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October 12, 2013
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Document Title: How to Install an ISA Sound Card in Windows 2000 Professional
Author: Michael J. Casimir
Creation Date: October 12, 2013
Last Modified: Saturday, October 12, 2013 8:44 PM
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Windows 2000
Document Overview:
Background Information

16 Bit ISA Based SoundBlaster Compatible Sound Card

Click here for more information about this sound card..

A sound card is a small expansion board used to provide sound capabilities to a personal computer. Sound cards can range in features and performance, but the principles of all sound cards remain the same. In order for Windows to properly detect and recognize a sound card in any PC, device drivers need to be installed so that Windows can properly control the flow of information between the sound card and other devices in the computer.

This document is meant to walk you through the process of installing an ISA based sound card. Although ISA is an older style of technology, the steps outlined in this document can also apply to more modern sound cards that use the PCI based interface.

 

Key Terms and Definitons:
ISA ISA is an acronym for Industry Standard Architecture and it is a type of 16-bit expansion bus introduced into a PC. The expansion bus allows for the data to flow between expansion boards and various other devices such as the CPU and memory.
PCI PCI is an acronym for Peripheral Component Interconnect and is a type of 32-bit expansion bus introduced into a PC. Cards utilizing the PCI form factor are able to transmit data at much faster speeds, and are generally better devices.
Sound Card A sound card is a small expansion board used to provide sound capabilities to a personal computer.

 

Hardware Specifications:
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Installation Walkthrough:
Step(s) / Recommendation(s):
Step #1 - Accessing The Windows Control Panel Through The Start Menu

Figure 1.1 - The Start Menu And Control Panel Link In Windows 2000 Professional

1. Left click Start.
2. Left click Settings.
3. Left click Control Panel.
  The control panel window will be loaded as shown in Figure 1.2 in the next section.

Step #2 - Accessing The Add New Hardware Wizard

Figure 1.2 - The Windows Control Panel

1. In the control panel window double left click the System icon.
  The System Properties window will be loaded as shown in Figure 1.3 in the next section.

Step #3 - Accessing The Windows Device Manager

Figure 1.3 - The System Properties Window

1. Left click the Hardware tab.
2. Under the label Device Manager left click the Device Manager button.
  The Device Manager window will be loaded as shown in Figure 1.4 in the next section.

Step #4 - Updating Information About The Sound Card

Figure 1.4 - The Device Manager Window

1. Cursor down to the section Other device and left click the arrow symbol to expand the list of devices within that section.

Since Windows cannot accurately initialize the sound card and install the required driver files, it leaves it with the label Multimedia Audio Controller.

2. Right click the device Multimedia Audio Controller.

From the pop up menu appears left click the Properties item.

  The properties window showing details about that specific device will be loaded. This is shown in Figure 1.5 in the next section.

Step #5 - Reinstalling The Device Driver - Part A

Figure 1.5 - Properties Window For The Multimedia Audio Controller

1. On the general tab left click the Reinstall Driver button.
  The Update Driver wizard window will be loaded as shown in Figure 1.5 in the next section.

Step # 6 - Reinstalling The Device Driver - Part B (The Upgrade Device Driver Wizard Window)

Figure 1.6 - The Upgrade Device Driver Wizard Window # 1

1. Since this is the first window in the process, the Back button is grayed out.
2. Left mouse click the Next button to proceed with the installation of the driver files.
3. Left mouse click the Cancel button to abort the entire operation.

Step #7 - Reinstalling The Device Driver - Part C (Selecting A Method To Install Drivers)

Figure 1.7 - The Upgrade Device Driver Wizard Window # 2

1. Windows confirms that it has found new hardware and will attempt to install the required driver files to properly communicate with the device.
2. This area gives you two options. You can:

Search for a suitable driver for my device (recommended) - this will instruct Windows to search a variety of locations to determine where the actual driver files are located.

Display a list of known drivers for this device so that I can choose a specific driver - this will instruct Windows to allow the end user to choose a specific driver file for the device. In essence, the user will be installing the driver files manually without any help from the Windows operating system.

3. Left click the Back button to return to the previous window.
4. Left click the Next button to proceed to the next window in the installation.
5. Left mouse click the Cancel button to abort the entire operation.

Step # 8 - Reinstalling The Device Driver - Part D (Locating Device Driver Files)

Figure 1.8 - The Upgrade Device Driver Wizard Window # 3

1. Since the first option on the previous window was selected, Windows needs to know what locations it can search through in order to find the proper device drivers.

This area gives you four options:

  • Floppy disk drives - check this box to instruct Windows to search for drivers on any floppy disks connected to the computer.

  • CD-ROM drives - check this box to instruct Windows to search for drivers on any available CD-ROM media connected to the computer.

  • Specify a location - check this box to manually specify a location where the drivers files are stored.

  • Microsoft Windows Update - check this box to instruct WIndows to look for updated driver files at the Windows Update website.
2. Left click the Back button to return to the previous window.
3. Left click the Next button to proceed to the next window in the installation.
4. Left mouse click the Cancel button to abort the entire operation.

Step 9 - Reinstalling The Device Driver - Part E (Confirming The Location Of Files To Be Copied)

Figure 1.9 - File Copy Dialog Box

1. Since the Specify a location option was checked on the previous window, Windows now needs to know where the driver file is located.
 

Under the label Copy manufacturer's files from specify the exact location of where the driver files are located.

For example, if the drivers are located a folder labeled DRIVERS located on a partition labeled D, you would type in the box:

D:\DRIVERS\

2. Left click the Browse button to manually browse folders to find the required driver files.
3. Left click the OK button to confirm the copy procedures.
4. Left mouse click the Cancel button to abort the entire operation.
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Step # 10 - Reinstalling The Device Driver - Part F (Confirmation Of Files To Be Copied)

Figure 1.10 - The Upgrade Device Driver Wizard Window # 4

1. Windows will confirm that it found a suitable driver and attempt to copy the files to a system folder on the hard disk drive.
2. Left click the Back button to return to the previous window.
3. Left click the Next button to proceed with the installation.
4. Left mouse click the Cancel button to abort the entire operation.

Step #11 - Reinstalling The Device Driver - Part G (File Copy Dialog Window)

Figure 1.11 - File Copy Dialog Box

1. Windows copies all necessary driver files to a system folder on the hard disk drive. Left click the Cancel button to abort the operation.

Step # 12 - Reinstalling The Device Driver - Part H (Confirmation Of New Hardware Found)

Figure 1.12 - Found New Hardware Dialog Box

1. Windows may acknowledge that it found new hardware. When it does it will take a few seconds to disappear depending on the number of hardware components it finds.

Step # 13 - Reinstalling The Device Driver - Part I (Confirming A Successful Installation Of Driver Files)

Figure 1.13 - The Upgrade Device Driver Wizard Window # 5

1. Windows confirms that the process has been successful. Left click the Finish button to complete the operation.
2. The Creative Labs Sound card will now be properly installed and functioning in the computer.

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