With regards to the Creative Soundblaster 5.1 external surround card & Win 7 I was in contact with Creative & this was the official response;
"With regards to your enquiry, there are no driver update for the X-Fi
Surround 5.1 to run on windows 7. I would advice you to...
Loonwin7 - Thanks for the link but it does not look like it will support my hardware.
Kemical - I will in the near future update my BIOS as I am just using whatever it came out of the box with. Not sure it will effect the sound given its an external USB sound card though right? Certainly will try!
Latest Beta drivers but still have issues
Thanks for posting the latest drivers (the .98 version) but I am still having some issues with my SB X-Fi 5.1 USB card on Win 7 64 bit OS & would love some suggestions.
Its sounds like it is not sending the correct signals to the sub & the center...