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2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Does exactly what it says it willJan 05, 2013
I have a old Creative X-Fi sound card from an older PC. I just built a new Windows 7 machine and thought this card might be worth a shot in my new system. Took a bit to find Windows 7 drivers for it but when I did it worked perfectly but it was then that I remembered that PC games only work in analog surround sound and not Dolby Digital like a PS3. I hadn't played any PC games for years so I had forgotten that. After looking to see if there was a way to get Dolby Digital to work I found this download pack from Creative Labs and decided to give it a shot. It works flawlessly. Been playing Deus Ex 3 all morning with it. I have Dolby Digital surround sound running with the game now. I can even do DTS Connect with this product too. My Onkyo receiver does DTS but I haven't tried that option with this sound card yet.
In short: YES! It works! For those that are having issues I can only assume that they are doing something wrong or they are using a different sound card than me or have the wrong sound card drivers or something. Also, maybe if you have a 3rd party card that wasn't made by Creative that could be an issue as well. It works for me though and I'm happy.
PS: there were a few parts of the process that might make you question.
1. The download link after you buy this. You might assume that since it's a download and not a physical product that you get the link immediately. You don't. You have to wait a few hours or so and you will be emailed the link.
2. Activation. The Dolby Digital Live will not work until you activate your download with Creative.
3. Setting it up. Open the Creative Audio Control Panel. Go to the ENCODER tab and select Dolby Digital Live. In the drop down list above it make sure that "Select Device" is your creative sound card. On the FLEXIJACK tab I have Digital/IO selected but I don't know if this matters or not. Next, right click your sound icon in the Windows system tray and choose Playback Devices. You might be tempted to think that your default device should be SPDIF out (Creative) but that's incorrect. Select Speakers (Creative) as your default device. Under the properties of the Speakers I have the CUSTOM tab selecting "Enable Digital IO" but I don't know if it was necessary or not.
After that it's a matter of setting your receiver correctly. On my Onkyo I choose DVD (Auto COAX) and Dolby Digital automatically lights up if the PC is on. Remember, you have to use a coax cable to connect your PC to your receiver to make this work. You could also use a toslink (digital optical) cable as well if your sound card and receiver support that but my experience with toslink cables has left me thinking coax is better.
That's it. It should work! I wish the download came with an instruction manual because it looks like some people are having a a hard time figuring it out. I hope this review helps though. The product does work and it is awesome!
Oh yeah... one more thing. I hooked the breakout box from my old Audigy ZS2 Platinum to this X-Fi card and that works too! Awesome x100!
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Does work, but needs careful set up.Sep 08, 2012
I have a Soundblaster x-fi Fatal1ty sound card. I ran into the usual problem of not getting Dolby digital 5.1 surround with SPDIF fibre optic output from the card - which does seem a little odd, since on initial reading of the box with dolby digital written all over it, it would imply support, but on careful scrutiny and reading it doesn't.
After the install you get an extra tab in the "creative audio control panel" called "encoder". This gives you the ability to select Dolby Digital live or DTS sound and get this output from SPDIF on your device. Initially it didn't work and I had to search the internet for a solution. It is rather simple to fix, you have to go to windows control panel/manage audio devices and make SPEAKERS your default device NOT SPDIF. It is really important to realise this as most people, as I did would automatically select SPDIF as the default but you don't get 5.1 sound if you do it that way.
In creative control launcher, ensure you have 5.1 speakers selected and test that you get the voices come out of the correct speakers. Also ensure this is done in windows control panel as well. The games/dvd's will then give DD 5.1 sound as default.
I did feel very satisied to get it working. It is quite remarkable that a sound card so old can do something very new with a very simple and cheap bit of software. It saved me the hassle and expense of upgrading the sound card. There are two reasons why I am not giving the product 5 stars. First reason is that the software was a hassle to get working and it would help if instructions came with it or creative informed buyers of how to correctly set up. The 2nd reason is that now and again there is slight drop outs in the sound, this may happen once an hour or once a day and can happen more with some games than others. These drop outs are maybe half a second long at the most. I am pretty sure it's the software encoding of Dolby digital 5.1 on an old card that loses the place occaisionaly as I never had any drop out issues before. It is a very small negative and I can live with it.
The software would benefit from a small patch to fix these small issues. It is a very good product overall and very glad to purchase.
6 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Doesn't work. At all.Apr 29, 2012
By Mike Mosley
Product lists my sound card (Soundblaster X-FI Xtreme Audio) as a supported product, asks that I download the latest drivers (which I do) but it still says that the product cannot be found after I purchase and attempt to install. No telephone numbers listed for support, no installation instructions... Simply doesn't work. I have submitted a complaint to the better business bureau and will NEVER purchase another Creative product.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Incorrect sound cards on required sound card listMay 26, 2013
There are two pages on Creative's web site which list the sound cards that support installing this software. The second link has cards which are technically not supported.
http://software.store.creative.com/software/dolby-digital-live-and-dts-connect-pack/106-18034.aspx (system requirements tab) and this knowledgebase article http://support.creative.com/kb/ShowArticle.aspx?sid=68520
While getting creative support on the phone was difficult (hours of operation are 4 to 8 p.m. PST Sunday through Thursday but their phones are not on but for half of those hours each day), I was able to get a refund processed.
It turns out my card (a newer Recon3D) has build in support that this DTS pack provides, but configuring it to do so is a little strange. Once I was taught, it works great.
How to make this work perfectlyFeb 01, 2014
By Ramesh Babu
I purchased DELL SB0770 X-FI Extreme gamer sound card recently and successfully installed it in my PC after lots of struggle of course. I have listed the successful installation procedure below. You need to buy Creative Dolby digital live and dts connect pack (5$) if you need to output 5.1 through SPDIF Optical out. I am one happy guy with this card.
NEVER INSTALL ALIENWARE OR CREATIVE DRIVERS IN WIN 8. IT NEVER WORKS. IT WILL ALSO LEAVE RESIDUAL EVEN YOU UNINSTALL. THIS PROCEDURE WILL NOT WORK SUCCESSFULLY. YOU MAY END UP IN TROUBLE MAKING THIS CARD WORK...
MY PC CONFIG
OS : Win 8.1 64 media center
MBD : MSI 760 GM - P23 (FX)
Processsor : AMD Athlon 270 3.6 Ghz 2 core processor
RAM : 4 GB
HDD : 1 TB
GPU : NVIDIA GT610 2GB
Installation Procedure for DELL SB 0770
1. Download Latest PAX driver (2014 drivers)
2. Restart your pc and Disable your onboard audio in BIOS.
3. Uninstall your onboard audio drivers in device manager. Disable graphics card audio in device manager. (Sound, game and video controllers & High definition audio controller in System devices )
4. Open cabinet and install card in the PCI Slot - (Shake it well and ensure it seats well)
5. Start the PC, Windows will recognize it as HD audio device. If not then repeat point 4
6. Go to High definition audio controller in System devices and click on the update driver
7. Windows will download and installs driver
8. Restart the PC
9. Install 2014 PAX driver
10. Restart the PC & install DD LIve & DTS Connect Pack and restart again.
14. Now Open the sound in control panel and set Speakers as default device, SPDIF as communication device. Mute analog out in the taskbar of your desktop. if you don't then there will be intermittent spdif sound output.
11. If the audio does not work then Open creative audio control panel and switch from game mode to entertainment mode. Repeat if necessary. Also try resetting your HT Receiver.
12. Go to device manager -> sound and test of it works.It will work now. If not then reset your home theater by switching it off and turn on again. (Applicable for Digital output)
13. So now we have tried and it should work.
14. Go to console and enable "Line In" instead of microphone. (Otherwise DTS Connect would only output 2 channels)
15. important:- mute analog out in the taskbar of your desktop. if you don't then there will be intermittent spdif sound output.
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