Friday, March 14, 2008

Soundmax Integrated Audio Drivers for Vista 32-bit

So far on the internet it's almost impossible to find functional drivers for Soundmax Integrated Digital Audio for Windows Vista. Now what I have is not an installer file with the drivers, but a folder with the drivers back up. And it works! So here it is what you need to do:

1. Download the files from here (512 KB). Unzip them on Desktop (or anywhere you like), and you'll get a folder called "DriverBackup". In this folder there will be another one named "SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio", but this is unnecessary information.

2. Now you're gonna need a software called Driver Genius, and you can download a trial version here. A trial version is all you need. You need this software because it's the software I used to backed up my XP drivers before I upgraded to Vista. You can use this even if you have a clean installation of Vista.

3. Install Driver Genius, run it and use the function "Restore". When it asks about the location of the back up folder, just point to the folder called "DriverBackup", and it will automatically detect any drivers in it.
DO NOT point to the folder inside, because it won't recognize the drivers.

4. Start the restoration of the driver, and when it finishes although it might not be necessery restart the computer. And that's it, now you should have audio. You can check in Device Manager, that you have a driver and a sound card. Unfortunately there are no updates to this driver so far.

Note: There's a possibility that Driver Genie won't work because it's the newest version. If so just look on the internet for an older version.

If you have any problems, comment and I'll try to help. Also if it works , let me and the others know.

Major Update: "no need for driver application just extract it and update the driver and set it to the folder". (I haven't test this , but slugrite says so in a comment)


Slugrite said...

no need for driver application just extract it and update the driver and set it to the folder.

silfiriel said...

I didn't thought of it...

Anonymous said...

This didn't work for me... It said windows could not find driver when i went to update and set it to the folder. What am I doing wrong?

silfiriel said...

Then you need to use the software DriverGenie. There's a link in the post.

Anonymous said...

This works well. Now Media Center in VISTA plays DVDs. After I updated the driver, I went into "Properties" for the Soundmax Integrated Digital Audio and checked the box "AC3 SPDIF", restarted VISTA and connected the coaxial output on the card to the coaxial input on my received and got great sound again, just like XP.

Anonymous said...

Re previous comment and checking the box called "AC3 SPDIF", it is in the folder called Custom in the properties area. There is also a second box called "PCM SPDIF". I left in unchecked. Analogue also plays thru the receiver. (I have a second cable from the line out (green) to my "Red/White" inputs in the receiver.