The Egg wrote:Hmm.....I agree with you that Asus is very slow to update drivers and they leave a bit to be desired, but so far I've seen none of the crashing/breaking that you're experiencing. Which Xonar card do you have, and what sort of sound config are you running? I suppose it helps that I just run 2-channel PCM stereo out through the headphone jack with no DSP. I also generally only adjust the master volume.
It's a DX model. Don't get any blue screens, but the sound driver will glitch or break in the listed ways, or stop working completely until I disable / re-enable the speakers in the Win 7 devices. At one point I got so fed up I used Driver Sweeper to nuke every single Realtek + ASUS sound related driver it could find, but that alas didn't lead to any improvements. I've tried the last three driver versions as well. Win 7 seems capable enough I may just reinstall the Realtek drivers and use it for the mic input alongside the Xonar, I probably should've done that months ago honestly. In the times I've removed the Xonar outright from the system I never once had any of those peculiar issues reappear.
Using 2.0 AudioEngine speakers with headphone jack. PCM 96k with only the hi-fi option set. I don't even mess with the channel settings anymore as it's random luck which ones work normally when watching 1080p movies, so I only modify the channel setting when I hear distortion. I actually prefer watching shows/movie off my monitor than the HDTV so my desktop has turned into my main media center.