realtek audio conflict with Creative

May 31, 2010 at 07:56:04
Specs: Windows XP
I see many postings here about Real Tek conflicts...

I have an Alienware A51 with a Real Tek on the board and Creative SBxFi installed....

It caused me all kinds of headaches until I uninstalled the Real Tek and disabled the device as suggested.

The problem is that it conflicts when I plug in a USB sound device like a guitar (snakelight USB to 1/4 inch jack) or Yeti USB mike or even my Skype USB headset.

It takes all kinds of screwing around to get the USB device to work and then you lose other sound sources.....or you don't get the USB device to work....

big PITA..

So....solution...disable...Real Tek...the SB will provide more than ample sound processing.

Anyone else got a better work around???

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May 31, 2010 at 08:26:25
Yea, don't install the SB card. If that isn't what you want to do then you should be sure that you have disabled all the elements of the Realtek sound chip.

I haven't used any Creative Labs (SB) cards in years. That said, they were always resource hogs. That may still be the case.

If there are IRQ conflicts the simple solution for you may be to try moving the SB card to a different slot, which should cause it to use a different IRQ.

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May 31, 2010 at 08:36:53
Well, I like the SB card and since I record music and voice using ProTracks having fewer conflicts works better...I have enough resources onboard that it isn't an, if I could just figure out what;s going on with my Outlook which is a REAL resource pig.....(yeah, I've tried almost all the fixes suggested here and elsewere - nothing seems to work!!!!)

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May 31, 2010 at 08:51:12
Your BIOS provides a finite number of IRQ addresses. That means in a modern computer multiple devices may SHARE an IRQ. When high bandwidth devices share an IRQ degradation may occur.

So, If you were thinking I meant memory you were wrong.

Look at Device manager to determine which hardware devices are sharing IRQs. Post back the results.

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May 31, 2010 at 09:01:59
Thanks - good idea...

I don't seem to be able to cut and past the list but the SB xFi is at PC! 18 and the Microsoft UAA bus driver is at PCI 20 under the IRQ connections listing...

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May 31, 2010 at 09:18:11
Is anything else sharing the SB IRQ?

Have you disabled the Realtek sound in the BIOS?

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May 31, 2010 at 11:07:48
I'm not actually having issues any more...I I disabled it in the Device Manager and its all good....I was just wondering if there was a way for the Real Tek chip and SB to coexist together...

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