The Register: Creative threatens developer over home-brewed Vista drivers

by Volker Weber

Creative Labs has enraged customers by threatening a developer with legal action after he wrote drivers that allowed its products to run smoothly on Vista. Soundcard maker Creative accused the developer, known only as daniel_k, of theft and warned him not to infringe its intellectual property.

Daniel_k has created a number of drivers which make Creative's soundcards work smoothly on PCs running Windows Vista. He had posted a link to them on a forum on Creative's website and many users had downloaded them. Without his drivers, users say, Creative's soundcards cause Vista machines to crash or features to fail.

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[Thanks, Ben]

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Volker,

Thanks for sharing.

I, along with all those people in the forums and posting on TheRegister article, have been a creative customer for well over a decade.

Intentionally limiting driver support on a new OS is just sickening. I know people who still use 15yr old HP Laser Printers quite happily on the new OS.

Ben Rose, 2008-04-01

Beyond the idiocy of Creative's position, one wonders what Creative IP was employed? If driver code was merely patched, maybe, but if it was written from scratch?

Nick Shelness, 2008-04-01

Obviously, one should consider becoming a creative customer instead of a Creative customer. ;-)

Martin Böhm, 2008-04-01

I wonder of the legality if the guy was encourage a DIY method for modifying your own drivers for internal use only :P

Ben Rose, 2008-04-01

Ben, I met the problem with the intentionally limited driver support on a Canon laserprinter and flatbedscanner a couple years ago already. I'll never buy a single one of their products again. Creative just joined this list of mine.

Philipp Sury, 2008-04-01

I had this problem with Creative several years ago when they claimed that the SBLive! card I had in my Win98 box was supported under [then new] XP. Of course, after upgrading to XP I found that the new drivers only supported a bare minimum of functions, thus turning a [then expensive] soundcard into one not much more useful than the one integrated in the motherboard. That was the last Creative product I purchased.

Derek J. Punaro, 2008-04-01

How does Creative explain their contribution to the distribution of these drivers by allowing a link to it on their own forum?

Frans Swarte, 2008-04-01

Boy, theres a name from the past...are Creative even relevant anymore?

All the machines I've built recently have built in sound cards..none were Creative..and sounded fine to my ears.

Colin Williams, 2008-04-03

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