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Sound Blaster Live! crackles with static and corrupts files

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This again usually happens to PCs using a VIA chipset, particularly the ones that has a 686B southbridge (KT133(A), Apollo Pro 133A/Z/T chipsets). A major symptom is that the speaker will crackle with static with or without music. Another symptom is that media files like MP3 will skip. Also, in some cases this problem will cause major file corruptions in the hard disk. There are many theories on this problem (do a Google search for that) Initally, some of the motherboard companies have a workaround with a BIOS fix. However, in order for the following to work you have to update to the latest BIOS version as the previous BIOS fixes may conflict with the proper fixes. 
One solution is to update the VIA Hyperion driver to the latest version. This helps in some cases but in some cases does not solve anything. 
Another solution is to use George Breese's unofficial PCI latency patch The stable version is 0.19d but does not support the latest chipsets. 
A third solution is to manually adjust the PCI latency value (if available) from 32 to either 0 or to 64. I don't recommend this unless you know what you are doing. 
In 2003, Creative finally releaased updated drivers for SB Live! and Audigy. The new drivers should solve the above problem for most people. 

Posted on Oct 19, 2008

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How To Install Your Sound Blaster Audigy, Audigy 2, and Audigy 4 In Windows...

This download is a driver and sound card applications providing Microsoft® Windows® 7, Windows Vista® and Windows XP support for Creative Sound Blaster® Audigy® series of audio devices.

This download supports the following audio devices only:
  • Sound Blaster Audigy including Platinum and Platinum eX series
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 including Platinum, Platinum eX, and Value series
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS including Platinum and Platinum Pro series
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 4 Pro and Sound Blaster Audigy 4
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Notebook PCMCIA
DO NOT install this driver for Sound Blaster Audigy LS, Sound Blaster Audigy SE, or Sound Blaster Audigy Value.

Included in this download:
  • Creative Audigy, Audigy 2, and Audigy 4 Driver
  • Creative ALchemy 1.41.02
  • Creative Audio Console 1.31.10
  • Creative Graphic Equalizer 2.00.65
  • Creative Dolby Digital Live Pack 3.00.03
  • Creative DDL License Activation 1.00.04
  • Creative MediaSource DVD-Audio Player 2.00.78
  • Creative EAX Console 3.00.56
  • Creative SoundFont Bank Manager 3.21.00
  • Creative Speaker Settings 2.00.60

To install this driver:
  1. Download the Audigy_SBAX_PCDRV_LB_2_18_0017.exe file onto your local hard disk.
  2. Double-click the downloaded file.
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen.

on Feb 26, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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No Sound

Does it have onboard sound as well, here is a link to the dell site and the manual, have a look as it does have onboard sound from Sigmatel STAC9220 so maybe two sound drivers are installed and conflicting

Sep 23, 2012 | Dell Dimension™ E510 PC Desktop

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Multimedia audio controller driver missing


If you have the disc which came with the motherboard, use it to install the audio controller. However, you can just go to device manager by either:

For Windows Vista and 7
- Click start -> type in "devmgmt.msc" on the startsearch box -> press Enter key

Fow Windows XP
- Click start -> Run -> Type "devmgmt.msc" on the box -> press Enter key

In device manager, right click on the "Unknown devices" and select "Update driver" button. Search the web to find and automatically install the audio driver. (Make sure that you have an internet connection.)

Hope this helps.

May 30, 2011 | Dell Dimension 8300 PC Desktop

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Pci input device and mulitimedia audio controller please help

Hello michael_bilb

This is what comes up in device manager under "other devices" in windows xp.

The reason is that your computer uses creative sound blaster live 24bit sound card.

To get read of that you need to install the sound card driver. It can be downloaded from Dell support on their web site.

If you can not get it from dell try this link

on the screen click on "live"
in the "archive products" column click on the last item "sound blaster lave value"
you should be able to download your driver from their.

Good luck
If this was helpful please leave feedback, comment.

Feb 08, 2011 | Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop

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No sound

The two most frequent sources for the loss of sound are bad connections and corrupted drivers.

To check connections make sure wires are not faulty. Check for crimps or damaged areas. Try a different set of speakers to see if they work. Make sure connecting plugs are placed in proper hole for sound out/speaker on back of sound card. If these check out and still no sound reseat the sound card [if not on mainboard sound] by turning off the unit, opening it [making sure to be grounded so no static electric discharge can damage the unit or its peripherals, then dismount the sound card from its slot after disconnecting all plugs attached to it, checking its connections for corrosion [this can be cleaned with a standard pencil eraser if any is noted], and reseating and securing it in its slot. Restore all connections and turn the unit back on and check for sound.

To deal with corrupted drivers check "Device Manager" to see if the sound card is showing a "bang" next to it [a black exclamation point in a yellow circle]. While not always present when drivers have become corrupted if it is that is most certainly the issue. Look up the support site for the manufacturer of the sound card or the chipset if it is on mainboard sound, and then download the most current drivers from the site. Installing them should overwrite any corrupted files and correct the problem if a corrupted driver is the source of the issue.

Feb 04, 2010 | Olivetti Computers & Internet

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No sound from speakers using sound blaster live 24-bit

go to and redownload the audio drivers for your system. Hope that helps.

May 25, 2009 | Dell Dimension 8400 PC Desktop

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When i try to play songs stored in my library all i get is static and crackling sound my computer is the dell inspiron 530s

Go to this link:

Download it.When a box appears, Click Run button. 

Best regards

Dec 26, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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