- Sound Blaster Live! Platinum
- Windows Vista
This is Windows Vista we’re talking about… you had to ask?
Put simply there are no native drivers for the original versions of the SB Live series with the Live! Drive 1.0 or 2.0. Microsoft stopped generating them with Windows Server 2003’s release, and in all but name so did Creative.
I can help you get sound, I cannot help you to get Surround Sound, the Game Port or to make use of your Live! Drive as the people at Creative once intended.
- Go to http://www.creative.com/ and then to Support
- Open the main downloads page
- In the Search by File Name or Model Number search for CT4760
- Download the 23.32 MB, 10 Mar 03 “Sound Blaster Live! – LiveDrvUni-Pack English”
- Double click the installer program, work through until it tells you it cannot find any qualifying products
- Hit Vista’s Device Manager
- Find the uninstalled Multimedia Audio Device, right click it and select Update Driver
- Specify your own file path for a driver
- Type or browse to the following, substituting %username% for the SAM name of your user account:
- Vista will install the driver and you will now have sound & sound control through the audio mixer
What does not work
Yes, they did release XP drivers for it in 2001, 2002 and 2003, and the 2003 release is what we are using – but if you actually need to use the Live Drive or want any SPDIF/Optical output e.g. have a 5.1 surround sound system, forget it. The best you will ever do with these driver is Stereo.
- Many of the Live Drive’s ports (Exactly the same as using these drivers with XP)
- SPDIF/Optical decoding to AC3 (Stereo is fine [Exactly the same as using these drivers with XP])
- Create Joystick/MIDI port on the back plate of the card (Vista will not accept the driver)
- Speaker profiling other than Mono/Stereo (Exactly the same as using these drivers with XP)
So much for the 1999 promise of lifetime support through the “LiveWare” program. That lasted all of 2 years.