SoundMax audio drivers – how to get hold of 'em
Start pressuring those OEMs, folks
Updated Most Reg readers' response to our story about the vastly superior SoundMax 2 audio drivers for Intel's Easton mobo, was 'where can I get them?'
The official advice from Analog Devices is to contact the people from whom they bought their PCs or mobos. Apparently, each OEM shipping ADI AD1885 codecs has a driver built for them with and without SoundMAX 2.
ADI's Dave Babicz says some OEMs are now considering a Web update of their drivers, adding: "User requests may help them make up their minds."
ADI says it can't provide a generic release of the drivers on its own web site because its customers need to certify the driversw with their particular platforms.
"Also," adds Babicz,"no true generic driver load exists because each WHQL certified driver is specific to the OEM platform and the INF file has VID, SSVIDs and chip set IDs that match and control the customisation for that platform).
ADI is updating its web site to direct end users back to OEMs for potential download upgrades.
Compaq has confirmed that it has the latest versions available for download, but warns that DirectX 6.1 or greater is required. ®