If you finally want to have good quality sound from your CVH follow THESE STEPS TO THE LETTER:
1. Uninstall All Creative Soundblaster X-Fi software
(if you didn’t install that software yet, proceed to step 2)
After Uninstall you will be asked if you want to reboot youre system,
cancel this for now.
2. Now Uninstall ALL Realtek High Definition Audio Drivers (from Realtek Semiconductors Corp.)
3. Now Reboot your system.
4. Run a registry sweep program to get rid off all remaining sound settings in the Registry.
I always use: Driver Sweeper.
(Its free and you can download it at: http://www.phyxion.net/)
Run the program and clean the registry from all Sound Related Driver info from:
- Asus Sound
- Realtek Sound
- Creative Sound
5. Now Reboot your system.
6. Wait Untill Windows finishes installing drivers for new found hardware.
7. Download the latest version off the following driver:
High Definition Audio Codecs from Realtek.
8. Choose 32 or 64bits version (check your Windows version).
You can also download the larger installer containing both 32 and 64bit.
9. Current Version (as per 2012/11/02): R.67 updated on 2011/12/16
10. Install this driver.
11. Reboot your system
12. Download the latest Sound Blaster X-Fi MB 2 Utility V1.0(R11) for Windows Vista/7 32bit & 64bit from Asus
website, Link: support.asus.com. Find your Motherboard and choose 32 or 64bit,
you will find it under Download / Utilities. Current Version: V1.0(R11)
13. Install Sound Blaster X-Fi MB 2 Utility.
14. Reboot your system.
15. Go to folder in program list: Creativ/ Sound Blaster X-Fi MB 2. Click Activate
16. Start Sound Blaster Console and setup your speakers, your output port, EAX, Equalizer and THX.
17. YOU NOW HAVE EVERYTHING READY AND WORKING.
No more problems like:
- Hissing Sound (ea during Windows start, reboot, shutdown or suspend)
- You CAN USE SPDIF with all Surround Speaker options (stereo, 5.1, 7.1 etc!)
- No need to buy a separate Soundcard to get great sound (as some people did unfortunately).
I have seen a lot of questions on websites and forums about this problem, but so far never seen a complete solution. All kinds of comments about hardware setup, Windows Version, Bios Version, Defective Motherboards that are RMA-ed.
Replies from Asus that the software works fine…. Yes it does but if you miss 1 little step in above described procedure it will not work.
This is all very strange and I think it arises because:
- Motherboard Manufacturers like Asus, MSI etc buy a third-party sound controller.
- In this case from Realtek (works mainly with OEMs), This is a fine Controller.
- This chip (Realtek ALC889 @ ATI SB800 - High Definition Audio Controller) needs a driver from Realtek.
- Somehow this controller is partly disabled: you can’t get more than stereo on SPDIF. No 5.1 or 7.1 can be selected.
- Manufacturers want to market their Motherboard in the best way so they buy a “X-Fi 2 SupremeFx” sticker” and put
it on the Controller on the Motherboard. A Software package from Creativ Soundblaster is bought and included
(bringing: X-Fi® Xtreme Fidelity™ , EAX® Advanced™ HD 5.0, THX® TruStudio PRO™, Creative ALchemy, Blu-ray
audio layer Content Protection, Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel.
- It now looks like you have bought a motherboard with an onboard Creative X-Fi Soundblaster, this is not the case.
It is a Realtek Controller with a Creative Software Package.
- Only by installing the Creative Soundblaster X-Fi MB2 drivers (as discribed) most functions from the sound card are
- Now its time to get confused (that is clear ;-) when they have installed the Realtek Driver the Sound seems to be
okay and nothing in system management askes for more or other drivers.
So why install Creative Software – that’s what I thought – until strange things started to happen….
- You check your driver DVD or download site and install Creative Software …..
- And then it states: the hardware needed for this software is not installed on your system, choose other device.
But you can’t choose any other device. So now you are in a loop.
How can you install drivers for hardware that’s not there…..
- Only if you follow exact procedure.
- If you try to find drivers at creative site …. You can’t find it, because it’s not listed as official product.
If you go and search in OEM directory you can come across this:
- Not a word about where to get software and how to solve any problems.
- If you want Dolby Digital Live and DTS support …. You have to buy it at Creative…
- If you go to Realtek you have to really dig deep to find these drivers.
- At Asus site and forums I couldn’t get a clear picture about it too.
- If I see all these questions, lots of people complaining, RMA’s and no solution ???
This costs money and customers…
Well, this story got a lot longer than intended but my frustration about this went down a lot while writing…
I hope you benefit from my findings !!
And the funny part was this happened to me before and couldn’t get it fixed than. It was 3 years ago with my Asus ROG Rampage extreme … (different controller from Soundmax but also SupremeFX X-Fi with Creative software..)
Greeting from the Netherlands