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SoundBlaster Drivers, Windows Vista – March 2007

creativexfi.jpgIt appears that anyone with a Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi or Audigy series of soundcards will have to wait until March 2007 before full non-beta drivers are released according to a member of their staff at the official Creative forum:

Due to additional requirements in the Windows Vista driver certification process, the release of the final signed drivers for the Sound Blaster range will move out beyond our initial projected date until early March. The current Beta drivers are still valid for use under Vista and are required to take advantage of the benefits of Creative ALchemy with the Sound Blaster X-Fi range to restore multichannel audio and EAX to your games. We appreciate your understanding for this change to the schedule as we work to bring you the best experience for your Sound Blaster series cards while adhering to the requirements of this new operating system.

This is a bit of a pain, but it is only a month away and it is very likely that updated beta drivers will be released before that date.

James Woodcock

Freelance Journalist, Author, Blogger & Podcaster specialising in gaming and technology.

Ever since he experienced the first controllable pixel movement on the television screen, he has been entranced by the possibilities and rewarding entertainment value generated from these metal and plastic boxes of delight. Writing hundreds of articles including commentary and reviews on various gaming platforms, while also interviewing well known industry figures for popular online publications.

  • Fantastic! Hopefully by that time the performance issues with the nVidia drivers will be ironed out too. Looks like reliable gaming with Vista will be possible by April

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    :-?

    I am trying to work out how to use autotext on window 2007.
    I have added to the commands not in ribbon, but there is no way to write the usualy things you use frequently such as :-
    Yours sincerely,
    Administrator
    North East Wales Dance Ltd etc.

  • James, Sorry to post here but I thought you might be interested that many Creative X-FI users have found their remote disabled in the Vista Beta Drivers. I however have written a piece of software that completely replaces the Creative functionality for the remote and offer users the functionality that they actually want and it works on Vista. IN case you are interested in checking it out.

    http://www.intelliremote.com

  • Excellent stuff :) Thanks for sharing.