Hi everybody. After reading a post about soundcards, I thought it would be better to post this message as a separate thread. I have a SoundBlaster Audigy 2 Platinum and it works great for me, but it's true that the Creative drivers are not the best. Maybe some of you already know about this: There's an independent team that has released an alternate set of drivers for SoundBlaster sound cards, totally free of charge. I gave this a try and must say that, aside from giving even more control over my sound card, I feel that its performance has improved. This works for "all EMU10K1 and EMU10K2-based soundcards manufactured by Creative Technology Ltd. and/or E-mu Systems Inc., including the SoundBlaster Live! series, the E-mu Audio Production Studio (APS) card, and the Audigy / Audigy2 series of cards". You must completely uninstall the Creative drivers before trying these. No spyware or adware. Here's the link with the drivers plus full info: http://kxproject.lugosoft.com/index.php?skip=1 Hope this helps. Forgot to mention, in case you decide to try it: You must load a General MIDI soundfont for MIDI sounds to be heard.