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UNi Xonar Drivers 1.80 (post periodically updated)

Page updates/changelog:

UNi Xonar drivers are modded Windows drivers for the following cards:

  • Asus Xonar: DG, DGX, DG SI, DS, DSX, D1, D2, DX, D2X, HDAV, HDAV Slim, ST, STX, STX II, Xense.

  • Other C-Media CMI8788 audio chip based cards: Auzentech X-Meridian & X-Meridian 2G; HT Omega Claro Plus, 2, Halo, eClaro; Razer Barracuda AC-1. (view full list)

Introduction

UNi Xonar Features

FAQ & troubleshooting guide (updated 12 Jun 2016)

Useful tips & suggestions | Known issues & workarounds (updated 22 Mar 2016)

UNi Xonar installer addon documentation

Having problems installing UNi Xonar drivers? Refer to this topic

Please note that these are modded drivers and there are limitations regarding how much the actual original drivers can be fixed this way.

A WORD ABOUT DONATIONS – Donation list here.

Let me first say that these drivers are free of charge for everyone. Those of you who appreciate my hard work and take pleasure in contributing, you can make a small donation (like 2 to 5$). Bear in mind you don’t donate for ASUS & C-Media intellectual property & work, you do it for the work that I have done.

CONTRIBUTIONS – Contributors list here.

Surely donating is not the only way you can support this project. You can submit your custom made skin, icon, application or any other little enchantments that can make UNi Xonar better. Lets not forget about spreading the word about UNi Xonar drivers and helping other Xonar owners.

RELEASE NOTES

Release notes 1.80

UNi Xonar installer changes:

  • Added DPI interface scaling to the installer.
  • Added card autodetection and if the audio card is not detected it will show an error message with possible reasons for that.
  • Improved driver cleaning. It uninstalls all copies of the Xonar/C-media CMI8788 drivers that are present in the Windows driver repository. By installing drivers with “Run driver cleaning” option you won’t be able to use “Roll Back Driver” option for the audio card in Device Manager.
  • Changed the driver installation procedure. Added a fail safe driver installer that should help in those cases where you were required to manually install the audio driver or install it in safe mode. Silent installation is always on and its user option has been removed. If standard driver installation gets stuck (does not finish after 100 sec) it is automatically closed. If standard driver installer fails to install the drivers then an alternate driver installer is launched. If that fails too, you will get notified by the installer that driver installation failed.

Driver changes:

  • Windows XP: Added support for other CMI8788 cards.
  • Windows 10: Fix for microphone not working with some cards.
  • Xonar DG, DGX, DG SI: Front Panel jack detection should now work if it did with the original drivers.
  • Fixed GX not being turned off by default in “Normal” configuration for the following cards Xonar D2, D2X, DG, DGX and DG SI.

Rev. 2 changes:

  • Improved and fixed some problems with the new driver installation procedure.
  • Added different messages based on why installation failed.
  • Fixed “Front Panel Microphone” not working by default.

Rev. 3 changes:

  • Increased the delay between driver cleaning and driver installation procedures. Might help in some installation failing cases.
  • Fixed the “Warning: Windows running in Test Mode or with Disable Driver Signature Enforcement is required!” message not showing up if needed in combination with the detected audio card.

The 1.80 drivers come in two variants:

  • 1.80a “Standard”

Driver for all supported cards. Replacement for 1.75a driver. Includes 1816 audio drivers for Win XP and 1823 audio drivers for Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10.

Driver changes:

  • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10: Updated audio driver to 1823 (built date: 2 Jun 2015).
  • Includes updated driver installer, ASUS Audio Center and C-Media Panel.

Other notes:

  • 1823 audio drivers are the first drivers released for Windows 10 by ASUS/C-Media. Whether they perform any better than 1822 or STXII 11.5 drivers remains to be seen.
  • Xonar STX II cards: Drivers work with STXII cards but the changing audio settings may not work with ASUS Audio Center and only with C-Media Panel. Installation on Windows Vista/7/8.1/10 x64 requires Windows running in Test Mode or with “Disable Driver Signature Enforcement” option.

Possible issues:

  • Microphone stops working if running specific programs. If you run into this issue please report it in a reply to the original report. If you run into the issue you can switch to v1.75a drivers or connect the microphone to the onboard audio card microphone input.
  • WASAPI playback issues might occur with some soundcards
  • Occasionally when waking PC up from sleep the Xonar card does not output any sound.
  • 1.80b “STXII”

Driver maily for STX II and  STX II 7.1 cards. It does work for the other UNi Xonar supported cards too. Replacement for 1.75b driver. Includes STX II version 11.5 audio drivers (built date: 18 Feb 2014).

Driver changes:

  • Includes updated ASIO (2.0.0.14), driver installer, ASUS Audio Center and C-Media Panel.
  • Windows XP: Drivers now work for all UNi Xonar supported cards. These were not working with 1.75b drivers.

Other notes:

Rev. 2 changes:

  • Fixed “Asus Audio Center” not working properly and getting replaced by C-Media Panel when installing with “Normal – Asus Audio Center” configuration.

Rev. 3 changes:

  • Fixed some installation issues when drivers were installed on STXII cards (like missing driver uninstall entry in Programs and Features,  incorrect C-media panel name).
  • Fixed a bug where optimal card configuration was not being applied if the drivers were installed without the “Re-enable stereo upmix” option.

Possible issues:

  • Microphone stops working occasionally or when changing audio playback settings (DS->WASAPI). If you run into this issue please report it in a reply to this comment. If you frequently run into the issue you could try v1.75a drivers if possible or connect the microphone to the onboard audio card microphone input.

 

Release notes 1.75

UNi Xonar Installer changes:

  • Various changes and improvements done to the UNi Xonar installer.
  • Added warning message if installing the drivers would require Test Mode.
  • XonarSwitch is now automatically closed before installing the audio drivers.
  • Improved “Apply addons” function. Included .inf files from the drivers can now be dynamically altered. Documentation can be read here. Applying new 1.75 compatible versions of addons (like DHT4) will display the proper audio driver version now and users could now choose which addons they want to install once these are added to the Uni Xonar installer location.

Known issues:

  • GX is not turned off by default in Normal configuration for the following cards Xonar D2, D2X, DG, DGX, DG SI.

The 1.75 drivers come in two variants:

  • 1.75a “Standard”

Driver for previously supported cards. Same audio drivers as those in 1.72 (1816 for Win XP, 1822 for Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10).

Rev.2 changes:

  • Fixed ASUS and C-Media Panels not working in Win XP.
  • Includes updated driver installer and C-Media Panel.

Known issues:

  • The installer is showing “Warning: Test mode to be enabled!” message by mistake if Xonar Xense selected as card.

Possible issues:

  • Missing Dolby Pro-Logic IIx options from C-media Panel. If you have this issue, you can use the “C-media Panel v1.62” installer addon or install v1.72 drivers.
  • 1.75b “STXII”

Driver mainly for STX II and  STX II 7.1 cards. It also works with UNi Xonar previously supported cards.

Rev.2 changes:

  • Fixed issue where installer did not apply the correct audio settings (e.g. to fix surround echo). Anyone who installed the previous 1.75b drivers should install the 1.75b rev.2.

Driver changes:

  • Includes updated ASIO (2.0.0.13) , ASUS Audio Center and C-Media Panel.
  • Includes STX II version 11.5  audio drivers (created on 18 Feb 2014).

Other notes:

  • These drivers will work with the previously supported Xonar cards on Win Vista/7/8.1/10 but may require that you enable Windows Test Mode on 64 bit OS.
  • These drivers do not work for the other Xonar cards on Windows XP.

Known issues:

  • ASIO in 64 bit mode does not work. The cause of this issue is the 64 bit asio  dll file from the original STXII drivers.

 

Release notes 1.72

These drivers bring Windows 8.1 support.

Driver changes:

  • Updated audio driver to version 1822 for Windows Vista/7/8/8.1. Still using 1816 for Windows XP.
  • Includes updated driver installer, ASUS Audio Center and C-Media Panel.

Other notes:

  • New icon for UNi Xonar installer. Thanks to propheticus for his contribution.
  • ASUS Audio Center and C-Media Panel tray icons now have higher resolution icons. Useful for >100% DPI settings.

Release notes 1.71

Driver changes:

  • Updated audio driver to 1821 for Windows Vista/7/8  and 1816 for Windows XP.
  • Includes updated driver installer

UNi Xonar Installer changes:

  • Fixed some issues with Driver cleaning module
  • Improved and fixed some potential issues with UNi Xonar Installer

Known issues :

  • C-media Panel: Enabling and disabling “7.1 Virtual shifter” option disables stereo upmix. Use “Stereo upmix switch” to re-enable it or you can use the C-media Panel v1.62 addon (it will revert to an slightly older C-Media Panel version)
  • In some cases,  WASAPI exclusive playback is interrupted by playback from other audio applications. More details here.  Fix: If you don’t use S/PDIF, disable Digital Output from Control panel->Sound. It’s confirmed that the audio drivers included in 1.70 don’t have this issue.
  • Win Vista/7/8, there are reports that you cannot play sound through S/PDIF and headphones at the same time.

 

Release notes 1.70

Driver changes:

  • For Windows Vista/7/8 it includes 1818 audio drivers. For Win XP it includes 1814 audio drivers.
  • Includes updated versions of Updated C-media and Asus panels.
  • Fixed HTOmega Claro 2 driver support.
  • Fixed driver signature issues for the other non-Xonar cards that were present in previous release.

UNi Xonar Installer changes:

  • Added option to apply addons at driver installation.
  • Improved Low DPC Latency option. Now it allows access to C-media Panel as well. And Asus Audio Center won’t autostart after driver installation like it previously did.
  • Improved Driver Cleaning process. Now it will clean the Panel and HsMgr(GX) processes startup entries too.
  • Reduced the overall installer size (from 13MB to 7MB)
  • Replaced Windows XP driver installer with the same one that’s being used in Windows 7. Please report if there are any malfunctions compared to previous UNi Xonar driver releases.
  • Removed “1777 drivers + Asio 1.0”. This option lives on as an addon.
  • Rev 2: Applied all UNi installer fixes from 1.71

Known issues :

  • C-media Panel: Enabling and disabling “7.1 Virtual shifter” option disables stereo upmix. Use “Stereo upmix switch” to re-enable it or you can use the C-media Panel v1.62 addon (it will revert to an slightly older C-Media Panel version)

 

Release notes 1.64 rev.2

  • All the improvements and changes done to the UNi Xonar installer from 1.7x versions have been incorporated into this release (like support for addons).
  • Updated C-Media Panel with the one included in 1.72 release.

Other notes:

  • New icon for UNi Xonar installer. Thanks to propheticus for concept and contribution.
  • ASUS Audio Center and C-Media Panel tray icons now have higher resolution icons. Useful for >100% DPI settings.

Read Previous Release Notes

 

Notes about Windows 10 RTM compatibility (updated 28 Nov 2015)

UNi Xonar drivers above v1.64 will work in Windows 10 but since the audio drivers are not yet made specifically for Windows 10 there could be some issues that you could run into depending on audio settings used. Different drivers could work differently so if you encounter any issues try installing the other UNi Xonar versions.

Apart from driver issues there could be issues solely from Windows 10 sound system that would be fixed with future Windows updates. There is also a small chance that some things could break with future Windows updates.

Update 28 Nov 2015: The Windows 10 Threshold 2 update does not seem to fix many of the sound issues that where present so far and it may introduce new ones. In my opinion Windows 10 is a very buggy OS, the only things working fine are the spying of its users(#1, #2) and the periodic removal of user preferences and programs(#1, #2, #3, #4).

Update 19 Oct 2015: The audio fixes from Insider Previews >= 10547 will probably be included in the upcoming “Threshold 2” update that will be released around November 2015.

Update 1 Oct 2015: The Windows 10 development team is fixing some audio issues with Windows 10. The fixes where made available for testing starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview build 10547.

100% compatible drivers when?

Because of the very slow development of the audio drivers by C-Media and the long time it takes for C-Media partners (ASUS and HTOmega) to release the new drivers it may take a while before we have a 100% compatible driver for Windows 10.  If we are lucky we will have new audio drivers in 2-3 months after Windows 10 RTM launch. As soon as new audio drivers became available I will release a new UNi Xonar drivers package.

Update 01 Oct 2015: 1823 audio drivers are the first drivers released for Windows 10 by ASUS/C-Media. Whether they perform any better than 1822 or STXII 11.5 drivers remains to be seen.

About Chrome stutter issues on sites like YouTube. (27 Aug 2015)

Update 27 Aug 2015: The stutter issues on youtube are  fixed with the latest Chrome build released on 20 Aug 2015 (v 44.0.2403.157). Reports indicate that stutter issues are still happening for videos on other websites (eg. daily motion, facebook, instagram).

Update 7 Aug 2015: After some testing and some reading it seems that the stuttering issues are not related to the UNi Xonar drivers. I’ve got the same behavior with Realtek’s onboard audio and from what it looked liked. My guess the issue is caused either by Windows 10 or Chrome.

There is a Chromium issue opened here.

Here are some things you could try:

  • Change Chrome audio buffer size.
  • Change/keep sample rate to 44.1 kHz both in the audio panel and Windows Volume->Playback devices->(…) Audio Device Proprieties -> Advanced -> Default Format.
  • Change sample rates back and forward a couple of times.

Driver Downloads (for Windows only):

  1. UNi Xonar 1816/1823 v1.80a r3      mirror1     – latest
  2. UNi Xonar STXII 11.5 v1.80b r3      mirror1
  3. UNi Xonar 1816/1822 v1.75a r2       mirror1      mirror2       – recommended
  4. UNi Xonar STXII 11.5 v1.75b r2       mirror1      mirror2
  5. UNi Xonar 1816/1822 v1.72    mirror   
  6. UNi Xonar 1816/1821 v1.71    mirror
  7. UNi Xonar 1814/1818 v1.70   mirror   
  8. UNi Xonar 1814/1815 v1.64 r2   mirror    – proven stable
  9. Older versions : v1.63 beta; v1.62 betav1.54 ; v1.61 ; v1.53

Official addons (documentation):

  1. “1777 drivers + Asio 1.0” aka “ASIO 1.0 Patch”. Info.
  2. C-media Panel v1.62 (fixes stereo upmix turning off for v1.64 rev.1 drivers)

3rd party addons page here.

Standalone applications for changing settings or enhancing audio: 

1. Standalone apps pack / Mirror. Based on scripts made by Virus. Before running the files, close any audio source/application. Legacy, preferably use XonarSwitch  and configure it with separate profiles. Contains:

    1. Front panel switch v3.2
    2. SampleRate switch v1.2
    3. Microphone Array Enabler v1.1 – Might be useful if you have an microphone array
    4. HDAV HDMI enabler v1.0 – This application hasn’t been tested please submit feedback if it works or not. It appears it is not needed anymore.
    5. Acoustic Echo Cancellation enabler v1.0 – Useful for other Cmedia 8788 based cards that lack this setting
    6. Stereo upmix switch v1.0
    7. 7.1 virtual speaker shifter enhanced profile v1.0 – Profile created by Cu. This profile should enhance the effect of positioning in games when using Dolby Headphones and 7.1 virtual speaker shifter. Please provide feedback about this profile. Demo.
    8. Headphones ohm Amp switch v1.0  – Works only with the cards that support this.

2. Xonar related applications:

    1. XonarSwitch (beta) – Alternative panel to Asus Audio Center and C-Media Panel. Allows you to control various Xonar’s audio settings, define them as switchable profiles, and apply them on-the-fly without having to stop the audio playback. By Giulio.
    2. Front Panel switch (new version) / Mirror. Release notes. By Virus.
    3. Driver re-starter for sound loop problem for Win Vista/7/8/10. By Razord93.
    4. Xonar-EQ – Control Xonar equalizer settings from your Android phone or tablet. By Sascha.
    5. UNi Xonar driver cleaner v1.01

3. Auxiliary audio applications:

    1. ASIOConfig by djdecks – ASIO configuration viewer/changer that can be used when you can’t access the Xonar ASIO Configuration directly.
    2. SoundLock – Set the maximum output volume that sounds can be at. Can replace Xonar SVN in some cases (like limiting the volume of loud noises in movies). Works on Windows Vista and newer.
    3. SoundVolumeView – Alternative to Windows Volume Mixer. Allows a finer tune of applications volume levels and offers the ability to save them as different profiles. Works on Windows Vista and newer.
    4. Equalizer APO – A parametric/graphic system-wide equalizer. Works on Windows Vista and newer.
    5. ASIO4ALL – Universal ASIO driver. Can be used instead of the ASIO driver included that’s included in Xonar drivers.

6,668 Comments

  1. Osama Rashid    04 Jul 2016 @ 06:59   

    I just tried your 1.80a driver on Windows 10 Professional 64-bit for my Razer Barracuda and it worked! However, I’ve been unable to test the actual sound since I don’t have the breakout cable with me at the moment but will try it tonight and report back.

    Thanks again.

    Update: It worked! Razer should pay you for this! Tested a headphone with the HD-DAI breakout connector and it was crisp! Is there any way to get a Control Panel working, where I can select the channels and between DTS and Dolby? I used to be able to do this with the Razer Barracuda Control Panel.

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    • mzso    04 Jul 2016 @ 12:26   

      I don’t what the razer barracuda is, or how it works for you. The uni-xonar drivers have built in settings panels which you select during installation. (selecting low DPC latency will have none of them auto run. ) There’s also xonar switch that works with uni-xonar: http://maxedtech.com/xonarswitch-beta-testing/

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      • Osama Rashid    04 Jul 2016 @ 17:06   

        It’s my sound card by Razer, which supports optical out and in. I tested it with a Windows 10 PC and it was working fine (as I mentioned earlier) but I didn’t test the optical output. I’m now testing it with a Windows 7 64-bit Pro PC and there’s no sound when an optical cable is connected to the optical out. I’m also unable to locate the 7z zipped file containing just the drivers.

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  2. mzso    04 Jul 2016 @ 11:16   

    Can I expect improvements (with latency issues and such) with win10’s redstone update? I’m not a beta tester, so I wouldn’t know what sort of changes they made.

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  3. Osama Rashid    04 Jul 2016 @ 17:29   

    I tested the 1.80a driver (driver only, then the installer) on a Razer Barracuda AC-1 and Windows 7 64-bit Pro PC and I can’t hear anything from the optical out. It’s appearing fine in the Control Panel, but I just don’t hear anything.

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    • CarvedInside    05 Jul 2016 @ 02:43   

      Please try to keep the related discussion under the same comment thread.

      You mentioned above that you didn’t have a working Control Panel for the card. Did C-Media Audio Panel worked for you and did you enable S/PDIF Output in C-Media Audio Panel?
      Did the optical out worked with original drivers? You should try again now so we know it’s not a bad connection or something.
      You should also try other UNi Xonar driver versions(1.75, 1.64) and see if one of them performs differently.

      About the driver installation. Did you have problems installing the drivers through the installer without installing the driver only first?

      BTW thank you for the donation.

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      • Osama Rashid    07 Jul 2016 @ 13:24   

        No problem, it’s well-deserved since your efforts brought new life to an old, forgotten card and saved me the cost and effort of looking for a new card that supports DDL and DTS, while still being PCI. With regards to the Control Panel, I didn’t get any. To clarify, I installed the card with the 1.80a driver only compressed file followed by the installer on a Windows 10 64-bit Professional desktop PC and the 3.5mm audio outputs worked fine using the breakout dongle (HD-DAI). I couldn’t test the optical output since I didn’t have any optical device at work. I got the card home and tried the same technique on my Windows 7 64-bit Pro and tried the optical cable (I could see the red light emanating which meant it was trying to send out a signal) but my audio receiver (Jamo 5.1) didn’t get any signal. When I click on the volume icon, I can see the audio levels fluctuate but can’t hear jack. Since I didn’t have a C-Media control panel, I went to the volume control panel and ensured that S/PDIF was enabled. Here are some screenshots: http://s578.photobucket.com/user/Ozzylogic/Razer%20Barracuda%20AC-1/story

        So:
        1) What am I doing wrong? The better question is, where did I mess up?
        2) Should I do clean install?
        3) What’s the right driver version to use for Windows 7 64-bit?

        Cheers

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        • CarvedInside    07 Jul 2016 @ 22:09   

          1) I think you need to enable the S/PDIF output in the C-Media Audio Panel for S/PDIF to work. Maybe the installer failed installing and that’s why C-Media Panel might be missing. Look for UNi Xonar Drivers folder in Start-> All Programs. If it’s there then the drivers installer installed the drivers and components and you can launch C-Media Audio Panel and enable S/PDIF Output.
          2) Don’t think so.
          3) All drivers work for Win7 but I would go with 1.75a or 1.64.

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          • Osama Rashid    10 Jul 2016 @ 10:41   

            Okay, so something strange happened. I had the Barracuda AC-1 drivers for Windows XP, Vista and 7 and none of them really worked. So I went crazy and restarted the PC, enabled the onboard audio through BIOS (Realtek ALC888), and then tried to reinstall all these drivers. Somehow, it’s working. I’m also able to access the Razer Control Panel, and I can select the output between DTS and Dolby, but the signal being sent to my audio receiver isn’t DTS nor DDL.

            I’ll try the drivers you mentioned and look for the C-Media Audio Panel. Cheers.

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      • Osama Rashid    07 Jul 2016 @ 13:30   

        Also, while looking for another, el cheapo card that supported DDL and DTS, I came across a HT Omega Striker 7.1, since their website still supports this card with Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 drivers readily available. It also has the CMI8770 chipset so I won an auction on eBay for one, and it turns out that, despite mentioning in his auction that the card was CMI8770, from the photos the seller has posted, it seems this variation of the card has a CMI8768. I panicked and did some research and it turns out that the CMI8768 doesn’t support DDL nor DTS and the CMI8768+ supports DDL but no DTS. So now I’ve won an auction for a card that doesn’t meet any of my requirements and the payment is pending.

        Here’s my thread about this: https://www.reddit.com/r/hometheater/comments/4rnk7e/cmi8768_doesnt_support_dolby_digital_live_nor_dts/

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  4. Milky Way    04 Jul 2016 @ 21:15   

    Sorry in advance if this has already been posted. I went back 20 odds pages and didn’t see any related post.

    Would these drivers work on the HT Omega Fenix? It uses the CMI8828 chip

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  5. Brian    06 Jul 2016 @ 12:40   

    So, this has been bothering me for awhile. When I enable 5.1 speakers on my Xonar DG, the center and subwoofer doesn’t emit any sound but it still shows up in the mixer. However, they work if I’m using a 4 speaker setup but the channels aren’t properly separated. Seems like an upmixing glitch? How do I fix this? I’ve reinstalled the driver multiple times with different setups but no dice. I apologize if there is some stupidly simple resolution, etc.

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    • CarvedInside    07 Jul 2016 @ 20:54   

      Please familiarize yourself with FAQ: Q&A4 if you haven’t so far. You are mentioning that using “4 speaker setup” center and bass work, which are these “4 speaker setup” settings (number of channels, number of speakers, analog or S/PDIF output) and which are the settings you use for when center and bass that do you used and not worked at all? Which OS do you have?
      You should check different drivers (1.80a, 1.75a, 1.64) as see if they perform differently.

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      • Brian    07 Jul 2016 @ 23:47   

        Thanks for the response. I’m using Windows 10 Home 64-bit and I tried it with the 1.75a and 1.80a drivers. 1.64 doesn’t work for me. I disabled stereo upmixing on install and it has the same result. I’m trying to get the center/subwoofer to work with these settings: Analog 5.1 Speakers, 6 Channels, PCM 96 KHz, GX Disabled. As I said before, they don’t work but they do function if I’m using this: Analog 4 Speakers, 6 Channels, PCM 96 KHz, GX Disabled.

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  6. Backdraft    06 Jul 2016 @ 21:30   

    Hi, I just got Asus Xonar DGX sound card and I’m wondering about installing drivers and such.
    Which drivers preset and which uni xonar driver version would you recommend to install for use on Windows 7 x64.
    I am also wondering if drivers are installed with low dpc latency could I still change sound card settings such as volume and bit depth using c-media panel or would you recommend standalone scripts and maybe xonarswitch for changing such options without increasing dpc latency?
    Also is it necessary to uninstall realtek hd audio drivers and then disable onboard audio in bios before installing asus xonar dgx or could I just keep using onboard for my speakers and discrete sound card for my headphones, would there be any problems or conflicts between those 2 sound cards?

    I know this is a long read and I have many noob questions but I would really appreciate some help or advice.
    At last I would like to thank you for your hard work on these drivers.

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    • CarvedInside    07 Jul 2016 @ 21:04   

      Hi. Go with v1.75a drivers. Install with Low DPC Latency or C-Media Panel. You can change volume and bit-depth and these settings are changed from Windows Sound Playback and not from the ASUS or C-media Panel. You can try the XonarSwitch, might be a bit more complicated at first. You can leave Realtek HD audio drivers on as there shouldn’t be a problem. If you don’t plan on using it you can disable it in Device Manager. Use Xonar DGX for both speakers and headphones as its sound should be superior to the Realtek HD audio that you have.

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      • Backdraft    07 Jul 2016 @ 21:18   

        I followed what you said and I owe a big thank you again. The sound is amazing and I still gotta try dolby headphones for positional audio in games. Big thanks and best regards.
        Nikola

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  7. larry    07 Jul 2016 @ 07:44   

    just general feedback… i installed the xonar latest v3 drivers under redstone 14372. works like a charm as it did the first time installing it under 8.1

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  8. eldar    11 Jul 2016 @ 21:53   

    about region unload error… after i reset the pc and install the drivers, i saw that xonar is not starting on startup, so i decided to put it in the startup folder. But i made a little mistake and instead of its shortcut i copied the application itself and start getting the error. After i realised the mistake after searching for like an hour and changed it to its SHORTCUT the error is gone. So if you are having this issue it might be because of this. just a heads up.

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  9. adam    17 Jul 2016 @ 04:47   

    Thanks for this driver. I was having issues with getting Xonar Media Center from Asus to work, I kept getting “Can’t find any device” error. I still get this error with this driver but luckily the C-media panel works fine.

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    • CarvedInside    18 Jul 2016 @ 00:28   

      I’m glad these drivers were of help to you. “Can’t find any device” error shows up because of some issue or conflict with the OS or installed programs and it usually fixed by reinstalling the OS.
      Besides C-Media Panel, you can also try XonarSwitch for changing card settings.

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  10. sls    18 Jul 2016 @ 12:40   

    There are new cmedia drivers here which could be used to update this driver pack:
    http://www.cmedia.com.tw/support/download_center

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    • CarvedInside    18 Jul 2016 @ 15:33   

      It turns out that those drivers aren’t newer that those already included in UNi Xonar drivers 1822 v1.75a. CMI8788 Win8 ver 1.04 drivers includes the 1822 audio drivers. The upload date shown there is probably the date they where uploaded since the c-media site redesign.

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  11. PeterMac    19 Jul 2016 @ 06:53   

    How to DISABLE this stupid upmix stereo to 5.1 ? using STX II 7.1, I hoped to install this drivers and will not, but same upmixing like on Asus drivers.

    LE: Problem solved with this upmixing to 5.1 from Stereo 🙂 The problem was selected WASAPI in foobar2000 instead ASIO Essence STX II, everything is OK now, Stereo is Stereo ufff 🙂

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  12. garani    22 Jul 2016 @ 07:23   

    Hi,
    Asus Xonar DGX here and I just upgraded to win10 pro 64-bit from win7 ult 64-bit today. I was using these drivers on normal – asus xonar audio center and it was working fine but after the upgrade I no longer get sound. I’ve tried uninstalling and reinstalling, did some googling and found out about using the driver sweeper/cleaner so I tried that before reinstalling again and it didn’t work. Even tried the set up you just suggested to Backdraft and it didn’t work either. Onboard audio was disabled before the upgrade because I wasn’t getting sound until it was and front panel connector is connected to the sound card so I can use the front audio and mic jack; I also get faint sound when the driver is uninstalled. Kind of at my wit’s end here and would really appreciate any help to get audio again! Please and thanks for your time.

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    • CarvedInside    24 Jul 2016 @ 00:14   

      Hi. Go to Device Manager-> “Sound, video …”, does you Xonar DGX get detected? Double click it and tell us the text under “Device Status” field.
      Go to Windows Volume -> Playback devices, is “Speakers Asus Xonar DGX” set as default? Does it’s activity meter show any activity while you are playing audio files?

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