First post, by Peter z80.eu
My SOYO SY-5EAS ran with a PCI ATI XPERT 98 and an ISA Soundblaster 32 PnP smoothly, with DOS and with Windows 98 (the CPU is an AMD K6-2/400).
I was using the ISA Configuration Utility (ICU) for initializing the PnP card (did run well, too, no error messages, no freeze).
I had also a PCI ATI All-in-Wonder 128 Pro, but I didn't used it so far.
Now I had the idea to exchange the video card, I configured Windows 98 back to Standard VGA, plugged the XPERT 98 (= Rage Pro) and inserted the ATI All-in-Wonder (= Rage 128).
After the BIOS messages was shown, the ICU program freezes, so I had to remove it from my CONFIG.SYS file.
Windows 98 still started and I was able to hear even sound. But with DOS, no sound at all. The Windows driver package for the ATI AIW was installed without errors.
So I decided to exchange also the SB 32 PnP with a more simple card, a CT4180 Soundblaster Vibra 16 (it's also an ISA PnP card).
ICU wasn't still working, and now Windows 98 was not producing sound anymore, too.
I was looking for CTCM (ctcmbbs), CTCU and DIAGNOSE, found it, and tried it.
And it worked - but only one time, then it does not show anymore that the soundcard is found.
CTCM now does not find anything, shows no message. DIAGNOSE says there is nothing at Port 220 existing.
In the BIOS, I was checking the PnP settings, but it is in "AUTO" mode, you cannot set anything there except "Reset config values", but this does not help too.
I am still suspecting this complex ATI All-in-Wonder card, because the disaster started with the exchange of the video card.
But I have NO clue what to do now, except to throw the ATI AIW back to the shelf and inserting the ATI XPERT 98 again.
Really liked to use the AIW card, but it seems it's a card from the hell...