I’ve been using the 9700 AIW for a couple of months with the Santa Cruz sound card on 3 different Athlon boards. KT266a, 2 different nforce2’s. Had no issues major issues. Captured video of my neice singing. Captured various TV shows/Boxing matches. No discernable frame drops or sound glitches.
Got a free P4 3.06 533 hyperthreading CPU so I got a Giga-Byte 8SQ800 board. Everything worked fine. Decided to upgrade the sound.
Purchased the Audigy2 Plat. Ex. Got excited about the features.
Uninstalled the Santa Cruz. Installed the Audigy. Seemed to work ok. Noticed some shared Irqs so I reshuffled the PCI cards. Started noticing static. Tried installing a game and heard the static during file writes to hard disk. Figured I screwed up the cards. So I reverted to the original config. The static was still there. Backed up my data and blew away the disk. Fresh install of WinXP/SP1. Windows update. Audigy drivers. ATI drivers. Still static. Started the TV showed fine not too much static. Tried to capture and lots of static and the video stuttered. Pulled the Audigy and installed the Santa Cruz along with a fresh XP install and everything worked fine.
Contacted Creative tech support. They gave me several suggestions over several phone calls over several days. None worked. The final suggestion was to plug the Audigy into another machine. I was not about to screw up another computer with Creatives drivers. Finally had to take an irate tone in order to get an RMA. Apparently if the tech issues too many RMA’s they get reprimanded. Probably lose out on bonuses or something like that. I don’t blame the techs. I blame Creative’s policies.
I’ll let you know what happens when the replacement comes in. I hope it’s a bad part rather than crap drivers or even worse a poor design.