distorted sound in vista/createiv x-fi titanium sound card


It isn't always there...it comes and goes, but it's pretty ugly. I thought it might be a sample rate thing, but I changed those settings in control panel.

Anyone use that card with vista successfully?

My Computer


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I had a Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic in my rig and I constantly had distorted audio - manifesting in the form of 'crackly', echoing sounds. Really frustrating, I tried all kinds of solutions including a clean uninstall of the audio drivers, replugging the sound card in a different PCI slot, etc. For a while everything would be fine, and then back into crunchy-sound-land...

My rig used to have Windows XP Pro as the OS, and the sound card worked perfectly. It was only after I changed the OS to Vista that the woes began.

This is probably not the solution you want to hear, but after 2 years of despair I flogged the card on eBay and bought myself an Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 card. Although that is still an X-Fi it works beautifully in Vista, absolutely no problem with the sound since.


My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 710 H2C
    Intel Core2 Quad 2.66GHz o/c to 3.2GHz
    NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP
    8GB 800MHz DDR2
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275
    Sound Card
    Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 2407WFP 24" Widescreen LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200 32-bit
    Hard Drives
    2 x Western Digital Raptor 160GB SATA (RAID 0)
    2 x Seagate Barracuda 400GB SATA
    2 x Toshiba External 1TB USB2.0
    Dell 1,000W
    Dell XPS 710
    Dell H2C Two-Stage Hybrid Liquid Cooling System
    Razer Copperhead (Tempest Blue)
    Dell Enhanced USB Multimedia Keyboard
    Internet Speed
    Terrible! (About 2 megs)