Reinstallation postponed for sound reason

Windows XP desktop shows a green field and a clear blue sky with a few clouds
A Windows XP desktop wallpaper image that I found on an XP demo application years ago. I used this as my Windows 98se wallpaper for a while.

As much as I would like to sit in front of my PC today feeding it CDROMs of data, I’ve decided to postpone reinstalling Windows XP and cycle out to South Queensferry to visit my brother, instead.

My decision is partly because I’m keen to keep my decision to cycle at least three times a week, and partly because I’m considering buying a new soundcard. There is no point my reinstalling this week only to discover that I want to do a fresh installation next week (or whenever I get the card). Best to get it right first time, that’s what I say. It also gives me time to read through and plan the installation properly, download the right drivers, read the right manuals and tweak guides.

I’ve currently got a Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2, which has served me well, but is causing me problems when I try to update the drivers to the latest set. It says that I don’t have an Audigy 2 installed on my system! I’m not the only one to have this problem.

I’d really like to upgrade to the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum (below), which contains “the world’s fastest audio processor for ultra-fast gaming, equivalent to a Pentium 4 3.6GHz and 24 times the power of Sound Blaster Audigy”.

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum box, card and remote

The new Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum box, PCI audio card and remote control.

I’ve just checked prices online at Overclockers.co.uk (£156.22 inc VAT and P&P) and at our local PC World (£149.99 inc VAT) and they are remarkably close.

I think I may have found what I’d like for my birthday…

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