My Dell-sourced Creative X-Fi card came in today.
And it is going right back out. It is DOA - totally freezes my laptop every time I plug it into the Expresscard slot.
There is a possibility that this is a good thing, not a bad thing. I am getting my $ back for the card. And I just bought a M-Audio Firewire Solo for $120 used online.
Although $40 more than the Creative, it appears to be a favored sound device in the DIY speaker design crowd. It has phantom 48v power for a mic, balanced outputs, and very low latency.
Hopefully my jig is done this weekend, and I should be testing next weekend. Cross my fingers!