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    XRe: Static noise from soundcards encountered with Nvidia dual SLI graphic configurations S

    This same symptom appears in Win7 64-bit systems with NVIDIA nForce4 chipsets and a single graphics card (GeoForce 6800 in my case) and more than 3GB of RAM for most X-Fi sound cards (X-Fi XtremeMusic in my case), but to a much more severe extent. Even system sounds are affected and sound services cut out altogether after a few minutes (as opposed to only occurring in the most resource-taxing games). Cracking and popping is omnipresent while sound services are running and system events cause louder pops and sound ga


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    Sound services can be restarted by changing sample rate, but sound stops again after a few minutes. I have 6 GB of RAM. The problem disappears completely when I cripple my system by limiting RAM to 2 GB. I did not experience this problem with either XP or Vista Ultimate 64-bit. None of the Creative?beta drivers for X-Fi XtremeMusic, including the latest (2.8.003), have had any impact on this problem.

    Creative: Please extend the X-Fi Titanium solution you developed for dual SLI configurations in collaboration with NVIDIA (referenced by Admin KokChoy-CL earlier in this thread) to correct the above problem that is affecting most X-Fi cards all of the time in Win7 64-bit systems with nForce4 chipsets and more than 3GB RAM.

    Dale

    My system specs are:
    System Manufacturer/Model Number: Dell XPS/Dimension 600 /Model Dell DXG05
    OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit RC, Build 700
    CPU: Pentium D 3.20 GHz (Intel64 Family 5 Model 4 Stepping 4)
    Motherboard: nVidia nForce4 SLIx6; Dell Phoenix BIOS PLUS v.0 A
    Memory: 6GB 667 MHz DDR2 + ~4GB ReadyBoost
    Graphics Card: OEM nVidia Geoforce 6800 256MB
    Sound Card: OEM X-Fi XtremeMusic (Model SB0467); OEM Realtek AC'97 (Disabled in BIOS)
    Monitor(s) Displays: Dell 2007FP (2" Flat Screen) Screen Resolution:600 x 200 x 32-bit
    Hard Dri'ves:
    3, Maxtor 7 L250S0 SCSI Disk Device 232.8Gb;
    NVIDIA STRIPE 465.66G;
    HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GWA464B ATA Device;
    TSSTcorp DVD-ROM TS-H352C ATA Device
    Message Edited by dsopocy on 05-25-2009 0:59 PM
    Last edited by Loi; 10-27-2011 at 06:53 PM.

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    XRe: Static noise from soundcards encountered with Nvidia dual SLI graphic configurations/

    dsoopocy,

    You're using a beta driver on an unreleased operating system, and you're surprised there are some issues? I think the workaround you describe, running with 2GB, is just fine, and you shouldn't be trying to tie this to a problem thread in a public forum.

    Take note of the following:

    • THIS IS AN UNSUPPORTED BETA DRIVER. There is no technical support for this driver.<
    • We recommend that only experienced users install this driver. Do not install this driver on a system used to perform critical tasks.<
    • Users who are looking for stable drivers should wait for the final release. When this happens, user should install the latest Sound Blaster X-Fi series driver available.<


    -Dave
    dwh@cfcl.com
    Last edited by Loi; 10-27-2011 at 06:54 PM.

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    XRe: Static noise from soundcards encountered with Nvidia dual SLI graphic configurationsc

    KokChoy-CL wrote:
    Dear Sound Blaster users,

    Creative and NVIDIA have been working together to address an incompatibility issue that occurs when some Sound Blaster X-Fi audio cards are used with SLI GPU configurations on some nForce motherboards. The compatibility issue manifests itself as crackling or other audio distortion while playing some games.

    After a collaborati've debugging effort, the root cause has been identified as an interaction between arbitration logic issue inside the nForce chipset and Sound Blaster X-Fi. In some cases while using SLI, audio operations can be excessi'vely delayed resulting an internal buffer underflowing inside the audio card which results in crackling.

    A software solution has been devised. NVidia and Creative both agreed that the easiest and fastest solution was for Creative to implement this via a driver update. The audio driver update is available today as a beta version under Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Beta Driver 2.7.0007.

    Please try it out and give us your feedback.

    NVIDIA and Creative.
    Does NVIDIA intend to fix its bus arbitration in the longer term?

    -Dave
    dwh@cfcl.com
    Last edited by Loi; 10-27-2011 at 06:54 PM.

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    XRe: Static noise from soundcards encountered with Nvidia dual SLI graphic configurations?

    KokChoy,

    Adding to DWH's question - and when will the beta version be officially released (I am happy this solved the crackling problem-at least for me-but I really prefer not using beta software)

    thanks
    csaba

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    XRe: Static noise from soundcards encountered with Nvidia dual SLI graphic configurations

    Dwh wrote:
    Does NVIDIA intend to fix its bus arbitration in the longer term?

    -Dave

    dwh@cfcl.com
    Hi Dave,
    The driver includes arbitration logic fix; unfortunately we are unable to comment on Nvidia's release.
    csaba73 wrote:
    KokChoy,
    Adding
    to DWH's question - and when will the beta version be officially
    released (I am happy this solved the crackling problem-at least for
    me-but I really prefer not using beta software)

    thanks
    csaba
    Hi Csaba,
    The official release is estimated to be available by end-June, barring unforseen circumstances.
    Last edited by Loi; 10-27-2011 at 06:56 PM.

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    And again I ask, what about us with the non titanium cards, i.e. X-FI Extrememusic?

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    XRe: Static noise from soundcards encountered with Nvidia dual SLI graphic configurationsj

    I have successfully used the Titanium drivers with Non-Titanium cards. I unrar the Creative executable file, or simply go to my temp directory and copy it from there. Then I manually browse to it, from device manager. I used Titanium drivers on my X-FI fatality PCI for 3 months before I bought my Titanium.

    Cheers,
    jmacguire
    Last edited by Loi; 10-27-2011 at 06:57 PM.

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    XRe: Static noise from soundcards encountered with Nvidia dual SLI graphic configurations?

    Well that's interesting. Can anyone else confirm? I would sure like some **bleep** support for my PCI Elite Pro, but I'll take all the improvisation in the world to fix it.
    Last edited by Loi; 10-27-2011 at 06:57 PM.

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    jmacguire wrote:
    I have successfully used the Titanium drivers with Non-Titanium cards. I unrar the Creative executable file, or simply go to my temp directory and copy it from there. Then I manually browse to it, from device manager. I used Titanium drivers on my X-FI fatality PCI for 3 months before I bought my Titanium.

    Cheers,
    jmacguire
    that does not work, i tried it, and after some improvisation the titanium drivers were installed on my xtreme gamer, but the device wouldnt start ( exclamation mark )

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    The only way I can get my system to work is to lower the ram. I saw this is a prev post. I want to be able to use my 4 gig with 64 OS. I have a gamer series and its getting old.
    Last edited by Loi; 10-27-2011 at 06:58 PM.

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