Sound card can only be installed with driver disk; online driver incapable
5 September 2012
Summary: You cannot find a working Creative driver online for this sound card so you must have the disk in order for the driver to install at all. I've scoured the internet and not even drivers from 2008 worked. I went to Frys to repurchase this card so that I had access to the disk. For the price, the trouble might not have been worth it.. As of now, it is working just fine.
Summary: It's a pretty decent sound card. I'm having troubles with Windows 7 x64, every now and then there's a "click" coming out from speakers. And sometimes when I use the optical line in with my Samsung Led TV it hangs out with a loud interference noise that won't go unless I restart my computer. It could be a wire problem and haven't tested it yet, but I think it's the Win7 driver.
A great addition to your laptop; perfect for gamers and stereophiles!
4 August 2012
Summary: This sound blaster allows for layered, full sound. Its accompanying software proffers user-friendly features for the sound's customization, as well as for recording input. The card's only downside is that it gets quite hot after a while, which may be problematic if your laptop is not well ventilated.
Summary: After I received this sound-card in the mail, I ran into one road-block after another: 1. The computer would not boot-up. 2. There was no sound coming out of the speakers. 3. The microphone would not work. I eventually worked-through all of my problems, and the sound card works fine. But the instructions were bad! It has been that way for every Soundblaster card I have ever owned, and it continues to be that way.
Summary: The product is amazing. The sound improved from a punch less bass and weak treble to a great sound. I also had issues with maximum sound with default (and realteck drivers). This problem also got solved. The Creative drivers are a bit of pain though. The default drivers for this device with win 7 work fine but do not give additional features available with Creative driver distribution.