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SoundBlaster 16 does not work properly under NT

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I just recently installed Windows NT 4.0 on my machine and my sound blaster 16 (Creative Labs) is not working properly. The sound card will only play Windows sound files, such as WAVs, MIDI, Direct X, etc. It won't play Real Audio, MP3's, VIVO, large WAV files, or any MME device. I don't think this is related to the software because at one point I had it working(by changing the I/O Port) but then I had to reinstall Win NT. I also updated my bios could that be related?

So far I have tried every I/O Port, installed the newest drivers, reinstalled all of the newest software, and called Tech. Support.

When I run RealPlayer Plus 5.0, for example, the status bar does not move and the program does nothing. On the volume control, there seems to be something barely playing because the WAV balance indicator lightgoes up to the first or second light.

Please I any help will be greatly appreciated. (I've been trying to fix this for the past 2 weeks)

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by:ccondit
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It sounds as if your Interrupt settings, or more likely, your DMA settings are not configured properly.  DMA is not required for MIDI sound, and is not usually used for smaller .WAV's (less than 64K).  If the card is a legacy card (non-plug and play) change the jumpers on the card to an unused DMA, IRQ, and I/O address setting, and set NT to match.  You can find out what resources NT is using by running NT Diagnostics, and noting the current interrupt, i/o port, and DMA settings that are in use by your hardware.  Note that NT will not allow you to share resources among cards.  If your card is plug-and-play, contact Creative Labs for the most updated drivers for NT, as well as instructions on how to change the resources under NT.
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by:rsnj
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I checked the DMA settings on my computer and they do not comflict and neither do any other addresses. I tried to change the DMA on my card but I could not find the jumpers. Creative did not have the specific schematic for my card. (CT-2900 Non Plug-and-Play). Currently the DMA is set to 1.
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It isn't worth the £30-£35 (or whatever in $) to spend too much time over it - purchase a p n p card like AWE 64 or something
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by:rsnj
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Well I finally figured out how to play real audio files and mp3's but I can't set all music programs to play in 8 bit. What should I do to set my soudcard to actually play in 16bit? It is a 16 bit soundcard why will it work in 95 and not NT?

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