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The lack of audio can usually be overcome by using whatever game's soundblaster settings. Dosbox emulates it, and really old games almost always have a soundblaster setting. The last time I had trouble with sound in Dosbox was when I couldn't remember the channel numbers etc to send sound to when setting up Little Big Adventure to run in it. I've since archived the file so it'll run on any PC I port it over to, after a no-CD patch (I do own the CD, but after having it for so long, I'm more worried about it wearing out, since I'll never find another).

I do suggest more fiddling with dosbox though. It takes some getting used to, but there are a few very good manuals around online and once you've got it working, it runs most older games like a dream.
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+1 to cpu
I had a single core with a 9800gt
couldnt even play crysis properly (5fps)
Edit : I have a worse soundcard than you but a Faaaaaaar better cpu
Not trying to be mean
GET A NEW CPU
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+1 to cpu
I had a single core with a 9800gt
couldnt even play crysis properly (5fps)
Edit : I have a worse soundcard than you but a Faaaaaaar better cpu
Not trying to be mean
GET A NEW CPU
No thanks. Crysis is running between 18-30FPS all high (demo), in the full game I would've got much better frames. Crysis 2 demo is running fine too.

I'm trying to take as much load as possible off the CPU, not build a new rig...

@Korlus thanks for the suggestion, I'll give it a go after I re-install fresh.
    
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No thanks, I'd go back to on-board long before I ever buy another POS Xonar. My question to you is who in their right mind would buy another Xonar after using one?

And tell me something I don't know, all companies in UK play a little game called rip-off Britain here, nothing you can tell me will change that. We pay twice what you lot pay for most things, and that's excluding the 20% tax on everything we buy (called VAT).

And I'm not buying it from Creative for that price, I'm paying about £60 for it.
After reading through your problem it seems to me you're having more of a IRQ issue, motherboard issue and PSU issue rather than Xonar issue.

I don't understand why you purchased a Xonar DG in the first place, it's like Asus charging you for something that was supposed to be free.

What's also interesting is how you keep insisting that a soundcard does hardware processing, is the soundcard not hardware? Isn't that the purpose of the soundcard in the first place? To process sound on a hardware level so it takes the load off the CPU. Don't think for a second that just because you have a discrete card the CPU is entirely free, it still has to process sound just not as intensive as onboard.
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After reading through your problem it seems to me you're having more of a IRQ issue, motherboard issue and PSU issue rather than Xonar issue.

I don't understand why you purchased a Xonar DG in the first place, it's like Asus charging you for something that was supposed to be free.

What's also interesting is how you keep insisting that a soundcard does hardware processing, is the soundcard not hardware? Isn't that the purpose of the soundcard in the first place? To process sound on a hardware level so it takes the load off the CPU. Don't think for a second that just because you have a discrete card the CPU is entirely free, it still has to process sound just not as intensive as onboard.
Yeah, I'm aware of that. But my DG only had software-assisted effects, and hogged most CPU time through its bloated Xonar control panel. If you allow the Xonar to run hardware acceleration, it just spams the CPU and the processor usage of the panel skyrockets, hence why I'm looking one to do the majority of audio effects on its own.
    
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No thanks. Crysis is running between 18-30FPS all high (demo), in the full game I would've got much better frames. Crysis 2 demo is running fine too.

I'm trying to take as much load as possible off the CPU, not build a new rig...

@Korlus thanks for the suggestion, I'll give it a go after I re-install fresh.
A cheap socket 939 AMD CPU much better than 3200+ off say Ebay will do you far more good money wise.
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No thanks. Crysis is running between 18-30FPS all high (demo), in the full game I would've got much better frames. Crysis 2 demo is running fine too.

I'm trying to take as much load as possible off the CPU, not build a new rig...

@Korlus thanks for the suggestion, I'll give it a go after I re-install fresh.
Crysis ran fine on the DEMO it also runs fine on my single core but in heavy scenes it becomes sluggish
Try prototype and see what happens to your pc

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A cheap socket 939 AMD CPU much better than 3200+ off say Ebay will do you far more good money wise.
+1

Oh and 460 with a single core is just wrong
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never had any performance issues with my xonar, but its sound quality was very poor. sounded hollow and very tinny. almost no bass.

but i have to agree with the majority. pick up a dual/quad core and a mobo. adding a new sound card wont fix your problem.

p.s. this sounds like a driver issue, not a hardware issue.

and why wont you list the games in question?
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I feel for you OP, I love my Xonar DG. Immensely.
    
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never had any performance issues with my xonar, but its sound quality was very poor. sounded hollow and very tinny. almost no bass.

but i have to agree with the majority. pick up a dual/quad core and a mobo. adding a new sound card wont fix your problem.

p.s. this sounds like a driver issue, not a hardware issue.

and why wont you list the games in question?
I'm pretty sure it will...
    
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