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Reviewed by Chris McGill ©July 2000|
Creative Labs Soundblaster Live
Product Information: http://www.americas.creative.com/sound/live/
There are several versions of the SBLive! available; I purchased the SBLive!
Value for economy reasons. So this article is specific to that particular version.
Also there are probably issues concerning an individual's system; mine is a AMD
K6-2 450mhz custom built system with 64 megs of RAM running Warp Server for
I downloaded the drivers, read the readme, and proceeded to remove the PAS 16
card and install the SBLive! Value. I removed the old drivers from the config.sys,
followed the directions in the readme and rebooted. No sound.... I made sure the
old drivers were "remmed out" and the new drivers were showing up in the
config.sys. Since I am not that experienced with trying new things, being a bit
of a coward when it comes to my computers, I asked for advice in IRC-#voice. I was
directed to another server/channel and asked for help. A very helpful gentleman
helped me by editing a file for me which removed the remnants of my old soundcard
drivers. When I reinstalled the SBLive drivers, I had sound when I rebooted. Success!!!
So a very important part of installing the SBLIve drivers is to make absolutely
sure all traces of your old soundcard drivers are gone. One of my friends in the
#os/2 channel on Webbnet.org in IRC sent me this information he found when going
about this some task himself:
The following was copied from comp.os.os2.multimedia.
Thanks XRange!! (who found the above).
This is a simple, safe way to uninstall your current sound card without having to do any selective install or delete the mmos2 subdirectory. I write OS/2 audio drivers and do this 8 or 9 times a day sometimes...
1. Boot to an OS/2 full screen prompt.
2. tedit the config.sys and delete or Rem-out the audio driver and it's vdd (if there is one.)
3. tedit the mmos2\mmpm2.ini
4. in the [Drivers] section delete the lines that begin with:
"WaveAudio="5. every element listed in these lines will have an associated section further down in the ini and you can delete them also if you want, but it is not necessary for this to work. it merely avoids clutter in the ini file.
7. install the audio drivers.
That's it, it will work every time and is much easier than selective uninstall and deleting the mmos2 subdirectory.
I had a very satisfactory experience with these beta drivers at this point. Unfortunately,
I have to report a problem that happened to me after I had a hard drive failure,
replaced the hard drive, and installed all software. This time I didn't have to
worry about getting rid of old drivers so the initial install went in smoothly and
sound worked immediately. However, when I tried to play an audio cd, I got an error
message that no cd was in the drive. I know the cdrom drive is in working order
as I had installed my operating system with it just fine and it is brand new in
any case. At this point, I have no idea what the problem is. I posted a message
to the egroups message board about the problem but have had no help so far. By the
way, this is a good place to look for information about problems concerning the
SBLive drivers. The URL is: http://www.egroups.com/group/sbliveos2.
The sound quality with the SBLive is by far superior to my old soundcard and
I am happy with it. I can live without playing music cds for now and I'm sure that
problem will be resolved sometime. I am not knowledgeable about all the cool features
of the card; I just enjoy the wonderful clarity and quality of the sound for my
mp3s. I am a home user, not a computer expert by an stretch of the imagination,
and for my purposes this soundcard and the beta drivers are very satisfactory.