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softmod sb live/audigy 1/audigy 2 to audigy 4 pro

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kovboi

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this may be old news for a lot of you, but i came across this little trick and salvaged my old audigy 1. rather than re-spoke the wheel (and run the risk of appearing to take credit for someone else's hard work), here is the very concise guide provided by Leviathan at extremeoverclocking.com :

1. First off, uninstall your old drivers, use drivercleaner and then restart your computer.
2. Next, download 7zip or winrar to open the next link. The next link IS - the PAX 1.02 Audigy 4 drivers. (This is only the base drivers, modded to install on any Audigy card, and the audigy control console). Grab those! http://www.megaupload.com/?d=222AUPXC
3. Install the pax drivers. They have 3 options for install - Music, Music 2 and Gaming. I chose gaming, which is optimized for EAX and DVDs, which is mostly what I use my computer for. See installation for additional notes on each different driver version.
4. While those are installing, download the Audigy 4 Pro PAX ISO. This is the full A4 iso modded to install on any soundcard.
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=22520AR4
5. After the PAX 1.02 install, you don't need to restart! Go ahead and use 7zip to unzip the ISO, then mount it using Daemon Tools or Nero ImageDrive. Follow the instructions that come up. When you get to installation, click "Custom" and UNCLICK the "Driver" and "Audigy Console" box, because the PAX 1.02 set came with modded versions of these already. Install media-source if you REALLY want to... I personally don't like it.
6. Now, restart the computer. Once you boot into windows, you'll have sound! An Audigy 4 Pro sound to be exact. If creative wants you to register.... obviously, don't.
7. One last thing - grab this
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=29OVMPDR
and copy the files in here to their respective locations - /Program Files/Creative/SBaudigy/Speaker Settings and then /Surround Mixer. You need to do this to enable support of these applications, if you don't want to use the control console (which works well!). Now I found right clicking on the audio button in the system tray and clicking "speaker settings" still yeilded the message "the hardware is not supported".... so I just made a shortcut on my desktop to the two files we just copied. This resulted in successful launches of both programs.
EDIT - upon reboot, it seems you can access them from the menu again.

8. You're done! Enjoy your slightly better sound and slightly lower CPU usage! A neat feature (for anybody with remotes) is the new entertainment center. Go into the start menu to configure that (I have an RM-900 remote) and then you can use their neat Windows Media Center-ish program to play movies, music and pictures.

NOTE - I suggest leaving all the installation paths on their default settings, failing to do this might yeild unwanted results!
NOTE 2 - it also seems some people experience very slow shutdowns when the entertainment center is enabled... so if you do, go into the options and disable it.
a couple of quick notes:
1. this does not change your hardware, so don't go expecting EAX4 on your audigy 1! it only makes audigy 4 pro drivers & software work with your old card, which is still quite an improvement.
2. in reading through the forums at driverheaven.net , it appears that this will NOT work with audigy 1 LS and audigy 2 value.

i've performed this softmod on my audigy 1 and it worked like a charm. so someday i'll upgrade to x-fi, but this will do just fine while i have my 2.1 speakers. :D hope some of you find this helpful, too!
 

grumperfish

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Nov 10, 2005
Did this softmod really do anything all that useful (ie improve sound quality)? I tried the audigy 1 to 2zs softmod but I couldn't find a 2zs cd online except for a 3kb/s download so I gave up on it. This seems like it would be easier.


Edit: Eventually did this mod with an Audigy2ZS. THX settings and extra driver controls are definately helpful. No idea if audio quality improved since I use digital, but the screech(es) of death I got when I tried Creative's drivers dissappeared immediately after doing this mod and haven't reappeared.
 
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kovboi

kovboi

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regarding sound quality, it's a subjective call but i'd say there's a definite improvement. and if you have an audigy 1 then you know that the software package is lame. this way you get the whole enchilada (if you want it). i was surprised by how easy it is once you've downloaded everything. took me about 2 hours to download the a4 pro cd. i might upload a torrent if there are enough people interested.
 

rseven

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Yes, subjective is the right word. I think it sounds the same either way, but some folks think it's an improvement.
 
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kovboi

kovboi

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the audigy 4 software makes for a definite improvement. i was fiddling with the THX configuration last night while watching a movie and i was blown away. 'course, maybe i have low standards. :D
 
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kovboi

kovboi

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Arca_ex said:
Sorry if I sound like a noob but I have no clue what "mounting" is so I just said screw it...
mounting means using a disc image (like an iso file) to create a virtual drive. you don't actually have to do that, though, as you can just burn the image directly to a cd (which is what i did) and it works fine.