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    Cool SB Audigy Series Support Pack 5.0 (OUTDATED)

    This software/driver pack is unofficial, not supported by Creative Labs.
    Use it at your own risk.



    Supports any model of the following Sound Blaster cards (based on Emu0kx DSP):

    - Audigy
    - Audigy 2
    - Audigy 2 ZS
    - Audigy 4

    For Audigy SE/LS/Value and Live! 24-bit cards, click here for a compatible version.



    Operating systems supported:

    32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows 8.1 / 8 / 7 SP1 / Vista SP2 / XP SP3


    Included in the pack:

    - Audigy series driver 3.01.0039 (Windows Vista or later) - [actually an Audigy 5/RX driver]
    - Audigy series driver 2.09.0016 (Windows XP)
    - ALchemy 1.44.00
    - Audio Console 1.40.00
    - DDL and DTS Connect License Activation 2.00.03 (*)
    - Dolby Digital Live Pack 3.03.08 (*)
    - DTS Connect Pack 1.68.75 [1.05.00 modified] (*)
    - EAX Console 3.00.56 (Windows XP only)
    - EAX Settings 1.30.00 (Windows Vista or later)
    - Feature Mode Selection Utility 2.10.07
    - Graphic Equalizer 2.10.01
    - MediaSource DVD-Audio Player 2.00.78
    - SoundFont Bank Manager 3.21.02
    - Speaker Calibrator 1.60.14 (Windows XP only)
    - Speaker Settings 2.10.05
    - Surround Mixer 4.00.76 (Windows XP only)
    - THX Setup Console 2.20.08 (Windows XP only)

    (*) Purchase and activation required, more info at http://buy.soundblaster.com.




    Does this driver improve sound quality or performance Are there any tweaks ?

    No, this driver does not improve sound quality nor increase performance.

    No, there are no tweaks.

    If someone states that its driver improves sound quality and performance, you are being fooled, cheated.

    It is even worse that the so called tweaks come from a person who is not EVEN technically acknowledged, does NOT know anything about Windows internals, software engineering and sound fidelity that all audiophiles always look for.

    If you "feel" the sound better, that is the infamous placebo effect and there is no real proof that any tweaks work.

    In fact, I have yet to see a driver that states in its release notes that it improves sound quality.

    I've disassembled about every single .SYS driver, .DLL libraries and .EXE executables and found nothing.

    There are some undocumented registry values, but nothing related to sound quality or performance.

    Would the so called tweaks even exist, they would be in my Support Packs, you can bet that.




    Fixes and improvements:

    - Installation now customizable, select what you want to install.
    - New integrated Post Driver Install Helper tweaks the driver without tampering certificate.
    - CMSS2 is now available.
    - OpenAL 64-bit support.
    - Dolby Digital Live now works on Windows 8.1 (update 1). Creative Audio Service was not being installed on that OS.
    - Special FX, Advanced EQ, Studio and Custom presets now available on Windows Vista or later.
    - Audio Console does not crash anymore on non-English localized installs. Localized resources for Online Karaoke tab were missing; added mostly localized Korean and Chinese (Traditional) resources.
    - Online Karaoke page is available for all Audigy cards on Windows Vista or later; this is NOT a new feature, but an easier way to configure the Microphone.
    - EAX Settings for Windows Vista or later includes EAX Studio, a fancy version of EAX Control Panel, no changes in functionality, except the Test button now works.
    - Added fully localized Korean and Chinese (Traditional) resources for EAX Studio, which were missing.



    Undocumented fixes by Creative (not listed in the release notes):

    - Headphone mode now sticks and does not revert automatically to Speakers mode on Windows Vista or later.
    - Special FX, Advanced EQ and Studio presets were not working on Windows Vista or later.



    Release Notes:


    IMPORTANT: Driver uninstall on Windows Vista or later

    The included driver for Windows Vista or later has a bug that causes a stop (blue screen) error when unloaded by disabling the Audigy or uninstalling the driver.

    To workaround this issue, run the KillDrv.exe utility included and restart when asked to do so. Proceed normally and uninstall all the software or only the driver.

    If you have previously installed the Audigy 5/RX driver, you MUST run this utility.

    As the KillDrv verify the driver version installed, running it won't do any harm, even if the driver version is not affected.



    WINDOWS 8.1 UPDATE 1 DOES NOT SAVE SETTINGS

    - Configure all settings and shutdown. Your settings will be saved.

    - This does not work if you disable Fast startup permanently or temporarily (by holding the Shift key while shutting down).



    OpenAL 2D benchmark in RightMark 3DSound crashes your system

    The included driver for Windows Vista or later has a bug that crashes your system if you run the OpenAL 2D benchmark using 63 buffers.
    No problem With 62 or fewer buffers.

    OpenAL 3D and OpenAL 3D + EAX benchmarks are not affected.

    Details: DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL (0x000000D1) - ctoss2k.sys



    There is no DirectSound hardware acceleration on Windows XP 64-bit (x64) with 4GB RAM or more

    The Audigy driver does not support 64-bit addressing, disabling the DirectSound hardware acceleration and causing multichannel sound to be played only in the stereo channels (front left/right).

    Workarounds:

    - install the 32-bit (x86) version of Windows XP.
    - limit to less than 4GB the amount of RAM available to Windows.
    - enable the "Memory Hole" setting in the BIOS Setup, if your motherboard supports it.
    - install and use Creative ALchemy to convert the DirectSound API calls into OpenAL, which is not affected by this issue.



    Karaoke effects make the audio play in mono

    On Windows XP you can avoid this issue by using EAX Console to enable Karaoke effects. Audio Console is affected by the issue.

    On Windows Vista and later, follow the steps below.

    Open EAX Settings, select a Karaoke effect, then click the Edit button.

    Click on the Source (Wave) tab and change the Original sound to 100% and Pitch Shift to 0%. Click the Save environment button.

    Repeat the steps for all Karaoke effects.

    These changes will be valid only for the current speaker configuration. If desired, repeat the same process for each speaker configuration.



    Using other devices to output the DDL or DTS Interactive encoded audio

    Only for Windows Vista or later, you can use any "SPDIF/HDMI Out" from HD Audio, PCI or USB device to output 5.1 encoded audio.

    To expose all SPDIF/HDMI Out devices to Audio Console, run the EndPtUtl.exe in the Audio Console installation folder.



    Enabling the DTS Interactive encoder with Encoder Switcher utility

    Purchase and activate the Dolby Digital Live Pack.

    Run the EncSwtch.exe utility in the Audio Console installation folder and follow the instructions.

    Always disable the Encoder before you switch to a different one and always close Audio Console before you switch the encoder.



    MediaSource DVD-Audio Player system requirements

    - 32-bit edition of Windows XP or later

    - any Audigy 2, Audigy 2 ZS or Audigy 4 card



    Built-in Decoder on Windows Vista or later

    To use the built-in decoder, make sure it is enabled in Audio Console.

    Select "SPDIF Out (Creative SB Audigy (WDM))" as the output device of your player and then configure the AC3/DTS filter to send the stream through SPDIF.

    When you restart your computer, the Tone settings (Bass and Treble) are not applied.

    Just readjust one of the controls one time per boot.



    Equalizer and EAX effects are not available when using OpenAL or ALchemy

    Only Tone (Bass and Treble) and CMSS 3D (CMSS, CMSS2 and Stereo Surround) features are available.



    There is no sound in games with OpenAL support

    Disable Advanced EQ and Special FX by selecting "No effect" before running the game or program.



    Equalizer settings are not applied after using OpenAL or ALchemy

    After you run a game with OpenAL support or using Creative ALchemy, the Equalizer settings are applied.

    Just run Equalizer and the saved setting is loaded automatically.



    Tone settings are lost when speaker configuration is changed

    Bass and treble settings reset to their default values when speaker configuration is changed.





    Download:

    New version is out:
    http://forums.creative.com/showthread.php?t=713891


    All files are property of Creative Technology Ltd, unless otherwise noted.
    Last edited by daniel_k; 02-09-2015 at 08:22 PM.

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    Re: SB Audigy Series Support Pack 5.0 (05/01/2014)

    Thanks Daniel_k!! Will try it out and give feedback

    EDIT: Installed 100%. People should just remember to run killdrv and reboot before installing
    Last edited by Praeses; 05-02-2014 at 02:27 PM.

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    Cool Re: SB Audigy Series Support Pack 5.0 (05/01/2014)

    Thank you, daniel_k!

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    Re: SB Audigy Series Support Pack 5.0 (05/01/2014)

    You're all welcome.

    Unfortunately Graphic Equalizer and Speaker Settings crash when closed on Windows 8 / 8.1 (Update 1).

    Both save the settings, though.

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    Re: SB Audigy Series Support Pack 5.0 (05/01/2014)

    Thank you very much daniel_k, works like a charm here on W7 x64!
    Last edited by Barabadorx; 05-03-2014 at 05:35 PM.

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    Re: SB Audigy Series Support Pack 5.0 (05/01/2014)

    Hi daniel_k! Very good pack, thank you. A couple of questions:
    1. "- Dolby Digital Live now works on Windows 8.1 (update 1). Creative Audio Service was not being installed on that OS."
    I have Win 8.1x64 upd1, but after pack installed I have 2 Creative services:
    Creative ALchemy AL6 Licensing Service and Creative Audio Service. Something wrong with it?
    2. After pack intsallation I have Updreg.exe in autostart. Can I delete it?
    3. Cthelper missing from autostart, that's ok?
    4. No installed OpenAL software after install. Where I can get OpenAL 64-bit version?
    Last edited by densy79; 05-02-2014 at 11:16 PM.

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    Re: SB Audigy Series Support Pack 5.0 (05/01/2014)

    would the drivers in this be better for my audigy 2 running win 8.1 than my current 6.0.1.1377 version? Thks

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    I'll test it yet, but I'm glad you had a new driver for my Audigy 2, I have not been using it more, thank you!
    _____

    Update:
    I tried everything here but unfortunately I am unable to install the audio driver, and neither the driver Audigy 5 last month, I usually install the rest, minus the audio driver, and the manager are devices it the "audio controller "and" pci input device "!
    LNZBgmn[1].jpg

    I am using Windows 8.1 Update 1, the driver will be bug and no longer want to install? Already cleaned the registry with CCleaner removed the folders creative, and even already tried uninstalling with the fusion driver, already tried using KillDrv.exe however says that no driver is installed that not in the photo above, and to the driver that windows try to install the windows update is giving error while installing that "creative processor driver"! I do not know what to do, my last option would be to format the windows, however I think I'll buy a Samsung SSD 120gb when buying'll format the windows!
    Last edited by evertonmdz; 05-03-2014 at 12:17 PM.

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    Re: SB Audigy Series Support Pack 5.0 (05/01/2014)

    Hello and many thanks to Daniel_K!

    I'm glad I can continue using my Audigy 2 ZS Platinum, and I'm very grateful for your help. I've installed the Service Pack 5 and I have a few questions for Daniel or anyone that would kindly respond. I have a fresh install of Windows 8 updated to 8.1 Service Pack 1. I have the SB0350P (Audigy 2 ZS) card with the front I/O hub in the front drive bay of my computer.

    1. The installation appears to be successful. The Graphic Equalizer and Speaker Setting controls both crash when closed, but they do save settings as previously reported. Windows Device Manager reports the following driver.....

    Driver Provider: Creative
    Driver Date: 3/13/14
    Driver Version: 6.0.301.39
    Digital Signer: Creative Technology

    This seems O/K, but I'd appreciate if anyone could please confirm if this is correct.

    2. The MediaSource DVD-Audio Player does not appear to be installed. Would it be safe for me to install the "Creative MediaSource 5 Player/Organizer" (CMS5_PCAPP_LB_5_26_02.exe) that I've downloaded from the Creative server?

    3. The headphone jack on the front I/O hub is working!! But the infrared remote control is not working. Is there any way to enable the remote? There was discussion about this under the Service Pack 4.5 thread from Daist and dmnmsc (threads # 171 and #175, respectively) about using "Creative Entertainment Center 5.10.21 and 3.40.21 version" together with "Creative Remote Center (Remote1_40_26)" to enable the remote control. Would this be safe/effective with the Service Pack 5 installed on a Win8.1 computer? Any guidance on this would really make things complete.

    Thanks again to Daniel_K, as well as anyone that can help with these questions.

    John_Mc

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    Re: SB Audigy Series Support Pack 5.0 (05/01/2014)

    I think you should put the card in another PC and see if it installs fine there, just to isolate the problem a bit.

    Quote Originally Posted by evertonmdz View Post
    I'll test it yet, but I'm glad you had a new driver for my Audigy 2, I have not been using it more, thank you!
    _____

    Update:
    I tried everything here but unfortunately I am unable to install the audio driver, and neither the driver Audigy 5 last month, I usually install the rest, minus the audio driver, and the manager are devices it the "audio controller "and" pci input device "!
    LNZBgmn[1].jpg

    I am using Windows 8.1 Update 1, the driver will be bug and no longer want to install? Already cleaned the registry with CCleaner removed the folders creative, and even already tried uninstalling with the fusion driver, already tried using KillDrv.exe however says that no driver is installed that not in the photo above, and to the driver that windows try to install the windows update is giving error while installing that "creative processor driver"! I do not know what to do, my last option would be to format the windows, however I think I'll buy a Samsung SSD 120gb when buying'll format the windows!

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