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Vista Drivers for the Aureal Vortex2 (AU8830 chipset)
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I recently found myself in the position where I had a Turtle Beach Montego II sound card with an Aureal Vortex 2 AU8830-based chipset that I wanted to get working in Windows Vista. Sadly, Aureal went bankrupt in 2000 and was later bought by Creative, so Aureal chipsets have had pretty poor support since XP -- the stock Vortex2 driver included in Windows XP was a bare bones implementation at best. One would think that Vista support of this ancient audio chipset would be a pipe dream, no?

Well, I knew that Vista supported using XP sound drivers. So, I found the last know drivers for XP -- the 5.12.2568.0 beta drivers -- and tried the installation. Vista choked on some missing sections and incorrect information in the driver INF files, so I modified the INFs a bit to suit the OS.

The result is here:

Aureal Vortex2 8830 users, rejoice! You now have basic sound support in 32-bit Vista. (If you have a 64-bit system, I'm sorry -- there never were 64-bit drivers for this card, and I can't help you get them).

UPDATE (7/27/2009): More stable drivers have been posted; please see my other post.

UPDATE (6/12/2009): MegaUpload is officially on my shit list for getting my original file confused with what appears to be some game. The download went from being about 18 MB to 459 MB. I've removed the MegaUpload mirror link.

UPDATE: I've been seeing some strange issues that appear to be related to this driver. Specifically, the Windows paged pool on my system seems to be growing slowly over the course of several days from about 150 MB up to 1.5 GB, causing Windows to eventually stop responding. The Windows driver verifier reported that this driver is attempting to free memory it has already released, which is causing problems for the kernel memory allocator.

This may be because these drivers were BETA drivers for Windows XP made by some of the developers from Aureal, and I would like to switch over to using the earlier official version of the drivers that Microsoft bundled with XP as it should be more reliable. Stay tuned.

UPDATE (3/29/2016): This old article is still getting a lot of attention, apparently. The 2shared link has somehow turned into virus clickbait, and I've gotten many, many requests over the past few months to repost. So I've move the link over to Dropbox instead. I've also added a note that these drivers are 32-bit only.

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I so remember when Turtle Beach was the shiznit. The first company I worked for, we sold a lot of MIDI stuff that was specifically designed to work with Turtle Beach sound cards.

Ah, memories of technologies past.


Hi! I have a Monster Sound MX300 sound card. This work fine with this modified driver. Great job, many thanx for your work. (Sorry, my English is poor)


Will those drivers work in 64-bit Vista?

Sadly, no, because 64-bit Vista requires drivers that have been re-compiled from source code to accommodate 64-bit addressing. I don't have the source code for the drivers, and it would take months to reverse engineer.


I suppose drivers from win xp x64 (it uses win2k3 kernel instead of xp) with modified *.inf should work, not sure about aureal drivers are included with win2k3 (looking at messages on forums it seems to be not)

hi there :) I have found your post when tried hard to make my aureal vortex 2 working under windows 7. due windows 7 is just updated vista (but still vista in the kernel), those drivers work in windows 7 beta 1 as well. side effects - sound is choking and hissing sometimes, but suppose it's mostly case of outdated drivers (though they work flawlessly on win xp sp3).
thanks a lot for modified drivers :)


Thanks alot for the drivers , they work well on xp sp2 and on vista 32bits but I'm having some problems on Win7 sound is kinda chunky , seems if I disable Hardware Acceleration it works better.

Windows 7

How are you getting them to work in the Windows 7 Beta? After I installed the drivers, I restarted my computer, but alas, still no sound. Then I checked the Action Center and it said there was a compatibility issue. The card doesn't appear in the device manager at all. Anyone know what my problem is?

Which file in that archive needs to be run to install the driver software?

Somehow I found your page, and I have a Vortex 2 card, so I snagged the file, but I don't know what file I should run under Vista to install these drivers.

Could you help me out please? Maybe some installation instructions?

I'd appreciate it.

I'm dense today.


Re: Which file in that archive needs to be run to install the driver software?

Have you read the readme.txt?

Wow. Thank you VERY much! Vista now has Sound!

I have to say thank you.

I installed this driver in Vista SP1 32 bit. At first I got no sound, and was totally bummed, but eventually found my way to the Software Mixer app (it should have been easy to find like in XP) then muted and un-muted the master Speaker volume, and heard a "click" or "blip", and I thought - this is a good thing.

So I fire up YouTube, play a Filter video and BAM - I have sound for the first time since I got Vista on that machine!

The Gateway system I bought as a 2nd PC came with Vista and used onboard sound. But I wanted / needed to have it run Windows XP still. But for the life of me, I could not locate one single driver that would enable that motherboard audio under XP.

So, I hop into the BIOS and disable onboard sound and then I pulled the Vortex 2 out of my closet, popped it in there and XP recognized it and used the built in drivers and I had full-on Vortex 2 goodness.

Then I booted into Vista, and it would NOT WORK with the card. I can hardly believe they'd rip out the built in drivers for such a popular audio chip. And I've been loving without sound ever since, at least on the Vista side.

I'm usually 90% on the XP side of the boot, but for that 10% I mess with Vista, I wanted sound, and thanks to YOU, I now have sound in Vista.

Again, Uber Thanks for doing this. It's a huge deal to me, cause I loved my Aureal SQ2500 and my 3 (yes 3) Monster MX300 Vortex 2 based cards.

I'm very grateful. Thanks again.

Re: Wow. Thank you VERY much! Vista now has Sound!

I'm glad to hear it (no pun intended)! I was hoping I wasn't the only one out there still using this chipset.

Re: Wow. Thank you VERY much! Vista now has Sound!

It's still totally awesome that you did this.

You might want to submit it to some sites like BetaNews, MajorGeeks, SoftPedia, sites like that.

That way it might be really easy to find it via search engines.

How exactly were you able to make all this work? I'm really curious as to how you knew what to change to make it work with Vista (and now Windows 7)

It's totally great, whether I have Equalizer control or not. Thanks again.

Re: Wow. Thank you VERY much! Vista now has Sound!

Vista supports using XP sound drivers. Unfortunately, the way that that Aureal implemented the hardware, the sound card looks like a "multifunction device" instead of a straight-up sound device. Multi-function devices are not installed the same way in Vista that they are in XP, hence why the XP drivers could not be used AS-IS in Vista. I updated the INF files on the drivers so that the use the Vista installation method for multi-function devices.

The beta drivers I found searching around; I'm not entirely sure where I found them. They might have been on driverguide.com.

Re: Wow. Thank you VERY much! Vista now has Sound!

By the way, in Vista is there any way to enable the hardware EQ and such for the Vortex 2 Chipset?

I'd be totally geeked if I could take full advantage of all of the features of these Aureal SQ2500 / Diamond MX300 in Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Please feel free to email me if that would be easier. It is:

dudeboyz AT gmail DOT com

Thanks again. It's really cool to be able to use the card again.

Re: Wow. Thank you VERY much! Vista now has Sound!

Thanks again for doing this. You should maybe submit the fix to Softpedia, Major Geeks, BetaNews and other such sites so it is easy to find during google searches and the like.

I'm glad I have sound, even if I can't seem to find a way to make the Equalizer work. Vista and Win 7 now play sound just fine - after I toggle on and off the MUTE button at least once.

OH yeah - where did you find these?

the 5.12.2568.0 beta drivers

I'd like to snagg 'em. Thanks.

Re: Wow. Thank you VERY much! Vista now has Sound!

THE url you gave doesn't work anu more :(
I have recently installed Windows 7 Beta.
And thought was lucky when found your post.... but
could you update the url ?

Re: Wow. Thank you VERY much! Vista now has Sound!

The URL is fine -- I just tested it. However, I have posted a second mirror link.

Re: Wow. Thank you VERY much! Vista now has Sound!

Thanks for fast reply.

Quick but serious question :)))

I do have an Aureal Vortex 1 (AU8820). What should i do to achieve the same result ?

Re: Quick but serious question :)))

Hrm. I'm not as familiar with the AU8820 as with the AU8830. I'm assuming the drivers aren't compatible?

Re: Quick but serious question :)))

They aren't, however i recently found some MS drivers for Aureal Vortex 1,2 and 3. Despite they are designed for Windows XP/2000 i was able to install it manually, though. The better is that it works perfectly normal :))) Would anyone please check them out ? I include screenshot as a proof below and drivers.


Re: Quick but serious question :)))

Thank you so much for this!

I haven't tested this as of yet, but I will surely do so when I find my
MX300. On a side note, I guess the same .inf modification can be done to
the Aurel Vortex 1 (AU8820), aka Diamond Monster Sound MX80.

There is a website somewhere on the net, which attempted to modify Aurel
drivers for XP to work with hardware acceleration.

Re: Quick but serious question :)))

Is it possible to active A3D in Counter-Strike with Windows Vist and this Driver?
If i type s_enable_a3d into Console, the game crashes =/

vista / win7

You're the man!!!
Thanks for your work! I was testing win7 on the weekend for the second time now and was pissed again whan the latest build did not recognize my 8830 and had to change back to integrated audio chipset which sounds a lot lamer and a lot noisier.
creative should have provided more support for this quality card / chipset, but they bought aureal just to make sure, noone could build any cards using these great chipsets in the future and they could promote their sb stuffz.
But now I downloaded your modified drivers and will give another try for win7. Vista is out of the question unfortunately, as it eats a lot of resources.

Keep up the great work mate!

Best regards from Hungary!

On Windows 7 x86 it works too!

On Windows 7 x86 it works too!

Thank you very much.

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