1. MasterFaster23 Oct 2012 @ 14:41

    Here are the current released ASUS Xonar Official Windows 8 drivers for some of the Xonar cards:

    Xonar D2 driver for Windows 8 Beta Version (2012.10.18) http://www.asus.com/Multimedia/Audio_Cards/Xonar_...

    Xonar D2X driver for Windows 8 Beta Version (2012.10.18) http://www.asus.com/Multimedia/Audio_Cards/Xonar_...

    Xonar D1 driver for Windows 8 Beta Version (2012.10.19) http://www.asus.com/Multimedia/Audio_Cards/Xonar_...

    Xonar DX driver for Windows 8 Beta Version (2012.10.02) http://www.asus.com/Multimedia/Audio_Cards/Xonar_...

    Xonar DS driver for Windows 8 Beta Version (2012.10.18) http://www.asus.com/Multimedia/Audio_Cards/Xonar_...

    Xonar DG driver for Windows 8 Beta Version (2012.10.02) http://www.asus.com/Multimedia/Audio_Cards/Xonar_...

    Xonar DGX driver for Windows 8 Beta Version (2012.09.14) http://www.asus.com/Multimedia/Audio_Cards/Xonar_...

    Xonar ST driver for Windows 8 Beta Version (2012.10.18) http://www.asus.com/Multimedia/Audio_Cards/Xonar_...

    Xonar Essence STX driver for Windows 8 Beta Version (2012.10.02) http://www.asus.com/Multimedia/Audio_Cards/Xonar_...

    Just for the record, I also post this:
    Xonar DSX driver for Windows 8 Beta Version (2012.10.02) http://www.asus.com/Multimedia/Audio_Cards/Xonar_...
    WARNING: incomplete driver - unusable


  2. Revenitorul24 Oct 2012 @ 12:29

    Salut !

    I ve installed 1.61 driver with the C-Media panel under XP 32 bit for Xonar D1 and it looks good.The only abnormal thing is that looking at the DPC latency checker there are spikes of latency and sound skipping , when you click fast in C-Media control panel, switching between it s pages.Maybe related to the volume/knobs graphical level meters.

    A second observation would be that installing version 1.53 is killing sandbox.sys -Outpost firewall driver for some reason 🙂

    I have made a suggestion in the past regarding a switch between Anus interface and C-Media ,.I think it could be added at right clicking on the taskbar icon

    Generally speaking i am totally disappointed with this Xonar.Not only that the official drivers are sucking ,but it seems that my card has started to capture internal PC sounds you can hear noises while moving the mouse or searching the HDD for files 🙂 .
    Never seen a Creative card behaving like this ,lit s ike an onboard.

    Also i ve seen that Anus released some other Xonar cards and this ones feature a new control panel ,better looking.Could this be added to the driver of older cards ?!

    Felicitari pentru driver !


    • ColPanic24 Oct 2012 @ 15:41

      It sounds your D1 is picking up electromagnetic interference.

      Are you using headphones with the front panel? Noise used to be a big problem on older front panels.


    • CarvedInside25 Oct 2012 @ 11:36


      Yes, the graphical meters from the panel can cause higher DPC latency. I can't add the Asus Panel shortcut to Cmedia panel systray.

      Strange behavior , the card starting to capture internal sounds, might want to check a different PCI slot, and like ColPanic says it might be from front panel if you are using it. Another reason could be if you overclocked your system. Might also want to try your card in a different PC and see if it still captures internal PC sounds.

      That new panel can't be added for older cards, only if C-media decides to make one for the older cards.



  3. Ivo25 Oct 2012 @ 10:23

    Hi i have a weird problem that I sorta fixed thanks you.
    My when i fist plugged my DX all correctly the asus driver said pls plug in soundcard, i couldnt install the DX driver, i booted linux and it was working perfectly , i updated my chipset driver and the mobo stopped erasing the EEPROM of the card , but now in device manager it is showed as D1 the PCI version , and i installed your driver with the DX setting and still it is showed as D1.
    Everything works great except the 192 khz bitrate from the c-media panel.
    So the pint is thank you for the wonderfull driver , and if you have any idea how to restore the DX EEPROM please tell


    • CarvedInside25 Oct 2012 @ 11:07

      Maybe this page could offer a solution.

      Anyway, check to see which model your card really is (PCI for D1, PCIe for DX) to be 100% sure its the DX, maybe the box was wrong.


    • Revenitorul25 Oct 2012 @ 15:50

      The DX card is on PCI-E and has a power connector.On the Asus forum there is some DX update of firmware .

      But i don t understand how you updated the EEPROM to D1 as there is no such available.Some LINUX distributions "kill" the D1 soundcard.

      I had such issue ,no sound on the outputs in XP after running Kaspersky recue disc.I fixed the issue running BitDefender Live Disk also linux based 🙂

      CarvedIns ,thanks for the reply.It may be that the front panel to capture the noise.I am very sure after i bought this card ,one year ago ,i ve tested it for such noises ,but i was using a different motherboard 🙂 Thats why i got this on and not a cheaper one ,it seemed to feature some voltage filtering onboard.
      Pacat de paneluri ca nu merg updatate ,,au un design de acu' 10 ani 🙂


  4. Nydus Zerg26 Oct 2012 @ 02:27

    hey peeps. i have a problem. Sometimes before and after a sound (in a game or music) is played i hear a very short crack. dont know how to describe it better ^^


    • ChriscomIT26 Oct 2012 @ 06:30

      I think i noticed this too on high audio levels. But for me its a normal crack which indicates that a audio source connecting to the card ( DA- Converter). The sound comes from the electricity which goes into the audio pipeline of the card if a audio source send data to the audio card. How often do you have this issue and how much is it noticeable? You are sure its before and after every music or game?


      • Nydus Zerg26 Oct 2012 @ 15:52

        Not so often when Track starts or ends. But more often when i skip to the next track or a track back. Its nothing huge but i notice it and it distburbs me 😛

        furthermore i have strange behaviour with spotify. after booting my foldersounds are kinda cutoff. i dont hear them or they sound very akward. when i start a song in spotify they are back to normal until i close spotify or reboot oO


        • CarvedInside26 Oct 2012 @ 19:12

          Have you tried with different UNi Xonar versions and see if these behaviors still exist? I saw you used Alexas Xonar addons, so these problems where there before?


          • Nydus Zerg26 Oct 2012 @ 20:50

            this spotify folderthingy was the reasion i tried unidrivers. cause with asus drivers even spotify did not fix this 🙁

            also im kinda exhausted with driver installing. had them installing and deinstalling for days to get the best out if it and to kill bugs. as far as i noticed, the short crack is not driver dependent :S


        • hunterz027 Oct 2012 @ 01:23

          How are your speakers connected to the Xonar? If it's via an optical or coax digital connection, then it could be due to the digital stream stopping and starting when you skip.


          • Nydus Zerg27 Oct 2012 @ 01:52

            nope the headphones are conntected via cabelremote of a creative T7900. Mabye its the DX itself thats faulty. that noone else has this error just shows me that it is a problem on my side 🙂


            • MasterFaster27 Oct 2012 @ 07:36

              Connect the Front Panel header to Xonar DX and then connect the headhones directly to Front Panel's headphone-out. Don't blame Xonar DX for everything.


              • Nydus Zerg27 Oct 2012 @ 11:38

                i will try. i will even set the card in an other slot. yesterday night i found out that my DX is bringing a faulty sound for years. maybe its cause of the remote or the slot directly above the graphicscard :S


  5. Nydus Zerg27 Oct 2012 @ 12:49

    Nydus Zerg :
    i will try. i will even set the card in an other slot. yesterday night i found out that my DX is bringing a faulty sound for years. maybe its cause of the remote or the slot directly above the graphicscard :S

    i talked shit. seems my ear is faulty. DX seems be fine. crackling seems also spotify related.

    sorry for the trouble ^^''


  6. Aprozar27 Oct 2012 @ 10:48

    Hello guys . Im having a weird problem i didnt had before while using unified drivers / normal ones. I installed yday windows 8 and the problem appeared . When i play some music i dont hear sound in every speaker. I have a 5.1 system , selected everything 5.1 . When i do the sound tests from windows / xonar dx center everything works smooth . When i play some music goes only 2 speaker with 5.1 system . If i enable 7.1 shifter im missing either center speaker or rear left . Didnt had this problem before with win7. Sorry for my bad english


  7. Ginger27 Oct 2012 @ 20:43

    Hi guys. Maybe it's stupid but can I enable some effects like Dolby Headphones on my Xonar DS? I know Creative had designed one card and then just cut off features and sold "new" cards with lower price. So the features could be enabled via driver mods. Would it work with Xonar?


    • ColPanic28 Oct 2012 @ 02:29

      Not sure, but if you really want surround virtualization you can install Alexa's latest Addon #1. Dolby Home Theater 4 has virtualization, but the one specifically for headphones requires registry editing that doesn't really work-out too well in the end.

      Dolby headphone isn't that good anyway without multichannel sources (tv rips in HD, movies, multichannel SACD rips, DVD Audio) or the 7.1 virtual speaker shifter configured properly (to upmix stereo sources).


  8. Markuchi28 Oct 2012 @ 03:05

    Anyone keep getting Skype crashes when shutting down windows 8?
    Even on the latest skype 6.0 it happens.

    Skype beleive it is due to xonar stx card.
    Uninstalled the STX drivers and skype did not crash on shutdown.

    Had the same card and hardware in windows 7 and did not have this issue.

    Tried Latest official Asus drivers, 1.54 and 1.63. Also tried with GX off with no luck.
    Hope it gets sorted soon cause having a crash every time I shut down windows is painful.


    • robula30 Oct 2012 @ 21:44

      I had this very recently on versions prior to 6.0. Used to get a error popup message related to skype.exe with a hex code every shut down and had to click OK before it would continue. This issue has vanished somehow, I believe the only change I've made is updating my D2X drivers from here...


  9. Nydus Zerg28 Oct 2012 @ 23:42

    does the sa 7.1 virtual speaker shifter enhanced profile v1.0 also work with a ROG Phoebus?


  10. James Angove29 Oct 2012 @ 18:12

    I cannot possibly thank enough for this driver package; I've been looking for a Windows 8 driver for my Xense all weekend. Thank you so much.


  11. MasterFaster29 Oct 2012 @ 16:35

    HT Omega also released 1813 drivers. They are the same with the 1813 drivers by ASUS,

    They have the new ASIO and the new CmElv.dll, CmElv.exe, CmElv64.dll, CmElv64.exe, that are also included in 1815 Xonar DS driver.

    They keep having the CmEnhance.dll and not the newer I'm wondering if the CmEnhance.dll has bugs, and that's why they keep using CmEnhance.dll.


    • MasterFaster29 Oct 2012 @ 17:28

      The CmEnhance.dll is included in the following official ASUS drivers:

      All the other of the new official ASUS Windows 8 drivers (including the new HT Omega Win8 drivers) have CmEnhance.dll


  12. ben1i29 Oct 2012 @ 23:21

    Alright, thank you for the quick reply. I will read through this page and try and find out. The DPC Latency stuff seems really interesting. And you're right, Asus has really crappy release notes for their Xonar drivers.


  13. ben1i29 Oct 2012 @ 22:42

    Hi. I'm new to the Xonar. A relative sent me a Xonar D2X as a gift, and I've installed the latest drivers ( for Windows XP from Asus' website. So far I haven't had any problems with it while playing music, DVDs, Blurays and mp4/mkv files. I don't play video games nor do I have any need for recording audio. I use headphones or my 7.1 speaker system, both through the D2X's analog outputs.

    Can you tell me what bugs are in the latest Asus drivers and which ones are fixed in the unified drivers?


    • CarvedInside29 Oct 2012 @ 23:08

      You will have to read this page, especially UNi Xonar Features, and go through release notes for each driver. Most of (Asus) C-media fixes for the drivers aren't documented by them.


  14. Anton30 Oct 2012 @ 15:43

    Hi there, I have just moved to this driver because after moving my sound card to a different slot (d2x) the drivers standard drivers introduced the sound echo problem with the centre and rear speakers.
    I decided to install your unified drivers without enabling test mode (win7 64bit) and it worked perfectly fine without using the driver signing bypass (test mode)
    Have to managed to work around this with the latest beta driver set?
    Im currently using the latest beta with normal installation (not cmedia)

    Kind Regards


    • CarvedInside30 Oct 2012 @ 16:45

      I don't really understand the question, especially in the context. Anyway, any of the latest drivers (from 1.53 onwards) don't have a problem with driver signature, but there are some cases where due to various reasons they don't work without testmode.


      • Anton30 Oct 2012 @ 18:47

        Hi, thanks for the reply. After re reading what i wrote i can see why you didnt understand (long winded)
        basically after a lot of reading i assumed i would need to force driver signing. i decided to test without doing that and all was fine so i was asking if you had fixed it. now you have replied i can see it was only an issue with some of the builds and not all of them

        thank you for your great work


  15. Jilipop30 Oct 2012 @ 16:46


    first of all, thanks a lot for these drivers. I've been having nothing but trouble with my HDAV since I bought a few years ago.

    Now, has anyone had any luck with getting an HDAV (regular) to work in Win 8? I'm on Win 8 Pro x64 and, although I can install the drivers offered here, I cannot use more than 2 output channels. If I do, the sound gets corrupted (drops out like crazy and often sounds lower and slower, than it should).
    I get the exact same result installing the latest Win 7 drivers from Asus in Win7-compatibility mode.

    I tried using the search function here, but it found almost nothing and it's tough going through all the comments here manually.

    Thanks and thanks!


    • CarvedInside30 Oct 2012 @ 18:06

      I am not sure this behavior is typical(not normal) for HDAV's in Win8 with current drivers, you're the first to mention this, maybe someone else who has a HDAV card and Win8 can confirm or infirm your problem as happening to them also.

      Anyway here are some things to try. Make sure you have uninstalled any previous drivers, follow driver cleaning guide in the FAQ. Disable Enable Test Mode and use "Digital signature bypass" option while installing UNi Xonar drivers, because if you didn't do this the UNi drivers are not installing for your card. You should try both 1.62 and 1.63 drivers.

      Let us know of any developments.


      • Jilipop30 Oct 2012 @ 19:39


        I'm assuming you meant to ENABLE Test Mode? I did this with 1.63, 1.62, 1.61 and 1.54, each time properly deinstalling, rebooting, sweeping driver remnants, installing, rebooting, testing.
        I'm getting the same results with all of them.

        Maybe I should have specified that I'm using HDMI mode?
        This is my hardware setup:

        My video card's second output goes to the HDAV via HDMI. The HDAV adds the sound and sends both to my AV receiver which is recognized by Windows as a secondary display.

        I have 7.1 speakers hooked up to the receiver and a projector that I watch movies and play games on.

        The two issues I've always had with the Xonar (in Vista and Win 7) are:
        a) Channels being switched around (i.e. the female speaker setup voice saying "left back surround" out of a different speaker every click). This I found a workaround for.
        b) The secondary display sometimes not being recognized by Windows after reboot, which would also mean no sound system-wide. This I also found a workaround for.

        Otherwise I could play all sounds fine on 44.1 and 48 kHz, sending 8 channel audio to the receiver. The higher sample rates always sounded distorted.

        I'm guessing the issue is a performance problem on playing back sound, then? When I set "Wave" as recording input, recorded the messed up sounds I'm getting, then switched to 2-channel audio output and played back the recorded file, it sounded normal. So it's really just the playback, getting messed up somewhere along the way to the speakers.

        I'll probably have to live with 2 channel audio for now. Sigh.


        • CarvedInside01 Nov 2012 @ 15:18

          Yeah it could be a playback performance, I am not so familiar with HDAV cards to have some other suggestions. Sorry I can't be of more help to you.

          On a another note, for one of your problems that you found a workaround, the one with Channels being switched. Don't know if you did this, but there is a firmware update for HDAVs PCIe PLX bridge. This fixes problems with incorrect assignment of sound to channels, reverse channels and some other things. If you are interested, go to HDAV download page, select WinXP (and not win7), go to utilities and search for "PLX fireware update Ver 1.1", download and install following the instructions.


          • Jilipop01 Nov 2012 @ 17:30

            Dude, you just incidentally solved not only the channel assignment I have been struggling with for years, but also the big issue I had: I can enjoy 7.1 surround sound again thanks to the firmware update from Asus. Those cables I just bought to connect my onboard sound chip to my AV receiver... yeah, I'll decorate the christmas tree with them or something.
            How was I supposed to know I should look under Win XP for that much needed update? I can't tell you how often I checked their site for a channel assignment fix over the years. Damn you, Asus! (and what is "fireware", anyway?)

            If I had to venture a guess, I'd say the problem was caused by a combination of as-of-yet badly optimized Win 8 PCIe performance + badly performing factory firmware on the HDAV + a problematic Gigabyte Mainboard (listet as such in the HDAV firmware update notes).

            I'll test different Uni Xonar versions and install options to find the best solution for me. Playback at 8 channels/96kHz is now just slightly distorted. Maybe I can get that working, too.

            Thank you so much! So happy now...


            • CarvedInside03 Nov 2012 @ 10:15

              Glad I could help. This firmware should be mandatory for anyone who has a PCIe card thats been purchased at least 2 years ago. You would had the same problems even if you had a Asus MB, Asus just downplays the facts in those release notes for the PLX firmware update. And like you saw, they made the PLX firmware and its importance so hard to find.

              About what firmware is, its a program that tell a specific chip what to do, kind of like a bios for MB, you will have google for more info.


              • Jilipop03 Nov 2012 @ 14:51

                Thanks, I know what firmware is.
                What I meant was that they spelled it with an "e" twice: "fireware" instead of "firmware".


                • CarvedInside03 Nov 2012 @ 16:13

                  I see 🙂
                  Thank you for the donation!
                  Btw: edited my previous comment as it was incomplete.



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