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http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=37109

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SOUND FIRM Creative said it is offering a software application which will help gamers get round Microsoft's decision to remove the hardware abstraction layer for Vista.
The app, called Alchemy, is or will be available on the Creative web site in the next hour or two. The absence of a hardware abstraction level means that Alchemy will detect what Direct Sound games you have, and bypass Vista so you will be able to get the most out of your games. No abstraction layer will also as a by-product affect people relying on Digital Dolby encoding.

Neil McGuinness, product manager at Creative said that his firm had been pushing Open AL and some of the premier titles have adopted it, but that's only a tiny percentage of the available games.

The alternative, for many, is that they'll have to upgrade sound cards to get the full "Vista Experience". The absence of the hardware abstraction layer will affect not only existing Creative cards but also its competition, including firms that provide sound on motherboards. µ
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I still Need to get this...THANKS.
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Bump... if you didn't know.... You need Alchemy to convert your game's sound to OpenGL for your X-Fi to support EAX.

You can download here: http://preview.creativelabs.com/alchemy/default.aspx

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Armed Assault
Baldur's Gate 2
Battle for Middle Earth 2
Battle for Middle Earth 2 Ad. The Rise of the Witch King
Battlefield Vietnam
C&C Generals
Call Of Duty
Call Of Duty 2
Chaos Theory Multiplayer
Chronicles of Riddick
Command & Conquer 3
Condemned Criminal Origins
Diablo 2
Dungeon Siege
Everquest 2
F.E.A.R
F.E.A.R. Combat
F.E.A.R. Extraction Point
Far Cry
Far Cry 64 Bit
Freedom Fighters
Full Spectrum Warrior
Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers
Grand Theft Auto 3
Grand Theft Auto Vice City
GTA San Andreas
Guild Wars
GUN
Halo
Halo Trial
Halo: Combat Evolved
Hitman 2 Silent Assassin
Hitman 3 Contracts
Hitman Blood Money
Hitman Codename 47
Infernal
James Bond Nightfire
Knights of the Old Republic 2
Max Payne 2
MDK2
Medieval II: Total War
Need for Speed Carbon
Need for Speed Most Wanted
Need for Speed Underground
Need for Speed Underground 2
Neverwinter Nights
Neverwinter Nights 2
No One Lives Forever 2 A Spy in H.A.R.M's Way
Oblivion
Painkiller
PlanetSide
Play Online - European Version (FFXI, TetraMaster)
Play Online - Japanese Version (FFXI, TetraMaster)
Play Online - USA/North-America Version (FFXI, TetraMaster)
Prince of Persia The Two Thrones
Prince of Persia Warrior Within
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield
Rainbow Six: Vegas
Rome: Total War
Sacred
Serious Sam 2
Serious Sam First Encounter
Serious Sam Second Encounter
Sid Meier's Railroads!
Silent Hunter 3
Silkroad Online
Source Engine Games Set 1
Spellforce 2 Shadow Wars
Splinter Cell
Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
Splinter Cell Double Agent
Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow
Star Wars Battlefront
Star Wars Empire at War
Star Wars Galaxies
Star Wars Jedi Knight : Jedi Academy
Star Wars Republic Commando
Star Wars: Jedi Knight II - Jedi Outcast
The Godfather
The Sims 2 Seasons
The Suffering: Ties that Bind
Thief: Deadly Shadows
Titan Quest
TMNT 2007
Tomb Raider: Angel Of Darkness
TRON 2.0
UFO Aftermath
Vampire - Bloodlines
Warcraft III
World of Warcraft
X3 Reunion - Deep Silver - Vista 64Bit
X3 Reunion - DeepSilver
X3 Reunion - Enlight
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
Bump... if you didn't know.... You need Alchemy to convert your game's sound to OpenGL for your X-Fi to support EAX.

You can download here: http://preview.creativelabs.com/alchemy/default.aspx

Supported Games
Armed Assault
Baldur's Gate 2
Battle for Middle Earth 2
Battle for Middle Earth 2 Ad. The Rise of the Witch King
Battlefield Vietnam
C&C Generals
Call Of Duty
Call Of Duty 2
Chaos Theory Multiplayer
Chronicles of Riddick
Command & Conquer 3
Condemned Criminal Origins
Diablo 2
Dungeon Siege
Everquest 2
F.E.A.R
F.E.A.R. Combat
F.E.A.R. Extraction Point
Far Cry
Far Cry 64 Bit
Freedom Fighters
Full Spectrum Warrior
Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers
Grand Theft Auto 3
Grand Theft Auto Vice City
GTA San Andreas
Guild Wars
GUN
Halo
Halo Trial
Halo: Combat Evolved
Hitman 2 Silent Assassin
Hitman 3 Contracts
Hitman Blood Money
Hitman Codename 47
Infernal
James Bond Nightfire
Knights of the Old Republic 2
Max Payne 2
MDK2
Medieval II: Total War
Need for Speed Carbon
Need for Speed Most Wanted
Need for Speed Underground
Need for Speed Underground 2
Neverwinter Nights
Neverwinter Nights 2
No One Lives Forever 2 A Spy in H.A.R.M's Way
Oblivion
Painkiller
PlanetSide
Play Online - European Version (FFXI, TetraMaster)
Play Online - Japanese Version (FFXI, TetraMaster)
Play Online - USA/North-America Version (FFXI, TetraMaster)
Prince of Persia The Two Thrones
Prince of Persia Warrior Within
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield
Rainbow Six: Vegas
Rome: Total War
Sacred
Serious Sam 2
Serious Sam First Encounter
Serious Sam Second Encounter
Sid Meier's Railroads!
Silent Hunter 3
Silkroad Online
Source Engine Games Set 1
Spellforce 2 Shadow Wars
Splinter Cell
Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
Splinter Cell Double Agent
Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow
Star Wars Battlefront
Star Wars Empire at War
Star Wars Galaxies
Star Wars Jedi Knight : Jedi Academy
Star Wars Republic Commando
Star Wars: Jedi Knight II - Jedi Outcast
The Godfather
The Sims 2 Seasons
The Suffering: Ties that Bind
Thief: Deadly Shadows
Titan Quest
TMNT 2007
Tomb Raider: Angel Of Darkness
TRON 2.0
UFO Aftermath
Vampire - Bloodlines
Warcraft III
World of Warcraft
X3 Reunion - Deep Silver - Vista 64Bit
X3 Reunion - DeepSilver
X3 Reunion - Enlight
Ive got that but not convinced it works
post #15 of 29
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Originally Posted by ENTERPRISE1701 View Post
Ive got that but not convinced it works
Did you set it up? You have to use Alchemy to convert the game and make a registry edit. You can always test it....
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Well I dont seem to have any problems in Vista and 5.1 with my X-fi. Im not saying the article is wrong but i can safely say this is not the case for me.
My X-FI workes great with 5.1 channel support on Vista.
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My X-FI workes great with 5.1 channel support on Vista.
Does EAX work?
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Does EAX work?
Frankly, I've never checked. Even on XP. So, you are saying the 5.1 channels are being piped, but the additional sound effects are not?
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Frankly, I've never checked. Even on XP. So, you are saying the 5.1 channels are being piped, but the additional sound effects are not?
Yes, that is my understanding of the main issue.
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Ok a little guidance then please. Ive had alchemy for ages but obviously didnt set it up right.
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