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SB16 Gameport and Windows 95

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  1. ryanhe

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    Playing around with an old Socket 7 system. Installed Win95 C, no expansion cards other than a Voodoo3 and Sound Blaster 16 PNP. The card was recognized and installed seemingly fine but looking in the device manager the Gameport Joystick had an error, claimed the driver wasn't installed or installed incorrectly.

    Figured there might be an issue with the card so I popped in an older non PNP SB16 and got the same error. Audio on both cards works just fine, just the game port that's acting up. Put in a WinXP hard drive and there was no error so that ~might~ rule out messing with IRQs in the BIOS but I'm not sure.

    I can't remember ever having this issue before. If anyone can think wayyyy back to the '95 days and has a solution I'd love to hear it.
     
  2. DavisMcCarn

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    We used to call it Plug-and-Pray in the days of Windows 95. Are you sure there isn't another game port conflicting with the SB's?
     
  3. ryanhe

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    I forgot about plug and pray :D Well, there definitely isn't another physical game port and nothing else shows up in the device manager. I should also clarify that I swapped cards, never had both SB's installed at the same time. Windows 95 should have the correct drivers for the SB16 included correct? I could have sworn it did.
     
  4. DavisMcCarn

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    The drivers for the PNP board are/were not the same for the non-PNP board and neither were included in Win95's stock drivers; but, (dang, you're making me reach way back) I do believe we had several PCs where the system board's preset resources caused us real problems with the SB16's. Are they both PCI versions?
     
  5. ryanhe

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    They are in fact, both ISA versions. Non-PNP is from c.1992 and PNP is from c.1995. Amazingly Creative still has drivers for download. They list both a driver AND a PnP configuration manager. Might be interesting to try out. I'm also going to dig into the BIOS when I get home. There is a solution to this I just have to remember it :LOL:
     
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    Well, I installed the drivers and still no dice. Played around in the BIOS and that didn't do anything either. I eventually decided to ditch Windows 95 because it was well... acting like Windows 95. Installed 98SE and now either card works correctly. Forgot just how much smoother and more refined 98 is compared to 95.
     
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