Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS Problems - PC crashes/freezes when playing audio in Windows XP.
Posted on 2004-10-18
Pentium 4 2.6Ghz
ATI Radeon 9600XT 128MB
Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS
Creative Inspire T7900
Windows XP Professional SP2
When I try to play an MP3 or a video with sound or a game or sometimes immediatly after startup the computer freezes and I can't do anything and the speakers make an annoying whine.
Windows sounds such as the starup and shutdown sounds and msn messenger play and also the 192 sample dvd audio from creative plays fine (at least so far), which seems a little odd to me.
It all seemed to start when last week my PC kept rebooting on startup. I located the problem to my internal PCI USB Hub. I restarted in safe mode, disabled it and Windows did load however it started crashing as described above. I removed USB card completly and still the problems so I can only assume the cause is the soundcard.
I've tried reinstalling the latest drivers. Tried the audigy in different slots. Done a "cleansweep" as described by Creative but still the problems remain. I'm running out of ideas now so any help anyone can give me is much appreciated.