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     Tell me what your other hardware is, what kind of modem do you have, and where are your other cards configured (as in port/irq)  Is your soundcard PnP or not?  And I assume you are trying to use Windows95 sound driver setup.  If not, go into the system.ini.  Actually, go into the SYSTEM.INI anyway, and make  sure there are no references to the OLD sound drivers there, such as device=vsnd.386 (under 386enh) or anything like that.  Check the WIN.INI 'load=' or 'run=' for any sound devices there, like 'ESSDAEMN' or anything like that.  Go to your control panel, multimedia, advanced,  under audio/midi/mixer/ and line input, go into all the drivers, select properties, and try to remove them.  Windows will either say you have to go to the device manager to remove the driver (which means it's a 32 bit driver) or will say that  you have to reboot for the change to take effect (which means the device has been removed from SYSTEM.INI)  Reboot.  press F5 at boot to enter save mode, and check the device manager for unwanted drivers like extra modems or drives or anything like that. Make sure you remove everything in unknown or unsupported devices (the one with the big, yellow question mark) You'll have to open all the categories.  I find this to be a good rule of thumb to follow for cleaning the device manager.  Reboot. (I don't need to say SHUT DOWN AND RESTART THE COMPUTER, right?)  When you get to Windows95 again, if the card is PnP, windows will detect it, try to install it, and probably ask for the windows95 disk, or the creative labs disk.  If not, either go to ADD NEW HARDWARE in the control panel, and either detect, or select to soundblaster64 from the list.  If you have a drivers disk with a windows95 INF file, then select sound (or maybe 'other devices' as you must do with the OPTI) HAVE DISK, and get the driver from the disk.  I hope that about covers it...  Good thing you don't have the Reveal SC500...
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The sound card is PnP.  The sound card has been left on the default setting--irq 5.  Windows still has not installed all the devices.
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  Windows IS detecting it though, right.  (New hardware found...)  When I get really desperate, I boot in safe mode, go to device manager and remove ALL my hardware.  I'll leave a couple thing I know won't cause a problem, like a modem or a disk drive, but I make sure I remove everything especially from the SYSTEM devices.  When you reboot, run ADD NEW HARDWARE, then reboot again, and windows should start re-detecting everything.  Be sure to have your drivers on hand.  To be safer, back up you registry before you do all this.  You might also try going into the CMOS and making sure there is an IRQ available for your Plug n Play device.  IRQ 5 should be marked as PnP and not Legacy.  Also, make sure there are no reserved IRQs in the device manager...  Have I missed anything?
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Thanks for your help.  I will give this a try and see what happens.
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