New Win98 Install/Recurring "New hardware"

Ever since I installed Windows 98, every time I boot up my PC, it persists in recognizing my sound card as new hardware, prompting me to load the driver (which it seems to find and install properly) and then recognizes and installs drivers for a new "DOS emulation" and "joystick", neither of which I even have. Does anyone know how I can get this to stop!! Thanks
jaxguyAsked:
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1cellCommented:
Well, first of all, you do have those items in your sound card.  Though you don't have a joystick, most/all soundcards have a game port joystick which has a driver that must be loaded.  DOS emulation is a function of the sound card with which the drivers allow sound in DOS.  

Now, when you boot the system and it detects the sound card, does the sound work?  
What kind of soundcard is it?  
Do you have the most recent drivers?

Also, does your system have onboard sound or a soundcard?
If onboard sound, have you added a soundcard?

I know this is a lot of questions but they are all very relevant to what I think is going on here.
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satwaCommented:
This sometimes happens when you use software to install the
sound card drivers that is not 100% for your sound card but
is from the same family or for a sound card with the same
chipset as yours.

I will give you a good example of this:

If you have a motherboard with a built-in Opti-Sound Chip
and all the motherboard has is MIC, LINE_ IN, and SPEAKER
Connections.  If you don't have the drivers for this sound
chip, and you look at the chip, and it says OPTI 931 on
it, so you think,  let me see if I can find this driver, and you get
a driver disk from a friend or download the deivers for an
OPTI 931 SOUND CARD WITH A LOT OF EXTRA FEATURE THAT
your single sound chip does not have, when you install all
this, due to the files being on the hard disk in C:\WINDOWS\INF
everytime you reboot the computer WINDOWS will try to load
the drivers for these non-existant features.

I just used OPTI 931 FOR AN EXAMPLE, I have seen this happen
on some computers WITH CRYSTAL SOUND CHIPS, ESS
SOUND CHIPS, AZTECH SOUND CHIPS, ROLAND SOUND CHIPS,
AD-LIB SOUND CHIPS, ETC.

The trick is to only load the drivers and *.INF files for the
features that your sound chip or sound card actually has, and also to make sure that you are using the correct setup and
driver disk for your sound device.
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jaxguyAuthor Commented:
1cell:
Appreciate the response. The soundcard is an ES1938 from ES Technologies. It came in the PC, which was a built-to-spec by CompUSA with Windows 95 pre-loaded. All I have ever done is to upgrade to Windows 98, which is when the problem started. The sound works fine. I have no idea about the currency of the drivers. I have looked for them on-line but can only find them for Windows 95 or NT.

satwa:
Thanks for answering. I really don't understand what you think I should do, you are talking a little over my head. Can you clarify what solution you are suggesting? Thanks.

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satwaCommented:
Basically what I was suggesting was this:

1. If your sound card is actually a sound chip built into the
   motherboard, you have to load the drivers for this particular
   sound chip, if it does not have a gameport don't load the
   drivers for a sound card that does.

go to:
http://www,esstech.com/ 

download the Windows 98 drivers for ESS1938 or ES1938.

download them into an empty directory and extract them there.

Copy them to a floppy disk.

Go to Device Manger and remove ALL references and listings
for ANY and ALL SOUNDCARDS and sound devices. DO NOT RESTART YOU COMPUTER IF ASKED TO.  ANSWER NO EACH TIME.

When all soundcard listing have been removed close
DEVICE MANAGER, go back to the desktop, and shut down your computer as normal. Turn off your computer.

Turn on your computer, when windows finds NEW HARDWARE,
INSERT THE FLOPPY DISK IN A:\ DRIVE AND LET WINDOWS LOAD THE DRIVERS FROM THERE.

You should now be O.K.

If you have any further problems post here.
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satwaCommented:
I went to the ESS web site and they DO NOT have a driver
posted there for you.  They DO NOT have any driver for
ES1938.

I have researched this, and found that ES1938 is a sound chip
only that ESS made and sold to JETAWAY in Taiwan,
Gigabyte in Taiwan, and PC CHIPS in HONG KONG.

Each of these 3 motherboard vendors were supposed to write
drivers for WINDOWS 98 for this sound chip, and distribute
them with the motherboard.

Your Sound chip is officially known as ES1938  SOLO I.

As of yet I have not been able to find this driver on
Gigabyte's site.  I will try PC CHIPS and JETAWAY and advise
you later, but in the meantime dont't waste your time
looking on the ESSTECH web site.
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satwaCommented:
Go To:
http://www.jetaway.com.tw/evisn/jwd/jwd02/index.html

Download file: SOLO1087.EXE

This is the WIN98 Driver for your ES1938 Sound Chip.

Download this into an empty directory.

Extract this file there in the empty directory.

copy all extracted files to a blank formatted floppy disk in
A:\ drive.

Remove the floppy after ALL files are copied to it.

Go to Device Manager, remove ALL references and listings
under Sound in Device Manger.  DO NOT RESTART YOUR COMPUTER IF TOLD TO DO SO.  ANSWER NO EACH TIME.

When all sound listings are removed, exit DEVICE MANAGER,
close DEVCIE MANAGER, CLOSE CONTROL PANEL, RETURN TO
THE WINDOWS DESKTOP, SHUT DOWN YOUR COMPUTER
NORMALLY.  TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER.

TURN YOUR COMPUTER BACK ON.

let your computer boot up normally, when windows
finds NEW HARDWARE, put your new driver floppy disk in
A:\ drive and let windows load the new drivers from there.

You should now have windows 98 drivers loaded for
your ES1938 sound chip.
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jaxguyAuthor Commented:
satwa, You're the man!!
Or, alternatively, GO, Girl!!
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1cellCommented:
wow, you lose touch for a few days and you're out of the link.  Great info satwa!!  You truly are the man
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satwaCommented:
Thank You jaxguy

Thank You 1 cell
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