Audigy Installation - IntroductionIntroductionThose of us lucky enough to own one of Creative's Audigy sound cards know the aural pleasure that they deliver. One downside of Creative's package is the driver installation, and the fact that the original driver CD is required in order to install drivers even at a basic level. Others will find the CD installation puts a large amount of unneeded software on their otherwise nice clean system. What follows is a guide on how to install the basic card drivers without the use of the original CD. This process is tested and working under Windows XP, although I see no reason why it wouldn't also work on Windows 2000.
Audigy Installation - Step 1Part 1 - Install the wrong driverYes I know it sounds crazy, but in order to achieve our goal we will be installing the incorrect driver for the Audigy card. Start by going into device manager, and obtaining the properties for the PCI Multimedia Audio Device.
Audigy Installation - Step 2Part 2 - Install the right driverNext, we need to download the latest Audigy upgrade driver from the Creative website. These, of course, state that they are an upgrade and that they require the original CD install, but ignore that and download the file. Once downloaded, run the file to install the Audigy drivers.
Audigy Installation - ConclusionConclusionIt seems that the driver update for Windows XP looks for the presence of certain driver files in the \windows\system32\drivers folder, and doesn't check the file versions. Critics of late might surmise that this process works due to the Audigy being based on the same EMU chip as the Live! series, but that hasn't been proven at all. Driver file similarities are likely due to the similar API's etc that the audigy uses. In any case, this process will get your Audigy up and working with a minimum amount of fuss, without the original CD and without not-optional apps like Playcenter!
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon.com
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon.co.uk
Australia: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon.com.au
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon.ca
Deutschland: Finde andere Technik- und Computerprodukte wie dieses auf Amazon.de