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UNi Xonar Drivers 1.72 (post periodically updated)

POST updates changelog (new or updated stuff in the post will usually be marked in red):

  • 06.01.2014 : UNi Xonar v1.72 and v1.64 rev.2 drivers are released.
  • 10.09.2013 : Good news everyone! If you ever wanted to save Xonar settings as switchable profiles, or access to most of the settings while staying away from the Asus Xonar Audio center, or just wanted something better than the Standalone Apps then you should head on to XonarSwitch Beta page (by Giulio).
  • 29.04.2013 : Added to the standalone apps pack  the Headphone AMP switch .
  • See more post updates

UNi Xonar drivers are modded drivers for the following cards:

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

  • Other C-Media 8788 audio chip based cards: Auzentech X-Meridian & X-Meridian 2G; HT Omega Claro Plus, 2, Halo, eClaro; Razer Barracuda AC-1. (more…)

Introduction

UNi Xonar Features

FAQ & troubleshooting guide (updated 08.04.2013)

Useful tips & suggestions | Known issues & workarounds (updated 27.02.2013)

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 UNi Xonar 1818+ 1.7x

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.

 

Note about Windows 8.1 RTM compatibility

While drivers up to 1.71 work with Windows 8.1 , they are not fully compatible. C-media Panel is missing some options and its interface is a little bit different (it’s displaying its Win XP interface). I suggest you try XonarSwitch for changing the needed settings.

There might be some problems with WASAPI playback.

Highlights from previous driver releases

Read Previous Release Notes

Driver Downloads:

  1. UNi Xonar 1816/1822 v1.72    mirror     (latest)
  2. UNi Xonar 1816/1821 v1.71    mirror
  3. UNi Xonar 1814/1818 v1.70   mirror   
  4. UNi Xonar 1814/1815 v1.64 r2   mirror    (proven stable)
  5. Older versions : v1.63 beta; v1.62 betav1.54 ; v1.61 ; v1.53

Official addons (how to):

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

Standalone apps for applying settings: 

Standalone apps pack  (mirror) containing :

    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* mirror (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)

*All these apps are based on scripts created by Virus. Before running the files, close any audio source / application


Other apps:

    1. Front Panel switch new version*  mirror (by Virus; notes)
    2. ASIO settings viewer/changer (ext link)
    3. Audio re-starter for sound loop problem for Win Vista/7/8 (by Razord93 ; ext link)

5,074 Comments

  1. Squire    16 Jul 2014 @ 18:14   

    omg omg omg i LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!!
    had such a bad day, and get home to replace my on board sound card because one of my 3.5mm jacks broke off INSIDE of the jack….so yeah side+center+sub are shorting…
    and when i get this card it got bad latency issue with asus drivers…
    and this driver has fixed the latency problem i love you.

    Reply

  2. StoneCold    17 Jul 2014 @ 12:29   

    I don’t know if anyone will see this message of mine, but here goes.

    I’m trying to install the unified drivers on my Xonar DX. v1.72 beta. First, I did uninstall the standard Asus drivers for my card, then proceeded to install v1.72 beta. However, after rebooting, it’s as if my PC isn’t detecting my sound card whatsoever. I’m running Win 8.1 x64, am I right to assume that the drivers aren’t compatible with Win 8.1 x64 or should I try the older v 1.64 stable release ?

    Please assist, I really want to see if these unified drivers will help with older games such as Fifa 98 where I have crackling audio.

    Thanks
    StoneCold

    Update:
    I managed to get the v1.72 drivers properly installed, I didn’t see the card profile drop down box at the bottom. Once I selected my card there it installed everything correctly, apologies for not seeing that the first time round.

    I still have a few other questions:

    1) The improved low DPC option, if I were to select that, would any type of control panel option be installed as well ?

    At the moment, I selected the normal Asus Media control panel.

    2) Are any low DPC fixes implemented into the driver itself without selecting the low DPC option during setup ?

    3) When right-clicking the Asus media control in the system tray, I see there is an AIO option. I opened that up cause I had no idea what that was and saw to settings. The default values were 16-bit and 10ms. I changed it to 32-bit and 1ms. If I may ask, what does these two settings influence ? Is it a good thing to modify them or not ?

    Report back: With regards to the crackling audio, there is a massive difference in the audio quality compared to the standard Asus drivers (no surprises here). I decided to test out Fifa 98 Road to World Cup, with the standard drivers, lots of audio stutter/crackling. Using the 1.72 unified drivers, the audio problems are basically solved 100% (without the low DPC option selected during setup). I’ve yet to do some more testing but it’s MILES better than what I had.

    If you could provide me with some insight to my questions, I’ll appreciate it big time. I too wish to make a donation at month end.

    Thank you very much for this unified driver, you ROCK !

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    • CarvedInside    17 Jul 2014 @ 20:19   

      1) Both panels are available, but none of them autostart with windows. A major cause of increased DPC latency is running ASUS Audio Center.
      2) No and yes. I haven’t done any changes to the driver itself. The changes I made where to configuration files, for example setting 44.1 sample rate as default compared to 96KHz like on original drivers has a impact on DPC latency.
      3) Those settings are for ASIO playback only. ASIO is a audio output protocol. You normally use Direct Sound and have to explicitly select ASIO as output in audio applications, and then those settings will apply to that ASIO audio playback.
      I suggest you read about recommended audio settings in FAQ: Q&A 9.

      It’s good to know that your not having the problems you had with the original drivers.

      Before you ask any other questions, please read Uni Xonar features page, Uni Xonar FAQ page and the Asus Xonar DX manual.

      Reply

  3. Gugugu    18 Jul 2014 @ 00:43   

    Hello !

    I currently have a Xonar DX.

    After reformatting my main HDD for a new SDD, I came to install the drivers over on ASUS’s website and had the “Please plug in your Asus Xonar DX Device” error

    Found that the EEPROM failure was the issue and ran http://www.alsa-project.org/main/index.php/Xonar_EEPROM_Failure

    Great success, the card now installs and furthermore works, I have full sound ; great !

    My problem is that the xonar audio center refuses to start. It just won’t launch ( it flashes on my process tabs then simply vanishes )

    Found someone who went through the same process than me on this forum ; http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/352391-28-please-plug-asus-xonar-device

    He basicly says that he fixed his Software issue ( the hardware is working 100% at this point ) by using your third party program.

    I’ve reformated my SSD and futhermore CLR’d my BIOS and installed your Xonar audio Center to have the same problem.

    This basicly feels like a dead end at this point, any help would be great !

    Reply

  4. asdf    18 Jul 2014 @ 17:41   

    Hi there. I have an essence STX II soundcard and as usual the ASUS drivers are shite. Will guys ever consider a unified driver for this new card? Thanks,

    Reply

  5. Robert Hanner    20 Jul 2014 @ 15:13   

    Hi,

    how long will the old Xonar Cards, especially the STX and the new STX II, be supported by the UNi drivers?
    I’m planning to buy a STX and asked the ASUS support how long they support it with drivers. They said they don’t know. I don’t want tu buy a $150 soundcard I can’t use with Windows 9 anymore.

    Thanks

    Reply

    • CarvedInside    21 Jul 2014 @ 17:05   

      Hi.
      It’s difficult to say. Uni Xonar drivers are modded drivers based on the original drivers. If C-Media, who is does the original drivers for the cards and sends them to partners (Asus, Auzentech, HtOmega), does drop the support for win 9, then there won’t be any Win9 compatible driver from me either.

      Reply

  6. Squire    22 Jul 2014 @ 15:39   

    so after little while I’m having weird problem, when I turn down the volume within windows the left channels turns down and but right channels stay at full volume
    restarting does nothing, reinstalling the drivers only seems to fix it temporarily , but that’s annoying as its happening often now….
    i have the D1

    Reply

    • Squire    22 Jul 2014 @ 16:11   

      well seems reinstalling/restarting a few times didn’t fix it, eventually got it working normally again….after like thousand reinstalls of the driver jumping between the original and uni (your) ones
      what caused something like this….?

      Reply

      • CarvedInside    23 Jul 2014 @ 23:49   

        What OS do you have?

        It could be something wrong with your card. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone else mentioning a issue like yours.

        Reply

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