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Default Creative SoundBlaster Zx dead? - 02-10-2013, 16:51 | posts: 369 | Location: Netherlands

Hi guys i have a weird problem previous thursday i had my new Zx working fine until today i started the pc while i was on desktop i had no sound even the speaker in the right corner of my start menu was a red cross so i were trying to go to the Zx control panel it sayed it says it does not have a soundcard instaled i unistaled the drivers and then i reinstal them while i put the cd in the drive then it says no soundblaster detected, i was thinking alright windows is damaged so i formated my pc and gues what ? it still said soundblaster not detected cannot instal drivers, so i removed my soundblaster Zx and used my Xfi Fitality Titanium Pro and the sound was working again so whats going on ? i think i am going to bring it back to the store the Zx its a shame it had a wonderfull sound not sure if i want a new card tho or my money back.

But my question is in the end is the Soundblaster Zx dead or what was it that it was not working anymore not detecting my system ? MY X-fi works fine now atm so i dont understand lastnight everything was working great until today when i started the pc up with the Zx.
   
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Default 02-10-2013, 17:14 | posts: 2,131 | Location: Ireland

Sounds like it is damaged, only way to be sure is to test in another PC. If it does not work in another PC then it's broken. If the store does not replace it then contact creative for a RMA.
   
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Default 02-10-2013, 17:48 | posts: 369 | Location: Netherlands

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Sounds like it is damaged, only way to be sure is to test in another PC. If it does not work in another PC then it's broken. If the store does not replace it then contact creative for a RMA.
This is weird downstairs the pc it detecs it but here in mine it does not while my XFi works fine :S

Few days back it was just working fine here i dont get it :S
   
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Default 02-10-2013, 18:03 | posts: 9,775 | Location: UK

Try a different slot.
   
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Default 02-10-2013, 19:24 | posts: 369 | Location: Netherlands

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Try a different slot.
Doesnt matter i tryd my X/fi again and its working flawless i am going to return the Zx because this card is ending its life then it works then it suddenly works not , its my first creative product in years that causes this problem.
   
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Default 02-10-2013, 19:33 | posts: 9,775 | Location: UK

It matters if you want to find out whether the problem is your motherboard or the sound card.
   
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Default 02-10-2013, 20:07 | posts: 369 | Location: Netherlands

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It matters if you want to find out whether the problem is your motherboard or the sound card.
If the problem is my motherboard why would it works the first couple of days and then suddenly not ? and why does my X-fi works fine and this one does not ?
   
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Default 02-10-2013, 20:15 | posts: 9,775 | Location: UK

If its the soundcard, why would it works for the first couple of days and then suddenly not ?

As you have seen for yourself, the ZX worked fine in another motherboard, so there is good reason for further investigation.

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and why does my X-fi works fine and this one does not ?
They are different cards with different drivers and different tolerances.
The point/type of failure might not be relevant to both.

If you want to argue why you should ignore good reasoning, go ahead.
You'll need to get someone else to answer though.
   
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Default 02-10-2013, 21:09 | posts: 369 | Location: Netherlands

I just think this one is faulty because there no excuse if this card works fine for 2 days and then boom it does not then there,s something with the card and not my mobo i gues.
   
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Default 02-10-2013, 21:51 | posts: 505 | Location: U.S.

I had a similar experience with my Xonar ST. One night, my computer locked up and rebooted. When I got to Windows, my speaker icon was missing. Uninstalling/Reinstalling drivers did nothing. Moving the card did nothing. When I took the card out and put it in my old computer, it was recognized and worked fine. I did a RMA anyway, new card didn't work.

This all didn't make sense until I checked Device Manager and saw my card still installed, even though it wasn't working. It was only after manually removing the device from Device Manager, I was able to get it working again.

If you really reformated your PC like you say you did, this wouldn't apply to you I guess. Another thing you could try is resetting your CMOS. For me, I had to take out the CMOS battery for 2 minutes, and put it back in.

Good luck, I know it's a huge headache.
   
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Default 02-10-2013, 21:56 | posts: 25,794 | Location: Hampshire UK

reading this just brings back memories of owning a x-fi xtrememusic. it worked for a couple of years, then it just gave up and would only work when it wanted to. one day it's fine, then not. I hope you get it sorted OP. I would rma it if I was you though, if it worked initially and now it's playing up there's a good chance something went wrong. either with your windows/drivers install or the card itself. before you do send it back, try another slot of course. I hope you get it working. Not sure what state creative drivers are currently, but I do hope they've improved.
   
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Default 02-12-2013, 02:12 | posts: 369 | Location: Netherlands

Guys this scares me a bit i got exact the same problem!

http://www.overclock.net/t/1350082/m...series-problem
   
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