I have been a member for a long time but was reminded that I have never introduced myself. So............. Hello and thanks for the great site. One of the few that answers questions and does gladly. So many sites berate or make one to feel like they are not quite deserving of their attention. Not so here and that is a great thing.
I promised a couple of fixes. For those that have had serious issues or just have been unable to use Flash because of incompatibilities with windows 7 64 bit OS they have finally fixed the problem. Go to Adobe and support enter " not able to use flash, installs but nothing happens, using Windows 7 64 bit" or something close to this question. First note that you must be using a 32 bit browser. IE and Firefox ( which is what I use exclusively), are the two man culprits. If you try to use a 64 bit browser than you are out of luck because as of this writing there is not fix for this. Take note. Adobe has had about two years to fix this and this is the first Flash file written to directly address the issue. Talk about lightning response, NOT!. Fact is that this file works great except there are some extraneous programs that will not work but they are few. When and if you go to Utube videos, now owned by Google and you can tell by the way that they have censored videos, but that is another problem all together. But I digress. Utube uses Quicktime to play it's videos because of the Flash problem but it works great. Remember when you go to apple unless you want to have Itunes taking over your computer make sure you use the box with the checkmark to not install Itunes. Works great and no advertisements. Personal note; if you do not want the Apple start up to check for new versions and God knows what else than use the Windows utility msconfig.exe to remove it from the start up menu. Just use the run command to enter the file name and it opens pop up which allows you to remove the check-mark It asks if you want to reboot.
Now to number two and it is a number two when it comes to sound problems with, you guessed it, Windows 7 64 bit OS. There are postings all over the Net about crackling, hissing, cut outs and just terrible sound using Creative X-fi and some other cards but especially the Creative cards. Again we have a company so large that it is staggering but even though they had two years to fix this problem with a program or other means they did not and of course you have to push really hard before they will even admit their precious cards have big problems. Frankly I am looking for another company to buy from when I put together my next rig. Just have to be sure they do not use creative software. Turtle Beach or whatever. Is the Turtle Beach still even making cards?
Anyway, found this on a site whilst doing my usual Google and any other search engine you could think of and I found this post that makes short work of the problem. One caveat, if you have over 4 gigs of ram this may not work for you because in the end it is a memory issue that is tripping the card up. I will post it as quoted below. Take note you will lose some ram but if you want a fix until Creative gets off it's collective butts, ( yeah right that's about to happen) than this is the only way I have found in 6 months of constant searching that works.
Here ya go.
Constant crackling and popping in the sound. When trying to play a music file, it will often stop working after a few seconds of making all sorts of horrible noises.
Creative Labs are unfamilliar with the fact that a lot of people use a 64 bit O/S with 4 GB RAM on nForce Mobos (maybe occurs on other chips too?). There is a problem with the address space when the maximum addressable memory is over 4 GB.
- Start msconfig, go to the advanced boot options and set max mem to 4096. You will lose a load of memory and get a performance hit, but this is the only thing that seems to work reliably.
- The alternative is to disable the sound card in the device manager and to enable it again once the computer is started up and running. When I play the Half-Life 2 cinematic mod for example, I really need the use of all 4 GB of my RAM, so this is what I do and I haven't had any issues. The sound works fine until I quit the game and run another application. Then I have to disable the card in the device manager again and restart the computer again and start over to get sound back. Sometimes it just seems to start working again on its own. It's terribly unreliable, but it's the only way to use 4 GB and the X-Fi
- Don't expect any help from Creative. I have tried all the drivers I can find to no avail. Everyone hails Daniel_K's modded drivers (the X-FI Support Pack 2.0) but this didn't make any difference for me and as far as I can see, the drivers are not actually modded at all anyway.
Hopefully someone will come up with something better
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So thanks for letting me use this great site. I hope that the fixes help out someone. I know that made me smile.