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Creative Sound Blaster Live 5.1 Dolby Digital PCI Sound Card (SB0220)


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  • The Sound Blaster Live! brings cinema quality sound to your movies, music, and games with digital 5.1 clarity. Driven by the powerful EMU10K1 Digital Signal Processor, you will experience the highest quality sound reproduction with real-time audio and effects.
  • The Sound Blaster Live! includes Creative PlayCenter with a full 320kbps encoder and 9X MP3 acceleration, making it fast and easy to create, customize and listen to quality MP3/WMA files. With the ability to connect to Dolby Digital and multi-channel digital speaker systems or analog audio devices, you can experience true 5.1 surround sound with all PC audio entertainment.
  • Creative Multi-Speaker Surround (CMSS) mode lets you experience 5.1 audio from a stereo signal, or enjoy movies in Dolby Digital 5.1 audio when connected to digital 6-channel speakers or analog Dolby Digital-ready home stereo receivers.
  • Works with the Following Standards: Windows 95, 98, 98SE, NT4.0, 2000 and Millennium Edition, General MIDI, MPC-3, Plug and Play, Sound Blaster PCI, EAX, Microsoft DirectSound, DirectSound 3D and derivatives, PCI 2.1 compliant, AC '97 compliant, Dolby Digital.
  • Minimum System Requirements: Microsoft Windows 95, 98, 98SE, NT 4.0, 2000, or Millennium Edition; Genuine Intel Pentium 166MHz or AMD 200 MHz; Genuine Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard chipset; 32MB system RAM (64MB recommended); Open half-length PCI 2.1 compliant slot; A CD-ROM drive is required for software installation; Headphones or amplified speakers.
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 5 x 0.6 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • ASIN: B000Q78M7K
  • Item model number: SB0220
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Product Description

Creative Sound Blaster Live 5.1 Dolby Digital PCI Sound Card (SB0220)

Customer Reviews

Does not work with windows 7, could not find drivers for it.
Dillian M. Zimmerman Jr.
Product number databases are incomplete, have errors, and CreativeLabs web site isn't helpfull in identifying them either.
Aleksandar Milivojevic
Look for a Sound Blaster Audigy 2 or 4 if you can find one cheap.
ViolentMetaphor

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Aleksandar Milivojevic on June 6, 2007
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I've bought this card to be used in one of my older PCs. The card works nicely, and the sound is great.

However, I must warn you that finding drivers for this card can be a real pain. SB0220 is an OEM version. CreativeLabs does not provide drivers for their OEM cards directly. If you dowload drivers for Live 5.1 cards from CreativeLabs web site, the installation program will abort with error that it hasn't found any Sound Blaster cards in the system.

It is possible, but not trivial, to find drivers that work with this card on the net. There's several "drivers" web sites around that has them. Just make sure you don't leave them your email address (or leave them some discardable/temporary email address). Some of those drivers work good, some don't. Have patience, and with a bit of trial&error you'll find a driver that works OK with this card.

If you want a card that you'll just plug into your computer and have no trouble finding the drivers, than this particular submodel of Live! 5.1 card is not a card for you. Make sure you buy *retail* version. CreativeLabs provides drivers only for their retail cards. OEM cards, zero support. Not even generic device drivers. Not even for the OEM cards that are absolutely identical to retail versions (apart the model number). However, it is really hard to tell which Live! 5.1 cards are retail and which are OEM. This card is not produced anymore (available only as old stocks or used). Product number databases are incomplete, have errors, and CreativeLabs web site isn't helpfull in identifying them either. It's kind of hit and miss. I really must give credit to this particular seller for telling up front that the card is OEM in the description of the product.

This card really deserves 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ViolentMetaphor on April 21, 2011
This works ok in Linux as it supports hardware mixing in ALSA. You don't have to mess around with asoundrc, dmix or setting up sources. However, there are better options available. Look for a Sound Blaster Audigy 2 or 4 if you can find one cheap. I have used both this card and an audigy 2. I haven't found an Audigy 4 for a decent price yet.
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I have this sound card. I even had it working in windows 7 ultimate. There are drivers for it, but they are not from creative. Its a secondary driver, and it takes a bit of tweaking, but it does work with win7.

http://www.kxproject.com/index.php?language=en

They have a driver that works for windows 7. Stop being idiots and do research. IT DOES WORK!
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I will take it upon myself not to have verified what OS this sound blaster works under, but I know it doesn't work with Windows 7. It is still in my closet, completely useless. the seller should have mentioned the OS.
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Does not work with windows 7, could not find drivers for it. Could only find drivers for windows xp. Be sure of your application before you buy.
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