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Thread: Problem with intalling new sound card in XP




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    To tell you the truth I have already tried all available slots, although when i did that, my NIC was sitting on PCI1, but it was working fine and wasn't reporting any conflicts with my graphics card. I'll move my soundcard and see if it makes a difference.

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    Now have you got the latest BIOS flashed to your motherboard? :?:
    <center>:cheers:</center>

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    if you have a look at the properties of the Multimedia Audio Device, it should give you some idea of what is wrong, whether it's driver related, or just not working for some reason... what does it say in there?

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    First to the question of updating BIOS in Win XP.
    Not sure how to it. ABIT manual doesn't cover XP.
    Plus I couldn't figure out how to restart my PC to pure MS-DOS.
    I managed to start it in "Safe Mode with Command Prompt".
    Is it the same as starting in MS-DOS? Now another question.
    I don't have a floppy drive in my system. Instead I use external Iomega ZIP 100 drive. So how do I make a system disk using my ZIP drive.<br>
    Back to soundcard.<br>
    Here is a screen shot of what my properties of MultimediaController<br><img src="http://home.iprimus.com.au/ouretski/MultimediaController.jpg">

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    OK, first the BIOS part..

    What you need to do is make a boot disk. I'm not sure if it is possible to boot to an external zipdrive or not.. If not, then you will need some other form of bootdisk to run the flash program from. If you have access to a CD burner, then you could make a bootable CD with the applicable files on it. If you need help with this, ask away..

    As for the Multimedia Audio thingy.. it's very strange that the Reinstall Drivers button is not available to be clicked on (as shown in your screenshot)... If you go to the Driver tab, do you get the same thing?

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    The reason "Reinstall Driver" button is disabled is because I was logged in as my brother, at the time of taking that snapshot and posting it, and my brother's account does not have administrator rights. If I'm logged in as myself I can see all the buttons and everything is enabled.
    Tell me how to make a bootable CD. I do have CDR in my PC.

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    Ummm, everytime i've made a bootable CD, i've had a floppy disc in the drive and used that for an image.... hmm... OK, here's another way to do it (it's not the best way, but it's A way...)

    Get a blank zip disk. make it a system disk (example: if the drive was drive b:, then type sys b:)

    next, download the files from a windows 98 boot disk from the many sites on the net that have it (i think www.bootdisk.com is a good one.. could be wrong.. just search around for it). Copy all the files from that onto the zip disk. Also, put the files that you need to flash the BIOS on the zip disk as well.

    Now, with Nero or something similar, you should have the option to make a bootable CD. It will ask you for a source for the bootable part of the image. Just tell it to use your zip drive..

    then basically burn the CD, set your PC to boot from CD, then boot up. It should load everything for you, then you follow the instructions with the BIOS flash utility and you should be flying...

    Note: This is a suggestion.. I'm not totally sure it would work. Hopefully someone else would be able to verify this...

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    in xp u can actually make a boot disk - insert a floppy right click on it in my computer and choose format and you should get an option to make it bootable

    then copy your bios files to it (usually 2 files the bios and the updater)

    and follow the instructions from abit

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    umm, that's half the problem.. he doesn't have a floppy drive... :( and as far as I know, you can't boot from an external Zip drive.. Internal yes, external I don't think so...

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    bugger I should have read this properly

    no floppy drive hmmm - some manaufacturers offer an online way of updating the bios

    I know u can boot from and internal zip disk - not sure about an external one thou

    go steal a floppy drive from somebody and plug it in - its probably quicker that stuffing around with bootable cd's

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