Re: Release Candidate of Sound DriverPacks open for public testing!

@candle

Just to be helpful

please note we do have a modem pack big_smile wink  http://forum.driverpacks.net/viewtopic.php?id=3174

In fact we have quite a few 3rd party DriverPack (don't use them all at once wink)
http://forum.driverpacks.net/viewtopic.php?id=587

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Re: Release Candidate of Sound DriverPacks open for public testing!

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OverFlow wrote:

@candle

Just to be helpful

please note we do have a modem pack big_smile wink  http://forum.driverpacks.net/viewtopic.php?id=3174

In fact we have quite a few 3rd party DriverPack (don't use them all at once wink)
http://forum.driverpacks.net/viewtopic.php?id=587

Wow, I didn't know, that there are modem pack and the other.
All, I know are CPU, chipset, graphic, sound, lan, wlan and mass storage.

Will try to use 3rd party driver(bluetooth, modem, smartcard).
Thanks
candle

Re: Release Candidate of Sound DriverPacks open for public testing!

Well, I have a P5Q board, but never had the chance to test Bâshrat the Sneaky drivers on it. I have been following this thread for a while, but unfortunately those days (months!) I haven't got the time to test such things. :(

I'd test this for you next summer guys, but by then you'll probably have it out as "stable."

So good luck, and continue the good work.

twipley

Re: Release Candidate of Sound DriverPacks open for public testing!

What about me reinstalling Windows with RC sound drivers, testing the motherboard chipset's audio drivers? Thing is, I also have a standalone Creative sound card installed. Usually, before installing Windows, I disable the audio support from the motherboard (in the BIOS) so that in the first place the corresponding drivers won't get installed, and in the second place so that there won't be any conflict with two audio devices installed at the same time.

What do you think, if I let the audio support from the motherboard on and reinstall Windows, wouldn't there be audio conflicts? Or potential slowdowns of my system at startup, since both drivers will get loaded?  Or could those slowdowns be remedied by disabling the unwanted device (i.e. the motherboard audio support) from the device manager afterwards?

Thank you for helping me helping. smile

Re: Release Candidate of Sound DriverPacks open for public testing!

Sorry for neglecting this thread.
We added some updated drivers to these DriverPacks so in effect, went back to nightly status.  We are close to public release though.  Just a few nagging bugs to work out.

Re: Release Candidate of Sound DriverPacks open for public testing!

So you wouldn't (expressly) need me for testing this time? smile (Even if I wouldn't really mind to.)

Re: Release Candidate of Sound DriverPacks open for public testing!

Well, it's kinda pointless at the moment.  Major changed the folder structure for both sound DriverPacks and the .ini files don't match now.  He's working on fixing them now.
If you want to fix the .ini yourself, then here's the links.
DP_Sound_A_wnt5_x86-32_90902
http://driverpacks.sytes.net/driverpack … 2_90902.7z
MD5: 1c5643759c3664cfe5e272337c9a01ba
Size: 136 MB

DP_Sound_B_wnt5_x86-32_90903
http://driverpacks.sytes.net/driverpack … 2_90903.7z
MD5: fd4dfb9184abdafdb8842dccb0e698af
Size: 90.8 MB

Re: Release Candidate of Sound DriverPacks open for public testing!

But did you need someone testing the HD audio for the P5Q or have I just hallucinated that? I cannot find this any mention of this anymore...

Re: Release Candidate of Sound DriverPacks open for public testing!

Go for it!  I can't remember exactly if that fix made it in, but I think so.

Re: Release Candidate of Sound DriverPacks open for public testing!

I might need someone answering my previously asked questions (#29), though.

Re: Release Candidate of Sound DriverPacks open for public testing!

You should be fine enabling both audio functions.  I never disable my onboard audio and I have a second Asus Xonar PCIexpress card and both install fine side-by-side.  The onboard sound will become the default after install, but that's easily changed after loading the desktop.

Re: Release Candidate of Sound DriverPacks open for public testing!

Alright. Thanks for the info. I'll wait for Major to finish what he's doing, then I'll test those out.

EDIT: is it just me or the files are bigger than they were last time? (doesn't seem to fit on my CD.)

Last edited by twipley (2009-10-11 10:36:11)

Re: Release Candidate of Sound DriverPacks open for public testing!

LOL, yes.  DriverPack Sound A almost doubled in size because of the Creative installers.

Re: Release Candidate of Sound DriverPacks open for public testing!

Creative installers? Do you care to elaborate? i.e. what has changed, concretely, and abstractly? :)

Last edited by twipley (2009-10-12 02:10:46)

Re: Release Candidate of Sound DriverPacks open for public testing!

most of the high end creative cards (and others too) require that their Setup.exe is run after the basic driver is installed.

If the setup is not run the card will not function or will function in a diminished capacity.

therefore the Full installer must be included in the pack...
These are huge since it is not simply the driver files, but all the control panels and related applications as well.

There is no way around this... It has always been so...
The size of these installers continues to grow with age only making it worse.

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Re: Release Candidate of Sound DriverPacks open for public testing!

Hello OverFlow.

Oh, you mean the "basic" audio console (http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/images … onsole.png)

will get upgraded to the full-fledged one
http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/6541 … umenw1.gif
http://aphnetworks.com/review/auzentech … de/ss0.png

? I've personally went a long time without feeling the need for those. Not too convinced the average user really needs those? I would rather include the "extra," often (in my case, always!) unneeded stuff in third-party driverpacks. What do you think?

Re: Release Candidate of Sound DriverPacks open for public testing!

If only Creative would build a consolidated driver/installer...oh who am I kidding! sad

Re: Release Candidate of Sound DriverPacks open for public testing!

You mean it would not be possible to integrate those "extras" into third-party driverpacks?

Re: Release Candidate of Sound DriverPacks open for public testing!

I suppose it's possible.  Similar to how we split the Graphics Languages off.  It depends on how the .inf structures are built.  If those extra folders are dependencies, then no way.

Re: Release Candidate of Sound DriverPacks open for public testing!

So you people might check this out if you have the chance before publishing?

Re: Release Candidate of Sound DriverPacks open for public testing!

We probably can not commit sufficient time for that from one of our very few yet fine volunteers wink
It is hard enough to find time just to keep them updated without getting crazy with it

Perhaps you could test it for us... do you have one of the affected cards to test with?

Look at the sound packs INI and try moving a section of it and the split file structure to a 3rd party DriverPack


We would be a lot more likely to move in that direction if we had proof of concept big_smile!

My feeling is creatives drivers will not be very forgiving to being split up... Please prove me wrong wink.

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Re: Release Candidate of Sound DriverPacks open for public testing!

Hmmm. Unfortunately, being a student in a non-computing field would require me to study the internal processes of driverpacks installation before getting things done. My energy being committed in major part to my field of study, I cannot afford such deviations in energy spending, and that, in spite of my interests in the project.

We would basically need somebody else to produce the split. If that ever happens, then I will of course be able to help testing.

Re: Release Candidate of Sound DriverPacks open for public testing!

Wait till you have teenage kids... then talk to me about time and energy wink LOL

I see I have made my point big_smile tongue (everyone, including the DriverPacks team, has a life and personal priorities)

It is certainly a good idea, We will see where it leads!

Have an awesome day sir!

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Re: Release Candidate of Sound DriverPacks open for public testing!

OverFlow wrote:

Wait till you have teenage kids... then talk to me about time and energy wink LOL

Yeah. smile

Well. Might be a good idea, as you said. Let's see where it leads!

Yours,
twipley

Re: Release Candidate of Sound DriverPacks open for public testing!

With the mainstream being to use a DVD or better installation media, and with broadband speeds being better than ever, the demand for keeping the DriverPacks sizes down is not as great as it was. Five years ago we were very concerned about fitting them onto a 700MB CD. That is just not an issue anymore wink.

We really do like creative thinking like yours though! It makes DriverPacks better for everyone!

regards,
Jeff

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