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SB Live platinum and AC3 DD via SPDIF

Discussion in 'Soundblaster Live' started by Careco, Jul 5, 2003.

  1. Careco

    Careco Guest

    Platform XP, SBLive (pre 5.1)
    On a clean install of XP I can get Dolby Digital via SPdif to output to
    DTT2500 speakers no prob (using the generic XP drivers) however when I
    install the apps and new drivers (Livedrivepac from creative website )I can
    no longer get the DD via SPdif to work, only analogue out works (using Power

    I have installed newest drivers and the XP patch to no avail.
    I want to use the appz that come with the drivers.
    How come I lose DD everytime???

    Answers and suggestions anyone?
    Careco, Jul 5, 2003
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    Bendit Guest

    Just a thought here. Did you check the digital output checkbox in
    audioHQ ?

    (either way, PowerDVD should be set to SPDIF-OUT mode)

    do you even see that checkbox ? (trying to see if the drivers are even
    offering you that feature or if you have the 'value' edition drivers

    what version of PowerDVD are you using?
    Bendit, Jul 7, 2003
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  3. Careco

    Careco Guest

    Everything was working fine with the generic XP drivers SPDIF output was
    lost when the Creative drivers were used


    Enable SPDIF = deadly silence
    switch to 2 speaker mode = sound


    Creative, where are the drivers that work?
    Careco, Jul 8, 2003
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    Neil Deadman Guest

    Which version of these drivers?

    Neil Deadman, Jul 16, 2003
  5. Careco

    Careco Guest


    Downloaded drivers from Fileplanet, now got AC3 back through SPDIF

    Creative support??? why bother.

    Careco, Jul 19, 2003
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    chaferd Guest

    I have the exact same problem. I have a dual boot system with XP and 2000.
    With back to back boot-ups, SPDIF out works in 2000 but not in XP with the
    latest drivers from the creative site. I'm downloading the drivers from
    fileplanet now, hopefully they will fix this garbage.
    chaferd, Jul 20, 2003
  7. Careco

    chaferd Guest

    After installing the drivers off of fileplanet, SPDIF actually works for me
    in XP. I haven't experienced a reset while attempting to use PowerDVD.
    Make sure that you have digital output only and spdif bypass on. Other than
    that, all I can think of is to try re-installing some software....
    chaferd, Jul 21, 2003
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    Avidous Guest

    I was also having major problems with reboots, and n checking creatives site
    I found an obscure reference to a rather obvious problem.

    Since the newer mainboards do not have ISA slots, the BIOS is defaulted to
    having the IRQ's set for PCI PNP control. But since the Sound Blaster cards
    use IRQ 5 for legacy support, you have to change the BIOS IRQ 5 control to
    Avidous, Jul 24, 2003
  9. Hi,

    I just realised that my DD5:1/AC3 output has stopped working under WinXP as
    well since using the 5MB (ish) patch from creative. Has anyone resolved this
    issue yet, maybe its related to the DVD software, I use InterVideo WinDVD
    Platinum. I will have to re-read the threads to find out more about a fix.

    Wayne ][
    Wayne Youngman, Jul 25, 2003
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