Tag: "x-fi"

Distortion and fuzzy noise problems with Audigy 2 ZS on Windows 7

In my on going struggle with Creative and their Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS I've now come across a new problem that manifested a couple of weeks ago. I'm not entirely sure why it started happening then, maybe it was the heat? Maybe after 7 or 8 years the card is finally starting to die.

Now sometimes after resuming from sleep, any sound has distortion and noise in it. So far I'm restarting the Windows Audio service to get things back to normal.

There's a couple of ways to restart services in Windows Vista or Windows 7. The quickest way is to open an elevated command prompt by pressing Start, typing cmd right-clicking on the cmd program when it shows up, right-click and select 'Run as administrator'. Alternatively to right-clicking and selecting the option you can also hold CTRL+Shift and click instead, both should elevate.

Once its open, type the following, giving a short pause to allow the system to stop the service:

net stop audiosrv
net start audiosrv

The sound should now be back to normal.

You can also restart the service, by typing services.msc into the Start Menu (you won't need to elevate this), alternatively it can be opened via the Services tab in the Task Manager. Then find the Windows Audio services, right-click and select restart.

Updated Audigy and X-Fi drivers for Windows 7

Daniel_K has released an updated driver package for the Audigy and X-Fi Soundblasters. The one key fix I've come across is CMSS now works on the Audigy 2 ZS.

Update for RC: These are what I'm using at the moment with my Audigy 2 ZS with the 7100 release candidate build:

Forum post.
Rapidshare download.
Filefront download.

MD5 hash: 16BEC9D7C047EF46DDA4F40AF1D47B1C.

Older drivers:

Audigy forum post.
RapidShare download.
MegaUpload download.

If you're downloading from elsewhere here's the MD5 hash: 66DA82FC18E49F3B32172A61BEDD0164.

X-Fi post.
RapidShare download.
MegaUpload download.

And here's the MD5 hash: 76CBA45C9DF761FFBC8BD61D17B3D127.

From my testing over the last few days the Auidgy works as well on Windows 7 as it does on Windows Vista.

Audigy 2 ZS drivers for Windows 7

I've been getting truck loads of e-mail on which drivers I'm using with my Audigy 2 ZS on Windows 7. To try and stem the tide here's the quick findings:

1) The Audigy 2 ZS drivers that Windows installs from Windows Update for both 32-bit and 64-bit occationally produce garbled audio. These are dated 2006 and are probably identical to the original Windows Vista release.

2) Newer drivers resolve this, or at least it hasn't happened in the last week I've been using these drivers. I've been using the modified 'Danial_K' drivers on both Vista and 7. They fix the garbled audio issue on Windows 7. Creative’s own newer Vista release may fix it, but I haven't tested them.

3) They do have some problems however, CMSS doesn't work, and some of the Creative apps don't work on 64-bit.

4) Updated: Download the updated drivers from here.

For X-Fi people, I know the drivers from Creative's website will install if you run them in compatibility mode as they do a version check off the bat which would fail.

Due to the volume of e-mail I'm getting on this issue I won't be able to respond to all of them, don't take it personally.