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So I bought a audigy 2 zs platinum from some guy on craigslist for $20. The card sounds horrible so I was wondering if I could use the just front panel control with my motherboard's integrated sound. If so, how do I do this?

Not the smartest guy when it comes to PCs so step by step would be nice

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Originally Posted by DrDanni View Post
So I bought a audigy 2 zs platinum from some guy on craigslist for $20. The card sounds horrible so I was wondering if I could use the just front panel control with my motherboard's integrated sound. If so, how do I do this?

Not the smartest guy when it comes to PCs so step by step would be nice

mobo is a Biostar th55b HD
Very unlikely (I'm almost 100% positive absolutely no) because Creative always uses stupid proprietary cables to connect their cards and their front panel boxes. For a while I was looking everywhere for that cable, and it often goes for ~$20 or so on ebay when you can even find one, so you may get your money back on that if nothing else.

I'm very surprised it's worse than motherboard sound, unless you've got built-in X-Fi. I'm using motherboard audio out on my hi-fi system temporarily (80's speakers and 70's solid state amp) and it sounds painful. I have to turn it off when good songs come on and go back to the speakers in my monitor because at least with those I expect crap and don't listen for good, then get disappointed and frustrated

I had used a Creative Audigy 2 ZS xtreme music for a very long time, and it always sounded much better than onboard audio. If there's something wrong with the unit, then that's one thing, but generally it's a decent card (certainly better than onboard).
post #3 of 33
You can connect your Audigy2ZS to your case's front panel jack with this:

http://www.x-tap.com/

I used one of those with a Dell Inspiron mid-tower case and its front panel jacks.

It worked quite well.
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Very unlikely (I'm almost 100% positive absolutely no) because Creative always uses stupid proprietary cables to connect their cards and their front panel boxes. For a while I was looking everywhere for that cable, and it often goes for ~$20 or so on ebay when you can even find one, so you may get your money back on that if nothing else.

I'm very surprised it's worse than motherboard sound, unless you've got built-in X-Fi. I'm using motherboard audio out on my hi-fi system temporarily (80's speakers and 70's solid state amp) and it sounds painful. I have to turn it off when good songs come on and go back to the speakers in my monitor because at least with those I expect crap and don't listen for good, then get disappointed and frustrated

I had used a Creative Audigy 2 ZS xtreme music for a very long time, and it always sounded much better than onboard audio. If there's something wrong with the unit, then that's one thing, but generally it's a decent card (certainly better than onboard).
The card is from 2003, maybe that's why it sucks? Though I think it sounds way to bad even for a card that old. The driver I downloaded from creative's website didn't come with any type of settings, (??) only a program to register my card, which I did.

I already removed the card and went back to my on-board sound. Much better

I'll just get something from fry's on the weekend.

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Originally Posted by chalkbluffgrown View Post
You can connect your Audigy2ZS to your case's front panel jack with this:

http://www.x-tap.com/

I used one of those with a Dell Inspiron mid-tower case and its front panel jacks.

It worked quite well.
Sweet, I'll have to try this. I really like the way the front panel looks with these knobs and ports.
Edited by DrDanni - 6/1/11 at 10:20pm
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that sound card is better then onboard
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Sweet, I'll have to try this. I really like the way the front panel looks with these knobs and ports.
Well I just want to make sure that I do not tell you a half correct answer.

If you wish to connect the Audigy2ZS DIRECTLY to your PC case, the cable I recommended will do it.

If you have an I/O bay that came with the card, or Live Drive! as it was called, then you use a cable similar to an older hard drive IDE cable. That is a 40 pin cable that was used before everybody needed ATA66 and 100 cables.

Those older IDE cables can be picked up at mom and pop computer repair stores and the GoodWill computer store if you have one in your area.
post #7 of 33
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that sound card is better then onboard
Really? Then I have no Idea what I did wrong. The sound was very bad quality, too much mids and not enough of everything else. I installed the recommended driver but it didn't come with an audio manager or any kind of settings.
Edited by DrDanni - 6/1/11 at 11:59pm
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http://nomoregoatsoup.wordpress.com/...port-pack-3-8/

that package will have everything you need to run that card. It has drivers and applications that will work under Vista or Windows 7.
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Try KX Project drivers for that Audigy -> http://www.hardwareheaven.com/kx-pro...support-forum/
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Ya then you need to tweak it to sound good and or you did something wrong. My Audigy 2Zs OWNED THE SNOT out of my onboard. Take some time to calibrate it and get it to work with your setup, you will be amazed at how good it can sound!
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