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Hi guys,

I have a X-Fi Fatal1ty Titanium OMG***BBQ blah blah sound card that is giving me some trouble.

The biggest problem I'm having is sometimes the sound just cuts out. The only fix for this is to go in the device manager, disable the card, and then enable it again. Restarting works too. Also, Crysis 2 seems to immediately kill my audio as soon as I go in-game (level is loaded and I start playing).

I've tried a number of drivers, and they all do the same thing. I've even tried using a generic HD Audio driver with it, and the same thing happens, leading me to believe that it's hardware related.

I'm using the integrated audio on my motherboard now with no problems at all. The audio is just not as good....(but at least it works).

Is anyone else having this problem or is my sound card on its way out? And if so, what would be a good replacement? I was thinking about getting another non-Fatal1ty edition Creative card, but I'll take suggestions.
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Was your onboard disabled via BIOS when you ran it, and did you upgrade from on-board or did a clean install when you got the card? Sounds very much like a driver issue to me.
    
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Was your onboard disabled via BIOS when you ran it, and did you upgrade from on-board or did a clean install when you got the card? Sounds very much like a driver issue to me.
I disabled my onboard audio before I installed Windows 7, and did the installation with the X-Fi in there. I've tried the stock W7 drivers as well as the latest drivers from Creative's website... same issues.
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I had similar issues with my X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro (geez what a mouthful). I researched endlessly and tried just about everything but no luck whatsoever. The strange part is (and I see you have an Nvidia SLI setup as well) is that I did not have these issues until I upgraded to an Nvidia setup from an AMD HD5970. What I thought was happening was that it was an IRQ issue with the motherboard and how it was being assigned. Unfortunately, I have not found a way to manually assign them in my motherboard's BIOS.

The only thing that solved it for me was to upgrade to a different card. I chose the X-Fi Titanium HD, which has drivers built from the ground up to support Windows 7, and I haven't had any problems since.

For what it's worth, it wasn't until after the upgrade that I confirmed that it was in fact the card that was dying. I installed the card on my girlfriend's computer, which has Vista on it, and it worked beautifully (major upgrade from her on-board sound) for about a week before the static and popping kept coming up even just sitting in Windows. Eventually, it stopped working altogether and was no longer detected by the system.

Thinking back, my old card did not have an EMI shield or anything, so perhaps the EMI and/or the heat from my Nvidia GPU's may have been what ultimately killed it. You could confirm this by installing your card in another computer as well and see what happens.

Best of luck with everything!
     
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I disabled my onboard audio before I installed Windows 7, and did the installation with the X-Fi in there. I've tried the stock W7 drivers as well as the latest drivers from Creative's website... same issues.
Might want to check device manager for possible problems/conflicts and do a dxdiag check. My Xtreme Gamer was going mental as well when I first installed it and I had the problem where I kept getting the "Found New Hardware" Wizard after I had installed drivers for it, which was insanely annoying. As it turns out, the card is VERY SENSITIVE as to how it's placed in the slot, much more than any other PCI cards I've used (like my last sound card which was the Xonar DG) so if you think it's a hardware issue you might want to try re-sitting it a few times.
    
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I had a weird problem with X-fi too a while ago. It has been like that for over a month. Every time I started my pc I had no sound until I changed the mode (game mode, entertainment mode,...).

I left my on board audio device turned on since turning it off made the problem even worse for me.

Anyhow someone told me to go to device manager, find the X-fi driver, press unistall and do NOT delete driver software.
I rebooted and sound has been fine ever since (I use win7 64bit).
Might want to try it if you have win 7 (it automaticly looks for the right driver).
didn't update after it worked, don't want to mess it up again.
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I had a similar issue on my x-fi. Installing the modded PAX drivers solved my problems and improved sound quality as a bonus.
http://www.hardwareheaven.com/pax-drivers/
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