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Just like the title states. Would I be better off sticking with my onboard Realtek Audio in Vista x64, or would I be better off using the Creative Live! 5.1 card I just got for free? I've ATTEMPTED to use this same card a few months ago...but the drivers absolutely SUCKED for it. So if I would be better to use the Live!, where can I get some decent drivers for it?
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I've had nothing but horrible experiences with Creative cards with my A8N32-SLI Deluxe. BSODs galore. Of course, that's with WinXP. I haven't got Vista, so I can't speak about compatibility issues with it.

My advice: Try it both ways, and let your ears (and system stability) be your guide.
    
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I've had nothing but horrible experiences with Creative cards with my A8N32-SLI Deluxe. BSODs galore. Of course, that's with WinXP. I haven't got Vista, so I can't speak about compatibility issues with it.

My advice: Try it both ways, and let your ears (and system stability) be your guide.
I would except I currently cannot find any Vista support for the Live! 5.1 card.
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post #4 of 17
Perhaps you can try this out.

Good luck, pio! And let me know if it works for you.
    
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post #5 of 17
i bought a creative card back in september and lets just say ill never try that again, i couldnt even boot with vista and was getting bsod's. i tried another brand that had optical out which i used to hook up to my surroundsound and i ended up taking that back as well.

my maximus formula has optical out and it sounds great hooked up to my h/k avr-247.

if u can get the card to work with drivers im sure it takes some sort of load off you cpu while gaming or whatever your doing
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Well dangit, this really sucks. I was GOING to use the "Daniel K" drivers for the Live! series in Vista 64...but I can't find them anymore . I don't fully understand why Creative would cripple an older card from working in Vista...especially when its better than onboard sound sometimes.
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Maybe to "encourage" you to buy something new from their inventory..?

Link I gave didn't work, I take it?
    
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Maybe to "encourage" you to buy something new from their inventory..?

Link I gave didn't work, I take it?
Nope, tried that link...it said that I'm not using a Live! series card. Which is complete and utter bull....it says "Live!" right on it!!!
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Bloody hell.

And people wonder why I so dislike Creative Labs as a technical solutions provider...
    
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Sorry for the double post, pio, but which Live! 5.1 is it? There appears to be several of these floating around.
    
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