Their driver support sucks. Period. Absolute worst in the industry.
Agreed. Unless you buy a brand new card, good luck getting any kind of support via the official drivers.
Onboard sound has been solid as a rock for me. Might not have all the bells and whistles (which I don't use), but I haven't updated the drivers since I installed Windows. No problems whatsoever.
I've always had issues with SB/Audigy cards especially trying to run EAX.
I have had several games crash and lockup due to their drivers.
I have not had a single problem with sound using onboard 5.1
So until they can prove that they can build and support a quality product, I am sticking with onboard sound.
Does EAX ever
work? Seemed like a load of shit to me. Looking at various support docs, it seems every game reccomends you turn it off if you have any problems.
Like you said, onboard sound is fine for me. If I needed anything professional I'd get a real
card for that.
(I did like the LiveDrive breakout boxes when I was into case modding)