Santa Cruz installation: how easy can it get?!

Lord Evermore

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I bought a Santa Cruz today (well, Saturday) and Turtle Beach gets wicked points from me for their installation process. I don't think I've ever had any hardware install more easily. Uninstalled my Live! Value, opened up the case and swapped the cards. Boot up, cancel the XP hardware detection and install (exactly as described in the SC manual). Ran the newest driver installation I'd downloaded beforehand (rather than use the on-CD drivers), 2 minutes and several XP messages about new hardware, install is done. No rebooting, no instability, no failure to overwrite an older file.

New volume control icon in the system tray, hit that, set up my speakers, and I'm flying. There's also a "Sound Check" app included with the drivers, ran that just to be sure, everything checks out. MP3 plays fine, Unreal Tournament is great (in fact I hear MORE during the opening movie than I did with the Live!). The reason for the upgrade was because my speakers had started crackling, disabling the rear speakers cleaned it up mostly but the front speakers still did it. Driver update didn't help. Not happening so far with the Santa Cruz.

As I saw mentioned before, the volume IS quite a bit lower with the SC, but that's easily compensated for by turning up the speakers. I'd always thought the Live! put out too much volume anyway; I'd barely have the speaker control knob turned past the Off position and could be blown away. I expect this means the SC will have a smoother ramp to the max volume, and I'll be able to turn the knob farther before getting distortion and static.

Basically, so far, I'm recommending this to everyone that asks me about sound.

Oh yeah, I forgot to point out why exactly the driver installation was amazing to me. With the Live!, to install drivers in XP it has to reboot just to start the installation program. I'm assuming that's because something's in use and the installer can't just lock it and replace the file. Time will tell if the same thing happens with the SC with newer drivers, but I somehow doubt it.
 

NesuD

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don't forget to ditch those annoying cd audio cables from your cd rom drives. They are unnecessary with the Santa Cruz under xp. All cd audio goes through the pci bus with the Santa Cruz under win xp.
 

joohang

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<< don't forget to ditch those annoying cd audio cables from your cd rom drives. They are unnecessary with the Santa Cruz under xp. All cd audio goes through the pci bus with the Santa Cruz under win xp. >>


Whoa sweet! Is that the digital CD audio thingy that I always wondered what it was?
 

ScrapSilicon

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<<

<< don't forget to ditch those annoying cd audio cables from your cd rom drives. They are unnecessary with the Santa Cruz under xp. All cd audio goes through the pci bus with the Santa Cruz under win xp. >>


Whoa sweet! Is that the digital CD audio thingy that I always wondered what it was?
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if its going thru IDE/PCI its digital
 

Paulson

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My audigy platinum was a sinch to install :)

I like the drive bay, otherwise I probably would have went with some other company rather than creative, but I sure as hell can't complain... this is one wicked card :)
 

WyteWatt

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Santa Cruz is the #1 sound card!!!!!!!!! Best driver support too! Driver updates ever 3 months if not more!!
 

nortexoid

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uh, not more than a 3 month update cycle...but anyway...

how difficult were u anticipating the installation to be? - after all, it IS only a soundcard.

i like my SC, but i'm sort of craving a breakout box for front audio access, etc.
 

AA0

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my drivers always worked great under 98 and xp. The only problem I had is they wouldn't install in xp the normal way, but I got it to work with a little fooling around.
 

BeauJangles

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I had a similarly good experience with 2 Areal Vortex's I picked up for $14 a piece. I wanted better sound then the onboard stuff and I saw this deal so I picked 2 of em up (one for me, one for my parents). I removed my parent's soundcard / modem combo, unistalled the drivers, turned off the comp, stuck in the Vortex, rebooted and XP did the rest. Never had an easier time. It sounds great too (or at least better then onboard) :).
 

visceral

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Its very strange how games that use A3D or EAX, play at a much lower volume to the point where if i turn up the speakers to counteract it i can hear the buzz of my subwoofer. At least i don't get that hiss anymore unlike that SBLive! :)
 

Lord Evermore

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nortexoid: to install newer creative drivers, the system has to be rebooted before the installation will even run, and used to be you automatically got all kinds of applications installed whether you wanted them or not.
 

Mem

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<< My audigy platinum was a sinch to install >>



Same here with my SB Audigy and WinXP :).

I think the SB Audigy software is easier and better then the old SB Live software on install.


:)