Mind you I'm probably the last person to judge audio quality. I have just enough of my hearing left to not require hearing aids. I continually ask people to repeat themselves on a regular basis weather on the phone or in a face to face conversation. I sometimes have trouble hearing myself and people are constantly telling me to lower my voice.
The only reason I can think of that you hear a difference in your games with the Creative software installed is because you've enabled EAX...which does change the sound in applications that support EAX.
i had it some days (i bought it for 25 USD something. long time ago)...but now i use modded sigmatel driver.....its perfect...(cost nothing),,you should try it, really good bass sound, etc...(its fairly big different to the original Sigmatel driver). http://www.notebookforums.com/thread169312.html
Do you suppose it'll eliminate Snaps, Crackles and Pop? I mean I love Rice Crispies and all but enough is enough. And I cant find it on NewEgg, please Help I wanna buy it ASAP. I loved me older one on my M170. Placebo things are always cool.