Autorun of EnsoniqMixer Starter.exe
12/20/2007 i've downloaded from the Creative
web site the updated Windows98 driver ( Win98, Win9x, driver date
3-30-2000, CTPCI9X.DRV ver. 4.12.01.2009 ) for a Creative Sound
Blaster Vibra 128 PCI ( model number CT4810 ) sound card.
After the driver installation i've found a new item named EnsoniqMixer
on the Windows startup list; it was pointing to the starter.exe
executable file ( starter.exe is supposed to be a Creative Mixer
replacement of the default Windows mixer ).
However the starter.exe file did not exists anywhere on the system
as it didn't install together with the driver; despite this the
EnsoniqMixer reference were generated soon after the driver installation
and, if removed, it was then added again to the startup list the
next system reboot.
many search inside the Windows registry, inside files, and many
experiments i ended up to discover that responsable to add the
EnsoniqMixer reference on the start-up list was... the sound card
more precisely the CTPCI9X.DRV file ( located on Windows\System
You can check this, removing the EnsoniqMixer reference using
a tool like Starter
from Codestuff, then disabling and re-enabling the
sound card via the Windows Device Manager; you'll find that soon
after the driver will be loaded, the EnsoniqMixer reference will
come up again on the startup list as if it was never removed.
EnsoniqMixer isn't add
found that the EnsoniqMixer reference isn't add to the start-up
list if the Creative Mixer ( CTMIX32.EXE ) is installed on the
system; once Creative Mixer is installed, the EnsoniqMixer is
no more added even if the
Creative Mixer reference is removed from the start-up list.
It's clear that the sound card driver doesn't add the EnsoniqMixer
reference if it recognize the Creative Mixer presence on the system.
Next step is to find how the sound card driver recognize the Creative
rid of EnsoniqMixer
Uninstall ( ver. 2.31, freeware, dicember 2002 ), after
many Creative Mixer installation/unistallation experiments, i
was able to find the item that itself alone was enough for the
sound card driver to recognize the Creative Mixer as installed
on the system.
That item is a Windows registry Key; more precisely this one:
When this key is present the sound card driver no more adds the
EnsoniqMixer reference to the Windows start-up list.
make it simplier to add the key to the registry i've made a regedit
file that you can download here.
Unzip VUI_EnsoniqMixer.zip, double click on Remove_EnsoniqMixer.reg