Can't install Creative X-Fi Audio driver

Everlong

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I've got a SoundBlaster X-Fi Audio sound card, and put it in to my new PC. PC boots up fine, but doesn't detect the sound card. Tried it in another PC and it gets picked up fine.

When I try installing the drivers, it just says no product can be found on the PC. In Device Manager, all it shows is the onboard sound, and when I disable onboard audio in BIOS, it just doesn't show anything in device manager.

Only thing I can think of is it has something to do with the .inf file for the soundcard...
 
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    ASUS Nvidia Geforce GTX470
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    ASUS Xonar DX
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stormy13

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PCI or PCI-E? In either case if you haven't (and can), try it in another slot.

BTW if you really want a X-Fi you might want to consider returning that one and getting at least the Xtreme Gamer, as th only thing even remotely X-Fi like about the Xtreme Audio is its name,

X-Fi Xtreme Audio

The entry-level model of the X-Fi series, the Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio, does not actually have the EMU20K1 chip but is a re-branded Audigy SE, using the same family of chips (CA0106-WBTLF), and even the same drivers.[8] Thus, not only is all of the X-Fi–related processing performed in software, but it also lacks basic hardware acceleration just like the SB Live! 24-bit, the Audigy SE and other budget Soundblaster models. The X-Fi Xtreme Audio does not use the same drivers as the rest of the X-Fi family, some games do not recognize it as being "X-Fi capable hardware", and the device's hardware profile resembles that of older Live! and Audigy cards.
Furthermore, users have reported that it slows down some applications and games, and that rear sound in games (all) is muffled and of profoundly low quality.[15][16][17] Thus, even if the card is marketed as part of the X-Fi line, it does not belong to it technically, just like the Audigy SE doesn't technically belong to the Sound Blaster Audigy series. The card is not marketed as supporting the "X-Fi Gaming Mode" (but is still marketed as "X-Fi"), and there are no official implicit or explicit statements regarding its having hardware acceleration or not.
Sound Blaster X-Fi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Me
    CPU
    Athlon x2 7750 BE
    Motherboard
    Asus M4A78 Pro
    Memory
    2x2gb Kingston
    Graphics Card(s)
    Sapphire HD 4830
    Sound Card
    X-Fi Xtreme Music
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer P221w and Acer 1916w
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050 and 1440x900
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    2x80 GB Seagate 7200.10 in RAID0, 500 GB Seagate 7200.12
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    Antec Earthwatts 500W
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    Antec Sonata III
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    AC Freezer 64 Pro and a couple of 120 mm case fans
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    Logitech G5 v2
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    Logitech Wave
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    10000/1000

Everlong

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It was a PCI. Tried it in both PCI slots and still nothing.

Tried everything, like manually locating the .inf file from the driver and still wasn't finding it.

Might just do what you said and try an Xtreme Gamer one.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Built
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550
    Motherboard
    XFX MB-750I-72P9 NF750i
    Memory
    4096MB Corsair XMS2 PC-5400
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS Nvidia Geforce GTX470
    Sound Card
    ASUS Xonar DX
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 24" S2409W & Dell 20" E207WFP
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 & 1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    750GB Western Digital Caviar Black & 500GB Samsung
    PSU
    750 watt Thermaltake Toughpower
    Case
    Coolermaster Dominator 690 Nvidia Edition
    Cooling
    Zalman CNPS9700-NT Cooler, 6x 120mm Chassis Fans
    Mouse
    Logitech G5 Laser Mouse (2007 edition)
    Keyboard
    Logitech G11 Keyboard
    Internet Speed
    100Mbps
    Other Info
    abit airpace 54mbps wireless PCI-E x1 card

stormy13

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Might just do what you said and try an Xtreme Gamer one.

Good idea. Looking at your specs it looks like you got the card mainly for gaming, and I can pretty much guarantee that you would be disappointed with that card. If it is in your budget I would look even higher and go for the Auzentech Prelude X-Fi; better overall than the Creative cards (not sure about the new Titanium series) due to better components on the card (DAC's, opamps (which are changeable), etc).
 

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    Me
    CPU
    Athlon x2 7750 BE
    Motherboard
    Asus M4A78 Pro
    Memory
    2x2gb Kingston
    Graphics Card(s)
    Sapphire HD 4830
    Sound Card
    X-Fi Xtreme Music
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer P221w and Acer 1916w
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050 and 1440x900
    Hard Drives
    2x80 GB Seagate 7200.10 in RAID0, 500 GB Seagate 7200.12
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts 500W
    Case
    Antec Sonata III
    Cooling
    AC Freezer 64 Pro and a couple of 120 mm case fans
    Mouse
    Logitech G5 v2
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave
    Internet Speed
    10000/1000

sygnus21

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    Intel D975XBX2
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    Corsair TWIN2X4096-PC8500 (2x2GHz)
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    ATI Radeon HD 4890 (1GHz)
    Sound Card
    X-Fi Titanium - Fatality Pro Series
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    hp w2207h (22" widescreen)
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    1680 x 1050
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    One 750GB, 2x500GB Western Digital Caviar Black Hard Drives (32meg)
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    Antec Neo HE 550
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    Antec P182
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    Zalman CNPS9500 AT
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    Logitech MX Revolution
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    Logitech Wireless Wave
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Everlong

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Drivers aren't the problem. I have the latest ones for it, it's that the PC doesn't even recognise it being there, like device manager shows no audio device attached to the PC with it.

I looked at the Fatal1ty though, and it's a bit too much, so I'll most likely get the Xtreme Gamer when I can.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Built
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550
    Motherboard
    XFX MB-750I-72P9 NF750i
    Memory
    4096MB Corsair XMS2 PC-5400
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS Nvidia Geforce GTX470
    Sound Card
    ASUS Xonar DX
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 24" S2409W & Dell 20" E207WFP
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 & 1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    750GB Western Digital Caviar Black & 500GB Samsung
    PSU
    750 watt Thermaltake Toughpower
    Case
    Coolermaster Dominator 690 Nvidia Edition
    Cooling
    Zalman CNPS9700-NT Cooler, 6x 120mm Chassis Fans
    Mouse
    Logitech G5 Laser Mouse (2007 edition)
    Keyboard
    Logitech G11 Keyboard
    Internet Speed
    100Mbps
    Other Info
    abit airpace 54mbps wireless PCI-E x1 card
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