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Thread: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 External USB sound card

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    Quote Originally Posted by dacho View Post
    Hi
    I have the intel mac mini and the built-in sound is just not good. So I went ahead and bought this usb sound card, however, I can't get this thing to work after hibernation. Any pointers as to how to set it up? Thank you.
    This hibernation issue on this product is worldwide. I've googled this, and seems Creative have not yet solved this problem. It's been more than 7 month. What astonished me is that, there is only 1 thread talk about this in Creative's official forum. Woops~

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinchan View Post
    This hibernation issue on this product is worldwide. I've googled this, and seems Creative have not yet solved this problem. It's been more than 7 month. What astonished me is that, there is only 1 thread talk about this in Creative's official forum. Woops~
    Yeah I know it's a shame. Could anybody suggest a good usb sound card?

    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by dacho View Post
    Hi
    I have the intel mac mini and the built-in sound is just not good. So I went ahead and bought this usb sound card, however, I can't get this thing to work after hibernation. Any pointers as to how to set it up? Thank you.
    If you are using centrafuse and centrafuse is loading before your sound card you can have it delay the start of the sound card.
    If that doesnt work get Xport, I think it will work for the soundcard.
    http://curioustech.home.insightbb.com/xport.html

    EDIT-
    You posted while I was typing this message. I bought a "Creative Sound Blaster LIVE! 24-bit USB external SB0490" and it works fine with centrafuse, I cant control the EQ and such with centrafuse but other then that its fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shatteredzman View Post
    If you are using centrafuse and centrafuse is loading before your sound card you can have it delay the start of the sound card.
    If that doesnt work get Xport, I think it will work for the soundcard.
    http://curioustech.home.insightbb.com/xport.html
    No, I have Xport for my gps and it works great but I set it up for the sound card but it's just the same problem. another thing is that it takes about 3 times longer for mac mini to come out of hibernation and regular cold boot. I don't think this card is defective because if I boot without the card and then plug it in it works just great. It's wast improvement over the mac mini's sound quality.

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    I'd REALLY recommend getting a different card. Is it really worth all the trouble? Check my last post, I edited it with more info.

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    Allo, I just installed this in my system for the surround and I would like to say that it works PERFECTLY. I am not just being a ***** and disagreeing to disagree, I really have gotten this to work. I am using a THA555-PNP amp by Blaupunkt and the card goes right into the RCA inputs on the amp and works fine.

    Details:
    To get surround, you MUST install the configuration console software, you don't need anything else. You go into the "virtual surround" settings and switch it to actual surround and adjust the level slider to your fade preference.

    The bass is a little weak but that's just because it is line level and not hi-input level like my HU. I just compensate this by upping the level on the amp and downing the bass on my HU.

    Gotta say that its nice to have the navi always patched thru even when listening to the HU.

    Any questions, feel free to pass me a PM
    That being said, EVERYTHING gives you cancer nowadays so live it up before your cornflakes give you malignant tumors.

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    Went back to my Audigy 2 NX

    Well, I thought my Audigy 2 NX was kaput, so I purchased the X-Fi Surround. Nice and easy install, first with no drivers, only running one pair of speakers. Sounds good, except no input or rear/sub output. The drivers installed smoothly and I gave the card a chance.

    Hibernation - This card is much better, as it draws all of its power from the USB, which provides up to 5V, and on my laptop, will survive cranking. The Audigy requires an external 5V power source, which in my previous setup would cut out when the car is cranked.

    System Load - The Audigy never really taxed my system resources. The X-Fi drivers seem to be working harder, creating a higher baseline load and large spikes, sometimes to 100%. My computer is a 1.6ghz Pentium M laptop and generally can run the front end software with ease. This definitely slowed it down.

    Volume - After installing the X-Fi, I had to crank all of my settings in the Creative software, as well as in WinAmp to get any volume out of this card. Even then, it would require me cranking my Old School (read powerful) Alpine amp to get any real volume. The Audigy had no problems making my ears hurt. While both cards use 5V, the Audigy requires a 2A device and USB can only deliver 500mA, or 1/4 the power and this is translated directly into output voltage.

    Sound - Well the X-Fi sounds pretty good, especially when used without any drivers installed and, therefore, without any effects turned on. This also drastically reduced the processor load. The Audigy, by virtue of its higher output voltage, just sounds better. The stage is more defined and the bass is tighter. Elements lost in the X-Fi are heard with the Audigy.

    So for me, it is back to the Audigy and its hibernation/can't survive cranking without me rewiring my system issues...

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    Hi Guys

    Creative has released a beta drive to resolve many issues including hibernation after total power-cut. I tried, and it works after come back after total power-cut.
    http://forums.creative.com/creativel...read.id=137227

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    I have the x-fi and havent had any issues with it. likely the reason creative hasnt done anything about the hibernation issue is because its not as common a issue as it has been made out to be. its likely to be a power issue. ive never had any problems myself. i didnt have driver issues either, i used the drivers on the cd in the box. it is likely alot of your problems are associated with uncommon hardware/software combonations that the device was not designed to work with. i have not seen any issues with the processor load, but i am running a 2.6ghz core 2 duo processor, so this may be a real issue, but only for people running slower processors.

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    New beta Drivers resolved hibernation issues. The only Problem i am facing is POST.
    If i unplug the usb sound card i get the Boot screen instantly. but if it is plugged in. it takes more than 35 seconds to get BIOS screen and then so on. Rest everything is working perfectly.
    Anybody facing this problem particularly with Intel MOBO.

    Here is my carputer specs.
    Intel Atom D945GCFL
    Transcend 2GB DDR2 667
    2.5" Seagate 160 GB HDD
    7" Touch Screen LCD
    125W - DC-DC Power Supply
    Creative X-Fi 5.1 USB Sound Cad
    BSNL EV-DO Net
    Sirfstar-III USB GPS BU-353
    SatGuide India Maps
    Andrea Sound Max Noise Cancellation Mic
    Cirago BTA-6210 Micro BlueTooth Adapter.
    Stripped Down XP - 200 MB
    Centrafuse FrontEnd.

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