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  • Creative SoundBlaster XFi problem

    So I had the Creative SoundBlaster XFi installed and working when I first got my carPC up and running in my car. However recently my computer-tech friend who was helping with the install said there was problems with various drivers and such in general on the carPC due to the install process, so she formatted the whole computer to start it from scratch her way.
    Unfortunately shes no longer able to complete reinstalling everything due to reasons beyond my control, and I'm stuck trying to figure everything out myself; and I'm no computer-tech.

    I tried reinstalling the XFi today. I popped in the installation CD hoping for the best. Everything installed correctly and the soundcard is plugged into the amp/computer correctly. I can hear some static from the speakers, but there is no actual sound coming from them. The soundcard doesn't light up like it did before. I'm pretty sure I have to select it from the Device Manager menu, but it doesn't pop up as an option to select.
    This is as far as my computer knowledge will take me (which isint very far I know lol). Can anyone point me in the right direction? Just need to get the sound working!
    - scENFORCER

  • #2
    first off: Xp or W7?
    My 2007 Ford F350 Work Log located HERE

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    • #3
      Windows 7. Lemme guess, the drivers on the CD arent compatible? I'll go download new drivers and see if that works..
      - scENFORCER

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      • #4
        Have a look here while you are at it. Maybe there is something there that will help you:

        http://windows7forums.com/windows-7-...fi-series.html
        My 2007 Ford F350 Work Log located HERE

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        • #5
          Thanks! I'm sure with that link I'll be able to get it working..!

          ---------- Post added at 02:37 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:56 PM ----------

          Nope didnt work
          I tried installing 2 different drivers from the Creative support site (thinking the first one wasnt the correct one), both said that there wasnt detecting any supporting hardware. Almost looks like the soundcard is dead (I hope not)? Can anyone give me any insight?
          - scENFORCER

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          • #6
            when you plug the x-fi into the pc what sound does it make Ba-Ding!(good), or Ba-Ba..(bad-device not recognized)
            My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
            "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


            next project? subaru brz
            carpc undecided

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            • #7
              Originally posted by scENFORCER View Post
              ...shes no longer able to complete reinstalling everything due to reasons beyond my control,..
              Step 1:
              Get her a Valentine's gift, get her some chocolate, and say you're sorry (doesn't doesn't matter if you don't know what your apologizing for).

              Step 2:
              Computer fixed...

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              • #8
                Originally posted by djvillar View Post
                Step 1:
                Get her a Valentine's gift, get her some chocolate, and say you're sorry (doesn't doesn't matter if you don't know what your apologizing for).

                Step 2:
                Computer fixed...

                My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
                "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


                next project? subaru brz
                carpc undecided

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by soundman98 View Post
                  when you plug the x-fi into the pc what sound does it make Ba-Ding!(good), or Ba-Ba..(bad-device not recognized)
                  I just checked, it doesnt make any sound. Its like I'm not plugging anything in, absolutely nothing happens..

                  Originally posted by djvillar View Post
                  Step 1:
                  Get her a Valentine's gift, get her some chocolate, and say you're sorry (doesn't doesn't matter if you don't know what your apologizing for).

                  Step 2:
                  Computer fixed...
                  Heh, wish it were that simple. She unfortunately moved outta the city so I gotta make this happen on my own (and with the help of you guys!)..

                  I've tried researching a bit online, various different Windows 7 forums. A lot of people say to select the Windows Vista compatibility mode of the drivers prior to installation, but thats not working for me either.
                  - scENFORCER

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                  • #10
                    Do you have another pc you can try it on just to see if it gets picked up? You woultn't need to install the software, just to verify that it is alive.
                    My 2007 Ford F350 Work Log located HERE

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                    • #11
                      ^ 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..
                      - scENFORCER

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                      • #12
                        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..
                        My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
                        "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


                        next project? subaru brz
                        carpc undecided

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                        • #13
                          ^ thanks, I'll check everything. I'll try different USB ports and another cable.
                          - scENFORCER

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                          • #14
                            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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                            • #15
                              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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