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Having problems with installing sound drive on my Windows 98

By lhk890419
Feb 6, 2008
  1. I recently got an old PC from my friend and I formatted the drive and installed Windows 98 SE on it. It's got an onboard sound card and no matter how hard I try, I can't install the drive for it. I know I'm installing the right drive (Columbia III Onboard Sound Driver) but it just wouldn't show up on the device manager and the volume control doesn't even come up. Is there any way to fix this? My computer is Seanix TEAC400-BCB, BTW. Here are the specs:

    Item: TEAC400-BCB (TCO - TEAC400-B Custom)
    Y2K Compliant: Yes
    W2K Compliant: No

    Configuration Details:
    SKU Part Type Description
    2012-0023 Motherboard MB 440BX SNX CBIII Snd Hm CBIII-B/A/H
    2111-0031 Fan RET,UNIV.,SEPP,SECC2,PPG A, WURM-1A4BW2
    2111-0032 Fan HTSINK,CEL W/FAN,PPGA, TP5-5020
    2215-0005 CPU Intel Celeron 466Mhz 128K 66FSB
    2312-0031 Memory Mem 64MB PC100 SDRAM DIMM 8Mx64 Seanix
    2510-0144 Hard Drive HD,IDE,5400RPM,8.4G,512K ,MX,DMA/66,90871U2
    2610-0115 CD Rom CD,48X,LG,CRD-8480B, 7037
    2710-0016 Floppy Drive FD 1.44 Samsung FD-321B/KS grey
    3011-0044 Video Cards VGA, 8MB ATI Xpert98 AGP
    3031-0042 Network Cards NIC 10/100 3C9O5CTXNM BR PCI - 3COM with bootrom
    3511-0016 Adapters ADAP,ASUS, 370-D, PPGA ADAP.CARD W/ LATCH
    4051-0002 Chassis P-CASE/PACK,TCO ATX TOWER .
    5110-0005 Mouse MOUSE, BALL 2 BUTTON+WH PS2- MS INTELLIMS #63618
    5115-0022 Key Board KB Eng WIN 104 PS/2 SNX Chicony KB-3923US
    5120-0030 Speakers SPK, CYBER ACOUSTICS CA-15 SEANIX
    Downloads available for this system:
    Category Type Title
    Motherboards Drivers Columbia III INF Drivers (WIN95)
    Network Cards Drivers 3COM Network card drivers (WIN9X, WINME, WINNT, WIN2K, WINXP)
    Network Cards Drivers Columbia III Onboard LAN Driver (WIN9X)
    Network Cards Drivers Columbia III Onboard LAN Driver (WINNT)
    Sound Cards Drivers Columbia III Onboard Sound Driver (WIN9X, WINNT)
    Video Cards Drivers ATI video card drivers (WIN9X)
    Video Cards Drivers ATI video card drivers (WINNT)
    Drivers Columbia III BIOS Update ()
    Motherboards Manuals Columbia III Motherboard Manual (English)
    Motherboards Manuals Columbia III Motherboard Manual (French)
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Try going to CMOS (BIOS Setup) when the computer starts, and confirm Sound is enabled

    Try going to Safe Mode Device Manager (View- show all files) and remove all sound drivers already installed

    Restart, hopefully you are given a plug and play prompt

    I have not confirmed the drivers, but I take it, that you have the correct drivers for that M/B and Win98
     
  3. Bigfellla

    Bigfellla TS Rookie Posts: 98

    You need to install the chipset drivers after you reformat the os. Download PC Wizard here http://www.cpuid.com/download/pcw2008_v183.exe and install it. Then go to FILE< SAVE AS, and save the text file to your desktop. COpy the text from that file to this thread, then i will tell you what chipset driver you need.
     
  4. lhk890419

    lhk890419 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    Well, here's the information, but whenever I click on Chipset in the System Tab, the program crashes and says "You have performed an illegal action." So this system information is incomplete because before the program finishes analyzing and reports the system specs it crashes. I'm thinking of installing Windows ME this weekend to see if that'll fix my audio problem.

    PC Wizard 2008 Version 1.83
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Owner: Justin Lee
    Organisation: KSS
    User:
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 98 4.10.2222 A
    Report Date: Wednesday 06 February 2008 at 19:04

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    <<< System Summary >>>

    > Mainboard : Seanix Technology (Canada) Inc. Intel 440BX

    > Chipset : Unspecified

    > Physical Memory : 128 MB

    > Operating System : Microsoft Windows 98 4.10.2222 A

    > DirectX : Version 8.1

    <<< Mainboard >>>

    > Manufacturer : Seanix Technology (Canada) Inc.

    >> General Information
    Product : TCO
    Version : Unspecified
    Serial Number : 747853
    Unique ID : FFFFFFFF-FFFFFFFF-FFFFFFFF-FFFFFFFF
    SKU : Unspecified
    Family : Unspecified
    Start mode : Unspecified
    Class : IBM PC/AT

    > Mainboard : Seanix Technology (Canada) Inc. Intel 440BX

    >> General Information
    Manufacturer : Seanix Technology (Canada) Inc.
    Product : Intel 440BX
    Version : Unspecified
    Serial Number : Unspecified
    Support MP : No

    >> Chassis Information
    Manufacturer : Seanix Technology (Canada) Inc.
    Type : Desktop
    Version : Unspecified
    Serial Number : Unspecified
    Asset : Unspecified

    >> On-Board Device Information
    Embedded Controller : No

    >> Slots Information
    Slot ISA : (16-bit) 5.0v
    Slot PCI : In Use (32-bit) 5.0v
    Slot PCI : Available (32-bit) 5.0v
    Slot PCI : Available (32-bit) 5.0v
    Slot AGP : Available (32-bit) 5.0v

    >> External Connectors
    Serial 16550A Compatible : DB-9 male
    Serial 16550A Compatible : DB-9 male
    Parallel ECP/EPP : DB25 female
    Keyboard : PS/2
    Mouse : PS/2

    >> Internal Connectors
    PRIMARY IDE : On Board IDE
    SECONDARY IDE : On Board IDE
    FDD : On Board Floppy
    COM1 : 9 Pin Dual Inline (pin 10 cut)
    COM2 : 9 Pin Dual Inline (pin 10 cut)
    LPT1 : DB25 female
    Keyboard
    PS/2 Mouse : PS/2
    USB

    > Bios : Unspecified

    >> General Information
    Manufacturer : Unspecified
    Version : 1.1
    Date : 06/09/1999 (mm/dd/yyyy)
    Address : 0x0 on 256 KB
    DMI Version : 2.3

    >> Characteristics
    Flashable : Yes
    Socketed : Yes

    >> Functionality
    APM : Yes
    ACPI : Yes
    ESCD : Y

    (It stops right here)
     
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  6. Bigfellla

    Bigfellla TS Rookie Posts: 98

  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  8. Bigfellla

    Bigfellla TS Rookie Posts: 98

    If you understand what a inf file is and read the details, you would realise that the file is os independant. My originaly link is sufficient.
     
  9. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Bigfellla I posted because your original link had 4 Infs not 1 (and I personally, wanted to confirm which one - which took a while!)
     
  10. lhk890419

    lhk890419 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    well, i ran the file and when I restarted, it found bunch of hardwares and installed softwares but the audio still didn't work. I'll install Windows ME tomorrow and see what it does.
     
  11. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    ME is better with drivers anyway
     
  12. Bigfellla

    Bigfellla TS Rookie Posts: 98

    that was simply the chipset driver. NOw install the sound driver and restart. ME is the worst OS ever made btw.
     
  13. lhk890419

    lhk890419 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    I did install the sound driver but still nothing. :(
     
  14. Bigfellla

    Bigfellla TS Rookie Posts: 98

    Go to device manager and right click on the sound driver and choose uninstall. Uninstall anything to do with the sound driver in the Uninstall Programmes and then restart.

    Go into the bios, and ensure that the sound is enabled in there.

    Then start in Safe mode (Tap F8 on restart)

    Install driver again.

    Restart

    then post a screenshot of the device manager and the sound properties box open.
     
  15. lhk890419

    lhk890419 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    I just installed Windows ME and it automatically installed sound drive and now everything works perfectly! :) Thanks for all your guys' helps.
     
  16. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    See Bigfellla
    Yes ME was the worst - well known.

    But, on low spec systems, it installs easily and gives lots of extras (that I'm sure lhk890419 has noticed)

    It just may require re-install in about 6 Months ! But other than that, perfect.
     
  17. Bigfellla

    Bigfellla TS Rookie Posts: 98

    He is just a noob who cant install drivers that is all. ME is a security nightmare, so yes you are right, you get lots of EXTRAS. Plus, its no longer supported. The worst version of windows ever. All he had to do is properly install the driver.
     
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