vista doesn't support audio accelearation, so by the standard Creative drivers - EAX, goes out the door (as with a couple of piddly things). Creative have been toiling on a work-around for this issue, the ALchemy drivers for Vista. OpenAL drivers are a good start, too. I don't really forsee Creative working on any Vista drivers for the Audigy series until they get the X-Fi line-up into a "peaceful" state (meaning that there aren't a lot of complaints about various issues, y'know, when things quiet down).

    Although, if you're more interested in re-enstating audio acceleration for your Audigy in Vista, Creative does offer ALchemy drivers for the Audigy: http://www.soundblaster.com/alchemy/, the shit part, though, is that they ask you to pay $10 for 'em :shadedshu - PM me on this if you'd like to learn more . . .

    All Creative's Vista drivers for the X-Fi's are still a little buggy here and there, and they update to new beta drivers quite often - but they're slowly getting things squared away. As much as I hear people left and right blaming this on Creative, it's not their problem. MS recieves the honors for this foul-up.
     
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    I agree,microsoft shafted creative.
     
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    Creative X-Fi beta driver 2.14.0001 for WIN XP have been released:

    you can d/l it here: Creative.com
     
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    I've been after to get a X-Fi sound blaster for awhile but i was just going to get the fatal1ty one through some online store because it was fairly cheap, But today i checked e-bay for any cheap ones and someone is selling a "Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic Xtreme Music"

    and they said in their listing:

    "This card is better than X-Fi Gamer and X-Fi Audio, Don't buy X-Fi Xtreme Audio if you play games or create music as it doesnt have EAX for Games or music

    creation mode. X-Fi Xtreme gamer doesn't have Audio Creation mode either (And i am still selling it cheaper than X-Fi Gamer !!!!)



    This card is the TRUE complete X-Fi, Other X-Fi cards have featured removed !!! Don't settle for second best and my Price is still cheaper !!!"


    and i was wondering is it true? (its like $60 AUD cheaper too)
     
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    Yes and no. If you look at post #1 of this thread, I list the current Creative X-Fi lineup pretty much in order from the most basic card to their top of the line model (which is the X-Fi Fatal1ty). The early versions of the Xtreme Gamer, IIRC, didn't support audio creation mode, but I believe they do so now - although, it's still lacking in it's capabilites of the higher end cards. TBH, the Xtreme Gamer is targeted specifically at gamers, as it's gaming features are more advertised. The Xtreme Audio is the basic, bottom line X-Fi card - it's really targeted more at home entertainment, instead of gaming and performance.

    The Xtreme Music was a discontinued card - but it looks as if Creative are offering the card for sale again . . . it's intended to be the next step up from the Xtreme Gamer, offering good gaming support (although, not the same performance the XG does), but better audio creation capabilities and playback over the XG card. TBH, both the XG and XM cards are very similar in price.

    Not sure what your budget is, but I personally recommend the Xtreme gamer Fatal1ty Pro, if you can afford it. It's the top of the line X-Fi, pretty much packing all the features of the others into one piece of hardware.

    Here's some links from some '4 star' sites with decent prices for the XGFP card:

    Comp-U-Plus

    CompUSA

    Newegg - would be your best bet; $50 mail-in rebate = $85 after rebate
     

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