Compaq not booting with sound card

Posted on 2003-03-22
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Last Modified: 2010-04-25

I got a Compaq Deskpro XL5133 (Pentium 1 133) and would like to add an ISA soundcard to the system. I disabled the integrated sound using the BIOS. Then I installed the sound card. However, the PC freezes after it finished counting the system memory. No visual error message, just 2 beeps meaning "general error". Putting the card into another slot doesn't help. The PC boots up properly when the card is removed. The Compaq BIOS provides an option for adding add-on cards, however I just don't understand how to use it. A previously installed PCI network card worked without any BIOS changes. The sound card worked fine in the computer it was installed before.

I hope you can help me!
Question by:Joey82
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rid earned 360 total points
ID: 8186357
You could look for jumpers on the sound card, and if there are any, change IRQ line. Sometimes sound cards are set to use IRQ 7 which is typically used by the LPT 1 port. Also, if the option exists, try changing I/O address of sound card.

Perhaps these values are only adjustable through software, in which case you may have to put the card back into the box from which it came, to be able to do the adjustment.


Expert Comment

ID: 8197914
Yes, RID is correct. It could be an issue with IRQ. As it is an ISA card, chances to locate the jumper is high rather than software configuration. Also disable unused ports like IDE, if available in the sound card.

All the best!

Sreejith S

Assisted Solution

callan_cool earned 360 total points
ID: 8199688
Why do you want to use an ISA card if the compaq on board works? Have you drivers loaded ffrom your previous soundcard thats causing a confict at start up? Simply remove your on board card from device manager, and drivers for it from asdd remove progs (if u have the drivers for it) then look in autoexec bat for any divers before going into bios and seeing if ISA slots are set to enabled. if they are disable the onboard sound card in bios then reboot as they could be trying to use same irq.

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