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UNi Xonar FAQ & troubleshooting guide

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Contents:

1. I get system crashes (BSODs), I get audio panel crashes, audio panel does not launch, some settings are missing or some settings do not work anymore. What can I do?

2. ASIO playback doesn’t work with some applications and it worked with the original drivers.

3. Using UNi Xonar with C-Media Audio Center and can’t set the headphones gain, switch output to front panel or change sample rate?

4. How to enable stereo upmix (2.0 channels signal to 5.1/7.1 speakers)? (updated 19.07.2014)

5. How to save your current settings? How to manually edit the Xonar settings in the registry? (updated 02.03.2012)

6. What is Panorama Enhancement in Dolby Pro Logic settings?

7. Does sample rate automatically change  with ASIO 2.0 depending on audio files sample rate? 

8. How to add/change sound delay to the rear speakers & center?

9. What are best settings to achieve best audio quality, performance and functionality from my (Xonar) card?  (updated 06.03.2014)

10. Audio in Flash player (like from videos in youtube.com) is upmixed to 5.1 although stereo upmix is disabled. Why is that? (updated 19.07.2014)

11. Why is GX (EAX emulation) bad?

12. My antivirus says that the UNi Xonar driver package has a virus or trojan?

13. When new drivers are going to be released?

14. Is there a Linux or Mac version of UNi Xonar drivers?

15. I’m receiving “Can’t find any device” message and I can’t change any of the Xonar card settings.

16. Does the Xonar driver work in MSI (Message Signaled Interrupts) interrupt mode?

17. Can I automate the UNi Xonar driver setup (running silently without user intervention)?

18. Occasionally I get white/static loud noise. Why is that and is there something that can be done to prevent this?

19. Occasionally I get left or right speaker imbalance or volume drop. Why is that and is there something that can be done to prevent this?

20. Sound output channels are switched between one another or I get noises/cracking/latency during 192kHz 4/5.1/7.1 channels playback.

21. I have hissing/buzzing/crackling noise coming from the speakers or headphones and/or people I talk to using the microphone complain that they hear buzzing noise coming from my end.

22. I have two Xonar soundcards, how do I change change settings for each Xonar soundcard?

23. How to get a subwoofer working when it’s connected directly to the card as part of a 2.1 speaker configuration?

24. Does the StarTech PCI-e to PCI adapter work with Xonar PCI cards (DG, DS, D1, D2, ST)?


1. I get system crashes (BSODs), I get audio panel crashes, audio panel does not launch, some settings are missing or some settings do not work anymore. What can I do? (updated 4.10.2015)

Things to try:

  1. First make sure you have GX (Xear3D) is disabled in the audio panel.
  2. Try reinstalling (uninstall and install) of the audio drivers with the “Run driver cleaning before install” option selected in the UNi Xonar installer. Optionally you could do a extended driver clean (see below) before installing the drivers again.
  3. If you only got these issues after you’ve installed newer UNi Xonar drivers and the suggestions above did not work then try with older driver releases. You may have to go back to the drivers you previously had installed. If previous drivers are working please write a comment describing the situation in the main UNi Xonar page.

Extended driver cleaning guide:

  1. Uninstall any Xonar drivers (search for Asus Xonar and/or UNi Xonar)  and restart after that.
  2. Download and run “UNi Xonar driver cleaner.exe“.
  3. You have to download and install Driver Sweeper or its successor, Driver Fusion. Launch it -> select ASUS Sound -> press Analyse -> press Clean -> Restart.
  4. Install UNi Xonar drivers.

2. ASIO playback doesn’t work with some applications and it worked with the original drivers.

You need to reconfigure the ASIO device output in the preferences of the audio application you are using.

 


3. Using UNi Xonar with C-Media Audio Center and can’t set the headphones gain, switch output to front panel or change sample rate? (updated)

The easiest way is to launch the Asus Xonar Audio Center (Start->All Programs -> Uni Xonar Driver) and change it from there.

Alternatively,  you can download the Standalone Apps package listed in the main UNi Xonar Page, and use the applications you want to change the settings. This is recommended so that you don’t get a increase in DPC latency or other system interferences with the launch of Asus Xonar Audio Center.

 


4. How to enable stereo upmix (2.0 channels signal to 5.1/7.1 speakers)? (updated 19.07.2014)

There are two ways:

a. Through the drivers

Check “Re-enable stereo upmix to 4,5.1 and 7.1” option in the UNi Xonar driver installer. This option works slightly different in Win Vista/7/8 than how it works in Win XP:

  • On Windows XP if you set the output to 6 channels you always get the upmix (with stereo upmix option checked).
  • On Win Vista/7/8 it works if you set this settings in Asus/Cmedia Audio Panel: set audio channels to 2  and analog output to 5.1 speakers. Caution: it won’t work if you set audio channels to 6 and analog out to 5.1. By selecting this your Windows and other applications will output the sound from 2.0 format to 5.1 speakers and not 5.1 format to 5.1 speakers.

An alternative for enabling stereo upmix is to enable Dolby Pro Logic IIx and this should upmix the the 2 channel signal to all the speakers. Enabling GX in order to have a working stereo upmix in Win Vista/7/8 is not recommend because of the crashes and issues that arise because of GX (see Q&A 11).

b. Through players settings

Possibly a better way to enable stereo upmix is to enable it on a case by case basis through your Audio/Video player settings.  Some players need a dedicated plugin in order to do this (like Channel Mixer for foobar2000). In this case the Asus/C-Media Panel settings need to be 6 channels and 5.1 speakers or so, depending on your audio system.


5. How to save your current settings? How to manually edit the Xonar settings in the registry? (updated 02.03.2012)

5.1. Finding settings path in the registry

1) Press Start -> Run or Search field and type regedit
2) navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet in the left pane
3) Press CTRL+F and type BassBasedBLevel and click find, this will jump you to xonar registry settings path. This “folder” (0005\Settings or any other number)  is where the Xonar settings are stored.

5.2 Exporting

Right click on Settings “folder” and click export. Type a name and click Save.

5.3 Edit 

Before importing, check your current registry path for the Audio card  settings, as they might be not stored in “0005”(or any other name) like it was when you saved the registry. If this is different, you need to edit the previously exported reg file (right click->edit) , and replace the old path with the new one (example: …005settings to …011settings). Save the file.

5.4 Importing

Double click on the saved registry file and press “yes” when prompted. Note that you need to restart your PC or disable and enable your Xonar card in Device Manager in order for settings to apply.

TIP: By exporting and importing the Xonar registry settings, you can save your settings before uninstalling the drivers and installing a newer version. In this case, you have to import it after you’ve installed the driver. In order for them to apply you need to either restart your PC or disable/enable Xonar Card from Device Manager.


6. What is Panorama Enhancement in Dolby Pro Logic settings?

HunterZ: Panorama effects usually cause the sound to “wrap” around to the surround speakers, creating a larger and/or more immersive stereo stage. A lot of Dolby ProLogic II Music decoders have a similar effect when decoding in music mode.


7. Does sample rate automatically change  with ASIO 2.0 depending on audio files sample rate? 

Yes. You should usually hear a pop when you change to music with different sample rate.


8. How to add/change sound delay to the rear speakers & center?

  1. Navigate to the settings path ( see 5.1. Finding settings path in the registry paragraph)
  2. You have the following variables for adjusting delay LsRsDelay , CenterDelay , LbRbDelay – for side/rear , center , rear in 7.1 . If you don’t have them you need to create them, Right-click on black space -> New ->Binary value.
  3. Double click on the variable you want to edit, and instead of 000000 type 050000.This should add a delay of 5 seconds to the channel you are editing. The settings are in hexadecimal form. Some examples: 9 ms is “09 00 00 00”, 10 ms is “0a 00 00 00” , 11 ms is “0b 00 00 00”, 15 ms is “0f 00 00 00” , 20 ms is “14 00 00 00”
  4. For new settings to apply you either need to restart, or disable and re-enable the Xonar card from Device Manager

9. What are best settings to achieve best audio quality, performance and functionality from my (Xonar) card?  (updated 06.03.2014)

In ASUS/C-media/XonarSwitch Control Panels :

  • Keep Sample Rate at 44.1 kHz , this is generally valid for most media (games, movies, music), while video DVDs use 48 kHz. Increasing Sample Rate without having a source that’s sampled at a higher rate won’t improve sound quality, in fact it will degrade it.
  • Select Audio Channel/System input (present only in Win Vista/7/8) and Analog Out/System Output settings based on the number of speakers that you have. For a 5.1 audio system select Audio Channel to 6 and Analog Out to 5.1. For a 2.1 audio system, select  Audio Channel to 2 and Analog Out to 2.  By default, selecting more channels than the number of speakers you have connected won’t enable you to hear more sounds or hear the footsteps and positioning of enemies better in games.
    • If you wish to emulate 8 channels surround on a 2 channel headphones you need to enable “Dolby Headphones” and “7.1 virtual speaker shifter” after setting the number of channels to 8 and analog output to “Headphones”.
  • Keep GX (Xear 3D) disabled. GX is responsible with emulating EAX effects in some games, but it’s know to cause crashes and audio loops in games and other applications while this is enabled.
  • Be careful with what you enable. The effects will increase the DPC latency which in turn could cause other problems like audio/video desynchronization or slow network/internet speed, and they also change the sound not always in a good way, you might like it for your music but it might harm the audio positioning in games.

In Windows:

  • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Setting the Windows audio playback to 24 bit might improve audio quality. Right click on volume icon in tray, select Playback devices, double click on (Speakers) Xonar card , go to Advanced tab and in the Default format entry select 24 bit 44100 Hz (studio quality) as shown in this picture. While you can change this to 32 bit, this probably isn’t needed. Many Xonar cards only support up to 24 bit and even if this wouldn’t be the case, setting Windows audio playback to 32 bit won’t usually have a improvement in quality compared to 24 bit.  You can find detailed information on audio bit-depth here.
  • Windows XP only: Don’t increase the Windows Audio Volume to 100%, instead set it to 80-90% max in order to avoid dynamic volume issue. Issue regarding setting volume to 100% is detailed here.

In audio/video applications:

  • Enable the  audio output/playback to 24 bit instead of 16bit, as this  might improve audio quality. This setting is application specific  so you will have to search for it in application preferences/options. For example, in Winamp the setting is located in Preferences->Playback->Allow 24bit. If you have Windows Vista,7 or 8 then you have to enable 24 bit output in Windows as well.
  • If you use ASIO as playback output, recommended settings would be Bit-Depth:24-bit and Latency: 10 ms or above.
  • Windows Vista/7/8/10 only: Set each application volume at 80-90% in order to avoid dynamic volume issue. Issue regarding setting volume to 100% is detailed here.

In games:

  • In game Options -> Sound Quality set Medium or High depending on the importance of sound quality in that particular game. Setting this to High might cause to much strain on your CPU and this in turn will affect the FPS of that particular game.
  • In-game options: make sure you have properly detected or set the number of speakers you currently have connected.

10. Audio in Flash player (like from videos in youtube.com) is upmixed to 5.1 although stereo upmix is disabled. Why is that? (updated 19.07.2014)

It’s a bug in the Adobe Flash Player (info1info2) which might not be fixed by Adobe any time soon.

There is a user made fix but it might not work with newer flash versions and it does not seem to work on Win 8. You can find the fix here. Follow the instructions in the readme.txt file.

If you are mostly viewing clips on youtube.com, a possible workaround would be to watch the videos in HTML5 video player instead of Flash player. To do so, go to youtube html5 page and turn “HTML5 Video” on.


11. Why is GX (EAX emulation) bad?

In most of the cases it doesn’t even work and the worse part is that while having GX enabled any audio application that you use is prone to crashes or make your whole system crash (BSOD).

ASUS/C-media emulation of EAX capabilities is disastrous and should have never been released in this state and marketed as a feature. If you want a reason to sue Asus this is it.

GX is labeled as Xear3D in C-Media Audio Panel.


12. My antivirus says that the UNi Xonar driver package has a virus or trojan.

If you’ve downloaded the drivers from the official links then the virus warning is a false positive. Possible causes are the packaging of the drivers or the presence of driver cleaner in the UNi Xonar installer which deletes the Xonar driver files from Windows folder.

While it’s highly unlikely that UNi Xonar driver packages would be compromised and be infected with viruses, if you really want to be sure then you can submit the driver package for analysis to www.virustotal.com for a wider analysis.

Furthermore, UNi Xonar driver installer (again from the official links)  does not contain any adware, spyware or PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program).

In such cases where your antivirus blocks the installation or the download of UNi Xonar drivers you need to either configure the antivirus to allow that action or temporary pause antivirus protection.


13. When new drivers are going to be released?

There is no time frame. UNi Xonar driver releases depend on one or two factors:

1. When new original audio drivers are made available (eg: when ASUS releases a new set of drivers for any of their Xonar cards or when ASUS releases a new Xonar card).

2. When in my research for fixes or improvements I find something that can be implemented (eg: Stereo Upmix issue fix or the Rear and Center channel delays fix).


14. Is there a Linux or Mac version of UNi Xonar drivers?

No Linux or Mac version. UNi Xonar drivers are based on Xonar original drivers for Windows.


15. I’m receiving “Can’t find any device” message and I can’t change any of the Xonar card settings.

This error is generated by Asus Audio Center. Other drivers, security programs or Windows updates might prevent Asus Audio Center from working correctly. If you can’t find the problem you can use C-Media Panel or XonarSwitch to change the cards settings.


16. Does the Xonar driver work in MSI (Message Signaled Interrupts) interrupt mode?

No.


17. Can I automate the UNi Xonar driver setup (running silently without user intervention)?

Yes. You need to do the following:

  1. You need to keep the “installsettings.ini” file that’s generated after the finish of a valid UNi Xonar driver installation with your desired installation options.
  2. The file needs to be in the same folder as the driver installer that we want to install silently.
  3. You need to add the “/silent” flag to the UNi Xonar driver setup command like this: “UNi Xonar 1823 v1.80a r3.exe” /silent

18. Occasionally I get loud white/static noise. Why is that and is there something that can be done to prevent this?

There are at least two instances:

  1. It may be a issue or incompatibility between the motherboard and the Xonar audio card. Ironically, ASUS motherboards are most prone to this issue. Unfortunately there isn’t much it can be done. You should look into updating the motherboard BIOS to the latest version. If that does not solve the problem a possible solution would be to change the motherboard if you think the card you own is worth it.
  2. A Windows 10 only issue. Discussions for this case are talking place on this page. No solution has been found so far except reverting back to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

General recommendations: If you run into this issues and have not found a solution you should either buy a different audio card that’s not powered by C-Media audio chips (so no ASUS or HTOmega), buy an external DAC or at least take some precautionary measures like controlling the volume with a amplifier while having Windows volume always set to 100%. Keep in mind that nothing is worth permanently damaging your ears.


19. Occasionally I get left or right speaker imbalance or volume drop. Why is that and is there something that can be done to prevent this?

There are two possible causes:

1. There is an issue with your sound system. To check if this is the case, when the volume drop occurs connect a different pair of headphones or different speaker system directly to the soundcard and see if you still have the issue.

2. An issue or incompatibility between the motherboard and the Xonar audio card. You should look into updating the motherboard BIOS to the latest version. If that does not solve the problem you either change the motherboard or buy a non Xonar audio card.


20. Sound output channels are switched between one another or I get noises/cracking/latency during 192kHz 4/5.1/7.1 channels playback.

Answer valid only for Xonar DX, D2X, HDAV 1.3 or HDAV 1.3 Deluxe audio cards:

If you card was manufactured before year 2009 you need to update its PLX(PCI-to-PCI-e bridge) firmware as the original firmware had some issues especially with some motherboards. To do so do the following: Go to ASUS download page, select Windows XP, go to Utilities, download “PLX firmware update Ver 1.1” and run it. The update utility will work on Windows 7 and probably Windows 8/8.1/10 OS versions as well.


21. I have hissing/buzzing/crackling noise coming from the speakers or headphones and/or people I talk to using the microphone complain that they hear buzzing noise coming from my end.

You could try solving this by:

  1. If you are using the case front panel connection then try connecting the speaker system, headphones or microphone directly to the card. If the issue is resolved and still want to use the front panel connection read this.
  2. Connect your PC to a grounded electric outlet.
  3. The problem might be from to much EMI (Electromagnetic interference):
    1. Move the sound card farther away from the GPU.
    2. Make a EMI shield for your Xonar card ( #1, #2).

22. I have two Xonar soundcards, how do I change change settings for each Xonar soundcard?

It’s a little tricky as there is no perfect solution.  If you have two different Xonar cards there are two options:

  1. Use the Asus Xonar Audio Center or C-Media Panel to change the settings of one card and use XonarSwitch with this guide to change the settings of the other one.
  2. Following this guide to control a specific Xonar card, you could make two separate XonarSwitch shortcuts, one for each card. Depending on which card XonarSwitch controls at a time, you could close XonarSwitch and start XonarSwitch again for the other card.

23. How to get a subwoofer working when it’s connected directly to the card as part of a 2.1 speaker configuration?

Connecting a subwoofer directly to the soundcard is not a standard 2.1 speaker configuration. In a standard 2.1 speaker configuration you connect the subwoofer to the speakers or amplifier. I’ve come up with a workaround that could make it work.
Guide for Windows 7/8/10:

  1. Connect subwoofer to Center/Subwoofer output jack.
  2. You need to have “Stereo upmix” enabled. Depending on your setup you either have to install drivers installed with “Re-enable stereo upmix to 4, 5.1 & 7.1” option checked or enable it in XonarSwitch.
  3. In the audio panel set the following: 2 channels and 5.1(or 6) speakers.
  4. If subwoofer isn’t sounding right, exchange center/bass channels in the audio panel.
  5. For speakers and subwoofer bass management look at the FlexBass option in the audio panel.

24. Does the StarTech PCI-e to PCI adapter work with Xonar PCI cards (DG, DS, D1, D2, ST)?

Most likely it won’t. It’s been reported that the cards work only for a couple of seconds after booting.  If you are interested in reading more about StarTech PCI-e to PCI issues with Xonar cards then check here and here.


This page is only for discussing the answers to the questions above. For general help, comment on the main UNi Xonar page.


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570 Comments

  1. Daichi    29 Aug 2010 @ 16:02   

    Where should sample rate switcher have to appear?? In c-media control panel or like a separate software-command?? This bold line didnt have to be replace because its the same in bat file and in the registry file I exported

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  2. ASUS XONAR Unified Drivers 1.20 & ASIO 1.0 patch (post periodically updated) « brainbit | Unified Xonar Drivers    22 Oct 2010 @ 19:32   

    […] If you encounter any problems, check the FAQ page. […]

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  3. Shaoiken    28 Oct 2011 @ 12:50   

    Hey,
    I'm using your driver version 1.41 with standard settings and ticked the "enable stereo upmix" but it doesnt work. Stereo sound is only on my left and right front speaker. Can I somehow force it after Installation? The audio center settings are set to 6 channels, 192 khz and 5.1 speakers.

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  4. Pete    24 Dec 2011 @ 18:39   

    How switch Hdmi mode in C-media panel ???

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    • CarvedInside    26 Dec 2011 @ 15:03   

      You can’t. You have a HDAV card, right? So i guess HDMI doesn’t work with the Asus Xonar Center included in the Uni drivers either.

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  5. XenoBIT78    01 Feb 2012 @ 20:59   

    Hi 🙂

    is it posible to enable the enhancement features of w7 with this driver ??
    i'm thinking about the room correction feature

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    • CarvedInside    03 Feb 2012 @ 15:54   

      No. There was a guy here (Alexa) who created a different modded package which added the features but he hasn't stepped here for some time now.
      His links where on megaupload (which is now dead). You might find a related discussion/driver here.

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  6. Sad    02 Feb 2012 @ 10:47   

    Thank you very much for the driver! Everything works fine! There is only one question: is it possible somehow to C-Media Panel to enable headphones in front panel?

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    • CarvedInside    03 Feb 2012 @ 15:57   

      Hello.:)
      On the driver page there is a "Front Panel switch v3", it should work. Its the only way for now.
      Tell me if it wont work for you.

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  7. Sad    03 Feb 2012 @ 22:39   

    "Front Panel switch v3" I did not work in Win 7 -32, but I found a way to switch to AsusAudioCenter (do not know-and should be-that he put together with C-Media Panel, or he stayed from the previous installation are not immediately understand I what to do and how to pose). If it is necessary-I run AsusAudioCenter and there's definitely a well working with C-Media Panel. This right? or something one has one stand: C-Media Panel or AsusAudioCenter? sorry if not very clear writing-translate translator …u000aOnce again thanks for an excellent driver! if not him, then passed to the sound card back to the store!

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    • CarvedInside    04 Feb 2012 @ 17:57   

      Thats right. For some reason I missed this. . Some time ago I decided to make so that you can run Asus Panel alongside with C-Media Panel. AsusAudioCenter is there exactly for this kind of things.
      Glad you find the drivers helpful!

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  8. deeree    22 Feb 2012 @ 10:40   

    Your latest drivers solved my crashing in BF3, Kingdoms of Amalur and Skyrim on Xonar DX. Thank you so much!

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  9. ii987658    28 Feb 2012 @ 12:44   

    Hi,my OS is windows7 64 bit and my sound card is Xonar DG,I succeed install UNI Xonar but it's no sound,how can I fix this problem,thank you

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    • Laurent    07 Sep 2015 @ 19:31   

      Hello 🙂
      I have the same problem… please, any help ?
      Thank you 🙂

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      • Laurent    07 Sep 2015 @ 21:02   

        Ok, I think I solved the problem (in my case).
        In the device manager, audio/video section, I desactivated the HD device in the list (audio from HDMI device of my graphics card).
        If it can help 🙂

        It would be great to fix that bug in a future release of UNI Xonar driver.

        (I apologize for my bad english)

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  10. neocreont    10 Apr 2012 @ 09:42   

    Hi 🙂 I got Xonar DX, and have encountered troubles while recording using ASIO (after some various time, ~1-30min, application crashes, (playback and rec mode both)) But UniDriver works the same way…Maybe the problem is somewhere else? Tested in Ableton 8 and Audition 3.

    sorry forgot 2 say that the problems was on default driver, but still [email protected]
    used 256 samples for low latency. mb increasing to 512 would be solution ?

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  11. dengg    17 Apr 2012 @ 21:13   

    I have a problem with the Windows Sound Mixer. I can't control every Application separately anymore. Is there a fix for this?

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  12. Barnacle Bill    30 Apr 2012 @ 20:46   

    I don't like the C Media audio center because of the lack of FP Headphone. I have tried uninstalling Uni, reinstalling with latest ASUS drivers, using Driver Sweeper SEVERAL times, and still the damn Uni C Media center starts up instead of the original ASUS one, even though I have swept and uninstalled Uni. The Xonar drivers I installed are from ASUS. How do I get rid of the Uni C-Media audio center? I know I can go to Programs–>ASUS Audio Center and get what I want, but frankly, this is stupid. I just want it back the way it used to be, before I stupidly installed the Uni driver. I'm very frustrated and at the end of my rope.

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    • CarvedInside    01 May 2012 @ 00:04   

      I'm sorry. This isn't suppose to happen, and nobody else had a problem like this. I am not sure whats happening here.

      Here are 2 solutions:
      a) Uninstall whatever driver you have there in Programs and Features (check for UNi Xonar and Asus Xonar). Download this bat file and run it as administrator (right click->run as administrator) ,this will force close Asus or Cmedia Panel and delete them if they are still available. eventually you can use Driver sweeper as well. Restart and install the drivers you want.

      b) Use System Restore and go back to when you first installed UNi Xonar drives.

      Hopefully everything will go back to normal.

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      • Barnacle Bill    01 May 2012 @ 00:09   

        CarvedIns, thank you for the kind and helpful reply. I will try it and report back. Since I wrote my message, I did find the advanced cleaning instructions linked to above. Should I try that first?

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        • CarvedInside    01 May 2012 @ 00:18   

          No problem. Try following those instructions only if you still can fix with the other solutions.

          BTW just a tip if you didn’t know, selecting Normal in the UNi Xonar installer will install the drivers with Asus Audio Center (just like asus drivers) but with the mentioned fixes.

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          • Barnacle Bill    01 May 2012 @ 00:36   

            Now that you mention that, I think that's when the problem started. I downloaded the newest UNI, and I THINK I selected one of the other options instead of Normal. I immediately noticed the different CMedia interface, didn't see FP Headphone, uninstalled, reinstalled earlier drivers – actually more than once, each time selecting "normal" (I'm 99% certain the drivers I had previously), but the CMedia interface remained.

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            • CarvedInside    01 May 2012 @ 00:52   

              I think that for some reason the configuration files that decide which panel is used are stucked and not deleted after uninstall. Those files are CmiSetupConfig.dll and CmiOemConfig.ini , after you run the drivercleaning.bat file, search the system driver for these two files and try to manually delete them if they still appear in your search.

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              • Barnacle Bill    01 May 2012 @ 05:57   

                I uninstalled the drivers; ran the .bat; ran Driver Sweep. Installed ASUS latest drivers. I did all of this from the Admin user account. After installation, and I went into my account. The CMedia interface STILL came up instead of the ASUS Audio Center. In the Admin account, it's fine. I did install the UNI drivers that caused all of this in my personal account, not the admin account, but "run as administrator", so I don't see why that would matter. In any case, there you have it. After I uninstalled, .bat, sweep, I searched for cmisetupconfig and cmioemconfig and the only results were in the extracted ASUS drivers folder, from the downloaded .zip, so not installed. The only course of action I see now is a clean reinstallation of Windows.

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                • CarvedInside    01 May 2012 @ 17:00   

                  The type of your personal account is limited account or administrator? If its limited change it temporarily to administrator.
                  Have you tried with system restore?

                  And there is another thing you can to instead of reinstalling Windows. Install UNi Xonar drivers with Cmedia panel again. Go to start->run->msconfig . Go to startup, deselect cmicnfgp. Press ok. Then go to start->Programs , there you have a Group folder called UNI Xonar Audio in which you have a shotcut for Asus Audio Center, now move that in the Startup group folder and restart pc. This should disable Cmedia Panel autostart and instead start the Asus Audio Center.

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                  • Barnacle Bill    02 May 2012 @ 05:23   

                    Hi CarvedIns, this seems to have worked. I did another uninstall, .bat, sweeping and installation of latest Uni drivers – oops, I didn’t install the C-Media, just normal, but still my personal account (not an admin account, but of course in Windows 7 I can install/uninstall programs as admin) had the C-Media panel instead of the ASUS one in the lower-right taskbar icons. I did the above steps (put the shortcut to ASUS Audio Center in All Users/Microsoft/Windows/StartMenu/Programs/Startup) and so far, so good; the regular icon shows up in the lower-right, and the familiar panel opens up. There must be something wonky with my Windows 7 – and I just freshly installed it 2 months ago.

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      • Touche    06 Jul 2012 @ 13:25   

        I had the same problem yesterday. I installed Uni Xonar drivers for the first time, 1.61 with Cmedia Panel on Win7 x64. After that it was impossible to get the original panel to load on my non-administrator accounts when I reinstalled with the Normal option. I've tried all the uninstalling and cleaning as Barnacle Bill, but not even MasterFaste's semiofficial modified versions worked. I don't know if it is a problem with the new Asus Panel version or the first installation with Cmedia Panel messed something up. In the end I had to revert to an image backup I had fortunately done before all this. I then installed Uni 1.53 and all is well.

        BTW There was another interesting problem during all that. In my efforts to get the original panel to load, I had tried several times to install Uni Xonar 1.61 Normal + older Asus panel version, but it never worked. I always ended up with the new panel in the Administrator account and Cmedia one in user accounts.

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  13. Koko Arceo    11 May 2012 @ 10:30   

    hi, I chose the C-Media option when using the Uni Xonar installer. Does it matter which control panel I use? I use the my front panel headphone port a lot and it seems the only way to enable it is to launch the Xonar Audio Center from Start>Program Files. Do the C-Media and Xonar control panels basically do the same thing with just a different UI?

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    • CarvedInside    11 May 2012 @ 14:26   

      They do the same thing, but there are differences on how they are implemented and work. DPC Latency is higher on Asus one. See the table with the differences in the main page.
      You can also try the FrontPanel Switch separate application, might be better if you decide to stick with Cmedia.

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      • rinfinite    16 May 2012 @ 23:53   

        How do I re-open the C-Media control panel? It crashes for me from time to time and I have no choice to restart my PC in order to make it show up in the taskbar again.

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        • CarvedInside    17 May 2012 @ 01:42   

          From Start Menu -> Programs ->Uni Xonar -> Cmedia panel.

          The crashes shouldn't happen. To try to fix this I suggest reinstalling the driver by uninstalling it and doing a driver clean following the guide above.

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          • rinfinite    17 May 2012 @ 08:57   

            I only seem to have the Xonar Audio Center in Start Menu -> Programs ->Uni Xonar. I'll try doing a reinstall as you said and see it it fixes the crashes and be able to open the C-Media control panel via Programs.

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  14. Sander    05 Jun 2012 @ 23:51   

    I’m trying to install a Xonar DS on Windows7 32-bit, but no luck. When installing the drivers (v1.61) I get a message at the end saying: “Please plug-in Uni Xonar Audio device”. Also, the Xonar Audio Center doesn’t get installed.

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  15. Jason    12 Jul 2012 @ 22:34   

    Hi first off let me just say THANK YOU so much!!
    The UniXonar Drivers have fixed nearly all of the issues i was having using the Asus Drivers.

    But i am still experiencing a problem i am unable to solve, when switching anolog out to speakers and back to headphones then back to speakers, it continues output to the headphones jack no matter what, only solution is a computer restart. Something im doing wrong or a known work around perhaps?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated 🙂

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