Originally Posted by V1per
So I just bought a ZxR 2 days ago and not even 6 hrs after installing it I was getting sound dropouts over fiber optic out while playing a game or listening to music. When this happens it seems that the light signal must flicker or something because I can see the display on my Yamaha receiver flicker with it. Was also getting the screwed up channel mapping when I was playing skyrim se. (voice was coming out of the rear speakers instead of the center channel when looking directly at the npc).
So I moved the card to the upper most pcie x1 slot just under my gpu and thought for awhile it was fixed but nope, the problem was still there.
So I reinstalled the drivers from the disc that came with it and applied the sbx_fix.reg and so far it's been working well *keeps fingers crossed*. Thing is though I don't like having the card installed so close to the gpu. It does make a bit of a difference in the gpu temps, +3C on idle and +5-7C gaming. I think I'll move it back to the lower pcie x1 slot and hopfully with the .reg fix it will work.
I was going to pull the card today, pack it up, send it back and get a refund from newegg and just go back to my x-fi titanium fatal1ty champ, but after reading through most of this thread and finding the .reg fix I might just keep it.
Got another optical cable coming from Amazon though I don't think I need it, the one I have worked perfectly fine with the x-fi.
So glad I found this thread, a lot of really good info here.
Can you tried this. Uninstall all Creative drivers and with Driver Cleaner Pro and Driver Sweeper, delete all files and folders with Creative nime in Program File and Program Data and regedit manual. Do that without connection to internet.
After you clean all traces of Creative driver and these programs will ask restart (Driver Sweeper) install driver from DVD on box. That's driver 18.104.22.168 from 2013 in Device Manager will see. Be carefull if you install him after you connect to internet Windows will immediately update Sound Blaster Controller. You need to prevent that with Hardware ID. Do you know to do that? Did you done something like that, with these changes even you can't install new Driver for Sound Card and Controller, I removed Daughter Board but if she is inside you need to copy and here Hardware IDS to Local Group Police
In the Group Policy go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Device Installation > Device Installation Restrictions. On the right, find the “Prevent installation of devices that match any of these devices IDs” item and double-click it.
These is how that look...
Second: Administrative Templates - Windows Components - Windows Update
Do not include drivers with Windows Updates - ENABLE
When you finish these steps your driver will stay on 2013 and Windows will not be able to update Sound Blaster Drivers or you before delete all of these Hardware IDS and back setting from Manual to Not Configured.
After that you can enable internet connection. Leave 24-48h speakers on 2 Stereo don't change settings in Sound Manager. I think sound will not swap channels on speakers and you will hear voice from every speaker. Maybe you will hear some flickering in sound as you scratch vinyl but than install Sound Blaster patch and that will stop.
My Sound Blaster ZxR constant have problem as yours after reinstall OS but with these changes I fix all problems 10 times.
Other drivers for SBZxR on their page are crap. Maybe is sound quality little better but with them have problems.
Or you could change on AE-5. I don't want to change on AE-5 because it's not fair to factory left people without support with so expensive hardware.
If he not work as they planned with Windows 10 (my card work with these fixes) then should replace to people free of charge with AE-5.
Even that's downgrade for us.
Don't tried these settings with new drivers from site, (3 of them) because not work, you will have channel swapping, distorting every 2-3min for milisecond and you will heat ccccik-ccccik like you move turntable head left right on vinyl.
People have these patches here. I have two of them with different names but they are probably same.
Alone they can't stop channel swapping and if Windows update controller End and he do that automatically.
Dolby Digital Pack and DTS are still visible in my Control Panel don't forget to uninstall them to because they are part of Creative Driver if you have them.
Newer version of driver don't have them at all.
I copy driver from Sound Blaster ZxR DVD to PC and long time ago and use him only.
If you have some newer I could upload you from 2013.