Auzentech Win10 drivers (X-Fi Forte 7.1)

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  1. EssCee

    EssCee New Member

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    Hi folks,

    Looking for any info on the current state of play with drivers for this card.
    I know of Daniel_K and his packs, which I tried. But it seems like they don't work with Win10 20H2 and after.
    When installing, it appears the installer does not find the card, or does not register the drivers properly, and after installation the card is not present.

    If anyone knows of any workarounds or other trickery I'd appreciate the info.
    Likewise if anyone else has taken up (or is still) providing driver packs for these cards on recent Win10 versions.

    It'd be a shame to lose the card, and better for me if I don't have to spend. Trying to use it to replace an ASUS Xonar DX, which keeps losing the right channel and needing re-installation (yes, I sure can pick 'em).

    Cheers,
    Stuart
     
  2. Astyanax

    Astyanax Ancient Guru

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    disable secure boot.
     
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    Hi Astyanax,

    Secure Boot is not enabled.
     
  4. KissSh0t

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    What you need to do is boot with driver signature enforcement disabled, then install the driver... the driver will install then because the driver does not have a signature, then restart back into normal mode.

    If you don't know how to do that here is a guide

    https://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/disable-driver-signature-enforcement/#:~:text=Restart with driver signature enforcement disabled 1 Open,you will be able to install the driver.

    I used Daniel_K driver for years with X-fi ExtremeMusic.
     

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    the danielk driver has a digital signature, its just not a DEV portal one, so disabling secureboot should be the only need to install third party signed drivers.
     
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    I will have to take you're word for it, maybe something has changed since I last used them.. I have no way of testing it now xD
     
  7. EssCee

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    Hi folks.

    I did try that - disabling signing check using bcdedit (shows 'test mode' or similar at bottom right corner), but no joy.
    And Secure Boot is disabled on this system, has been since I built it.

    The issue appears to be to do with the Win10 version, as the last pack release was in 2020, and 20H2 came after.

    I should add that the card does work if left on the basic MS driver.
     
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    the signature policies are only relevant to a secureboot enabled windows install.

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/wi...code-signing-policy--windows-vista-and-later-

    with the forte, its likely something else entirely as the support pack has a pre-2015 signature which the kernel policies also accept (for legacy drivers).

    190x required creative to make some binary changes and their first attempt at a release had only a Creative sha1 signature which was unuseable by secureboot/uefi configurations (Driver was Code 52 on install), after community advisement, the driver was put through the Microsoft WCK Dev portal and assigned appropriate Sha256 signatures.

    Unless DanielK can patch the 2019 driver for the XFI Titaniums to support the Forte, im afraid it won't work on 1903+
     
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    Do the custom PAX drivers work for a Auzentech X-Fi Forte 7.1 ?
     

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    no idea,

    i've shot danielk a pm since he was already in touch with me about the XFI Titanium openal issue (sound dropping), so maybe he can fix it with a support pack 6.0 by repurposing the 2019 release.
     
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    An updated support pack will be available for the Auzen cards "soon", Daniel is just doing final testing.
     
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    Man, that's awesome news.
    Thanks folks.
     
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    Damn, impressive. My Prelude has been in storage for years because of that. I thought it had its day for drivers.
     
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    ?

    I have a Digital-X Mystique which predates the Forte by years (Mystique was the first DDL add in card after Nforce2) and it has been working perfectly fine since 2005.
     

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    Mystique is oxygen based.
     
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    All Auzentech cards? Even the CMedia based ones, such as my X-Meridian?
     
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    Oxygen doesn't need custom drivers.
     
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    Wow! I'll have to dig out my Prelude for the other PC. :D

    I was at the point to think 6 months ago it was nothing but a museum piece. Crazy to think that card was from 2007. Saying that my Creative Audigy 2 ZS is in that PC which the card was from 2003. :D
     

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