Sound Blaster X-Fi I/O Drive - Not Detected - AD_EXT Cable?

Posted on 2008-11-16
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
I bought this soundcard: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum - Fatal1ty Champion Series

I can't get the front interface to work. In the manual it is refered to as the X-Fi I/O Drive which sits at the front of the computer.

I can't find the AD_EXT cable so I am using an old IDE cable. I am keen to get the remote to work and am really annoying I can't get this working!

Please can someone help me?

Where can I buy an AD_EXT cable?
I have emailed their support team but I have read on google that creative's customer supports says they dont sell these anymore so I am a bit desperate and very keen to get this soundcard fully operational as I have waited along time to get to this stage and dont want to wait any longer!
Question by:shtoom
    LVL 91

    Assisted Solution

    try to make your own - here the pinout:

    Accepted Solution

    mm no thanks..
    in the manual it says:
    To prevent permanent damage, use only the AD_EXT connector, and the X Fi- audio card with the X-Fi I/O Drive. Do not force any cable into a connector. This can cause permanent damage to your hardware.

    I have this error in system device manager under other devices:
    Audio device on high definition audio bus driver

    Could this be related to the X-Fi I/O Drive?

    In Device Manager it has picked up Creative SB X-Fi.

    I have an old Soundblaster Live Drive II and I tried using its AD_EXT looking cable but it doesnt fit in my new one: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum - Fatal1ty Champion Series 7.1 Sound Card.
    I found an old IDE cable i think its 40 pins on each end and it fits into my new. When I turn the computer on the Soundcard connect to the mobo lights up but there is no responce from the front panel X-Fi I/O Drive. indication of the front panel working..
    Can someone advise on how to get the front panel working? I think I need the real AD_EXT cable?
    LVL 91

    Expert Comment

    if you have an error in device manager, that can be the reason; or the driver is not completely installed, or a bad one, or bad hardware.
    try installing another one (older, newer) for testing

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