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    Hi, i wonder if any one has any ideas as to why my soundcard goes nut's when i enable creative Xfi in 2142.

    Here is what happens, i join game, sound is fine for 2-5 mins, then speakers start to hiss and pop, then about 1 min after all wierd sounds play out, high pitched, low pitch and just dam right wierd sounds.

    I have changed pci slots, done a complete clean reinstalll of there latest drivers(2006) tunred off hardware accerlator, tunred down actual sound settings in game, which help a little, in it takes longer to screw up!

    Now if i have just hardware enable it's fine, but the sounds are rubbish.

    I did read through the creative forum's, a few have had similar problems which they managed to alter files and mess around with the bios(not my forte).

    Im running xp64bit

    Any help much appreciated.

    If i dont reply later, it's because im away the weekend.

    Thanks


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  • #2
    Re: Creative Xfi

    A few ideas

    Is your motherboard soundchip turned off ?

    Under control panel / sound and audio properties / audio tab / sound playback is set as your creative xfi

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    • #3
      Re: Creative Xfi

      I have had a similar problem, but I use an audigy 2. It only happens when I play 2142. It is very random for me, but happens at least once every other time I play. It lasts about 20 seconds. For the duration every other second there is a different form of pulsating rubbish. It only happens when there are alot of sounds going on. It seems to happen less after I reinstalled the game and used one patch instead of the incrementals.

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      • #4
        Re: Creative Xfi

        I wonder if it is due to the 64 bit OS? as a quick check you could try to put the card in a 32 bit Os and see if the same issues come up. I know, not great help... but at least you would know its software or hardware problem.

        “Up, sluggard, and waste not life; in the grave will be sleeping enough!” Benjamin Franklin

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        • #5
          Re: Creative Xfi

          What quality sound are you using? Ultra or High? I experienced some hissing and popping with Ultra, and switched it to high and haven't had any since.

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          • #6
            Re: Creative Xfi

            I have this same problem when I installed the 1.2 patch. It only occurs when an orbital strike hits near by. I have to switch down to hardware and high to make it stop.

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            • #7
              Re: Creative Xfi

              Originally posted by Zoopy_T View Post
              I have this same problem when I installed the 1.2 patch. It only occurs when an orbital strike hits near by. I have to switch down to hardware and high to make it stop.
              Yeah I think mine started with 1.2 also.

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              • #8
                Re: Creative Xfi

                i get minor popping during orbital strikes and the footsteps of the walker. I love how the ultra high quality sounds, so i put up with it.

                “Up, sluggard, and waste not life; in the grave will be sleeping enough!” Benjamin Franklin

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                • #9
                  Re: Creative Xfi

                  Originally posted by sc1ence View Post
                  i get minor popping during orbital strikes and the footsteps of the walker. I love how the ultra high quality sounds, so i put up with it.
                  I wish I could tolerate it, except it turns into high shrieking and all VOIP turns into pure static. Eventually all sound cuts out except for the back left speaker.

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                  • #10
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                    yikes. im lucky then. I have read others have the shrieking problem. fortunately, I do not.

                    “Up, sluggard, and waste not life; in the grave will be sleeping enough!” Benjamin Franklin

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                    • #11
                      Re: Creative Xfi

                      Check the temps of the sound card, sounds like to me that the most intensive sounds are causing higher heat on them... I myself have this card, and process a lot of music with it, and while gaming/music/video's are played crackling becomes a problem. So i added a PCI fan next to it and havnt had a problem since.

                      Another thing Creative has had problems with is their drivers, something about Dual Channel RAM and Xfi, i dont know, i havnt had an issue in a while.
                      Oyee

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                      • #12
                        Re: Creative Xfi

                        Originally posted by Exploding_Silver View Post
                        A few ideas

                        Is your motherboard soundchip turned off ?

                        Under control panel / sound and audio properties / audio tab / sound playback is set as your creative xfi
                        Yes it is.

                        Originally posted by Hambergler View Post
                        I have had a similar problem, but I use an audigy 2. It only happens when I play 2142. It is very random for me, but happens at least once every other time I play. It lasts about 20 seconds. For the duration every other second there is a different form of pulsating rubbish. It only happens when there are alot of sounds going on. It seems to happen less after I reinstalled the game and used one patch instead of the incrementals.
                        Reinstalling the game could be worth a try.


                        Originally posted by Relmar View Post
                        What quality sound are you using? Ultra or High? I experienced some hissing and popping with Ultra, and switched it to high and haven't had any since.
                        Ultra high, i switched back down to high and even medium/low and it still messes up, but takes a bit longer on lower settings.


                        Originally posted by Black_V!per View Post
                        Check the temps of the sound card, sounds like to me that the most intensive sounds are causing higher heat on them... I myself have this card, and process a lot of music with it, and while gaming/music/video's are played crackling becomes a problem. So i added a PCI fan next to it and havnt had a problem since.

                        Another thing Creative has had problems with is their drivers, something about Dual Channel RAM and Xfi, i dont know, i havnt had an issue in a while.
                        How would i check temp settings on soundcard? I havent got any spare pci slot's left in on motherboard so cant try a fan, perhaps it is just overheating when to many sounds at once.


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