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Click Start Scan to find Windows issues that could be causing PC problems. Click Repair All to fix issues affecting your computer's security and performance . Restoro has been downloaded by 0 readers this month. Users who like their sound to be as crispy and especially professionals will go for an external sound card for a variety of reasons.
The Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic series are top-of-the-line sound cards. However, they seem to have an issue on Windows 10, as either the sound is distorted or there’s no sound at all.
We tried to shed some light on this problem, so check our solutions below. For the majority of affected users, issues started after a major Windows 10 update. And it looks that some system changes made after the update broke the Creative SB X-Fi soundcard. The first step to try is running the built-in troubleshooter.
This helped some users address both problems with sound quality or complete absence of the audio output from Creative SB.
Here’s how to run it in Windows 10:.
Press Windows key + I to open Settings.
Choose Update & Security. Select Troubleshoot from the left pane.
Expand the Playing Audio troubleshooter and click Run the troubleshooter. If the previous step didn’t help you get the sound back to normal, we suggest navigating to Device Manager and disabling the device. Once you reboot your PC, you can re-enable it again and, hopefully, the sound will get back.
There seems to be a slight problem with certain external soundcards after system updates. This should deal with that. Follow these steps to disable/re-enable Creative SB X-Fi in Windows 10:. Right-click Start and open Device Manager. Expand the Sound, video and game controllers.
Right-click on SB X-Fi and choose Disable device from the contextual menu. Reboot your PC and re-enable the device. The next applicable solution is to stick with system-provided drivers. The thing is, you can either reinstall them and the system will install drivers again or roll back to a previous version. One of the two options should work for you, so try them both and look for improvements or resolution.
Follow these instructions to reinstall or rollback Creative SB X-Fi driver on Windows 10:.
Right-click Start and open Device Manager. Expand the Sound, video and game controllers. Right-click on SB X-Fi and choose Uninstall device.
Reboot your PC and look for changes. And, while there, you can do the same for an onboard sound card, if available.
Those are usually Realtek and you can try reinstalling them, too. Expert Tip: Some PC issues are hard to tackle, especially when it comes to corrupted repositories or missing Windows files.
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Another frequently mentioned solution is to change the default bitrate.