Originally Posted by IMweasel
iicecube did you manage to get your sound chip working?
I dunno about him, but I DID, with the same motherboard he has (Asus Crosshair IV Formula) and without having to use the manual installation.
First of all, let me assure that this mobo uses a VIA VT2020 chipset which takes advantage of the Creative X-FI MB software to emulate the EAX effects at some extent.
Now, what I did to upgrade from 8.700a to the newest drivers (9.600) on my Windows 7 x64 system was:
1) uninstall the Creative X-FI MB software suite;
3) uninstall the 8.700a VIA drivers;
5) delete all the folders related to Creative and VIA on the HD (mainly in the Appdata folder under my user account);
6) clean the registry from all the old Creative and VIA voices (I used the CCleaner registry tool to clean it);
8) install the new 9.600 VIA drivers;
10) at this point, the audio icon had no remarks, but I couldn't hear any sound. Guess what? I dunno why, but the system had defaulted to headphones (and I've no headphones connected... nevermind, computers are odd, sometimes). So, I had to default to the speakers and I could finally hear the system sounds;
11) install the Creative X-FI MB software suite again (it's on the Asus download section of the mobo);
13) launch the Creative autoupdate and try to update ONLY the MB software suite. The update fails, but it makes the system recognize the onboard audio VT2020 as a Creative soundcard (without this step, the Creative suite denied to give me access to its advanced functions, telling that it couldn't detect a valid Creative product).
Hope it helps.