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Soundblaster Arrives, Sleep Issues?
9:35 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

A post to the IMG forums notes the arrival of a reader's Soundblaster Live! card from Creative Labs. While preorders of the cards were supposedly shipping nearly two weeks ago, this is the first we've heard of customers actually receiving the units. We here at IMG have yet to get our hands on the card, though concurrent reports at Accelerate Your Mac seem to confirm they are out now. If you haven't yet preordered a card of your own, check you local Mac-friendly retailer to see when they might have the cards in stock.


Further down the same forum thread, the original poster does note a problem. It seems the Soundblaster has issues with OS 9.1's deep sleep feature, as it won't allow the machine to 'wake' without rebooting. We can't confirm this yet, but if you have any input, please feel free to contribute your experiences to the forum. We'll keep on this and get a review of the Soundblaster out as soon as possible.


Update: Accelerate has now posted some initial reader reports of the Soundblaster cards. While they don't mention the sleep issues, they do have some initial game benchmarks and other sound program experiences. Some report stuttering in iTunes' visuals mode, though the included version of Deus Ex seems to be a hit.


Update #2: A later forum post notes that the Soundblaster manual describes the card not powering down completely as a known issue and not a bug. By quickly dismissing the dialog, users should have no issues waking their computer up from sleep.

IMG News: Creative Labs Ships Soundblaster Live!
Soundblaster Live! Experiences at Accelerate Your Mac
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