Not present, physical key. It’s much better to go directly to the manufacturer of the device in question, in this case, to Realtek. I’m not anything near an audiophile but I just don’t see the need for a dedicate sound card anymore. Audigy 2, and I did verify the windows volume adjustments were up on the soundmax. Jan 19, When a plug is inserted, the stereo signals contact the respective channels on the plug and are disconnected from the jack’s return pins. Retrieved 14 January

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This normally leads to better sound over analogue if you have halfway decent speakers.

I’ve not bought on in many years now. Unfortunately, the “hardcore gamer” industry has brainwashed people into thinking that good speakers are crap like the Logitech Z’s. Just ain’t a problem.

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Jan 4, 9. I’m not anything near an audiophile but I just don’t see the need for a dedicate sound card anymore. If the headphones are not plugged in, the jack directs the audio to the return pins that are connected to the speakers. It certainly beats onboard. The latest Realtek driver I know about is currently build a Realtek 2.

Intel C610 azalia (ALC888) not configuring at /dev/audio

Like AC’97, HD Audio is a specification that defines the architecture, link frame format, and programming interfaces used by the controller on the PCI bus and by the codec on the other side of the link.


Plus I really wouldn’t worry about an i7 being taxed because of sound processing. Consequently, a loud audio passage may make the HDA motherboard with AC’97 dongle believe that headphones and microphones are being plugged and unplugged hundreds of times per second. No, create an account now. Kindly help me to resolve this issue.

Realtek driver for ALC888 and Windows 7 32bit

Jan 8, Anybody have any idea how to enable audio hardware acceleration in Vista or Windows 7, since Microsoft made a shitty move by removing it in the last 2 OS’s they released, theirs gotta be a way to enable it via a hack or so, anyone? When the plug is inserted, the isolated switch inside the jack informs the motherboard, and the codec sends audio to the headphones.

Also, I have Logitech Zs. Stereo separation and positional sound is much better with the X-fi in games, even in today’s world of no directsound3d.

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You won’t see a performance difference, but if you’ve got decent audio hardware there will definitely be an improvement in sound quality with the X-Fi compared to onboard. That hasn’t been relevant for 7ish years. Although the quality of codecs have improved considerably in the last couple of years I still feel dedicated audio for good headphones and good speakers is a definite plus and something to be considered. Realistically though, the drivers would be much more practical and probably almost identical, so download that from station-drivers instead.


Even though the actual audio hardware is HD Audio, it will allow using the AC’97 front panel that way.

For the microphone jack, the return signal pins ground the microphone input when the microphone is not plugged in. Matthew KaneJan 17, It’s much better to go directly to the manufacturer of the device in question, in this case, to Realtek. When a headphone is plugged into the front panel jack, the audio signal goes to the headphones; the return pins are disconnected, so no audio signal goes to the speakers.

Zero82zJan 4, However, as of [update]most audio hardware manufacturers did not implement azlia full specification, especially bit sampling resolution. That combined with the fact that Creative always has some of the worst drivers known to man and I’d run with the onboard and sell the xfi to some poor idiot on ebay while it’s still worth something.

But X-Fi is still better imo. Jan 11, Jan 4, 6.

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