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Although it's unlikely I'll get a response to this question, this is the best tech support site on the Web, so I might be suprised.

My computer is a 733MHz PIII running Win98SE. It has an Aureal 8830 sound card. For the last couple of years, I've had a problem with the card not waking up when I wake the computer up; sometimes have to reboot to get it to work. So I thought I would try downloading the latest drivers, which I found at the Vortex of Sound Website. I also downloaded the latest demos (version 3.0).

Not only did the new drivers not solve the won't-wake-up problem, but now if I try to run the demos, they crash the system... hard... blue screen of death... and sometimes, it does other nasty things like making the Desktop inactive (i.e., Active Desktop gets unchecked), removes the Task Scheduler from the Systray, changes the start menu icons to large, etc.

Anybody else ever experience these problems, or hear of anybody who has? Unfortunately I can't ask Aureal for help because they went out of business.
 
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I have a similar system and recently the system won't recognize the drivers for the 8830 . If I reload them, they last as long as I have the machine running. When I shut it down and restart -- they are gone!! I took the demos off completely but that did not remedy the problem. Let me know if you hear something -- I may just go get a new card.

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Thus the reason they are out of business, no support for a terrible product. I had similar problems a few years back and the only resolution was to exchange the card at the local retail outlet for a SoundBlaster card.
 
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Originally posted by Rockn:
Thus the reason they are out of business, no support for a terrible product. I had similar problems a few years back and the only resolution was to exchange the card at the local retail outlet for a SoundBlaster card.
i agree, i had an aureal vortex card, all it did was cause IRQ conflicts with other hardware
 

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I had a Compaq Presario 5070 a few years ago. The on board sound was Aureal 3D. I too had problems with it. I replaced it with a Sound Blaster 16PCI. Never had sound problems again. In fact i still have the Sound Blaster and have used in 3 different computers since. I paid $29 USD for it in 1999 and it still sells for $29 USD at Walmart. Must be a good low end card for older systems.
 

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Originally posted by bluehealey:
don
I have a similar system and recently the system won't recognize the drivers for the 8830 . If I reload them, they last as long as I have the machine running. When I shut it down and restart -- they are gone!! I took the demos off completely but that did not remedy the problem. Let me know if you hear something -- I may just go get a new card.

Jeff
Newark, DE
Jeff: From what others in this thread have said, methinks the only answer is to get another sound card. They're cheap, so no big deal. My problem is a minor annoyance, not a major system problem, so I'll probably just ride it out 'til I get a new PC (which has to be soon; this baby turns 5 years old later this year).
 
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