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    Sound Card problem

    I recently ran Windows Update (Win98) and it told me I had a driver update for my soundcard. I had nothing better to do, so thought what the heck. Well, little did I know that I didn't have a Creative Labs PCI 128, but a PCI 64 card. The driver that Windows Update wanted to install was for the PCI 128. Needless to say the whole update thing didn't work, and now my driver files are corrupted with the PCI 128 version. I've tried removing the sound card from the system settings and rebooting and letting windows reinstall the drivers, but it always wants to do the PCI 128 version and there are files missing so it never works!.
    Can anyone help me get back to what I had? I've also tried running the System Restore CD to get the PCI 64 drivers installed, but they don't seem to take.

    Help!!!
    Soundless in Wisconsin.

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    Re: Sound Card problem

    I would suggest that you download new drivers from the Net - <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.americas.creative.com/support/welcome.asp?RD=download/>Creative</A> - and then try to do again what you have already tried, ie delete the item then reboot. This time when it is going through the installation process use the Have Disk feature and point to your newly downloaded drivers. This should see you right.

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    Re: Sound Card problem

    If you have a good appropriate driver (your old or newer from Creative Labs) and want fully uninstall the wrong driver, you must:

    1. Shut down your computer, disconnect power cord, open it and remove the sound card.
    2. Connect and turn on your computer and boot to Safe Mode (pressing F5 during startup process or pressing F8 - boot menu and choose Safe Mode).
    3. When in Safe Mode, open Control Panel (Start | Settings | Control Panel), then System and click Device Manager. Then remove all devices under "Sound, video and game controllers". Click OK, close Control Panel and shut down computer.
    4. Remove power cord and put sound card back to its slot. Close computer, connect it and power on.
    5. When during bootup "Found new hardware..." wizard appears, choose "Have Disk" option and point it to your driver.

    Note: if you already change the driver to a good one and have no more problems with sound card, I would NOT recommend reinstall drivers as described above.

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    Re: Sound Card problem

    Hi
    Even this apparently thorough method will not completely uninstall certain drivers. You may also have to remove, for instance, the appropriate *.inf file from the Windows/inf directory. In other cases Registry editing is called for. If the above advice does not solve your problem you may have to dig deeper.
    ( Though not concerned with sound files, ATI are notoious for their video card drivers not being uninstalled automatically by their in-house routines, so that an auto- installation of new drivers is no such thing!)

    Rgds

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    Re: Sound Card problem

    It's probably much to late to do this by now, but if you can boot to a DOS prompt, run SCANREG /RESTORE and find the backup that existed before your "update" <img src=/S/crazy.gif border=0 alt=crazy width=15 height=15>

    Have you downloaded the latest drivers from Creative's website?
    -Mark

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    Re: Sound Card problem

    I'm responding merley to add a few more hints to this thread. Doubtless your problems are solved by now, but here's something else for other serachers to try:




    I read through the posts to date, and muddled around a bit.

    I found that setting switches in my BIOS setup finally appeared to do the trick.

    I inserted a new motherboard a couple of months ago, and didn't really understand what I was doing.

    Today I

    1) powered off and physically removed the USR modem.

    2) in the BIOS set "On Chip Sound" to auto (p 3-16 of my VH6/VH6-II/VH6T motherboard manual)

    3) set Onboard legacy to Enabled and SoundBlaster to Disabled (p 3-20)

    4) ran the VT-130M CD Audio Drivers installation routines from the CDRom (P B-1)

    5) Powered up, heard a WAV file, Powered off.

    6) Reinserted the Modem, powered up, Win98 couldn't find the Modem, did the AddNewHardware AutoDetect thingy and can now listen to radio stations via my computer, again.

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