Ok, here is the #1 reason you should read this thread. DO NOT buy this sound card! I have had nothing but problems with it. Static, lockups, BSOD.. all this with updated drivers, and two different versions of windows (2000 and XP). Anyway, when loading Battlefield 1942, I just started getting a BSOD automatically before the game even starts. Constantly getting static especially on the main menu of the game. The PCI card is seated fine and has been in two different slots. The drivers are the newest version. I have tried this in both Win2k and XP and had problems in both. Getting a new soundcard very soon and problably sending a nice little message to I/O Magic & ESS to tell them to get their damn sound cards looked at by Microsoft before they put p.o.s. cards on the market.