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I've recently bought myself a set of Logitech Z5500 5.1 surround sound speakers for my PC and also an external USB Sound Blaster X-Fi 5.1 sound card as my PC currently only has a built-in OEM sound card.
I managed to set up the speakers as per normal, and the sound card works great, with a few exceptions.
Firstly, I initially received the expected sound from the speakers when I first wired them up, but as soon as I installed the software, the output was distorted and crackly and I had no idea how to get the levels back down to normal. However, I had just reformatted my PC and was only running XP SP1, so perhaps the problem could be the fact that I did not have SP2 installed...
I had no idea how to correct the distortion, so I reformatted my PC again and started from scratch, but didn't install the software this time, and so far the speakers seem to be working fine, albeit without the benefits that the software has to offer.
I have since reinstalled Service Pack 2 for XP, but i'm reluctant to install the Sound Blaster software in case I experience the same problem again and lose the use of the speakers - As they are currently working fine, I do not really want to take the risk
My second and perhaps more serious problem is that my built in TV card doesn't seem to want to work with this sound card. I have a Sony Vaio RZ504, and the TV card comes built-in as standard, but for some reason it only outputs sound via the built-in sound card.
The Sound Blaster USB sound card seems to be missing a crucial volume setting which the TV card is reliant on - I am not sure if there are any updates available for the Sound Blaster software drivers, but this seems to be a very serious issue as my GigaPocket software doesn't seem to have an option to choose output sources, and as a result I am unable to watch / record TV, or play my consoles through the A/V connections as I have no sound
Have you physically disabled the onboard sound in the BIOS? By doing this I think most of your other hardware/software would default to the only audio device (your SB).
Post back if you've already done this and I'll see what else I can dig up on your hardware and possible conflicts.
Posted on Mar 03, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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