Creative Sound Blaster Z Series

Discussion in 'Soundcards, Speakers HiFI & File formats' started by IanM, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. Octopuss

    Octopuss Master Guru

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    The changelog is really promising:

    Added Enhancement / Features:
    WHQL-certified drivers


    Did that take a year to develop?
     
  2. IcE

    IcE Don Snow Staff Member

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    No, they're just idiots and never update the changelog. It's said that for years now.
     
  3. Radical_53

    Radical_53 Ancient Guru

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    I don't even see a new driver there for the ZXR (despite the "new" one that had been installed by MS update). The last driver from Creative direct still carries the date of last year's Christmas.
     
  4. Octopuss

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    Yeah, it's just Z/Zx that got updated with who knows what.
     

  5. Jkhan

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    Is it safe to upgrade the drivers. Or do I need to remove the previous ones before installing the new ones. To be honest, I've not had an issue at all with the drivers I've got installed a few months back. So is it really necessary for me to upgrade ?
     
  6. applejack

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    I've updated from previous drivers without having to uninstall first. so far so good.
     
  7. FatBoyNL

    FatBoyNL Ancient Guru

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    ZxR drivers have been updated on Creative's website today.
    SBZxR_CD_L13_1_00_28
    Dated December 19, 2014.
     
  8. applejack

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    can you please list the Z-Series control panel software version for ZxR after installation ? (I want to ensure compatibility with upcoming release of SBZ Switcher)
     
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  9. Octopuss

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    I'm really curious what the changes are.
     
  10. IcE

    IcE Don Snow Staff Member

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    I've been afraid to upgrade since they never list what gets fixed. Drives me nuts.
     

  11. Octopuss

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    After some looking around, it seems like they really ONLY added WHQL certification.
    I kind of regred buying the card despite not having any problems, but rather because of how stupidly useless the company is, and how it doesn't give a ****.
     
  12. FatBoyNL

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    Has anyone succeeded in downloading the new ZxR drivers yet?
    I'm getting download speeds up to 67kB/s, but the download is interrupted every time after an hour or so :( Tried European and US download sources so far.
     
  13. Octopuss

    Octopuss Master Guru

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    A guy on Creative forums uploaded the file somewhere. Go check it out.
     
  14. rabbit_hOle

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    Applejack,

    Where is the version number located? I installed the new drivers off of Creative's website yesterday and all is well on my ZxR. Both movies and games sound very good.
     
  15. applejack

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    ^ control panel menu / about (next to minimize and close buttons)
     

  16. rabbit_hOle

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    Here you go:

    Version 2.15.04
     
  17. applejack

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    thanks. same as Z/Zx. will release compatible SBZ Switcher version soon...
     
  18. Octopuss

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    I have the new driver installed and am not experiencing any problems. Not that I'd expect any with analog stereo output though.
    I'm sure people with digital surround will rage soon from the same still unfixed bugs though.
     
  19. Shadowjump

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    Question. My old X-Fi Titanium died and I need a new sound card.

    What I am interested in is, stereo upmix. I am using 5.1 speakers and when listening to MP3s, youtube, etc, the X-Fi used to upmix and I had sound from all speakers. When I was playing a game/watcing a movie, it played fine with 5.1 sound. Didnt have to change anything.

    Does this work with a Sound Blaster Z?
     
  20. Keitosha

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    The Realtek experience! Now with Creative!! :banana:

    Downloading at a whopping speed of 7KB/s.
    Get your new driver in 2 days!

    Bah, need to find a mirror. :)

    EDIT:

    No mirrors to be found. All of them redirect to the official download site. Creative already stated that they are upgrading servers and no ETA in sight. Basically "deal with it".

    Can someone reupload the driver set?
    The official link cancels download always around 17MB with an unknown network error. Tried 5 times to no avail. :bang:
     
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