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    Question Probs installing Audigy drivers

    Am continuing to struggle installing drivers for my Creative Audigy 2 (am not 100% sure which exact type, but it's a cheap one with a firewire port).
    Have finally installed (via Windows manual "i will select" thing) an Audigy driver (i think for an Audigy 1??) that gives me sound. The game port is also installed, but not the firewire (got a little yellow exclamation mark in device manager).

    I have downloaded and run two Creative drivers, the official (Jan 2006) driver for Audigy 2, as well as afterwards the Beta (late 2005) driver.
    Neither of them install, giving me the message "Cannot find compatible hardware.... exiting installation" (or words to that effect). Frustrating.
    I have also used Winrar to upack the .exe file and tried manually installing using device manager and uninstall / reinstall options, but again no joy.

    Anyone else found this? Any solution?

    Really appreciate this, as I am sure that i am not getting best quality sound, EAX extensions etc. It's also just bloody annoying that Creative is telling me what I do and do not have!!!

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    there are a LOT of models of audigy, with varying degrees of compatability. your best bet is to open your case, and read what model number's actually written on the card

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    I will bet you have got the dreaded EEPROM bug, do google on it to find more but basically your EEPROM chip has had it's data wiped & the Audigy drivers can no longer detect the device. It's a well know fault with Audigy 1 & 2 soundcards.

    More information & difficult solution can be found here

    http://geocities.com/redwarrior_1/

    or the easy option which I have done is to install KX Audio drivers (just do a google for them.

    The bottom line is your card is knackered but can still be used.

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    Any news ???

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    Yes, thanks very much mate - sorry, i thought i had posted a reply, my mistake.
    I installed the KX Audio drivers, and all is working well. Well, not the firewire port, that is still not working right, but i'm hunting a driver for that.
    But the audio is great. Complicated drivers though, the amount of choice of messing around with stuff seems staggering, a little too much for the likes of me.

    Thanks very much though, good to know about the EEPROM issue.
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    As far as I'm aware you wont get the firewire port working but if you do please let me know.

    Cheers

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    Have a look at this article
    http://forums.extremeoverclocking.co...d.php?t=212093
    I've used these on my audigy 1 and they work well including my firewire port.

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    Yes I've seen the article before & on other sites, but it didn't work for me because of EEPROM bug. I still got the "Cannot find compatible hardware.... exiting installation" error.

    Are you saying this will work on Audigy cards that have the EEPROM bug

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    /negative hat on head

    I hate Creative cards. I really do. Drivers and bloatware seem to have plagued me with Live and Audigy. I eventually binned them and got several different makes and all are easier to install and operate.

    However...at least you have the thing nailed well done guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zak33
    /negative hat on head

    I hate Creative cards. I really do. Drivers and bloatware seem to have plagued me with Live and Audigy. I eventually binned them and got several different makes and all are easier to install and operate.

    However...at least you have the thing nailed well done guys
    creative really pissed me off with some of their drivers a while back, and similarly with some failts i had with their speakers

    but one thing i cannot fault is how well audigy works with linux. it's the no-fuss just-works option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zak33
    /negative hat on head

    I hate Creative cards. I really do. Drivers and bloatware seem to have plagued me with Live and Audigy. I eventually binned them and got several different makes and all are easier to install and operate.

    However...at least you have the thing nailed well done guys

    What really hacked me off was that there was a 113 page thread about this on Creative's forums full of people like me who had this happen to their cards. About the best response from Creative was "return it for an rma but if it's out of warranty then you're out of luck".

    They never acknowledged that it was a fault with their cards & originally tried to blame a combination of using the card with an Abit KR7-A board & some type of nic. This was despite people telling them that it was happening with all sorts of hardware.

    Basically it was a case of shocking lack of customer support, needless to say I've never bought a Creative product since & will try my upmost not to in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by directhex
    but one thing i cannot fault is how well audigy works with linux. it's the no-fuss just-works option.
    you mean like every soundcard has with windows?

    ALSA needs some major help from intel and the likes, make sure they get it right this time with iHD, as linux i do like for my slim players, before this goes off topic, the reason i was posting is i put an audidgy 1 in my DSL (Damn Small Linux) box which has just 256meg of flash, and it ran flawlessly, the onboard AC'97 via stuff refused to play ball.
    throw new ArgumentException (String, String, Exception)

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    Wierdest thing just happened - got home, booted up my machine, and initially had an error:
    "KX Device not found, please re-install KX driver".
    Ok, thought I, that's a bit strange.
    Looked in device manager, and sitting there quite happily is "Creative SB Audigy 2 (WDM)".
    Odd. The date on the driver is 08/12/2005, so it's obviously just found the hardware again and remembered the previous driver.
    I'm gonna leave the drivers alone for the time being and see what happens.....
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