I had this problem with my DIamond Monster Sound MX300.. beautiful card but no real support for XP.. Diamond's last driver release was 3 years ago and they have no intention of releasing an XP driver.. I ended up shelving it and buying a SB LIve! 5.1
I have the Diamond MX200 I'm using in XP. Have you been to XP's update page ?! They have released a driver update since XP came out !! For some reason I had problems with it when it first came out, but I tried again and grabbed it again last week and now its working pretty damn good (except not as LOUD as my friends SB Live!) !! If you continue to have problems.....there IS a way to get XP to re-install the stock drivers that came with the OS install. It seems XP keeps a copy of the original drivers SOMEWHERE in the system, so try going to update driver, and let XP find the best drivers to install...and see if that reverts back to the original set !
I had a similar problem.....do you happen to have a Promisa DMA controller in your system?! I do, and when I let MS update it's driver, is when I began having distortion and popping in my sound! But when I rolled back the sound driver to the original ones for XP, the sound was clear again. Don't know why, but for some reason they might conflict with each other. BUT, a month or so later....I tried updating the sound driver on a whim, and now I have no distortion!! My main place I noticed the sound problems was mainly when playing MP3's and such.
So try this first, go to device manager, roll back bother drivers using the driver roll-back feature (if you have a Promise controller) and then update JUST the Promise one. If no distorion after a while, then try updating the Aureal one. I know this sounds lame, but this worked for me, and I have both devices playing nicely with each other now!!
Good thing I have a linux machine to use when Windows is really messed up. I have never had a problem with Linux, drivers are always there, and everything ALWAYS works....MS could take a few lessons from Linux. Hope they do.
Check this out!! Found some port of the original Aureal Control Application from the Win9x days!!! It was located on some Japanese site....don't ask me HOW I read the site....came up on a Google search!! Hehehe..... anyways, I snagged a copy, installed just fine (though I think some functions don't work, it's a Beta I think) and uploaded it to my site for a quick download without the language problems.
It's from a site called downloadIT.128.com or something like that.....here's the link :
Here's the actual page where I got the program....
Note WAY down at the bottom it mentions the different Aureal chips (8810, 8820, 8830) where you can grab the control applet for Windows XP. It will pop up another box (in Japanese/Chinese as well). Just click the orange box and you should be able to download the app. No virus's from my scanner (norton 2002 which is up to date).
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS