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    I figured I would start a new thread for this. Apparently on some of the Sound Blaster cards, there is 4 pin connection that allows you to hook up two buttons. Each button will either turn it up, and pressing both will mute everything. It has to have the VOL_CTRL connector. I know for sure searching the internet that Audigy Platinum, and Sound Blaster Live cards. I am trying to get a list of all of them. This lets me use the volume controls on my steering wheel becuase they are buttons, plus I don't have to hack off any volume control from the audigy platinum. Now I didn't even need to spend that much money on a sound card. Check out the pics below, if you got questions, let me know.
    Kenny
    Here is a link to ebay were Creative sells refurbs on ebay. Audigy card for $29.99 which cheap shipping.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MakeTrack=true



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    Great great find! Too bad my case is too small to fit any PCI cards =\. Can't wait til this M1000 dies or something so I have an excuse to build a mobile athlon setup with a much bigger case
    CarPC install is starting to come along again...

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    • #3
      wow i never really noticed that, i think this calls for a sticky

      if you want i can check some of the "damaged" ones here at work

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      • #4
        im wondering if my Audigy 2 ZS will work, i will have to check when i get home..

        Craig

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        • #5
          It looks like it is all Live! and Audigy 1 cards, but Im still looking. I am not sure about the Audigy 2 stuff yet, but I imagine they would. There are not any noticeable changes from the Audigy 1 to Audigy 2 board layout, but I can't find a close up of the cards yet.
          Hey Hcomplyr, that would be cool if you could check those out. Another option is to open up every package at Best Buy to check it out, but they get mad for some reason. When I test it out, I will let you know, and will compile a full list.
          Kenny
          Round VIII - [IIIIIIIIII] 30% Have some parts for 300zx Sema car I don't own yet. Will have 10.4" & 7" screen, and more then you can believe. Will add updates to cleancustoms.com, will be sweet. My car is still same, but might change.

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          • #6
            is the software not good enough for volume control?

            dont you set the comp to 100% and the amp gain to where its at its absolute max u'd wanna hear it then thats it? or some combo of above?
            [4Runna]

            next - wifi

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            • #7
              just checked out my Audigy 2 and i looked pretty good and it wasn't there.. that sucks cus i have steering wheel controls on my 2004 Pathfinder.

              Craig

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              • #8
                Originally posted by nsmoller
                is the software not good enough for volume control?

                dont you set the comp to 100% and the amp gain to where its at its absolute max u'd wanna hear it then thats it? or some combo of above?
                For me, I want to be able to turn the volume down fast if I have to when someone is trying to say something, pulling up to a window, or when the cop pulls up beside me. I don't want to only rely on a little slider or whatever else is on the screen to do that. Especially if I have something else running, and I have to go through a couple of screens just to get the volume down. Plus looking down to move a little slider when I want to do it in a hurry can be a problem. It also lets me use the stock volume controls on the steering wheel. To me, an easy access volume control that I don't have to look down to use is important. To each is own though.
                Round VIII - [IIIIIIIIII] 30% Have some parts for 300zx Sema car I don't own yet. Will have 10.4" & 7" screen, and more then you can believe. Will add updates to cleancustoms.com, will be sweet. My car is still same, but might change.

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                • #9
                  That is a nice idea and usefull of the existing buttons and and a great way to "integrated" to the car.
                  Anyway, having a switch on a sterring wheel to turn up/down the volumn is much faster than clicking on that slider. IR remote control is another darn cool one too.
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                  • #10
                    i'm getting swi-x...

                    4runna's have vol up/down which i will keep the same, next back which will navigate playlists, and MODE which normally changes b/w radio and cd... i will make that mute!
                    [4Runna]

                    next - wifi

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                    • #11
                      Why not just get a griffin powermate? I did. It's plugged into my USB hub under the drivers side dash. Works great. Plus when I press down on the thing, it mutes. *****ing beautiful. I love it.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by voidunknown
                        Why not just get a griffin powermate? I did. It's plugged into my USB hub under the drivers side dash. Works great. Plus when I press down on the thing, it mutes. *****ing beautiful. I love it.
                        I like this way because I can use controls that came on the steering wheel from the factory, or I can use the volume buttons on the lilliput screen. Either way it will look like it came from the factory, and all the buttons will be in the same place and more accessible. Plus I save a USB port and buying another freaking USB extension. I was about to buy the powermate until I found this out, but I didn't know where to put the powermate. Having the volume controls at my fingertips is a priority for me, it doesn't make it so obvious that I am trying to tone my wife out.
                        later,
                        K
                        Round VIII - [IIIIIIIIII] 30% Have some parts for 300zx Sema car I don't own yet. Will have 10.4" & 7" screen, and more then you can believe. Will add updates to cleancustoms.com, will be sweet. My car is still same, but might change.

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                        • #13
                          Does this actually control the windows main volume, or is it a seperate hardware volume?

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                          • #14
                            <---- wondered for years what this VolCTRL thinggy was on the bundles of connections, without really or experimenting... might be worth to give a further look

                            (have a SB Live since last year... pretty cool machine)

                            I feel like a n00b now.
                            -Mars

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