After Windows Vista came out in January 2007, owners of Sound Blaster Xi-Fi sound cards were distressed to find that Creative had left several features out of its Vista drivers. When successive driver updates failed to bring back the features, a Creative forum member known as Daniel_K got to work, but his efforts didn't go over well with the company at first.
Now, over a year and a half later, Creative has finally released a batch of official Vista X-Fi drivers that brings back some of the missing functionality. In Creative's words, X-Fi models whose Windows XP drivers support Dolby Digital and DTS decoding functionality should now have those capabilities in Vista. The same goes for DVD-Audio playback, although the new drivers only restore that feature for 32-bit versions of Windows Vista. Creative doesn't say whether Daniel_K has become involved in official driver development, as the firm suggested he could.
You can grab the 59MB driver pack from Creative's support site. You'll also find a new version of the Console Launcher—a required download for users who want to use the skinned Creative control panel—on the same page as the drivers.
|1. BIF - $340||2. Ryu Connor - $250||3. mbutrovich - $250|
|4. YetAnotherGeek2 - $200||5. End User - $150||6. Captain Ned - $100|
|7. Anonymous Gerbil - $100||8. Bill Door - $100||9. ericfulmer - $100|
|10. dkanter - $100|
|Radeon Pro specs hint at a full-fat Polaris 11 GPU in MacBook Pros||13|
|We're giving away our Aimpad R5 review unit||8|
|Apple's latest MacBook Pros ditch the F keys||70|
|In the lab: Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 1050 G1 Gaming graphics card||6|
|Google's Jamboard takes the whiteboard into the cloud||8|
|Transcend hops on the 3D NAND bandwagon with the SSD 230||2|
|Apple puts its AirPods in the oven a little longer||29|
|Microsoft helps hardware companies make VR more affordable||17|
|Intel P3100 M.2 SSD has datacenters in mind||9|
|Absolutely. GCN is pretty much GCN, so the math backs this up: R9 290X = 1GHz x 2816 GCN CUs = 2816 CUGHz (pronounced "cougar hertz") RX 480 = 1.27GHz...||+43|