547 days after the launch of Microsoft's flagship operating system Windows Vista, Creative has finally launched working drivers for its X-Fi range of sound cards.
The release, version 2.18.004, restores Dolby Digital and DTS for a variety of X-Fi products that featured the capability under Windows XP.
Though the launch will be welcome news to many of Creative's customers, it won't satisfy them all. The new driver supports most of Creative's X-Fi sound cards, but there's no mention of support for Creative's range-topping X-Fi Titanium.
Having been available for a little over 24 hours, many customers have reported various other problems over at the official Creative support forums.
The latest drivers are available from support.creative.com, and the release notes for the latest release are as follows:
This download is a driver providing Microsoft® Windows Vista® and Windows® XP support for Creative Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ series of audio devices. For more details, read the rest of this web release note.
This download supports the following audio devices only:
- Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty® Professional Series
- Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series
- Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic
- Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
- Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum
- Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty
- Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro
- Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi
To find out the Product ID of your audio device and if it supports the following features in Windows XP, click here.
For systems using Windows Vista
- Dolby® Digital and DTS® decode re-established for sound cards that included decoding in their Windows XP drivers (Not applicable for products that included a 3rd party software DVD player license in the package).
- DVD-Audio playback re-established for sound cards that included the application in their Windows XP software suite (For Windows Vista 32-bit only).
Requires the latest Creative MediaSource DVD-Audio Player software. Click here to download.
- Resolves issue of system crash when switching to an unsupported sampling rate in Audio Creation Mode while Dolby Digital Live is enabled.
- Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE) 2005 or Windows XP MCE 2004
- Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi audio devices listed above
- Do not install this driver for Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio.
- To install this driver
- Download the file onto your local hard disk.
- Double-click the downloaded file.
- Follow the instructions on the screen.