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Help! SB16 Live card Windows 98 to XP not working

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Old April 20th 05, 11:14 PM
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Default Help! SB16 Live card Windows 98 to XP not working

Firstly, my apologies for a lengthy posting but I've tried to include all
'clues' in advance...

My move to XP has not been very successful as there are no clear guidelines
from Creative on how to get an SB16 Live! Value card working. AND, judging
by the number of posting here and elsewhere I am not alone in this battle.
(I guess it's in Creative's interest to promote new sound cards rather than
keep their old runs running - sorry Creative, I don't wish to be rude to you
but it's just very frustrating at times in this game.)

I have attempted in to install my Live Value sound card which I used to have
on my old Windows 98 PC onto a shiney new Dell 3000. As anticpated the
installation does not complete successfully and I then ran
LiveDrvUni-Pack(ENG).exe as directed by the installation process. This gets
to 95% complete and freezes everytime I try it - this maybe the heart of the

There is another driver patch on Creative's website which states "This is an
update patch, it is not a complete driver installation. You must have the
previous LiveDrvPack.exe (SBLW-XPWEB-W3-US), posted July 17, 2002. in your
system if you wish to use this patch." I could not find the July 17,2002
patch but after much messing around I decided to also apply it.

Before and after all this messing around if I try to run any of the SB
programs I get:-

- AudioHQ: Cannot initialze audio driver. Reinstall audio driver
- Creative Surround Mixer: CtDevcon.dll has returned an error.
- Creative Diagnostics: Hardware Detection = Pass, then the program freezes
- Creative Diagnostics 2nd attempt (after aborting through Task Manager):
Hardware Detection = Pass, then ALL others = Fail
- Creative PlayCent PlayCentre could not find the necessary hardware or
drivers to execute properly
- Creative Rhythmania: No MIDI Out device detected.
- Creative Keytar: Failed to initialze the MIDI device.

Is there something else I should do or download to get my sound card fully
operational under XP? If the answers are on Creative's web-site, my
apologies for being so cynical ealier.

Someone must have the definitive answer.

thanks in advance



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