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So I just got a X-Fi Titanium HD and some nice RCA gold plated cables

I was wondering what do I have to do before putting this baby in, I guess I need to uninstall ASUS sound drivers (Realtek ones?). And disable onboard sound from BIOS right?

Am I missing something
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Nope, not missing a thing. Other than finding yourself a nice neat way to get the power and front panel headers to your sparkly new sound card.
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Originally Posted by c0ld View Post
So I just got a X-Fi Titanium HD and some nice RCA gold plated cables

I was wondering what do I have to do before putting this baby in, I guess I need to uninstall ASUS sound drivers (Realtek ones?). And disable onboard sound from BIOS right?

Am I missing something
Nope, you're right on. Just do thorough uninstalls; so safe mode and something like CCleaner is a must. I'd also download the newest drivers from Creative so you don't have to wait
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Uninstall old drivers. Make sure you have the newest drivers from Creative. Install your card. Rock out!
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Um the way I did it was just unplug everything, pop the soundcard in make sure its sitting secure. Power everything back on and install the drivers and software. After that I went into the device manager, and disabled the onboard/nvidia sound drivers. Has been running solid and the sound is excellent!
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Um the way I did it was just unplug everything, pop the soundcard in make sure its sitting secure. Power everything back on and install the drivers and software. After that I went into the device manager, and disabled the onboard/nvidia sound drivers. Has been running solid and the sound is excellent!
This.

There's no need to uninstall the drivers for the onboard. You simply go into devce manager and disable it.

As for the install, install drivers, shut down, install card then start it up. It should be up and running in no time.
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post #7 of 13
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Nope, not missing a thing. Other than finding yourself a nice neat way to get the power and front panel headers to your sparkly new sound card.
I'll have to check the manual then dunno where to plug them.

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Nope, you're right on. Just do thorough uninstalls; so safe mode and something like CCleaner is a must. I'd also download the newest drivers from Creative so you don't have to wait
Gotcha gonna go on their website forgot about that.

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Uninstall old drivers. Make sure you have the newest drivers from Creative. Install your card. Rock out!
Thanks man any thread where could indicate me how to mess around with the settings on the card Im a noob to this audio thing.

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Um the way I did it was just unplug everything, pop the soundcard in make sure its sitting secure. Power everything back on and install the drivers and software. After that I went into the device manager, and disabled the onboard/nvidia sound drivers. Has been running solid and the sound is excellent!
Gotcha will do that I should uninstall just for no conflicts right?

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This.

There's no need to uninstall the drivers for the onboard. You simply go into devce manager and disable it.

As for the install, install drivers, shut down, install card then start it up. It should be up and running in no time.
So install the creative drivers first before popping the sound card in?


One question can I put it in the bottom 8X PCI-E lane? I could put it on the top 1X lane but it might conflict with my Kuhler's 920 tubing as you can see in this pic on top of the video card.

Thanks for the quick reply's Reps
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A Pci-e card will run and work entirely happily in ANY Pci-e slot it will physically fit in. You can run an x1 card in an x16 slot if you want to, or an x4 or x8.
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post #9 of 13
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A Pci-e card will run and work entirely happily in ANY Pci-e slot it will physically fit in. You can run an x1 card in an x16 slot if you want to, or an x4 or x8.
Thanks man! Will get to it. So install creative drivers first before putting the card in?

Which cables would be better to use? The one on the left came with the soundcard and the right one bought them separate


Edited by c0ld - 10/23/11 at 12:55pm
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post #10 of 13
Depends on the drivers. Some work best installed before the hardware, others hate that. My onboard x-fi clone's creative drivers really *hate* not detecting the hardware. I can't comment on the full x-fi drivers. Go with the advice of those who have the card.
Some say install drivers first, others say card first. I'd suggest it doesn't matter since people disagree Whichever you want.
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