Re: Sound sucks on Vista or is it something else?
Reply #34 –
OK, m$ GS wavetable and MIDIMapper will be the exact same synth. MIDIMapper defaults to the m$ wavetable and there is no applet in Vista to change it.
Out of curiosity, which connectors do you have your speakers plugged into? This won't change the synth availability, but should help me figure out which sound source is actually in use...
I'm guessing you'll have a set of connectors near the printer port on the mother board, and you'll have a set of connectors on the X-Fi card. I'm also guessing that you have your speakers plugged into the motherboard ones...
If you only have one set of audio connectors (the ones on the motherboard) I think I'd get my receipts, go back to the shop, and ask them where the X-Fi is...
Otherwise, if you are comfortable doing these things:
- Note where all sound related connectors are so you can restore them
- If your speakers are not connected to the X-Fi then move them there
- Restart your computer and enter the BIOS setup
- In the BIOS setup locate and disable the Realtek/onboard sound
- Exit the BIOS setup and allow the PC to boot
Your "Realtek High Definition Audio" should be gone from "Device Mangler". Do you have sound? If not, check your volume/mixer controls - MAKE SURE you are selecting the X-Fi as the sound card to control (if you still have a choice)
If you cannot get sound, I would make sure you have the speaker connectors in the right places - it can be hard to tell sometimes with the newer Creative cards.
I'm not sure about the "ViXS Pure TV-U..." - I assume it's a TV card? In which case it's a video controller, not an audio controller.
The fact that you do not have access to the X-Fi synth(s) is... disturbing. I've just spent some time searching the Creative wbsite and while they don't specify the synth(s) in the X-Fi there is an oblique reference in troubleshooting and "Insufficient Soundfont Cache" - you don't need soundfont cache if you don't have synth's so there must be a synth on board. The fact you can't see it indicates it is not working - and we're back to the driver issue.
Do you have ANY Creative software installed? You should have access to sound font bank management.
<edit> fixed spelling error in Duncan's name - sorry mate.