UNi Xonar Introduction (22 May 2018)

I started this project around the middle of 2010, because of the annoying issues I had with my Xonar DX card and because after almost 3 years since the release of the first Xonar cards it was pretty clear that ASUS would not even consider fixing them.

UNi Xonar drivers are modded drivers for ASUS Xonar cards and other C-Media 8788 audio chipset based cards from Auzentech, HT-Omega and Razer. The main purpose of the project is to bring the Xonar and the other cards owners at least a decent driver package with up to date drivers and components, right settings out of the box and with additional must-have fixes. These are the things which the manufacturers (ASUS, C-Media, and the other companies) have been ignoring despite being their responsibility.

In addition to the UNi Xonar drivers, on this website, in the UNi Xonar category, you will find additional applications for Xonar and the other supported cards, and a knowledge database (known issues & suggestions, FAQ, installation problems workarounds, hardware modding information).

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

When it comes to future Xonar driver updates and support, it seems that as of January 2017, ASUS/C-media are no longer interested in releasing new drivers, thus Xonar cards and other C-Media 8788 based cards should be considered as unsupported by the card manufacturer (ASUS) and audio chip manufacturer(C-Media).

Some "fun" facts:

  • Because of the problems solved with UNi Xonar drivers and the support I provided, ASUS got to sell a lot more cards and made significant savings in their tech support and from less returned sales. On the other hand, I have never received any compensation from ASUS.
  • ASUS support suggests Xonar owners with problems to try the UNi Xonar drivers (#1, #2, #3).
  • C-Media finally implemented some of the fixes from UNi Xonar drivers with the launch of ASUS STX II drivers, roughly 5 years after I first discovered and implemented them.

Next: UNi Xonar Features->

Related content:

  1. UNi Xonar Features
  2. FAQ & troubleshooting guide
  3. Audio known issues and workarounds
  4. UNi Xonar installer addon documentation
  5. Xonar best audio settings guide
  6. ASUS Xonar sound cards issues
  7. Xonar cards and AMD Ryzen motherboards compatibility

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