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#1 DJBPace07

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 12:19 PM

I have an Asus A8N32-SLi Deluxe motherboard. I have 4 GB of RAM with a 64-bit OS and CPU. My BIOS has an option that allows a memory hole to be remapped. This allows me to use the entire 4GB of RAM instead of 3GB. This only works if I have some kind of 64-bit operating system and processor. I've started to encounter an annoying problem with this, my soundcard, a Creative X-Fi, either doesn't work or I get a blast of static coming from the speakers. The silence or static goes away after a restart and the sound usually starts normally. Turning off the memory hole allows the soundcard to work as it always has. What could cause this kind of problem?

Edited by DJBPace07, 25 April 2007 - 12:21 PM.

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 12:34 PM

If you got one of the X-Fi cards with X-RAM I shouldn't be at all surprised this is happening.
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#3 DJBPace07

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 01:29 AM

I've been reading the boards over at Creative, I must say they don't treat their customers very well by some of the posts. Anyway, my problem started two days ago, almost a week after I enabled memory remapping. Restarting the system seems to clear it up after about five or six restarts.

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 09:21 PM

UPDATE: I just downloaded the newly released SoundBlaster X-Fi drivers and they do clear up other issues I have been having with the card. But, alas, the Snapping, Crackling, and Popping issue with the X-Fi boards haven't been cleared up. I did discover a workaround though. Once Vista starts go into the Device Manager and disable the soundcard then re-enable it. This has solved my problem, but it's a pain having to do this just to get sound but it does at least indicate the problem is driver related and most likely limited to how they initialize the soundcard. I doubt this problem will be fixed soon so I'm keeping an eye on Asus and their Xonar cards when they are released sometime in June or July.

Edited by DJBPace07, 03 June 2007 - 09:26 PM.

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