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Originally Posted by bluesbruno View Post
I just got the Fatal1ty X-fi card and it was a total drag to find out that it doesnt support Dolby Digital and DTS signals on Vista (im running x64) on their latest driver release 2.15.0002 - 50% of the reasons I bough this card for are because of such features!

Going through Creative's Knowledge base I found this on a X-Fi - Vista related FAQ:

Q: Will decoding of Dolby Digital and DTS signals be supported in the future? If not, why not?

A:These functions are not supported at driver level in Windows Vista and going forward will be supported at application level by applications such as Power DVD or WinDVD.


Does anybody know what this means? Does anybody know if PowerDVD or WinDVD offer any Dolby/DTS support for the card yet?
Thanks for the follow ups

-Bruno Vargas
Well here is the best answer I can give you. Windows XP was based on Direct 3D sound and Vista now is OpenAL based. So Creative had to write the drivers from pretty much the ground up. I think it will take a few more months for them to work out all the issues. My guess is that PowerDVD or WinDVD will offer Dolby/DTS once they make a Vista specific release or patch.

P.S. The sound quality difference from Vista to XP is pretty big. I notice that XP is much better sounding and the sounds on Vista seem a bit muffled. Both sound good, but XP is a ton better.
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I notice that XP is much better sounding and the sounds on Vista seem a bit muffled. Both sound good, but XP is a ton better.
I don't see how that can be, the changes made to vista are to improve the sound not diminish it, but most likely the result is it sounds exactly the same.

Probably a misconfiguration in your settings that cause it to sound bad.
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Bad sound = Not great drivers. Thats all it is. XP has very mature drivers. Vista hasnt..theres your answere.
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