Turtle Beach Montego II sound card with an Aureal Vortex 2 AU8830-based chipset
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 known 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:
And mirrored here:
Aureal Vortex2 8830 users, rejoice! You now have basic sound support in Vista.
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.
Filename: Aureal_AU8830_2568.1 (Vista) by Guy Paddock.exe
File description: Aureal AU8830 experimental drivers for Windows Vista.
File size: 459.18 MB
Credits for this article: Guy Paddock