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Hello

I'm having problems with my sound card, it's an SB X-FI Titanium. I have the latest driver installed and the card works fine except that I can't turn EAX effects on in games, even though I have it turned on in the audio control panel

Any help would be Great
Edited by DeviousAddict - 5/19/11 at 5:37pm
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Do you have ALChemy installed (or however it's pronounced)? If not, install it and it should work.
    
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You have to use alchemy to conver the D3D hal Calls to openAl. if those games your trying to play are D3D based. Because windows 7 do not have the D3D hal stack.
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In order to turn on EAX effects for a game there are a few prerequisites.

1) The game has to use EAX. This can be enabled in the game's sound menu.

2) You have to use Windows XP in order to use EAX in the game without any sort of emulation program

3) If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7 then you need to use DS2.5 or GX in your ASUS control panel, or you need to use Creative's Alchemy application.

There are no other ways to enable EAX in legacy games.

In Windows XP and 98 EAX could be added and mixed with other sounds. This feature is no longer available in Vista or Windows 7. The fully features EAX control panel is gone.
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Thank you all, i will install alchemy now

Ps the auto update gives me two options for alchemy, it has 1.41.02 and 1.25.10
take it only need to install the latest one?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by chalkbluffgrown View Post
2) You have to use Windows XP in order to use EAX in the game without any sort of emulation program

3) If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7 then you need to use DS2.5 or GX in your ASUS control panel, or you need to use Creative's Alchemy application.
With Vista or W7 you only need ALchemy for EAX in older DirectSound games. OpenAL games with EAX will work fine.
    
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ok I've installed alchemy, now when i open it it lists the game im trying to use eax on, i click the >> button to add it. but the option in game is still faded out so it wont let me click it
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post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by DeviousAddict View Post
Thank you all, i will install alchemy now

Ps the auto update gives me two options for alchemy, it has 1.41.02 and 1.25.10
take it only need to install the latest one?

You will want to use the 1.41 and check here for examples of configuring older games.

http://connect.creativelabs.com/alch.../AllItems.aspx

All of the examples work quite well unless you are on a 64 bit system.

[Call Of Duty]
RegPath=HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Activision\\ Call Of Duty\\InstallPath
That is a 32 bit system example. If you are using a 64 bit system you will need to alter it like this:

[Call Of Duty]
RegPath=HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Wow6432Node\ \Activision\\Call Of Duty\\InstallPath
post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by chalkbluffgrown View Post
You will want to use the 1.41 and check here for examples of configuring older games.

http://connect.creativelabs.com/alch.../AllItems.aspx

All of the examples work quite well unless you are on a 64 bit system.

[Call Of Duty]
RegPath=HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Activision\\ Call Of Duty\\InstallPath
That is a 32 bit system example. If you are using a 64 bit system you will need to alter it like this:

[Call Of Duty]
RegPath=HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Wow6432Node\ \Activision\\Call Of Duty\\InstallPath
So because I'm using 64bit I have to add in Wow6432node?
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Yes for games that use the registry entry in Alchemy. Some games just require a path setting.

Sometimes the path setting will change to for 64 bit systems. For example, if the path is for c:\\program files\\electronic arts\\some game

you would change it to c:\\program files(X64)\\electronic arts\\some game.
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