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Cannot find drivers for Soundblaster PCI-express XFi Xtreme Audio - Windows XP Pro 32bit.

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Hi,

I've looked all over the net, and contacted creative, but I cannot seem to source the drivers for this product. Creative only list vista drivers on their website, which I have tried to install only to get an error message. I'm at my last port of call. Please, someone, point me in the right direction!!!
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In the Creative forums it says to use the notebook version of the XFi Xtreme XP drivers to get it installed if you don't have the original install CD.

Then if you want the latest drivers, use the latest driver package, find out where it's unpacking itself in %userprofile%\local settings\temp, then in Device Manager right-click on the card and choose Update Drivers, 'no not this time, 'Install from a list', 'Don't search', click Have Disk, browse to the folder where it unpacked itself, select the *.INF file there and click Open, select the card, Next and Finish. That's not the exact procedure they give in that forum, but should give the same results.

To find the creative.com forum thread there to which I'm referring, search their soundblaster forums for ''PCI-express XFi Xtreme XP driver'' and it was the only thread that popped up when I ran that search.
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I enter thew website of creative (http://support.creative.com/downloads/download.aspx?nDownloadId=10525) go to xfi. enter in your card and theres the driver for windows xp and vista. The package contains a lot more software. If you need only the driver extract the package and take it from there. Good Luck!!!!
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@foxmasm

I've tried that link before, with no luck. I've tried it again, with no luck.

@darr247. I'm trying what you've said, and will let yo know the results.
Cheers
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@darr247

Ive tried that, and it worked for one of the "unknown" devices, and then wouldn't work for anything else... Go figure.
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BTW, I've still got the old hard drive, and tried installing drivers directly from the windows/system32 folder. However, it didn't work. If anyone knows exactly where the old drivers would be located on the directory structure, can they let me know...
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Is there a t3.inf file in the C:\Windows\inf folder?
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Nope.
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I meant on the old HDD, of course.  Sorry that wasn't clear. :-|
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Don't worry, I understood that. I checked the old HD, no t3.inf file under windows/inf
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So I've finally got a replacement CD. Now, when installing, I get lots of "device not configured correctly". I've tried following all advice on the creative website, and tried to work out a way of contacting tech support, but no luck.

I've uninstalled all drivers for the sound devices, and tried reinstalling that way. I've tried using the updated drivers etc. I just don't know why it is still not working correctly... Any ideas?
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Did you make sure you have all the mainboard's drivers, like chipsets etc, installed? For 3rd Party components to work properly, first the mainboard's drivers need be installed and running.
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All mainboard drivers are installed and working correctly.
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Have you tried the card in a different slot?
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Yep. I've tried everything suggested on the creative website. I've tried it in a different computer, so I know it's ok. I don't want to have to reinstall windows to fix the problem.
It just seems that every time I try to get the card installed, the driver won't allow for the card to startup... Go figure...
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Man, this is really getting me down. I think I'm just going to give up and get a new card. I cannot be bothered reinstalling windows!
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