Windows XP / 2K - Audio Driver

 
 

Version: 4.31
Release Date: March 31, 2004

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File Size: 6.6 MB

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Installation Notes

  • This is a stand-alone beta package containing audio drivers only. This package should be installed over an existing successful install of the Unified Driver Package (UDP) containing all nForce driver components.

Release Notes

  • This is a release package of nForce Audio drivers for 32-bit Windows 2000 and XP systems.
  • This package includes support for all nForce Audio technologies. This includes:
    • APU / SoundStorm
    • AC '97 / Soft Audio
    • NVMixer
  • Supported products for this package include:
    • nForce 220, nForce 220D, nForce 415 and nForce 420D
    • nForce2 and nForce2 400
    • nForce2 Ultra and nForce2 Ultra 400
    • nForce2 400R and nForce2 Ultra 400Gb
    • nForce3 150 and nForce3 PRO 150
    • nForce3 250, nForce3 250Gb and nForce3 PRO 250
  • The following Operating Systems are supported in this release:
    • Windows XP
    • Windows 2000
  • There is no support for Windows XP 64-bit or Windows 2003 Server 64-bit systems in this package.
  • These drivers are an interim release. There may be performance and/or stability issues.
  • Installation of DirectX 9.0 or higher is required prior to the installation of this package.
  • NVMixer operates best when run at 1024x768 16-bit color.
  • NVMixer now supports speaker mode balance hot keys:
    • Control + mouse drag = moves related sliders together
    • Shift + mouse drag = moves front and rear sliders together
    • Mouse drag = moves only the highlighted slider

Driver Versions

  • Audio driver 4.31
  • Audio utilities 4.31

Changes

The items below are additions or modifications incorporated since driver version 3.66:
  • Introduced NVMixer – replaces SoundStorm Control Panel for all audio configuration tasks
  • Introduced improved AC ’97 / Soft Audio driver – adds EQ, speaker cloning, and speaker wizard support
  • Introduced Speaker Wizard – incorporates all NVSwap features, ensures correct speaker setup on analog or digital speaker systems
  • Introduced Cinesurround – virtual 5.1 mixdown to headphones or 2 speakers
  • Introduced new Environments – simple, preset driven sound environments
  • Enhanced ASIO support and added support for AC ’97 / Soft Audio systems
  • Added user adjustable “rear channel creation” support – adds off, clone, reverb and delay
  • Added support for Realtek ALC655 codecs
  • Added 7.1 support for Realtek ALC850 codecs
  • Added support for Realtek ALC658 codecs
  • Added support for WMV-HD audio streams and WaveFormatExtensible calls
  • Improved playback of mono content
  • Removed “create center channel” option for 2D audio sources
  • Removed “rear channel cloning” for Microsoft KMixer audio sources
  • Games and applications fixed or improved:
    • Conan
    • Soldier of Fortune 2
    • Rallisport Challenge
    • Battlefield 1942
    • Acid Pro 4.0
    • WinDVD 4.0
    • Sonar 2.0
    • Hitman 2
    • Halo
    • Project 5
    • Tron 2.0
    • Enter the Matrix
    • No One Lives Forever 2
    • Samplitude
    • Quake 3
  • Rear speaker cloning now works only with software that supports DirectSound hardware options. The following applications have been tested with the cloning feature on Windows XP:
    • Windows Media Player 9 – cloning supported
    • Winamp 5.02 – cloning supported
    • Winamp 2.91 – cloning supported with modifications*
    • RealPlayer 10 – cloning supported
    • Quicktime 6.3 – cloning supported
    • DivX Player 2.53 – cloning supported
    • Musicmatch Jukebox 8.20 – stereo only
    • Windows Media Player 8 – stereo only
* Requires manually setting the sound device to "DirectSound Hardware Acceleration" for cloning to work.

 
 
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