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Card:
Creative SB X-Fi XtremeMusic PCI (first gen)

System:
Sig rig - specs in siggy.

Configuration:
Front channel out -> Lepai 2ch amp -> JBL D38
Sub/center channel out -> LFE port of JBL Venue Sub12
Rear channel out -> empty
Newest software installed, configured with crossover @40Hz to subwoofer
Volume rarely exceeds 50%

Problem:
After playing for a while, the front channel outputs on my X-Fi completely stop playing. It goes instantly silent, no pop or anything. Sub, which pulls output from another output jack, keeps playing normally. A reboot fixes the problem. This has happened three times now. The most recent time, I paused my music for a few minutes and then resumed... the sound returned. Does anyone have any idea why it would be doing that? I really hope it isn't dying...
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Drivers perhaps?
    
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post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by MR KROGOTH View Post
Drivers perhaps?
Definitely sounds like it. Try reinstalling and/or updating?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MR KROGOTH View Post
Drivers perhaps?
Alas, I already reloaded them.

Also, I've heard stories about first gen XtremeMusic cards where the processor overheats. Creative remedied that by applying a heatsink to the processor. I had actually applied my own heatsink to it beforehand. This was 2006 or 2007... and it hasn't had any issues until now.
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The first generation X-Fi DSPs did have a tendency to die faster. It's probably on the way out, unfortunately.
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The first generation X-Fi DSPs did have a tendency to die faster. It's probably on the way out, unfortunately.
This is not encouraging. I love this card, I really hope it isn't going out!
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luky me my already comes a small passive cooler
its size covers the entire chip and less 1cm tall
     
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Sadly, sounds like it's nearing the end of it's life. Especially if it starts working again only after it's had a break (ie pausing all sound, coming back after a while, restarting, etc.).
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This is not encouraging. I love this card, I really hope it isn't going out!
PMed.
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Have you tried this:
Install the latest driver,Here:
Driver
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi series driver 2.18.0015
Filesize : 46.74 MB Downloadhttp://support.creative.com/download...wnloadId=11478
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Release date : 16 Jun 10
File Name : SBXF_PCDRV_LB_2_18_0015.exe
This download is a driver providing Microsoft® Windows® 7 support for Creative Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ series of audio devices. For more details, read the rest of this web release note.

Take note of the following:

This download currently supports Windows 7 only. Support for Windows Vista and Windows XP will be available at a later date.
This download supports the following audio devices only:

Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty® Professional Series
Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series
Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic
Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum
Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty
Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro
Sound Blaster X-Fi
Fixes:
Resolves the following issues:

System taking more than two minutes to shut down.
PowerDVD® DX 8.3 (Dell® version) not working properly.
Passthrough of Dolby®/DTS® audio to an external decoder not working with Windows Media Player 12.
Requirements:

Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit or Windows 7 32-bit
Sound Blaster X-Fi audio devices listed above
Notes:

Do not install this driver for Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio.
To install this driver
Download the SBXF_PCDRV_LB_2_18_0015.exe file onto your local hard disk.
Double-click the downloaded file.
Follow the instructions on the screen.

And install the Daniel K. support pack:http://forums.creative.com/t5/Sound-...009/m-p/527485

It worked for me.
Black Edition
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon X4 870K @ 4.50 ASUS A68HM-Plus FM2+ EVGA GeForce GTX 760 Crucial Ballistix Sports (8GB.) (DDR3-1600) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
SanDisk SSD Plus 240GB. Toshiba (500GB.) Hitachi Deskstar (500GB.) WD Ultra Passport 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung DVD Burner 24X SH-224DB/BEBE Cooler Master Hyper T4 Windows 10 Pro x64 Samsung S23A350H 23" 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard CORSAIR CX series CX600M 600W Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Logitech G300s Gaming Mouse 
Audio
ASUS DG 5.1 DD 
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Black Edition
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon X4 870K @ 4.50 ASUS A68HM-Plus FM2+ EVGA GeForce GTX 760 Crucial Ballistix Sports (8GB.) (DDR3-1600) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
SanDisk SSD Plus 240GB. Toshiba (500GB.) Hitachi Deskstar (500GB.) WD Ultra Passport 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung DVD Burner 24X SH-224DB/BEBE Cooler Master Hyper T4 Windows 10 Pro x64 Samsung S23A350H 23" 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard CORSAIR CX series CX600M 600W Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Logitech G300s Gaming Mouse 
Audio
ASUS DG 5.1 DD 
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