4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Not worth the headaches,
This review is from: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio PCI Express Sound Card (Accessory)
Decided to get a sound card with a digital output after years of crackling from the motherboard soundcard, decided on this 7.1 surround sound, spdif output & windows xp compatible - soundblaster has been round for years thought perfect.
Arrived a couple of days later installed it within a couple of minutes booted up, windows detected it, but then the headache started. Even though on the side of the box it clearly states xp sp2 (or greater) - i have sp3 installed but the cd doesn't actually provide xp drivers - Great! visited the website & tried the latest drivers, turned out to be a waste of time. After a few hours searching found out this is a common problem with soundblaster cards, but in this case there is a fix. Download the xtreme drivers for the notebook & force the drivers to install, gave this ago but found that with sp3 it wouldn't let me do this, in the end called it a day, only way to get it to worked seems to be to upgrade to vista which i won't be doing any time soon. I wouldn't recommend buying a soundblaster, especially if you want to use it on an xp system there plenty of alternatives