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Sound Card Woes

I upgraded from onboard sound (Realtek AC'97 Audio - disabled via device manager) to a Creative Sound Blaster Live! 5.1. I initially had a problem with Creative diagnostics locating the card, so I unistalled, removed EVERYTHING and reinstalled and now the diagnostics detects the card.

The issues that I'm having are;

1) While playing the demo of Doom 3 (hardware acceleration is enabled by default with this game)the speakers make a buzzing, phbbting noise.
2) In Doom 3 if I cycle through the sound option and set it as "No" to surround sound and then back to "Yes", the buzzing, noise stops, but I have to do this for all 5 speakers
3) After playing Halo (I disabled hardware acceleration in the options, since the card does not support it) if I do the Creative speaker test to check the left front, center, left right, etc. one or more of the speakers makes a HORRIFIC phhbbtting, thumping, screaching sound.
4) After rebooting, running the Creative speaker test does not make this noise anymore until I play one of the two games.

Actions taken so far;

1) On first installation, dxdiag indicated the card couldn't handle sounds from hardware buffers. After uninstalling and reinstalling, the dxdiag finds no problems. All tests passed
2) I've searched Creative's web site for new drivers. They have only patches for things like their sound recorder and midi player. No new drivers available.
3) During play of games, music and movies, the sound quality is FINE. (It's only on the speaker test that I have the horrible noise - scares the crap out of the poor dog!)

My questions to the group;

1) Is it worth buying an Audigy card that supports Hardware Acceleration?
2) Would installing a hardware accerlated card resolve the issues?


System specs
eMachines T6212
Mobo - MSI-7093
ABIT RX600PRO-256 PCI-xpress video
2.5 GB RAM
AMD Athlon 64 3200+
Logitech X-530 5.1 speakers
Direct X 9.0c

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Here's my lesson.

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I found the SB Live cards not to work all the time in all machines. If so, I try the simpler SB 16 PCI card.


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OK, Thanks for the tip...

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...I wonder what it is about the SB Live cards. Oh well, looks like an Audigy is in my future.

Thanks Bob!

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Oww... The Audigy is too similar to the SB Live...

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As such it may have the same issue. But do try.


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Some Info

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Crackle on sound

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The last link needs

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to be copied/pasted to the address bar, as it broke during translation here in the forum...


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Hey, thanks for all the tips and links

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I'm goining to take a look right after composing this e-mail. The mobo is an MSI and the only VIA chipset has to do with controlling the IEEE 1394 (the firewire) which I don't use.

Appreciate all the tips and I'll let you know.

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