Codecs supported: This driver supports all VIA southbridges with integrated sound plus several audio codecs as below.
DOS sound: This driver supports DOS sound for VIA VT82C686A/VT82C686B/VT8231 southbridges only. The VIAAUDIO.COM file mentioned in the Readme concerning DOS sound can be obtained from this old audio driver package. It is no longer supplied in the Vinyl_AudioCodec driver package.
Release history: This combination driver was first published on 24 June 2002. Prior to 24 June 2002, there was driver 74mu170a for VT8233/VT8233A/VT8233C and driver 68MU220b for VT686A, 686B & VT8321. The "combo" driver combined those two drivers into the one package and added support for the (at the time) new VT8235 southbridge. Further improvements have been made in subsequent releases, including adding support for more codecs and the driver package is now called Vinyl_AudioCodec.
Special note: VIA advises that where possible, users should install onboard sound drivers provided by their motherboard manufacturer in preference to the audio drivers below.
Supported Operating Systems:
Windows Server 2003 x64, Windows XP 64-Bit, Windows 95, DOS, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows NT, Windows 98SE, and Windows 98.
For use with the following Products:
VIA AC97 codec incorporated into VT82C686A/B South Bridges ( VT82C686A VT82C686B )
VIA AC97 codecs incorporated into VT8233, VT8233A, VT8233C, VT8235 and VT8237/R South Bridges ( VT8237 VT8235 VT8233/VT8233A/VT8233B/VT8235/VT8237 VT1612A VT8233/A/C VT8235CE )
VIA Vinyl audio codecs: VT1612A VT1613 VT1616 VT1617 VT1618 ( VT1616 VT1612A VT1617 VT1613 )
VIA AC97 codec incorporated into VT8231 South Bridge ( VT8231 )
VIA AC97 codec incorporated into VT8251 South Bridge ( VT8251 )
To install the driver, save any unsaved work and close all applications then click on the driver download link. Choose the "Save File" option and save it to your folder under Windows where you file your drivers. Unzip the file. (To unzip the file right click and highlight "Extract All") Then double click on the Setup.exe file to run the installation program. Follow the prompts and restart at the end of the installation.
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