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post #1 of 7
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Hey guys- here's my situation, as you can see from my rig I already have an X-Fi ExtremeGamer (the cheaper one I guess) and it sucks. I can't get my MIC to work in games without hearing myself talk in my headphones, or it just stops working altogether.. I've spent hours trying to fix it reading forums and every fix leads to another problem. It just sucks.

Another issue: X-Fi isn't support in Linux. I recently switched for all purposes other than gaming and I would like to have a functioning sound card. According to the ALSA Project one of these two cards should work:

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE SB0570LPVP Low-Profile Sound Card - OEM - 26.99

Creative Sound Blaster SB0570 Audigy SE Sound Card - Retail
- 29.99

Which one? I don't really need the 7.1 but it still may be worth it for the extra 3$? Maybe a trivial question, but I truly don't know if one of these may work better than the other under Linux...... Maybe someone else will?

Thanks
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The X-fi is better than either card you listed so you should really look elsewhere.
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post #3 of 7
Are you sure you can't return it under warranty?

If not I would suggest getting the SB0570, I have that card on my second rig and its pretty nice. Overall better than onboard. Micorphone works fine in Games and other apps. Has EAX sound for games like Hitman:Bloodmoney

Good luck

Edit: the one w/ 7.1 Surround, thats the one I have
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Am I the only one to find this much dissappointment in my ExtremeGamer? People keep saying it's 'better', yet, I've read all over about this MIC problems, and Creative doesn't seem to give a *****. I'm sure, eventually, Linux drivers will be hacked to support X-Fi, but until then, maybe I'll downgrade.... I still can't decide.... I want my MIC to work and I want it to work in Linux, bottom line.
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post #5 of 7
Just do a bit of research,,use newegg as a "basecamp" as it were.
Check out all makes of sound cards. From each there is normally found
a link to each manufactures website with details.
Or just read the reviews,,many reviews are made by Linux users.
Pick the one with what you figure has the most happy & consistant
Linux users.

Just because it's the latest,greatest & most expensive does not always
mean it's the Best,,

I do not use Linux,,but There is a Reason I've not tried the X-Fi's yet,
and just stick to my good tried and prooven Audigy4.
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post #6 of 7
To fix the mic talking in your headphones, just go to start, settings, control panel, then select sounds and audio devices. Click advanced under device volume, then mute the microphone. Other people will be able to hear it, but it won't play over your speakers anymore.

If microphone isn't there, go to options then properties and check mic volume.

I posted that because you will need to do it with any sound card to fix that issue.
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post #7 of 7
I sometimes had that problem, but try running the diagnostic utility the card comes with. Once you get to the end, click "Set Defaults" or whatever it is and it should fix the mic problem. I have the Xtremegamer and have had no problems what so ever.
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