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Creative PCI (ES1371, ES1373) Driver for Windows XP

Apr 27, 2005 6:38AM PDT

Is there such driver. I have Upgraded the OS on my computer to Windows XP form Windows 98 Second Edition and I have no sound. I was told it was the driver for my sound card. The sound card is a Creative PCI (ES1371, ES1373). I have check with Creative Labs and they have no info. Is there a driver for Windows XP or do I need a new Sound Card.

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Which card is this?
Apr 27, 2005 8:31AM PDT

Look for some CT_ _ _ _ (fill in the 4 digit number on the card.


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Try here.
Apr 27, 2005 10:02AM PDT
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May 22, 2005 7:13AM PDT


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Its actually an Ensoniq with a creative sticker!!!
May 22, 2005 8:04AM PDT
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Similar (same?) at Gateway.
May 22, 2005 8:21AM PDT
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Gateway Driver
May 26, 2005 12:57AM PDT

Thank you, finally some great answers. My computer is a gateway computer. It does sound like the card is an Ensoniq. I downloaded the new driver from Gateway suggested link. I got my sound speaker icon back and the mixer back on my desktop, but still no sound. I restarted computer and try downloading driver a couple of more times and still no sound. Everything looks like it should. Could I just have a defective card? I have not attempted to open CPU to look inside. Please keep helping. Thank you.

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Ensoniq Card.
May 26, 2005 1:37AM PDT

You are probably right, it sounds like you are leading me to the right track here. I have signed up to the suggested driver site. Would I have a problem trying different sound card drivers? What would be the ideal way to do this? This site offers different drivers. If one does not work, can I just try downloading another until one works or do I have to follow some procedures to keep trying different drivers? Thank you, so much for your assistance. I greatly appreciated.

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The link I gave you ..
May 26, 2005 2:01AM PDT

directs you directly to the download page of one particular driver - so sign in to the web site then cut and past my link - down load the driver and install the driver - if it doesn't work just use the restore previous driver in device manager - now (from memory) there is a subtle difference between the driver for the ES1373 and the one for ES1371/ES1373 ie your card maybe a ES1371 follow! In which case the ES1371 is not suitable - the driver Bob proffitt has suggested is for a ES1373 so that may not be suitable - by the way the prefix "ES" stands for EnSoniq!
One other thing make sure "wave out" is not muted in the volume control panel and is turned up - you may also be having trouble with found if you have a voice modem and something is wrong in that department (ie wrong voice modem driver). Also make sure your speakers are plugged into the output plug!!
Do you get any sound at all ???

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No Sound !!!!
May 27, 2005 12:40AM PDT

Ok, I downloaded the suggested driver and still no sound. I double checked speaker wires and volume control. I went into the volume control panel and check that all where not muted. I could not find a "wave out" as suggested. Am I doing something wrong? Try loading it suggested driver twice and still no "harmony". No sound at all. Any more great idals? Thank you

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See if it is a WIndows issue.
May 27, 2005 1:08AM PDT

Download the GEEXBOX CD and boot it up, pop in a DVD and play it. I think it plays Audic CDs too. It not, then you have bum hardware or speakers.


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Wave out
May 27, 2005 2:59PM PDT

in volume control - click on options then properties - make sure "play back is selected and you device is listed above in the box - then put a tick in "wave" click OK - now the "wave" volume setting column should be shown - make sure it doesn't have "mute" checked and that sound is up

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One more thing
May 27, 2005 3:05PM PDT

If you have a voice modem you need to delete all sound drivers in device manager and let the system find them on reboot - (ie the sound card drivers should be installed before the voice modem drivers I have found from experiance).

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May 27, 2005 4:41PM PDT

In frustration and after an intensive long search for the correct driver, I kept trying the different drivers from Keeping in mind mojodevo's suggestion that WDM Driver would work better for XP. I finally found the above listed driver, listed on the subject title. Thank you for all your help and imput. I greatly appreciated.

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Since you say you have the sound icon
May 26, 2005 6:26AM PDT

at the clock area now, go to Control Panel/Sound and make sure that you look at the drop down arrows in Playback and Record to make sure the card is listed there, and make sure it's in the window. I just had this same problem after installing new drivers for a different card in a Dell, and once I enabled/chose the correct device in those drop down arrows, the sound came in immediately. It had somehow defaulted in those areas to the modem audio on its own....


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ES1371, 1373 are WDM Drivers from MX SP
May 27, 2005 2:38AM PDT

The card you have is an old version from Creative Labs.
It is a good sound card, BTW - I also use this card to do multi-track recording all the time.

XP (& xp Pro) prefers WDM drivers, the latest drivers for most sound cards. BUT - Creative doesn't have the updated drivers (Been there done that too) So XP came up with them from "somewhere"...

THe WDM drivers work best, just go into the sound card setup (Creative Mixer) and make sure you have everything selected properly and lines to your sound system appropriately plugged.

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WDM Driver - was the correct choice.
May 27, 2005 4:18PM PDT

Your advise was very helpfull in looking for the correct driver. I finally found the correct WDM driver in Thank you for your input.

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XP driver for ES1371 card
Jun 12, 2005 1:36AM PDT

I have the same problem. Could you give me a link to the driver that finally worked for you?


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They are in the XP system
Jun 12, 2005 1:59AM PDT

just click on your audio driver and select update - select :
"No not this time" then
"install from a list or specified location"
"Dont search, I will choose the driver myself"
Then a list should appear with a WMD driver to suite your modem, select and press OK

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Still no sound
Jun 14, 2005 12:20PM PDT

I tried what you said, found 4 drivers, but none of them worked. Sad

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(NT) (NT) "the" maurice mizrachi? bakarat ichut maurice?
Jun 14, 2005 12:25PM PDT
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lest people think i'm cursing Maurice
Jun 14, 2005 12:27PM PDT

bakarat ichut=Quality Control



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(NT) (NT) oops! just spoke to "the" maurice, he's not you :)
Jun 14, 2005 6:21PM PDT
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Response Shown
Jun 13, 2005 12:28AM PDT

Here - If you have read all of this discussion, I was intructed to subscribe to, once you have done this they will let you in to their driver search engines. You can try what work for me : ) /driver/detail.php?driverid=45 or keep trying other available drivers.

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similar sound problem
Jun 14, 2005 12:08AM PDT

I have the same soundcard. Only diffrence is, I can hear sound but my microphone does not work. There is nothing wrong with the mic, it has something to do with the soundcard. the "advance" button for "voice recording" on the "voice" tab is greyed out in the "sound and Audio Devices Properties" window.
The mic worked propperly until +-2 weeks ago when it just stopped.
I have format my pc and re-installed everything, but still same problem

My system is: Win XP Proffesional, SP1 + SP2, 256MB DDR RAM, 1,6GHz P4.

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Have you tried
Jun 14, 2005 6:34AM PDT

1/ the "test hardware" under the voice tab
2/ also volume\advanced and volume\options - and generally check settings under all tab and sub items.
3/ any errors in device manager
4/ checked your MIC
Just because the advanced is greed out doesn't mean there is something wrong - mine is.


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x64 ?
Jan 19, 2010 7:46AM PST

anyone got to make this sound card work on win XP 64 bit ?

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Creative PCI (ES1371, ES1373) Driver for Windows XP
Jul 14, 2005 1:57AM PDT

Hi der, i'm zyff here.. i'm having the same sound card as yours but i have no problem in that. I'm using windows XP paltform and it outo detect the said sound card.

1. I have a few questions to ask regarding your problem.Is your current motherboard had a build in sound card? If yes did u deactivate it? You can give it a try at the Bios setup environment and disable your build in sound card.

2. Did your operating system detect your Creative PCI (ES1371, ES1373)sound card at the device manager? If yes try to dismount the card from the pci slot's and try this trick. a)beneath the card there's a copper plate. b) take an eraser and try to clean up those copper plates by brushing on it (both side) c) after the cleaning u can see the cooper plate will look as good as new after brushing off those tiny debris made by the eraser. d)mount it back to the pci slot and start your pc.

3. Good luck ! ( Don't waste your time browsing for the driver at Creative page.. ) They don't have it..


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Creative pcl
Aug 19, 2005 6:31AM PDT

When I was updating xp it said that I had and Hardware update pcl es1371/es1373 never had any luck with MS HW updates that was when I found this forum!You all said sound Card I knew that I had the Creative PCL 128 I got drivers only for the 128 card for XP I have had no trouble with them

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Aug 25, 2005 1:51PM PDT


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downloading a software for my pc which i need it
Sep 26, 2009 2:35AM PDT

i hope will help me to find out a software what i need to update my drivers.

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