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Hi everyone

I've acquired by first classic soundblaster card today! I've installed the drivers using the files from https://www.vogonsdrivers.com/getfile.php?fil … =33&menustate=0 and digital sound and music work great when I did a quick test with Descen.t

However, when I run the "Diagnose" utility, I receive an error that it cannot set the MPU-401 port to 300 or 330 ... does anyone have any advice as to what I can check? And is this even a problem?

I apologise in advance if it's something simple, I'm a complete beginner when it comes to these old sound cards under DOS.

Reply 1 of 9, by PhilsComputerLab

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It might be conflicting with another card. Can you list the specifications of this computer?

Or open the case and take some photos?

Also what DOS are you using?

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Reply 2 of 9, by SBB

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Biostar M5SAA Motherboard
Pentium 200MMX CPU
64MB SDRAM
Riva TNT 16MB PCI video card
Creative Vibra16 ISA Card CT2900

DOS 6.22

The motherboard has onboard sound which I have disabled from the BIOS option - "Onboard PCI Sound Chip" is set to [Disabled]

I have also disabled the onboard serial ports, USB Controller and parallel port from the "Integrated peripherals" section, and the onboard video is disabled via a jumper on the board.

The manual is here if it helps explain what im talking about ftp://ftp.biostar-usa.com/manuals/M5SAA/M5SAAmanual.pdf

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No thats it, just the 2 cards.

I did find some info from googling that apparently the DIAGNOSE.EXE utility doesn't work properly if theres a jumper on the card set to open ... but I can't find anything labelled as "MPUEN"

http://www.os2museum.com/wp/sound-blaster-dia … sabled-mpu-401/

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Ok. Now did the drivers install fine however?

When I say drivers, I'm referring to the SBBASIC driver package.

I've had DIAGNOSE through errors before, but the card working fine.

Are you trying to run a wavetable board or MIDI module through 330?

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Reply 6 of 9, by Errius

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I didn't know the Vibra needed special drivers. I just use the regular SB 16 drivers (294XW3D1.ZIP, 294XW3D2.ZIP, 294XW3D3.ZIP, 294XW3D4.ZIP). They work fine. The Vibra is detected as a Vibra and you get a C:\VIBRA16 directory instead of the usual C:\SB16

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Turns out it was a problem with the version of DIAGNOSE that comes with the package I linked

I used the version from here http://support.creative.com/downloads/downloa … nDownloadId=271 and it works fine and lets me test the card