boxpressed wrote on 2022-01-25, 14:15:
Yesterday, I found this ISO on archive.org that seems to work: https://archive.org/details/sb-instal-sb-0220 […]
Yesterday, I found this ISO on archive.org that seems to work: https://archive.org/details/sb-instal-sb-0220
It's for the SB0220, but it is a late version that seems to work with a range of Live! cards and early Audigy cards.
Rather than running the autorun setup program (which will install the WDM driver), you have to wait for 98SE to detect the plug and play card and ask for a driver. Then you point to D:/audio/drivers/98se_me, and then you tell the setup program to install an older set of drivers and not the default. This installs the VXD drivers.
However, the setup program doesn't install the legacy DOS drivers. Is there an easy way to do this? (I know about Joseph_Joestar's great method for using the Audigy install CD but was wondering if there is another way using only this install CD.) Thanks!
Out of curiosity, I tried this SB0220 driver CD on my SB0100 which resulted in some interesting findings. Standard installation using Autorun worked perfectly fine on my card. Of course, that installs WDM drivers. Fortunately, running D:\Audio\Drivers\CTZAPXX.EXE launches Creative's driver utility which makes it very easy to remove those and install VxD drivers instead:
By simply following the instructions presented on the screen, this utility will automatically uninstall WDM drivers, restart the computer, and then install VxD drivers. It will not install any DOS drivers, which was expected, as there are none on this driver CD. However, the Audigy DOS support package seems to install on top of these drivers without any issues. I was even able to use soundfonts for General MIDI music while running DOS games under Win9x. Here's Patch93's SC-55 soundfont in all of its 49 MB glory:
This is pretty similar to what I was able to achieve in this guide, but with one crucial difference. The drivers from this SB0220 CD work fine with all of Creative's support programs, such as AudioHQ, Surround Mixer, EAX Control Panel etc. The ones from the Audigy2 ZS driver CD (which I used in my guide) did not work with these utilities.
In light of those findings, this might just be the ultimate Win9x compatible SBLive driver CD. That said, I'm not sure if it can to cover such a wide range of SBLive cards as the Audigy drivers that I used in my guide can. But it might be worth trying these on various SBLive models and seeing how things turn out.
EDIT - I may have been a bit too optimistic. The VxD drivers from the SB0220 CD seem to be somewhat unstable. Certain games like Thief 2 will hard lock and force a reboot when those drivers are used. On the other hand, the WDM drivers from that same CD have no such issues.