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Old Creative soundcards and Windows 7 x64

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 07:38 PM

As you might or might not know, the old Creative soundcards (Creative Soundblaster Live! 5.1 and similar) are not supported anymore by creative, and as such there are no available drivers for Windows 7 x64.

I just thought I should let you know that I've found a way to get them working! These old cards are still way better than most (all?) onboard soundcards.

I found an alternative driver pack, which works perfectly on Windows 7 x64, and as such my old Creative Soundblaster Live 5.1 is now resurrected. :evileyes:


If you're in the same situation, check: http://kxproject.lugosoft.com/ and download the drivers. It's easy to install, and then it takes a little bit to set up properly, but then it works flawlessly (well, I haven't noticed any problems yet).

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Currently, kX-compatible soundcards include all EMU10k1 and EMU10k2-based PC soundcards manufactured by Creative Technology Ltd. and/or E-mu Systems Inc., including:

# The E-mu Audio Production Studio (APS) card
# The motherboard models of 10k1 cards (M002, M003 and others)
# PCI256 (CT4890, CT4891 and CT4893) and PCI512 (CT4820 and SB0150) including OEM model (CT4790)
# The original Live! (CT4620) and Live! Value cards (CT4670)
# The Live! X-Gamer, Live! MP3+, Live! Player 1024, Live! Platinum cards (CT4760) and value cards (CT4780)
# The Live! X-Gamer 5.1, Live! MP3+ 5.1, Live! Player 5.1, Live! Platinum 5.1, Live! Digital Entertainment 5.1 cards (SB0060, SB0100, SB0102, SB0220, SB0222, SB0103 and SB0105) and Value 5.1 (SB0101)
# The generic and custom OEM Live cards (CT4830, CT4831, CT4832, CT4850, CT4870, CT4871 and CT4872)
# The Audigy series, including the Audigy MP3+, X-Gamer, Platinum and OEM cards (CT0070, CT0072, SB0090 and SB0092).
# The Audigy 2 series, including Gamer, Platinum, Platinum eX and OEM cards (SB0242, SB0244, SB0320, SB0240, SB0240P, SB0280).
# The Audigy 2 ZS series, including Audigy 2 ZS Gamer, Platinum and OEM cards (SB0350).

The Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro is not fully supported yet. There are issues with the line in ADC.

24/96 support for the Audigy 2 and Audigy 2 ZS cards is under development.
# Audigy 2 Value (SB0400), Audigy 2 ZS Notebook (SB0350) and Audigy 4 Pro (SB0380) cards are partially supported.
# The Dell OEM SB Live! (SB020x) is not yet supported since it uses a custom version of the EMU10k1, whose details are unknown. Experimental support may be provided when more information about it becomes available.
# Soundblaster Live! 5.1 cards (SB022x) are supported.
# Soundblaster Live! 24 Bit and Audigy LS are incompatible with kX, since they do not use the 10kX chips.
# Audigy2 ZS Notebook is supported, although some limitations apply.
# E-mu E-DSP based PCI devices are supported (0404, 1212, 1820, ...).
# Extigy is NOT supported and will not be supported.
# X-Fi is NOT supported and will not be supported.

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 05:47 AM

I wonder if creative will shut them down too. lol
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Posted 11 April 2011 - 09:11 AM

Just wanted to give you an update on this.

These drivers are still alive and being worked on, there's a newer BETA version somewhere on their forums, and it's working perfectly.

Still using my old Sound Blaster Live! 5.1, and it's still way better than any onboard sound ;)
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i5-2400 cooled by Xigmatek Loki SD963 HDT :: Asus P8P67-M Pro :: Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3 2x4GB 1600Mhz CL8:: Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GB ("The Little GPU That Could") :: Crucial M500 240GB SDD :: 500GB Western Digital HDD :: Powered by Corsair VX550 :: Zalman T2 Mini
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

"The Oldbox"
Q6600 cooled by Noctua NH-C12P :: abit IP35 :: GeIL Esoteria PC2-6400 2x2GB :: old stupid placeholder GPU :: 500GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 & 2x250GB Maxtor HDD's :: Creative SoundBlaster Live! 5.1 :: Powered by Corsair TX650 :: NZXT Whisper
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Posted 11 April 2011 - 11:00 AM

I think I still have a old Sound Blaster Live 5.1 around here somewhere. Hasn't been used in years.
Sound isn't as important to me now days as it use to be, so I just use the onboard.
This is good to know in case I decide to take a blast into the past. Thanks for posting.
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Posted 11 April 2011 - 09:22 PM

I love listening to music, while I'm browsing, but now I can't use my soundblaster card anymore :( :cursing:
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Posted 14 April 2011 - 06:44 AM

View PostInteller, on 11 April 2011 - 09:22 PM, said:

I love listening to music, while I'm browsing, but now I can't use my soundblaster card anymore :(


Why not?
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i5-2400 cooled by Xigmatek Loki SD963 HDT :: Asus P8P67-M Pro :: Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3 2x4GB 1600Mhz CL8:: Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GB ("The Little GPU That Could") :: Crucial M500 240GB SDD :: 500GB Western Digital HDD :: Powered by Corsair VX550 :: Zalman T2 Mini
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

"The Oldbox"
Q6600 cooled by Noctua NH-C12P :: abit IP35 :: GeIL Esoteria PC2-6400 2x2GB :: old stupid placeholder GPU :: 500GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 & 2x250GB Maxtor HDD's :: Creative SoundBlaster Live! 5.1 :: Powered by Corsair TX650 :: NZXT Whisper
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Posted 14 April 2011 - 05:58 PM

No more desktop PC. Just a laptop.
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Posted 22 April 2011 - 08:22 AM

View PostInteller, on 14 April 2011 - 05:58 PM, said:

No more desktop PC. Just a laptop.


Oh ok. Sorry, you probably mentioned it somewhere, but I haven't had the chance to be around much lately, and haven't been able to be here as much as I wanted to.
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i5-2400 cooled by Xigmatek Loki SD963 HDT :: Asus P8P67-M Pro :: Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3 2x4GB 1600Mhz CL8:: Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GB ("The Little GPU That Could") :: Crucial M500 240GB SDD :: 500GB Western Digital HDD :: Powered by Corsair VX550 :: Zalman T2 Mini
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

"The Oldbox"
Q6600 cooled by Noctua NH-C12P :: abit IP35 :: GeIL Esoteria PC2-6400 2x2GB :: old stupid placeholder GPU :: 500GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 & 2x250GB Maxtor HDD's :: Creative SoundBlaster Live! 5.1 :: Powered by Corsair TX650 :: NZXT Whisper
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