Thu, Apr. 26th, 2012, 03:05 pm
Well, That Was A Couple Of Hours Wasted
I'm dealing with mobo sound right now -- it's not bad, but it's not fantastic. So I figured I'd try to reinstall my Rocketfish RF-71SDCD sound card, even though it's known to have problems with Windows 7. Surely they've fixed the drivers by now...?
No, they haven't. And don't call me Shirley.
I will not detail the clicks, pops, stutters, and window-hopping I did, trying to get this stupid thing working. It was great for WinXP, but with Win7/64 it's a bust. Sigh.
Anybody know a good sound card that works well with Win7/64, that's not too awfully expensive? By the time my birthday rolls around, I should be able to get it.
ETA: Well, hey
. Now I'd like some personal experience with cards on Win7/64.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1511819.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Thu, Apr. 26th, 2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
I had a good five years worth of use out of my Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Extreme card. Mine lasted through WinXP 32bit to WinXP 64bit to Win7 without issues. I see them listed at $30-$50 depending on where you buy one from.
Thu, Apr. 26th, 2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
I've been reading that a lot of the X-fi cards are giving people issues with win 7.
Thu, Apr. 26th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
I hadn't had any issues with mine so I admit I've never looked into other folks having issues with it. The question was asked, I offered an answer. :)
Thu, Apr. 26th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
I know. :3 I was just offering a bit of feedback as well. I recently started shopping for cards myself, and while I have XP at the moment, I'd like to move up to 7 at some point, so it was important to me that everything I have or get be able to upgrade smoothly. A lot of feedback I'd read on the X-fi cards said that folks were having issues with it doing what it's supposed to do, on 7. But I think it's also a bit of "YMMV".
Thu, Apr. 26th, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
That is indeed the case. Both cards that I have are X-Fi based, one the Creative Xtreme Gamer (which had better audio than any of the "Audio" cards in the same series), the other the Rocketfish RF-71SDCD. Neither works properly with Win7/64, and I now officially retire them. My mobo sound -- Realtek -- is decent, but hardly spectacular.
Thu, Apr. 26th, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
If you do something as simple as just install the base drivers, it works great. I never needed most of the more advanced Creative software that goes in there. I took my X-Fi Extreme from WInXP 32bit to WinXP 64bit to Win7 64bit and it was smooth as silk for me. It is definitely a "YMMV" situation, though. :)
Thu, Apr. 26th, 2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you learned something. When I upgraded to Windows 7, I built a whole new computer. New hard drives, motherboard, case, DVD burner, graphics, etc. I use the built in sound card since I don't have the ear to really care about getting a specialized card. In the end, the computer continues to serve me well and it has not crashed on me once.
Thu, Apr. 26th, 2012 08:00 pm (UTC)
If it didn't work before, why would you try to reinstall the sound card, Shirley?
Thu, Apr. 26th, 2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
New install of Win7/64 (after the HD crash last week), and ostensibly updated drivers. So much for that.
Thu, Apr. 26th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
I've heard very good things about the Asus Xonar card, but the HT Omega cards are supposed to be tops. There's three of them in the top best rated spots on Newegg right now. If I had the money, and hadn't just bought myself a shiny new triple core AMD, I'd be getting that myself.
Thu, Apr. 26th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
I've heard of the first, but not the second. A preliminary scouting has indicated the M-Audio 1010LT might do me well, or possibly the Audiophile 2496. Which means I wait a bit.
Thu, Apr. 26th, 2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
The Xonar (Asus) card that I have has given me no issues, whatsoever. I did have a moment when I thought it was malfunctioning, but then I realized that the software controls (Xonar D1 Audio Center) had some independent settings, and once I tweaked those it was 'fixed.'
Thu, Apr. 26th, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
That's what I have in my garage/studio/development computer. 24 bits sound in, 24 bits sound out. And it's a true ASIO card on a pcie slot. I have my latency set to 10ms because I love my softsynths, and delays between hitting keys and the sound coming out drive me bananas. A number of people have reported using this on Win7 (though I remain at WinXPpro on this rig, for other reasons.)
While not exactly a cheap mcSound card, it is worth it imho.
And a number fo people have had problems with ALL soundcards while running the NForce chipset Mobos. See if there's a bios update for your board if your northbridge is an NForce. Sounds to me like you are trying to use ASIO4ALL and the chipset isn't able to handle the traffic for PCI.