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post #2781 of 5496
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Originally Posted by dukeReinhardt View Post

It's the driver. The mic is stereo with the default Windows driver, but Creative simply don't have any real software developers. The ones they have are genuinely braindead codemonkeys without a shred of talent. Either that, or Creative aren't paying them. Not much we can do about that, unfortunately.

Are you Slumberfi on that forum? tongue.gif

Creative is all like "You gotta always keep em guessing, Jerry". tongue.gif



I just got the Zx from amazon, and apart from being totally clueless on setting up the software correctly, everything does sound great! I mean, my ProMedia 2.1 setup sounded great beforehand too lol... I had an issue setting up my mic where other people heard me like I was at the bottom of a well, inside a bathroom, 100yards away... the culprit was mic boost. As soon as it was turned off I came across crystal clear albeit low in volume (had to adjust smart volume to 100% to get it working perfectly)

How do I check if my mic is in stereo or mono though? and anyone with Klipsch 2.1 ProMedia's that can throw a tip or two my way for getting the SB control panel setting perfecto? biggrin.gif
post #2782 of 5496
Gain setting on the SB-Zx (not talking about ZxR).
Is there or is there not a setting in the SB-Zx's control panel for changing the gain for the headphone outputs?
Some guy just got an email message from Creative tech support saying there is a gain setting,
but others on this thread have said Creative tech support said there is no gain setting for the SB-Zx headphone amplifier.
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post #2783 of 5496
lol I was just thinking to upgrade to a Creative Z from my X-Fi Platinum (Extreme Music rebrand?), and it seems like most of this thread is complaining about Creative's (notorious) bad drivers and how some things are broken or sub par tongue.gif

So I guess these must work for a few people out there, and they are great when they do work properly? Would it even be a worthwhile upgrade? I'm mostly interested in future proofing (seems laughable with Creative drivers) and the PCI E interface, but a step up in quality and ease of use would be nice too.

I'm surprised my X-fi still works on Win 7, it was a bit finnicky to get working IIRC, but the card is from about 2006 I think...
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lol I was just thinking to upgrade to a Creative Z from my X-Fi Platinum (Extreme Music rebrand?), and it seems like most of this thread is complaining about Creative's (notorious) bad drivers and how some things are broken or sub par tongue.gif

So I guess these must work for a few people out there, and they are great when they do work properly? Would it even be a worthwhile upgrade? I'm mostly interested in future proofing (seems laughable with Creative drivers) and the PCI E interface, but a step up in quality and ease of use would be nice too.

I'm surprised my X-fi still works on Win 7, it was a bit finnicky to get working IIRC, but the card is from about 2006 I think...
I was deciding between the Asus xonar and the zx and my deciding factor came down to this: Id rather see people complaining about drivers on OCN rather than Amazon. I only saw windows 8.1 driver complaints for CL on amazon, but the Asus card had TONS of driver complaints from all sorts of operating systems. Even though my Zx isn't set up completely, it does sound fantastic!
post #2785 of 5496
So I have had the the ZxR for a few months now and the audio quality has been excellent. With that said though, getting the ZxR to work has been incredibly irritating. Less than half the time I reboot my system or boot it up cold, the ZxR fails to initialize on startup. This issue is so common that I know if I do not hear an audible click come from the sound card when it arrives at the Windows login screen, I have to reboot and try again. I have researched this plenty in the past, just not recently. I do have Windows 8.1 and utilize fast boot. Even when disabling fast boot and putting a lot of other items to boot prior to Windows only slightly increases the chances of the ZxR initializing. The only real way I have found to semi-reliably get it to initialize is completely turn off the PSU for a few minutes. Needless to say that I'm slightly sick of having to do that. Have there been any other solutions to the problem of the sound card failing to initialize on startup?

This is probably the wrong thread to ask but if there haven't been any definitive solutions, what is a recommended alternative to the ZxR that will work well with my HD800's and has excellent virtualized surround sound for games (preferably 7.1)? I've been pretty loyal to sound blaster cards but I'm willing to look at other options now.
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post #2786 of 5496
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So I have had the the ZxR for a few months now and the audio quality has been excellent. With that said though, getting the ZxR to work has been incredibly irritating. Less than half the time I reboot my system or boot it up cold, the ZxR fails to initialize on startup. This issue is so common that I know if I do not hear an audible click come from the sound card when it arrives at the Windows login screen, I have to reboot and try again. I have researched this plenty in the past, just not recently. I do have Windows 8.1 and utilize fast boot. Even when disabling fast boot and putting a lot of other items to boot prior to Windows only slightly increases the chances of the ZxR initializing. The only real way I have found to semi-reliably get it to initialize is completely turn off the PSU for a few minutes. Needless to say that I'm slightly sick of having to do that. Have there been any other solutions to the problem of the sound card failing to initialize on startup?

This is probably the wrong thread to ask but if there haven't been any definitive solutions, what is a recommended alternative to the ZxR that will work well with my HD800's and has excellent virtualized surround sound for games (preferably 7.1)? I've been pretty loyal to sound blaster cards but I'm willing to look at other options now.

Could you please list your full system specs. You could be experiencing a power or mobo issue. Sounds like the card is not getting reliable power at boot. You mention recognizing the issue at boot, before entering windows, so its most likely not a driver related issue.
post #2787 of 5496
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Could you please list your full system specs. You could be experiencing a power or mobo issue. Sounds like the card is not getting reliable power at boot. You mention recognizing the issue at boot, before entering windows, so its most likely not a driver related issue.

It may be power related but I do not believe it has anything to do with my equipment. During my searches I've found a number of posts where people had the same issue. My rig is new and powerful. See my specs here. It certainly doesn't appear to be a driver issue as you mentioned. I'm not sure that there is any fix for it so I'm exploring other options. Finding something that goes with HD800's and has excellent virtualized surround sound is hard to find when it isn't a Creative product.
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post #2788 of 5496
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It may be power related but I do not believe it has anything to do with my equipment. During my searches I've found a number of posts where people had the same issue. My rig is new and powerful. See my specs here. It certainly doesn't appear to be a driver issue as you mentioned. I'm not sure that there is any fix for it so I'm exploring other options. Finding something that goes with HD800's and has excellent virtualized surround sound is hard to find when it isn't a Creative product.

I have the exact same PSU as you, def not power draw issue.. If you are able to disbale your onboard sound via the bios I would suggest trying that... I also have an Asus rog board and I have read countless encounters of rog onboard sound chips (specifically realtek) causing issues with 3rd party sound cards.

I had to disable the onboard sound inside windows to get a number of features working properly
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I have the exact same PSU as you, def not power draw issue.. If you are able to disbale your onboard sound via the bios I would suggest trying that... I also have an Asus rog board and I have read countless encounters of rog onboard sound chips (specifically realtek) causing issues with 3rd party sound cards.

I had to disable the onboard sound inside windows to get a number of features working properly

Yep, I did all those things. A common guess people are making from the posts I've seen is that some systems boot too fast and don't give enough time for the ZxR to initialize. Slowing down my boot by enabling everything I can in the BIOS does help but never completely gets rid of the problem.
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Yep, I did all those things. A common guess people are making from the posts I've seen is that some systems boot too fast and don't give enough time for the ZxR to initialize. Slowing down my boot by enabling everything I can in the BIOS does help but never completely gets rid of the problem.

Oh wow, haven't heard of something like that before.. If the card is slow to initialize then the boot sequence should really just take longer, or halt altogether. What bios codes are coming up on boot. My boots now show 54 which I'm sure is pcie related, but it still gets through the boot fine.
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