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Solved: Windows 98 SE upgrade sound card problems

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by Viriathus, Jan 27, 2009.

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  1. Viriathus

    Viriathus Thread Starter

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    I have an older PC which I am using for all of my Windows 98 software I can not run on my XP and Vista PC's. After successfully installing Windows 98, (thanks to the help from members of this forum);), I began to install most of my ancient Windows 95 and 98 software. My sound card is built into the Azza Via P4X266 motherboard. Upon having some problems with the audio on some of my game files I downloaded and installed the Via Vinyl audiocodec v680b which seemed to be the most recent drivers for my VIA sound card. However as things will show I probably was wrong in choosing those drivers. Upon installing the just mentioned drivers my games were running fine when I tested them and the sound was great.

    However, I have a few other programs that only work with Windows 98 SE. I then proceeded to do an "upgrade" install over the Windows 98 FE I had installed on my computer with my Windows 98 SE CD. Everything seemed to be working fine, until I began to test some of the programs I already had installed on the computer. I found that many of these programs can no longer play wave files. :(

    I uninstalled and installed them with the same results. The curious thing is that on one of them, Caesar III, the wave files play during installation but not when one opens the game itself. The results are the same with Microsoft's Close Combat and with Europa Universalis II, just to name a few. The System folder says that all the sound devices and drivers are enabled and working fine and there are no exclamation points or unknown devices.


    However with the older games that were made to run on Windows 95 the wave files play without a hitch. I have tried many things including removing all of my sound drivers and reinstalling. Trying only the original drivers that came with my motherboard installation CD, trying the new drivers I downloaded, then trying none at all and using the Microsoft default on the SE CD. All with no change. I'm stumped.... :confused: Help...
     
  2. flavallee

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    A couple of years ago, I had a problem getting the on-board sound to work in an old HP Pavilion desktop after formatting the hard drive and doing a fresh install of 98SE and then later a fresh install of ME. I eventually had to install an older Creative SoundBlaster PCI sound card and its drivers to get sound to work in that desktop. You may have to go the same route. :(

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  3. daniel_b2380

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    or, 'nother thought,
    if you insist on using on-board audio,
    install all of the oses, updatings and tweakings,
    THEN, install the apps and games,
     
  4. Viriathus

    Viriathus Thread Starter

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    Hi everyone. Well I went out and bought a SIIG Soundwave 5.1 PCI card, ($19.99), that was compatible with Windows 98 SE and installed it on one my free PCI slots on the Azza motherboard. I then disabled the onboard Audio in the BIOS in order to avoid any conflicts and rebooted. To my chagrin Windows 98 was not able to boot at all. :mad: My two solitary brain cells then remembered something about if the sound card is in the "wrong" slot it might cause crashes. Upon changing PCI slots my system and the card work very well. :) My system audio problems seem to be solved! Thank you very much guys! (y)
     
  5. flavallee

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    I'm glad to hear you had success. :D
     
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    A - L - R - I - G - H - T :) :)
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    and appreciate your posting your solution,
     
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