soundblaster Live! 5.1 sound problems

By TheRandomOne · 8 replies
May 1, 2005
  1. i have a soundblaster Live! 5.1 and i put it in my system and installed all the drivers from the cd it came with but when i go to use sound the front and rear speakers act as if they are both the front speaker and the centre speaker doesn't work at all. this happens while it is set on 5.1. i run on windows xp sp2 so i've tried using the newer drivers from the creative website but that doesn't seem to work either.... i don't know what to do so i hope someone can help me.
  2. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966

    Need to know more ????

    What type: of sytem have you put card into?
    speaker sys, how many plugs on cable, is the card OEM or store bought in prewtty box?
    Warning if it is OEM... to my knowledge creative is pain in the **** about update drivers.....
  3. ßeetlejuice

    ßeetlejuice TS Rookie Posts: 30

  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    what kind of speakers do you have? Are they digital or analog?

    I had a hell of time with my creative cards when using my gateway speakers - I didn't know they were digital. Now that I got the settings right, they work fine.
  5. TheRandomOne

    TheRandomOne TS Rookie Topic Starter

    they're analogue speakers

    my mobo is a Elitegroup 651 - M P4FSB 533
    intel celeron 2.4ghz
    and yes i've turned off the onboard sound in the BIOS
    it's an original creative live! 5.1 sound card.
    i have a radeon 9200 SE vga card
    and the rest of stuff connected are IDE devices.
  6. BringinHeat

    BringinHeat TS Rookie Posts: 139

    The information you gave about your front and rear speakers working the same is it running music or did you actually do the channel noise to see which speaker works or run a game. Because if it is music your speakers wont be 5.1 because the mp3s are in stereo and not coded for 5.1.
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    creative cards usually can do both, you have to change the settings in winddows. Like Bringinheat said, MP3 music is stereo, not 5.1. Most movies on DVD are 5.1
  8. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966

    Sound off...or on

    I have cambridge 5.1 speaker sys , has inline vol..
    your analog speakers should be fine...
    I'm conncerned about the cable you're usin to connect....
    my 5.1 has a black stereo jackout right next to the joystick/midi (on the card)
    that is my rear speakers, next is green which is my front or head phone jack.
    I use a splitter so I can run both head phones & 5.1.
  9. TheRandomOne

    TheRandomOne TS Rookie Topic Starter

    it happens with everything including the testing:(
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