SB16 to Awe64 Upgrade Difficulties
Posted on 1998-06-24
Okay, here's the scenario. I originally was running an
older SB16 card with a Creative 4x (Funai brand, tho) CD
Rom which I got together in a Multimedia package made by
(oddly enough) Creative Labs. This was okay, but the CD
was too slow for my liking, and I wanted better sound. So,
I bought an AWE64 value card and a Panasonic 24x CDRom.
I then removed the old hardware drivers from inside the device manager, and deleted the relevant lines from my
autoexec.bat and config.sys files. I then turned off the computer, and physically installed the hardward. The new
stuff went exactly where the old hardware had been. (At
this time I should note that the SB16 had on-board IDE, and
that the new Awe64 does not...so I had to use my secondary
IDE on my motherboard for the new Pana CDRom.)
I rebooted, and found that Windows noticed the new card (not
the CDRom, tho) and started updating drivers etc. etc. For
some reason, it needed to re-install my LPT and COM port
drivers at this time...I dunno why). Win 95 then asked me
for the drivers for the card. I put in the disk, and hey
presto, it was done. I then autodetected the new IDE
device (my CDRom), and finished that. The CDRom works fine.
However, the AWE64 is not working at all. Initially, it
would say in Device Manager that there was a conflict, but
it could not say with what. I had to go into 'Set Config.
Manually' and make it 'see' that there was no conflict, and
then it worked. Until I shut down and restarted, at which
point the problem would be the same as before. So, I
started to play with the resource settings. The settings
currently are: IRQ5, DMA 0 and 5, I/O 220 (base). The
card also supports Wave Synthesis, which is using I/O 620
(base) as well as a gameport, which is on I/O 207 (I think).
The MPU-401 (whatever the heck that is) is supposed to be
on I/O 300-301, (and was orignally supposed to be 330-331),
but now doesn't load at all). I'm using 330-331 for the
Audio interface instead, which made the card work at least.
However, I'm still having problems. The sound (for some
.wav) files is 'crackly', the system freezes up sometimes
when trying to load .mid files, and I can't get any of my
older DOS games to work. Especially C&C, which I'm mosly
pissed about. Oh, yeah..the MPU-401 doesn't show up in
Device manager anymore either, even though I never removed
So, after all that, here's my questions: How do I get the resources to be happy with each other and all show up in
How do I get the sound to be as good as it's supposed to be
(i.e. no crackling, no freezing up)?
How do I configure the DOS sound card settings so that the
new card 'looks' the same as the old one to currently
installed programs that don't get automatically configured
to what Win 95 is configured to?
And one last question: Can the fact that my old CDRom was
attached to the soundcard, while the new one is attached
to the motherboard be causing any of the problems?
If anyone out there can answer these and make the system
work, I'll be eternally in their debt, not to mention
dancing a jig in my office after it all works.