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    Xonar Essence STX Winodows 8.1 Drivers?

    I know this section is on the Phoebus but since it is the closest section to the Xonar Cards I thought I would ask here.

    Does anyone know if and when drivers for Windows 8.1 will be released for the Xonar Essence STX?
    Also, has anyone used the regular Windows 8 drivers for it with 8.1 and if their were any issues?

    I ask because when I first installed Windows 8.1 since its release I had some major issues which I could not identify the source of. I was not leaning toward any of the issues being the sound card but I can not be certain. Long story short, I tried a lot of things to fix them but I ended up reinstalling Windows 8 completely from scratch and am now in the process of installing everything one at a time to test them and make sure they are all working. I am at the Sound Card drivers now but their is no 8.1 drivers for it. I am just wondering if and when drivers for the Xonar Essence STX will be released for (8.1) and if people have had any issues with use the current drivers for Windows 8.

    Windows 8.1 Preview I did not have any of the issues which I got after installing the Release version the other day. That is why I am being very caution about this and testing everything one at a time. I am also trying to see what others have experienced. So anything thoughts or information would be appreciated. Thanks...

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    There will be no 8.1 drivers for the STX. An updated model will be released that works with the default UAA driver for WHQL compliancy. Without that update MS won't allow WHQL. It's one of the ICs on the card that needs updating. Just how MS is unfortunately.

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    Well that totally sucks. Microsoft and their evil ways.

    What do I do with this sound card now? I guess I can install it on my Linux machine. What a waste though. Most of what I use it for is apps that are installed on Windows.

    I wonder. Could it be that this Sound Card is what caused some of my PC Problems that I got after installing the release version of (8.1)? OH Well.


    Here is another question.
    What about the On-board sound for my ASUS Sabertooth 990FX? It is the first revision of the board. It has a Realtek ALC892. Will that get a WHQL Driver or will my Mobo need an updated IC?

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    You need to get realtek drivers from realtek's website.

    http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/

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    Yeah it is either Realtek's main site... Or the ASUS site where I get my Drivers for my mobo. Which I am looking at right now and do see that ASUS has one Audio driver for my mobo that is WHQL. I am downloading it right now from ASUS. It was just released on the 15th. I guess I'll have to go into my BIOS and turn it back on. Might as well remove my STX as well before I do so. It is such a great card as well. Shame that its not going to get support for Windows (8.1).

    Thanks you two for your help. It was much appreciated.

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    It's one of the ICs on the card....
    seriously

    i hope u are not one of the engineers

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    Google Uni Xonar, they work in 8.1, they also work alot better then stock drivers.

    Lazy link
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    Quote Originally Posted by sh000kz View Post

    edit: phoebus have not the same?
    No it does not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tellus View Post
    Google Uni Xonar, they work in 8.1, they also work alot better then stock drivers.

    Lazy link
    thats not right, the uni driver brings nothing for phoebus

    UNi Xonar driver features:

    Unified driver for the following cards:
    Asus Xonar: DG, DGX, DG SI, DS, DSX, D1 , D2, DX, D2X, HDAV, HDAV Slim, ST, STX, Xense.
    Other C-Media 8788 audio chip based cards (C-Media Panel only): Auzentech X-Meridian & X-Meridian 2G; HT Omega Claro Plus, 2, Halo, eClaro; Razer Barracuda AC-1.
    The following Asus cards won’t work and will not be supported with UNi Xonar Drivers: Asus Xonar U1, U3, U7, EssenceOne, Essence STU, ROG Phoebus , D-Kara.
    u are the lucky one that phoebus work with windows standard driver
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raja@ASUS View Post
    No it does not.
    u know anything about whql driver for phoebus? or is the next driver without whql too?
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