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First post, by smullyoz

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Which one of these would be best for win98? From i read both are sound blaster live cards, but the SB0220 is Dell OEM.
Should i just go for the CT4830 in that case and avoid the dell?

Reply 2 of 8, by Gmlb256

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pc-sound-legacy wrote on 2021-10-11, 18:19:

As far as I know, both are fine and "true" SB lives. Beware of the SB0200, the earlier Dell OEM live - this is the one with no EAX acceleration in hardware.

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However I've heard that the SB0220 needs specific drivers on Windows 9x. Alternatively the Audigy2 ZS drivers works for both cards using a trick done by Joseph_Joestar on the following link: Using Audigy drivers with a Sound Blaster Live.

One has to make sure that VXD drivers are installed, not the WDM ones due to performance and stability problems.

Reply 5 of 8, by Gmlb256

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fxgogo wrote on 2021-10-13, 06:12:

I have the CD for the 4830 if you would like the drivers that came with the card. Just used it on a 98 machine and seems to be working well.

There is no need to do that as it's already on VOGONS drivers.

Reply 7 of 8, by KT7AGuy

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If you use LiveWare v3.0 with the CT4830 you should be able to get the SB16 emulation working. The original driver disc may also work too, but I'm not 100% sure about that.

Forget about DOS or SB16 emulation with the SB0220. Otherwise, I've found it to be an excellent card that is frequently overlooked.

You may also find this useful:

Sound Blaster Live! Audio Cards are not all the same

Reply 8 of 8, by Joseph_Joestar

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KT7AGuy wrote on 2021-10-16, 21:12:

Forget about DOS or SB16 emulation with the SB0220.

DOS compatibility works just fine on the SB0220 when Audigy drivers are used.

On topic, the CT4830 lacks the CD_SPDIF header and is a 4.1 card. The SB0220 lacks the AUD_EXT header (LiveDrive front panel) and is a 5.1 card.

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