Problem With Creative Xfi Xtreme Gamer

By Ghasede_Del · 15 replies
Feb 28, 2008
  1. Hi every body
    I buy my Xfi xtreme gamer yesterday
    I download last 32 bit driver from
    afther installation i cant hear nice sound from rear speaker when i watch in dvice manager i can see this version for my sound card
    DRIVER DATE : 10/25/2007
    Is this corect or not? and what should i do for get nice sound from rear speaker?

    S.P : i see this message from my dxdiag

    Notes : The file ctaud2k.sys is not digitally signed, which means that it has not been tested by Microsoft's Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL). You may be able to get a WHQL logo'd driver from the hardware manufacturer.

    Plz help me:confused:
  2. turbo1

    turbo1 TS Maniac Posts: 353

    your current driver may not be compatible with your system as it says ctaud2k.sys is not digitally signed.

    go back to your hardware's manufacturer website & download the driver compatible
    for winXP version.

    when you download the driver,be specific with the model of your sound
    hardware as you haven't mentioned your sound hardware specifications.

    if your not sure what xfi product that you have,please attach the dxdiag
    report to your next post.
  3. Ghasede_Del

    Ghasede_Del TS Rookie Topic Starter

  4. Ghasede_Del

    Ghasede_Del TS Rookie Topic Starter

    this is my dixdiag
    my problem is bad sound and low sound from rear speaker

    Attached Files:

  5. turbo1

    turbo1 TS Maniac Posts: 353

  6. Ghasede_Del

    Ghasede_Del TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i download it before this one same as my download :( i download it adn unistall my driver and disconect my sound card from pci slot and then put in and install again but problem not solved
  7. turbo1

    turbo1 TS Maniac Posts: 353

    please check your BIOS,ensure that the onboard sound is disabled.(you haven't
    mentioned yet).

    and what type of speakers do you have?

    is it only when you're playing games?

    what is the sound reproduction when you're playing music ie: mp3 from
    your HDD or CD music?

    please confirm if you have exclusive XP (only) installer (CD) that comes with
    the sound card.
  8. Ghasede_Del

    Ghasede_Del TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i have vista and i have cd instalation with sound card for xp driver
    i play mp3 from hdd and i cant hear nice sound from rear and its same for game this problem only in vista not xp i have crative 5.1 speaker and i disable my onboard sound before instalation dont worry
  9. turbo1

    turbo1 TS Maniac Posts: 353

    ok,that's clear.

    so,you have the XP driver which is your CD (vista not included),
    & the one you downloaded was for vista,because you need it
    to run the sound card in vista OS.right?

    now,you're using the sound driver for vista version (the downloaded one).
    & yet you have this ctaud2k.sys file in your driver which is not digitally signed.

    i guess there's a glitch in your vista sound driver.

    since you mentioned that the problem only occurs in vista OS.

    is there a way that you can exchange the sound card for a vista compliant one?
    (hardware & software)..just a suggestion.

    otherwise,you have to go back to XP.unless the hardware manufacturer can
    provide another version of vista driver other than the one you have right now. :)
  10. Ghasede_Del

    Ghasede_Del TS Rookie Topic Starter

    you mean all peopel have Crative Xfi Xtreme Gamer Have This Problem? But i Dont Think So :( we Shuld have Nice way for Solved This Problem :(
  11. turbo1

    turbo1 TS Maniac Posts: 353

    i heard some,complaining about crackle sound when playing games.

    and you said :
    your rear speakers work's well in XP & that should explain it.

    please check your speakers audio inputs,if you have LEFT & RIGHT RCA line can use it via your sound card's FLEXIJACk (Line In / Microphone In / Optical Out¹ via shared 3.5mm mini jack).

    SPDIF or Optical in/out normally reproduces better sound quality.
    but no guarantee it will fix your problem.
  12. Ghasede_Del

    Ghasede_Del TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i havent this one :( i sure many peopel in this forum have this xfi sound crd but nobudy come hrere for help this is bad :(
  13. turbo1

    turbo1 TS Maniac Posts: 353

    dont feel bad...mate,..all you need to do is be patient.
    i know a lot of members here have better ideas on how to
    fix your audio problem,just wait & more help will come to
    give you some advise.

    you sould realize that taking your machine to a repair shop
    is different from just fixing it through post's & replies.

    some problems were solved & threads stopped after 70 posts or so.
    so things must be taken step by step.
  14. Ruben

    Ruben TS Rookie Posts: 100

    I have X-Fi and it runs fine in Vista...

    Uninstall the driver that you installed as it seems something went wrong,
    When uninstalling delete all shared Creative audio driver files (there will be a message asking if you want).

    Reboot, but before getting into Windows go into BIOS and
    check if onboard is disabled in BIOS

    Boot into Windows Vista. Close your internet connection. Close any applications you have running. Then install the driver you downloaded from creative website.

    It'll be safer that way - lesser risk that driver installation routine might go wrong as it did last time, apparently.
  15. Ghasede_Del

    Ghasede_Del TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i do all you sayed but nothing difreent my rear speaker have bad sound very low and i havent this psroblem in xp :(
  16. turbo1

    turbo1 TS Maniac Posts: 353

    ok,you still dont want to go back to XP.

    your X-Fi have a stereo to 7.1 sound format (3.5 mm jack) output socket,
    you can use this cable:

    if you have a left & right RCA inputs from your creative 5.1 speakers
    (not sure what specific model you have) you can plug it from there.

    or you can use this cable:

    if your creative 5.1 speakers have the mini jack input (PC in,Aux in or Line in).

    if you have either of the two cables (of course the inputs)
    your speakers might all fire up a sound but it can only give you surround sound,not
    necessarily 7.1 format because you're only running a 5.1 speaker system.
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