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    ^ yea I did that a while ago cuz I originally thought it was dead. Nothing happened when I plugged it into my MacBook, but the Blue light was on when I plugged it into an old PC labtop. So I assumed it was still alive..
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    the OS should always have some sort of sound to admit/recognize that a device of some sort has been plugged in-- even if you don't have the drivers installed...

    so, i kind of think that either the usb cable is not connected all the way, is a bad cable(in this case, it uses a standard usb-A to usb-B cable-- available everywhere), or worst case, the card is bad..

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    ^ thanks, I'll check everything. I'll try different USB ports and another cable.
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    I've used PCI X-Fi sound cards in several of my home PCs and car PCs. They're a PITA sometimes, but their features make them worth it. Oftentimes they aren't recognized and during installation it'll tell you "could not find supported hardware". This was a typical occurrence in WinXP and sometimes in Vista, but my problems disappeared when I upgraded to Windows 7.

    You should first try putting it in a different usb slot, on the back of the PC. Also, there is a utility on Creative's site that can force hardware detection, you might try looking for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    the OS should always have some sort of sound to admit/recognize that a device of some sort has been plugged in-- even if you don't have the drivers installed...

    so, i kind of think that either the usb cable is not connected all the way, is a bad cable(in this case, it uses a standard usb-A to usb-B cable-- available everywhere), or worst case, the card is bad..
    If you are trying to install a sound card would that not indicate you probably don't have any working speakers..
    Just checking..

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    uh, correct, a little. almost all motherboards have onboard sound-- at this point it would be worth using that to hear the windows sounds for recognizing the device. but, even without any working speakers, you should be able to see a indicator on the screen--either in the computer management menu, or in the taskbar, that the device has been plugged in/not recognized/not working...

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    Yep either of those should work.

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    When she reinstalled Win7, did she use her own version (ie. Mini7/Tiny7/Micro7)? or did she use your RTM version? If it was one of those modified versions, sometimes not all the services get installed which make everything run faster, especially if you dont need it.

    eitherway, she may have turned off one of your services when she "made it boot her way"...so i'm thinking you can "fix" it by going to the start menu, and where it says "search programs and files" type in services.msc when that opens up, on the bottom are some tabs which say "extended" and "standard".

    Click on the one that says "Standard"

    Look for these items and make sure they reflect as follows:

    Plug and Play > Started > Automatic
    UPnP Device Host > Started > Automatic

    close out of the services.msc window...Then reboot your machine


    If you dont know how to change the status from Stopped to Started, just "right click" on the item you want, and select properties in the pop-up menu.

    I'm not 100% sure it will fix your issue, but the way you described it made it seem as if it just wasnt being detected.


    good luck.



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    ^ thats ok, thanks for the response.
    I decided the soundcard was dead, so I went out and bought another one off craigslist (same thing but not XF-i series). The sound is working again now, but only the front two speakers. I'm assuming I have the wrong driver installed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by djvillar View Post
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