Creative Audigy 4
The Sound Blaster Audigy SE is an excellent value upgrade to 7.1 surround sound on the PC. Featuring high quality audio specifications including 24-bit/96kHz recording and playback with 100dB signal to noise ratio and digital output, it's the ideal partner for surround music and movie playback. For realistic gaming, EAX ADVANCED HD 3.0 support delivers acoustic effects and detailed 7.1 3D surround sound in gaming. The included Creative MediaSource software is a comprehensive tool for creatin... Read more
Brand: CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY, LTD
Part Number: 70SB057000001
UPC: 005465109510, 054651095106, 54651095106
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User reviews and opinions
|Spiceskull||3:25am on Sunday, October 10th, 2010|
|Hi i have bought this card and i have an hp with windows 7 on it. I was having problems with old sound card (SB Audigy 2) that was installed on my older Dell Dimension 8400 once i switched to Vista no 5.1 sound.|
|subzero||2:15pm on Tuesday, October 5th, 2010|
|Better late than never I had purchased the X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional sound card and was fairly happy with it.|
|nickhill||5:21pm on Friday, September 24th, 2010|
|I got this product to upgrade an older computer from the integrated sound it came with. The Audigy SE brought my tunes and my games to life. Im not a total Easy To Install","Easy To Use","Quality Output","Reliable Performance No Power Switch|
|chris_p||7:04am on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010|
|The product was easy to install and works well. Easy To Install","Easy To Use","Quality Output","Reliable Performance|
|wmatthuss||10:05am on Sunday, August 1st, 2010|
|Great sound - crystal clear audio and flexibi... Dolby and DTS Support not inexpensive Great sound - crystal clear audio and flexibility Dolby and DTS Support not inexpensive i bought mine about 5 years ago and have used it on 2 different laptops.|
|reproach||7:25am on Friday, June 11th, 2010|
|This card really handles what I can throw at it very well. No ghosting, no sound delays, just good solid CLEAR sound. Easy install, nice upgrade from onboard in old Dell desktop. Using as a home media server, running Ubuntu. Found drivers and packages automatically.|
|sashalivemind||10:43pm on Saturday, May 1st, 2010|
|So.. Antec advertises this as SLI/CrossFire - but when you ask a question about it they say.. oh no, buy another one.|
|tofo||12:55pm on Friday, April 23rd, 2010|
|"I got this card for under $50, due to it being on sale for $99 + $55 in reward certificates I had. And what a worthwhile purchase!|
|feasil||6:36pm on Tuesday, April 20th, 2010|
|Motherboard sound gone? This is an excellent product at an outstanding price. C Labs is the best. The best card I ever bought and at such a price you bet you got the best deal!|
|nitinnakra||6:37pm on Tuesday, April 6th, 2010|
|This sound card with 64MB onboard memory is great for games and other audio like music, movies, and games.|
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SOUND BLASTER AUDIGY 4 SETUP
What You Need
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Creative Knowledge Base
Resolve and troubleshoot technical queries at Creative's 24-hour self-help Knowledge Base. Go to www.creative.com, select your region and then select Support.
(a) Sound Blaster Audigy 4 audio card (b) Installation CD (c) Digital I/O Module model number SB0002 (optional) (d) Phillips-head screwdriver (not included)
Customer Support Services & Warranty
Preparing Your Computer
1. Uninstall the drivers and software of any audio card or onboard audio chipset in your computer. 2. Turn off your computer. 3. Disconnect your computer's power cord from the wall outlet. 4. Touch a metal plate on your computer to ground yourself and to discharge any static electricity. 5. Remove the computer cover. 6. Remove any audio card in your computer.
You can find Customer Support Services, Warranty and other information in the Installation CD.
Customer Support Services Warranty
d:\support\<region>\<language>\support.chm d:\warranty\<region>\<language>\warranty.chm Please keep your Proof of Purchase for the duration of the Warranty period. d:\manual\<language>\manual.chm
(replace d:\ with the drive letter of your CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive, <region> with the region you are in, and <language> with the language that the document is in).
(a) Remove a metal bracket
(a) CD-ROM/ DVD-ROM drive
Keep this document for future reference.
(c) Digital I/O Module (available as an upgrade)
(b) PCI slot (b) Analog CD audio cable (available separately) for analog CD audio output
Align the audio card with the PCI slot and press the card gently but firmly into the slot
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To prevent permanent damage, use only Model SB0002 of the Digital I/O Module (available as an upgrade) with the Audigy 4 audio card. Do not force the audio card into the slot. If it does not fit properly, gently remove it and try again.
Copyright 2005 Creative Technology Ltd. Sound Blaster and Blaster are registered trademarks, the Sound Blaster logo, Creative Inspire, Creative I-Trigue, and Creative Multi Speaker Surround are trademarks of Creative Technology Ltd. in the United States and/or other countries. Microsoft, MS-DOS, and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. Dolby, Pro Logic and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. 2001 Dolby Laboratories. All rights reserved. All other products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
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Installing Sound Blaster Audigy 4 drivers and applications
1. After you have installed your audio device, turn on your computer. Windows automatically detects your audio device and searches for device drivers. 2. When prompted for the audio drivers, click the Cancel button. 3. Insert the Installation and Applications CD into your CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive. Your CD should start automatically. If it does not, follow the steps below: i. Start Windows Explorer. ii. On the left pane, click the My Computer icon. iii. Right-click the CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive icon, and then click Autoplay. 4. To complete the installation, follow the instructions on the screen. 5. When prompted, restart your computer. For Windows 2000 only
You need to enable Compact Disc Digital Audio (CDDA) extraction in Windows 2000. 1. Click Start Settings Control Panel. 2. Double-click the System icon. The System Properties dialog box appears. 3. Click the Hardware tab. 4. Click the Device Manager button. 5. Double-click the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM icon. 6. Double-click the name of your drive. 7. Click the Properties tab, and then click the Enable digital CD audio for this CD-ROM device check box to select it.
You can use Creative Diagnostics to test the software and hardware installation. Go to Start Programs Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 4 Creative Diagnostics.
For an unsurpassed audio experience with your Sound Blaster Audigy 4, Creative's multi-channel speakers such as the Inspire and MegaWorks series are second to none. To find out more, go to www.creative.com/speakers.
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In any event, you will notify Creative of any information derived from reverse engineering or such other activities, and the results thereof will constitute the confidential information of Creative that may be used only in connection with the Software. 11.For Software With CDDB Features. This package includes applications which may contain software from CDDB, Inc.of Berkeley California (CDDB). The software from CDDB (the CDDB Client) enables the application to do online disc identification and obtain music-related information, including name, artist, track and title information (CDDB Data) from online servers (CDDB Servers) and to perform other functions. You agree that you will use CDDB Data, the CDDB Client and CDDB Servers for your own personal non-commercial use only. You agree not to assign, copy, transfer or transmit the CDDB Client or any CDDB Data to any third party. YOU AGREE NOT TO USE OR EXPLOIT CDDB DATA, THE CDDB CLIENT,OR CDDB SERVERS,EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY PERMITTED HEREIN. You agree that your non-exclusive license to use the CDDB Data, the CDDB Client and CDDB Servers will terminate if you violate these restrictions. If your license terminates, you agree to cease any and all use of the CDDB Data, the CDDB Client and CDDB Servers. CDDB reserves all rights in CDDB Data, the CDDB Client and the CDDB Servers, including all ownership rights. You agree that CDDB, Inc. may enforce its rights under this Agreement against you directly in its own name. The CDDB Client and each item of CDDB Data are licensed to you AS IS. CDDB makes no representations or warranties, express or implied,
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communications. However, this notice is not a guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try one or more of the following measures:
B dinterfrence radio tel que spcifi par le Ministre Canadien des Communications dans les rglements dinterfrence radio. Compliance This product conforms to the following Council Directive: Directive 89/336/EEC, 92/31/EEC (EMC), 73/23/EEC (LVD), (73/23/EEC), as amended by directive 93/68/EEC.
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna. Increase the distance between the equipment and receiver. Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician.
Microphone In jack (MIC_IN) Connects to an external microphone for voice input. Line Out jack (LIN_OUT1) Connects to powered speakers or an external amplifier for audio output. Also supports headphones. Rear Out jack (LIN_OUT2) Connects to powered speakers or an external amplifier for audio output.
SB1394 port (SB1394) Connects to an IEEE1394 compatible external device (such as a digital video camcorder, digital still camera, printer or scanner).
Jacks, connectors and ports on the Sound Blaster Audigy card.
About the Sound Blaster Audigy Card and external Audigy Drive 1-3
Your Audigy Extension Card
Your Audigy Extension card has these ports and connectors that allow you to attach other devices:
Internal SB1394 port Connects to the Internal SB1394 connector on the Sound Blaster Audigy card. Power supply connector Connects to the power splitter cable for connection to the system power supply unit.
SB1394 Extension port Connects to the 6-pin SB1394 connector on the Audigy Extension cable. Also connects to an IEEE1394 compatible external device (such as a digital video camcorder, digital still camera, printer or scanner). Audigy Extension connector Connects to the 44-pin DB connector on the Audigy Extension cable.
Audio Extension/Joystick header Connects to the AUD_EXT and Joystick connectors on the Sound Blaster Audigy card.
Connectors and ports on the Audigy Extension card.
About the Sound Blaster Audigy Card and external Audigy Drive 1-4
Your External Audigy Drive
To connect your existing computer headphones and microphone to the external Audigy Drive, use a 3.5 mm minijack to jack adapter. Set the gain level of the Mic In 2 jack to the minimum before connecting or turning on a microphone, especially if you are using headphones.
The front panel of your external Audigy Drive has these jacks, connectors and controls:
RCA Auxiliary In jacks Connects to consumer equipment such as VCRs, TVs and CD players, via RCA Auxiliary outputs. Infrared Receiver Optical SPDIF In/Out connectors Lets you control your computer using the IR Connects to digital audio devices such as remote control. DAT and MiniDisc recorders, via optical input/ output. MIDI In/Out connectors Connects to MIDI devices using the Mini DIN-to-Standard DIN adapter provided. RCA SPDIF In/Out jacks Connects to digital audio devices such as DAT and MiniDisc recorders, via RCA input/output.
Headphones jack Connects to a pair of high-quality headphones.
Headphones Volume control knob Controls the headphones output volume. See Adjusting Headphones Volume and Microphone Gain on page 1-6. Line In 2/Mic In 2 jack Connects to high-quality dynamic microphones or audio devices such as electric guitars and DAT or MiniDisc players.
Line In 2/Mic In 2 selector knob(Microphone Gain Control) To switch to Line In 2, turn the knob counter clockwise over the Line In 2/Mic In 2 separator mark until you hear a click sound. To switch back to Mic In 2, turn the knob clockwise over the separator mark until you hear a click sound. To control the microphone gain, continue to turn clockwise. See Adjusting Headphones Volume and Microphone Gain on page 1-6.
SB1394 connector Connects to IEEE1394 compatible devices. Line In 2/Mic In 2 separator mark
Figure 1-3: Jacks, connectors and controls on the external Audigy Drive.
About the Sound Blaster Audigy Card and external Audigy Drive 1-5
Adjusting Headphones Volume and Microphone Gain
Using the Audigy Drive control knobs
You can adjust the headphones volume and microphone gain in two ways.
On the front panel of the external Audigy Drive, turn the respective control knob: Counterclockwise to decrease the headphones volume or microphone gain. Clockwise to increase the headphones volume or microphone gain.
About the Sound Blaster Audigy Card and external Audigy Drive 1-6
Using Creative Surround Mixer
To install Surround Mixer and other applications, see Installing Drivers and Applications on page 3-2.
To adjust headphones volume: 1. Click Start -> Programs -> Creative -> Sound Blaster Audigy -> Surround Mixer. 2. On the lower half of Surround Mixer, make sure that the Mute check box under the Volume slider is clear. Otherwise, click the check box. 3. Drag the Volume slider left or right to adjust the headphones volume. To adjust microphone gain: 1. Click Start -> Programs -> Creative -> Sound Blaster Audigy -> Surround Mixer. 2. On the lower half of Surround Mixer, click an audio input source button with a down arrow, and then select Line In 2/Microphone 2. 3. Make sure the check box below the Line in 2/Microphone 2 slider is cleared. If not, click it to clear the check box. This will unmute the audio input source. 4. Drag the volume slider up or down to adjust the microphone gain.
For best effects, set the headphones volume and microphone gain levels to 75% in Surround Mixer, and then use the external Audigy Drives control knobs to make further adjustments. If you set the headphones volume or microphone gain levels to 0%, or mute them in Surround Mixer, you will hear no sound if the external Audigy Drives control knobs are set to the maximum.
Using a Remote Control with Your Computer
The external Audigy Drive has an infrared receiver for the remote control. This remote control lets you operate your computer from the comfort of your sofa or bed up to a distance of 4 metres. For details, refer to the RemoteCenter Online Help.
About the Sound Blaster Audigy Card and external Audigy Drive 1-7
This chapter tells you how to install the Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum eX hardware.
Step 1: Prepare the external Audigy Drive
1. Stick the four rubber feet to the underside in each corner of the external Audigy Drive as shown in Figure 2-1. 2. Place the external Audigy Drive near your computer.
Turn off the main power supply and disconnect your computers power cord. Systems using an ATX power supply unit with soft power off may still be powering the PCI slot. This can damage your audio card when it is inserted into the slot.
The rubber feet may differ in some countries.
Figure 2-1: Sticking rubber feet
Installing Hardware 2-2
Step 2: Prepare your computer
Remove any existing audio card or disable the onboard audio. For more information, see Problems with Multiple Audio Devices on page B-9.
1. Turn off your computer and all peripheral devices. 2. Touch a metal plate on your computer to ground yourself and to discharge any static electricity, and then unplug the power cord from the wall outlet. 3. Remove the computer cover. 4. Remove the metal brackets from two adjacent unused PCI slots as shown in Figure 2-2. Put the screws aside for use later.
Figure 2-2: Removing metal plates
Step 3: Connect the Sound Blaster Audigy and Audigy Extension cards
1. Using the AUD_EXT/Joystick cable and internal SB1394 cable, connect the cards as shown in Figure 2-3.
Installing Hardware 2-3
2. Connect the power splitter cable to the Audigy Extension card.
Black triangle on the cable*
Red-colored wire* Sound Blaster Audigy card 1 Power splitter cable 2 To system power supply unit 1
Audigy Extension card
*Alignment markers to assist you in installing the hardware
Figure 2-3: Connecting the Sound Blaster Audigy and Audigy Extension cards.
Installing Hardware 2-4
Step 4: Install the Sound Blaster Audigy and Audigy Extension cards
1. Align the Sound Blaster Audigy card with the PCI slot and press the card gently but firmly into the slot as shown in Figure 2-4. 2. Align the Audigy Extension card with an adjacent free slot.
Do not force the audio card into the slot. Make sure that the gold finger PCI connector on the Sound Blaster Audigy card is aligned with the PCI bus connector on the motherboard before you insert the card into the PCI expansion slot. If it does not fit properly, gently remove it and try again.
If the Audigy Extension cable is too long, coil it.
To install drivers and software, refer to Installing Drivers and Applications on page 3-2.
Installing Hardware 2-7
Connecting Related Peripherals
Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum eX will give you endless hours of listening pleasure. Figure 2-8 shows you how to connect related peripherals to your Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum eX to optimize your enjoyment.
Analog/Digital Out jack Analog Mode (default): Connects to Center and Subwoofer channels. Digital Mode: Connects to digital speakers*, MiniDisc or DAT via minijack-to-DIN cable. For instructions on how to switch between digital and analog modes, refer to topic Digital Output Only of the Creative Surround Mixer online Help.
Analog CD audio cable Cassette or CD player, synthesizer, etc. Line-out
Microphone Connects to analog front and rear inputs of speakers.** Line Out + Rear Out: Connects to 4-channel speakers** Line Out: Connects to 2-channel speakers and headphones Connects to network games and IEEE 1394 compatible devices such as the IEEE 1394 Creative digital audio player, DV camcorder, WebCam and digital camera.
Line In Mic In Line Out Rear Out SB1394 port Sound Blaster Audigy card
*For example, Creative InspireTM 5.1 Digital Speakers. Audigy Extension card **For example, 4channel Creative or Cambridge SoundWorks analog speaker systems Connects to the external Audigy Drive. See Connecting Speaker Systems on page 2-10 for more details. Game pad
Figure 2-8: Connecting Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum eX to other devices. Installing Hardware 2-8
Recording and Content Authoring with external Audigy Drive
Connecting IEEE 1394 compatible devices with SB1394 connector
Digital devices such as DAT recorders Watching DVD Movies with Creative SoftPC-DVD and Creative or Cambridge SoundWorks line of speaker systems Creative or Cambridge SoundWorks line of speaker systems Dolby Digital (AC-3) SPDIF In Digital DIN via Mini-DIN-tostandard-DIN adapter CD-RW drive Headphones Microphone / Line In MIDI devices such as MIDI keyboards IEEE 1394 Jukebox
Analog devices such as CD or tape players External Audigy Drive
Digital video camcorder
IEEE 1394 hard disk
Figure 2-9: Connecting peripherals to the external Audigy Drive.
Installing Hardware 2-9
Connecting Speaker Systems
If you are playing games in Windows 98 SE MS-DOS mode (pure DOS mode), you must: Make sure the CD Audio connector on the Sound Blaster Audigy card and the Analog Audio connector on the CDROM or DVD-ROM drive are connected. In addition, if you get distorted sound, do not connect the CD SPDIF connector on the Sound Blaster Audigy card to the Digital Audio connector on the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.
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Connect your digital video (DV) camcorder to the Sound Blaster Audigy card and turn it on. If prompted, insert the Windows Me CD into the CD-ROM drive and click the OK button. Insert the Ulead VideoStudio installation CD into your CD-ROM drive. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the setup. If prompted, click the Yes button to let the setup program detect the MS DV drivers. When prompted, restart your system. Connect your digital video (DV) camcorder to the Sound Blaster Audigy card and turn it on. Insert the Ulead VideoStudio installation CD into your CD-ROM drive. If prompted, click the Yes button to let the setup program detect the MS DV drivers. When prompted, restart the system.
Installing Software 3-3
You may at times need to uninstall and then reinstall the applications to correct problems, change configurations, or make version upgrades. The following instructions tell you how to uninstall the applications in all Windows operating systems. 1. Insert the Sound Blaster Audigy Installation CD into your CD-ROM drive. The disc supports Windows AutoPlay mode and starts running automatically. If not, see Problems Installing Software on page B-2. 2. Close all audio card applications. Applications that are still running during the uninstallation will not be removed. 3. Click Start -> Settings -> Control Panel. 4. Double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon. 5. Click the Install/Uninstall tab and select Sound Blaster Audigy. Click the Add/Remove button. 6. When the InstallShield Wizard dialog box appears, click the check boxes of the items that you want to uninstall to clear them. The selected applications will be uninstalled. 7. Click the Next button. 8. If prompted, restart your computer. You may want to reinstall the applications in the event of driver corruption. 1. Insert the Sound Blaster Audigy Installation CD into your CD-ROM drive. The disc supports Windows AutoPlay mode and starts running automatically. If not, see Problems Installing Software on page B-2. 2. Click Start -> Settings -> Control Panel. 3. Double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon. 4. Click the Install/Uninstall tab and select Sound Blaster Audigy. Click the Add/Remove button. 5. When the InstallShield Wizard dialog box appears, click the Repair option to select it. This option reinstalls all the applications installed previously.
This is a good starting point from which you can learn about Sound Blaster Audigy. The online Quick Start consists of several interactive and informative demos that feature different aspects of Sound Blaster Audigy, like experiencing digital music and digital gaming, watching movies, connecting speakers and performing tasks.
Use the Creative Sound Blaster Audigy Experience to feel Sound Blaster Audigys awesome gaming, music listening and home studio capabilities. You will experience the advantage of multi-environment audio processing, dynamic EAX ADVANCED HD effects, high-quality surround output and EAX ADVANCED HD-enhanced home theatre quality audio.
Run this demonstration, which is set in a gold mine, and experience EAX ADVANCED HD technologies such as Environment Panning, Environment Reflection and Environment Morphing. Compare the scenes with and without EAX ADVANCED HD, and understand why more game developers are using EAX ADVANCED HD technologies for the best gaming experience.
Use Creative Diagnostics to quickly test your audio cards Wave, MIDI or CD Audio playback capability, and speaker outputs. For more information and usage details on Creative Diagnostics, refer to its Online Help.
Sound Blaster Audigy Applications 4-3
Creative Surround Mixer
To restore Surround Mixer to its original settings, click Start -> Programs-> Creative -> Sound Blaster Audigy -> Creative Restore Defaults.
Creative Surround Mixer is the main application to use for the following tasks: Testing speakers Applying EAX ADVANCED HD-enabled audio effects Mixing sounds from various audio input sources Setting audio effects Surround Mixer has two modes. Click the Basic Mode or Advanced Mode button to switch between the two modes: In basic mode, the Mixer panel is displayed. You can: mix sounds from various audio input sources when playing or recording control volume, bass, treble, balance and fade In advanced mode, the Surround Mixer and Mixer panels are displayed. In Surround Mixer, you can: select audio effects specify the speaker output perform a speaker test For more information and usage details on Creative Surround Mixer, refer to its Online Help.
AudioHQ is Creative's audio software control center. The AudioHQ interface has the standard look and feel of the Windows Control Panel. It contains several control applets that allow you to view, audition or set up the audio properties of one or more audio devices on your computer. As in Control Panel, you can view AudioHQ's control applets in the main window as large icons, small icons, list items or detailed list items. You can also select all or invert the selection when you are in the Applet view. The number of items in the main window, however, varies with the control applet or device selected. The By Audio Device view shows only the control applets supported by the selected device. The Applet view shows only the audio devices that support the selected applet. For more information and usage details on Creative AudioHQ, refer to its Online Help.
Troubleshooting & FAQs B-4
No audio output when playing audio CDs or DOS games that require a CD-ROM. To solve this problem: Make sure the Audio connector on the CD-ROM drive and the CD In connector on the audio card are connected. Enable digital CD playback: For Windows 98 SE 1. Click Start -> Settings -> Control Panel. 2. In the Control Panel dialog box, double-click the Multimedia icon. 3. In the Multimedia Properties dialog box, click the CD Music tab. 4. Click the Enable digital CD audio for this CD-ROM device check box to select it. 5. Click the OK button. For Windows Me 1. Click Start -> Settings -> Control Panel. 2. In the Control Panel dialog box, double-click the System icon. 3. In the System Properties dialog box, click the Device Manager tab. 4. Double-click the DVD/CD-ROM drives icon. Your computer drives will appear. 5. Right-click the disk drive icon. A menu will appear. 6. Click Properties. 7. In the Digital CD Playback box of the next dialog box, click the Enable digital CD audio for this CD-ROM device check box to select it. 8. Click the OK button.
Troubleshooting & FAQs B-5
For Windows 2000 and Windows XP 1. Click Start -> Settings -> Control Panel. 2. In the Control Panel dialog box, double-click the System icon. 3. In the System Properties dialog box, click the Hardware tab. 4. Click the Device Manager button. 5. Double-click the DVD/CD-ROM drives icon. Your computer drives will appear. 6. Right-click the disk drive icon. A menu will appear. 7. Click Properties. 8. In the Digital CD Playback box of the next dialog box, click the Enable digital CD audio for this CD-ROM device check box to select it. Panning a source sometimes turns off its sound. This occurs when you are in the Digital Output Only mode and the sources left-right balance in a software mixer application other than Surround Mixer (for example, the Windows Volume Control application) is at the opposite end compared to the position to which you have panned the source in the Main panel of Surround Mixer. For example, the CD Audio balance in Windows Volume Control is on the left but in Surround Mixer you have panned the CD Audio to the right. To solve this problem: Open that other mixer, and center the balances for all the audio input sources. This ensures that your analog sources will not turn silent when you pan them in Surround Mixer.
Troubleshooting & FAQs B-6
Problems with File Transfers on Some VIA Chipset Motherboards
After you install the Audigy card on a VIA chipset motherboard, you may have the slight chance of seeing one of the following: When transferring large amounts of data, the computer stops responding (hangs) or restarts itself, OR Files transferred from another drive are incomplete or corrupted. These problems appear in a small number of computers, which contain the VIA VT82C686B controller chipset on their motherboards. To verify if your motherboard has the VT82C686B chipset: Refer to your computer or motherboard manual, or In Windows: i. Click Start -> Settings -> Control Panel. ii. Double-click the System icon. iii. Click the Device Manager or Hardware tab. iv. Click the Systems devices icon. v. In the list that appears, see if the items highlighted in Figure B-1 appear. vi. If the items appear, remove your computer cover and locate the VIA chipset on your motherboard. (Take note of the safety precautions on page 2-3.) vii. The VT82C686B chipset has its model number inscribed on the chip. If you have the VT82C686B chipset: Creative recommends that you first contact your computer vendor or motherboard manufacturer for the latest solution. Some users have solved the above problems by doing one or both of the following: downloading the latest VIA 4in1 drivers from http:// www.viatech.com*,
Resolving I/O Conflicts
Conflicts between your audio card and another peripheral device may occur if your card and the other device are set to use the same I/O address. To resolve I/O conflicts, change the resource settings of your audio card or the conflicting peripheral device in your system using Device Manager in Windows 98 SE.
Troubleshooting & FAQs B-11
If you still do not know which card is causing the conflict, remove all cards except the audio card and other essential cards (for example, disk controller and graphics cards). Add each card back until Device Manager indicates that a conflict has occurred.
You can also refer to the Troubleshooting section in the online Help of Windows 98 SE/ Me.
To resolve hardware conflicts in Windows 98 SE: 1. Click Start -> Settings -> Control Panel. 2. In the Control Panel window, double-click the System icon. 3. In the System Properties dialog box, click the Device Manager tab. 4. Under the Sound, Video And Game Controllers entry, select the conflicting audio card driver indicated by an exclamation mark (!)and click the Properties button. 5. In the Properties dialog box, click the Resources tab. 6. Make sure that the Use automatic settings check box is selected, and click the OK button. 7. Restart your system to allow Windows 98 SE/Me to reassign resources to your audio card and/or the conflicting device. The Encore DVD Player is not launched when a DVD disc is inserted into the drive. To solve this problem: 1. In the Windows system tray, right-click the Disc Detector icon, and then click Properties. 2. On the General tabbed page of the Creative Disc Detector dialog box, make sure that Enable Disc Detector check box is selected. 3. Click the Players tab. 4. Select the DVD Disc entry and then click the Select Player button. 5. In the Players Properties dialog box, click the Browse button. 6. Browse to C:\Program Files\Creative\PC- DVD Encore and double-click the entry ctdvdply The Name box now displays the entry ctdvdply. 7. Click the OK button twice. Now when you double-click the Disc Detector icon, the Encore DVD Player is launched.
To solve this problem: 1. Click Start -> Settings -> Control Panel. 2. In the Control Panel window, double-click the AudioHQ icon. 3. In the AudioHQ window, double-click the Device Controls icon. 4. Click the Sampling Rate tab. 5. Click the required sampling rate from the Digital Output Sampling Rate list.
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The Sound Blaster Audigy SE is an excellent value upgrade to 7.1 surround sound on the PC. Featuring high quality audio specifications including 24-bit/96kHz recording and playback with 100dB signal to noise ratio and digital output, it's the ideal partner for surround music and movie playback. For realistic gaming, EAX ADVANCED HD 3.0 support delivers acoustic effects and detailed 7.1 3D surround sound in gaming. The included Creative MediaSource software is a comprehensive tool for creating MP3s, managing a music collection, adding effects and burning custom CD compilations.
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