[AG-TECH] RAT does not detect Creative SB X-Fi Surround 5.1 audio device.

Michael Lake Mike.Lake at uts.edu.au
Wed Apr 13 20:38:33 CDT 2011

Hi all

I have got the sound back again by setting the driver to not use the
Creative driver but using the Microsoft USB sound driver (suggested by 
one of our IT guys here at UTS).

I still do not know why the problem occurred as we have been using this 
device for some years. The only times something similar occurs is after 
Windows updates. They would replace the Creative driver with the 
SoundMax driver (as a SoundMax is on the mother board) but I'd just go 
into the RAT and change it back. This time RAT didn't detect the 
Creative driver at all. I think a Windows update has screwed something.

Thanks to Nikkos Svoboda, LSU Department of Mathematics, for some 


On 11/04/2011 3:39 PM, Mike Lake wrote:
> Hi all
> I am not able to detect the Audio Device under RAT/Options/Audio.
> Hence we have no sound. This occurred last week, we don't know why yet.
> We are using AG 3.1 on Win XP.
> Sound card is a Creative SB X-Fi Surround 5.1 which appears fine under Windows, Sound&  Audio Devices lists it as OK, we can play Beethoven from the speakers fine using Windows media player.
> (There is an AudioMax device on the motherboard that is disabled, if enabled it appears fine in the RAT.)
> I found a post here with a similar problem:
>    [AG-TECH] Fwd: Problems with RAT
>    Todd Zimmerman todd.zimmerman at ubc.ca
>    Tue Feb 8 13:05, 2011
>    https://lists.mcs.anl.gov/mailman/htdig/ag-tech/2011-February/021962.html
> Seems no reply to that problem.
> I have reinstalled Creative SB drivers, have reinstalled AG 3.1 but still RAT cannot detect the SB driver in its drop down list box.
> Suggestions most welcome. I'm at a loss.
> Mike Lake
> 9514 2238 (w)

Mike Lake
University of Technology, Sydney
Ph: 9514 2238

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