Installation is complete (probably). It took more than six hours, though I'll grant that at least two of those were spent running around the West side of town with ribsinbacon to run errands and pick up new MIDI cords and a "Y"-type power cable, since I've apparently used up all the factory-issue power cables inside my PC. Mostly though, I've been watching my system hang or reboot during installation. I tried the gloriously helpful System Restore feature only to find that Creative's install program works in such a way as to create a new restore point for each tiny facet of the software. Windows only keeps X number of restore points on the hard drive. The result? By the time the drivers were installed, all of my restore points were brand new.
Mac users will tell me that the problem is my choice of platforms, but in fact it's Creative Labs, as it has always been. Sound hardware has been the single most troublesome thing for me about owning a PC, and it's only aggravated by the fact that I actually do more than listen to MP3s with it.
Friggin' Creative Labs. Why do I buy Soundblaster products, anyway? Oh yes, that's right: Soundfonts.
Soundfonts are exactly what they sound like: They're instrument samples which you can stretch over your MIDI driver so you're not tied down to the same somewhat muffled piano sound that came with your sound card. Creative Labs more or less has a monopoly on Soundfont-supporting hardware because, well, they co-developed the Soundfont standard. Soundfonts are wonderful for people like me who can't afford or don't plan on affording better MIDI equipment. Creative Labs has us by the grace notes.
Anyway, as I said, things are more or less installed. My computer still reboots on startup if I don't press Control-Alt-Delete and close the "Thank you for buying Creative Labs products!" message just as the desktop pops up. I think I have located and eradicated the culprit, but I'll never be able to run that program. Also, I separate my Soundfonts from my hardware by about thirty levels of memory management programs (this is not a good idea, by the way), so getting the card to actually play MIDI was a bit of a challenge. The subwoofer works but isn't playing anything. After being told (twice) by Creative's website that no driver updates are available for this card, I've just been informed of several "critical" updates. They are downloading and installing now.
It sounds great, by the way (other than the subwoofer), but it would sound greater if I could hear it over the sound of me pulling out my own hair.
Anyway, here are some memes:
In the year 2006 I resolve to:
You are CUTTING.
Synopsis: Even though cutting is the most common
form of self-mutilation, that doesn't make it
any less painful. You probably try to hide it
from your friends and family, wanting the help
but not knowing how to get it. You like to be
alone and get frustrated easily by other
Positive trait: Have a lot of empathy for others.
Negative trait: Hard on yourself.
Quote: "I count him braver who overcomes his
desires than him who conquers his enemies; for
the hardest victory is over self."
What form of self-mutilation are you?
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Hey, that description is pretty spot on, not that I ever (or have ever) cut myself.
xmerrie1039x had a personality quiz which I wanted to fill out, but I think I've done it before. You can only answer "Ernest Borgnine" to the question "Who else would you like to see fill out this quiz?" so many times before you realize that it's not even marginally funny.