Windows 10: Creative Soundblaster xfi Titanium Windows 10 Creators update problem

  1.    13 Jun 2017 #1

    Creative Soundblaster xfi Titanium Windows 10 Creators update problem

    Hi all, since the creators update was installed my sound from my xfi dedicated card is borked....when i say borked, i mean the quality is terrible; sound is muffled...there is too much volume at low volume levels, and when clicking on the audio devices the "output" level meter is always at 100% even at low volume.

    Im not sure how Microsoft has managed to bork an external sound card so much, but it has. I have tried removing drivers completely, using ccleaner to clean registry of sound drivers, and have reinstalled the latest driver on windows 10 which worked fine previous to this update. Nothing works.

    Aside from uninstalling this painfully bad update (one of many recently) is there anything else anyone has found that solves this problem?

    Thanks for any help in advance.

    Nb the sound coming through the usb/motherboard is absolutely fine. Just the sound card is now broken. I have tried several drivers now and nothing works....even the standard windows 10 loaded driver shows the same symptoms. HEEEELP!
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  2.    13 Jun 2017 #2

    Just to add some more seems like gain was massively introduced to sound on this update. The bass is massively over the top; and everything sounds muffled. Its almost like there are 2 sets of drivers competing. With the volume on halfway on my speakers and the in windows volume set to 10 the noise is deafening, and the speakers cant take it. The speakers are semi decent logitech ones and this is definitely an issue from this Creators update.
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  3.    13 Jun 2017 #3

    Have you tried Daniel k drivers
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  4.    13 Jun 2017 #4

    Yeh, thanks for the suggestion, but I have already installed those as well to try and remedy as a clean driver install; but something is definitely off with this creators update and the sound blaster drivers. They use the base modded latest driver for windows 10 anyway, so realistically is the same one as I was using before (that worked before the creators update). Nothing seems to help anything sound like it did....apart from rolling back the update. I have reinstalled it and the issue still remains. I think Microsoft need to do a hotfix or something.
    As the creative card is old...maybe my only choice is to buy a new soundcard, which quite frankly is ridiculous. Hoping for a fix...and wonder if noone else has noticed this same issue, as it definitely is the update that causes it?

    I have sent a "issue report" to MS on the feedback tool...whatever that might do.
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  5.    13 Jun 2017 #5

    I did a search some else had problems with sound and there coment was disable the card in device manager and renable it
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  6.    13 Jun 2017 #6

    It was the same sound card
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  7.    14 Jun 2017 #7

    Hi thanks again, I saw that same post actually! I tried this and nothing seems to be working to help me. Ive noticed that it sounds a bit better when set to 2.1 stereo instead of 5.1 (which is the speaker system I have) so Im not sure why that might be at all.

    Have checked the soundblaster software and Windows are both on 5.1 and they are. Just sounds....muffled; and at the same time far, far too loud. If I want it *very* loud I simply have to set it to 14 in Windows and not even half way on the volume control on the logitech speaker system. Before I would have had to put it to 40 in Windows on the same setting for loud music/games.

    If that was the only problem it would be fine, but the sound is distorted and something is wrong. I have adjusted the tone, and basically there is far too much bass at any setting; until it disappears completely....the range is all wrong. Im not sure what they have done, but Id like my old sounding Soundblaster back.

    Clearly as before its a problem with what they have done and Creative's drivers, but as this card is now eol; they wont be doing anymore drivers; just wish Windows wouldn't mess with this sort of thing. Am a bit surprised noone else has this issue or has reported it on these forums, makes me think something went wrong during the install...may try rolling back and installing again in the hope that this time it is better.
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