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January 13, 2002 12:21:08 PM

i have installed sbl on my comp duron 800 128 ram ati video ihave no problem with crackling or pops it sounds great.since installation the machine locks up or norton has to repair problems.have changed slots,and reloaded software.ANY IDEAS? also am running sbl on 450plll runs fine sounds great.

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January 13, 2002 4:57:23 PM

First of all, if you think it sounds great on ANY platform, you don't know what great sound is (yes, I have owned the Live! before).
Now the reason it works fine on the PIII platform but not the Duron platform probably has something to do with a VIA chipset. These problems are worst with the 686B southbridge.

What's the frequency, Kenneth?
January 14, 2002 4:41:28 AM

Perhaps he should go for that Aureal Vortex 2 you recommended, Crash. (BTW, it's been working flawlessly. Thanks again for that suggestion.) Save this link, and check it everyday. If this is the same situation as before, they might get more of them in stock, which is when you should order right away before they become sold out.
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January 14, 2002 5:23:23 AM

It doesn't work on certain VIA chipsets, so I didn't want to chance my reputation on suggesting it to someone already experiencing problems with sound on a VIA chipset.

Did you get the equalizer and positioning controls set to their optimum levels yet, or are you simply happy with the stock settings? I was really impressed with my card before adjusting it, but was almost awestruck after adjusting it!

What's the frequency, Kenneth?
January 14, 2002 5:52:06 AM

Well, at least I know it'll work on a KT133A chipset (A7V133).

Anyways, what'd you do to set the equalizer and position to optimal settings? I only have a 3-piece Creative Labs PC Soundworks sound system. Not high quality, but the best in it's class.

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January 14, 2002 6:46:49 AM

Put in a CD of your favorit music. Double click the Aureal settings icon in your taskbar. Adjust the equalizer to suit your taste (it's probably bypassed by default). There is actually a hardware EQ built into the chip. Then go to the A3D settings tab and select your speaker type. Click the test icon to verify positioning. You can use the Demo's tab to find out how well it worked. I suggest you get a cheap pair of decent sounding rear speakers for a better listening experience.

What's the frequency, Kenneth?
January 14, 2002 7:07:06 AM

Are you in Windows XP or Windows 98? I'm in XP right now. I sorta remember you saying you're in Win98...

What rear speakers could you direct me to? I didn't know you could buy them separate. Are they powered as well?

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January 14, 2002 7:55:33 AM

I assume you're using analog output? The card has both front and rear outputs. I have an Altec Lansing 3-piece speaker system attached to the front outputs and Labtec's best computer speakers (adequate but not spectacular) attached to the rear outputs. I'm using windows 98SE.

What's the frequency, Kenneth?
January 14, 2002 1:05:17 PM

Since I'm in XP, I wouldn't be able to set the equalizer and stuff, right? Does it include A3D support right off installation?

Perhaps I'll get some cheap rear speakers, but not anytime soon. Besides, I don't know where I'd put them...

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January 14, 2002 3:56:43 PM

I don't remember what XP drivers had for controlls. But I do know that the applications could be downloaded and installed separately from drivers.
I'm using the downloaded "2048" drivers and have a file in there named Vor30App, which should install the applications separately from the driver.
Older versions of the program that don't have 4 speaker support can be found on your CD under the \Nt40\English directory as AU30Tray (installs the tray icon) and AU30HwEq. Because these are early versions with limited features I recommend you download the win9x 2048 driver and install the Vor30App (without installing the 9x driver of course). You can find the drivers at <A HREF="" target="_new">;/A> If the Vor30App from the Win9x driver does not work, you can try downloading the Win2k driver from the same site and install the Vor30App from it (it's a bit smaller and may not have all the options).

What's the frequency, Kenneth?
January 14, 2002 8:37:12 PM

Alright, Crashman. Sometime, I'll save this tip so when I get some rear speakers, I can try this out. Thanks! :smile:

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January 14, 2002 10:36:33 PM

YOu can use the EQ feature directly from the CD without installing any additional software.

What's the frequency, Kenneth?