I would like to get more information about this card and how it interacts with our M6805's. The only way to get any useful information with any certainty is to ask questions and wait for responders.
I am thinking about shelling out $120 for this card. I need at least someone, just one person to say that they don't have a problem with the Audigy notebook. This will tell me that it might not be a hardware problem. Perhaps it is a software issue. Over all my years of installing computer components I have never had any real unresolved hardware conflicts (aside from hardware failure or lack of driver support). Therefore I lean towards skepticism that there is something wrong and await a hopeful user report.
After 6 hours of use now I know what these guys were talking about. I do get some static and a very few pops when listening to mp3's that are quiet like some classical music.
Yes there is some popping/static. Especially when transitioning to a new song in Windows Media Player and with Windows sounds.The card sounds good nonetheless. I will just have to wait for a driver fix. Highly improbable that this has to do with the speed of the PCMCIA controller. But it could be the driver.
The sound from DVD is awesome though.
I suppose if this never gets fixed I will have to sell it...nah!
Edit: Now I DON'T have static/pops!!
What the heck did I do? Hmm.
All I did was change the speaker setting from 2.1 -> Headphone and back to 2.1. I am using Sony MDR-V600's (btw great headphones). Problem solved? I don't think so. It will crop up I am sure. Label this one a definite driver problem.
This is a confusing problem. It still happens on battery power alone. It is most prominent when muting the volume and transitioning media files. The popping is repeatable and predictable. Not random other than the fact that some switching of settings in the creative mediasource control panel makes it come and go. I don't have any definite order of switching stuff around that makes the fix permanent yet.
I don't know. It still pops when I have the power connected. It is a grounded outlet. I used my DVM to check for polarity and proper voltage. Everyhting power-wise seems fine.
This is such a small problem that I can understand how Creative would put it on the back burner. Creative is not going to get a lot of complaints from customers (unless they are a pro and want that THX functionality they expect). I am sure they will get around to getting it fixed.
Creative just release a whole bunch of replacement apps for this card and I would suspect another set of drivers are to be released next. I downloaded the driver updates through their website with the autoupdate program. Needless to say I was shocked at how large the driver update was. 44MB! Can someone say they have problems? Most definitely.
Other than that the card performs adequate and does the job. No major quibbles from me as I did expect this. I will expect Creative to address this issue as they have with all of my previous audio/video cards from them.
Mine doesn't have the popping sound everyone else has been having. The popping is only when you go from one sound to another. Games and DVDs are perfect for me its only when playing MP3s do I get static in the background and the static isn't consistent. My eMachines is still out to the RMA Center so I can't confirm if anything can be fixed with the new updates Mobile is talking about.
The "fix" most people found is exactly what you said, if you go into the EAX Tool or one of those damn Creative tools and hit the 'Default' button the problem is fixed for a time and then comes back. When that happens you go back in and hit 'Default' again. Clearly a driver problem imo.
Also I had the same thing as you, the static stopped after I updated my EnE Chipset drivers but 2 weeks later it was right back again.
Your MP3s may be the issue, not the card. Download a program called MP3 gain, and run it on your MP3s to see if any flag the "clipping" column. Clipping is whan the encoding of the MP3 results in a loss of part of the audio - usually at either extreme of the frequencies. Also, check the bit rates of the files. MP3Gain is free, and it's a nice program - I use it to normalize all my tracks so I don't have to constnatly adjust the volume between songs.