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ISA modem Steals ISA Sound Card...PLEASE HELP
Badguy Jul-24-00 03:04 AM
Hi, I have a problem that I cant solve.
I recently flashed my BIOS to achieve large hard drive support. (MS 6117 from Micro Star)
The flash went fine. all is well, except my sound card is no longer detected by windows as long as my modem is physically in my machine!
When I remove my modem, my sound card works as it always has (SB64 ISA), in either slot. No matter which ISA slot I put my modem in, it "robs" my computer of sound. Both devices are detected by the BIOS PNP, but nothing in Windows...no matter which IRQ's I tell them to use or how I rearange them, nothing seems to work. ANY help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!!
Thanks in advance,

Rob


1. RE: ISA modem Steals ISA Sound Card...PLEASE HELP
Badguy Jul-24-00 03:11 AM
In response to message 0
I forgot to mention that my modem is also an ISA modem, Rockwell 56K V.90, and my sound card is a Creative Labs AWE 64 ISA.
I also have tried reverting back to my origional BIOS as well as trying other BIOS vers.
Please help.

Thanks,
Rob


2. RE: ISA modem Steals ISA Sound Card...PLEASE HELP
lbyard Jul-24-00 03:55 PM
In response to message 0
Rob, what MODEM? Which IRQ, 5? A lot of ISA PnP MODEMS can be jumpered so they are not PnP. Try jumpering it to COM2:, IRQ 3 and then go into the CMOS Setup and disabling COM2. If that doesn’t work, please come back. There are other tricks. Larry

3. RE: ISA modem Steals ISA Sound Card...PLEASE HELP
Badguy Jul-24-00 10:50 PM
In response to message 2
Hi Larry, thanks for responding!
My modem is a Rockwell 56K V. 90
It is using Com 2 IRQ 3, Com 2 is dissabled in my BIOS.
When I remove the modem physically from my machine, the sound card works just fine on IRQ 5
When the modem is physically seated in one of my two ISA slots, there is NO TRACE of my sound card at all, the Device manager doesnt have any exclamation marks or anything, it's just like it doesn't exist. I have tried changing COM and IRQ settings for the modem with out success, I have reserved IRQ's etc... I'm usually fairly proficient when it comes to solving problems like these (was my job...HAHA)but this one has me stumped.
Any Ideas?...

Rob


4. RE: ISA modem Steals ISA Sound Card...PLEASE HELP
lbyard Jul-25-00 12:00 PM
In response to message 3
Tough one. So we go fishing... Try renaming the autoexec.bat and config.sys. Then--and I don't see how the MODEM could have any effect on it--but try another DMA for the sound card. I'll think about it some more. Larry

5. RE: ISA modem Steals ISA Sound Card...PLEASE HELP
Badguy Jul-26-00 04:08 AM
In response to message 4
I appreciate all your help Larry!
Unfortunately, I have some discouraging news.
Renaming the autoexec.bat and config.sys did nothing to solve the problem.
I also took a clean HD and relpaced the one I currently use, and did a new Win98 install on it.
Same thing is happening. I'm starting to believe that my Motherboard may have some how been damaged by the BIOS change.... I dont really believe it, but I suppose it is possible...
Maybe I'll get a PCI Sound card now....no way am I going with a PCI modem...lol
Thanks!

6. RE: ISA modem Steals ISA Sound Card...PLEASE HELP
Badguy Jul-26-00 04:35 AM
In response to message 4
Great site by the way!!!
I cant believe I havent fond it before now...
I'll try to contribute my help as much as I can as well!!
Thanks

Rob


7. RE: ISA modem Steals ISA Sound Card...PLEASE HELP
lbyard Jul-26-00 03:18 PM
In response to message 6
LAST EDITED ON Jul-26-00 AT 03:20 PM (GMT)

I had the same reservations about PCI MODEMs some time ago, but things have changed. The AOpen FM56-PM MODEM (http://duxcw.com/digest/Reviews/Modems/fm56pm.htm) works quite well. By the way, that motherboard chipset of yours doesn't have a built-in sound function, does it? That would be too obvious. Thanks for the compliment. Contributions by all would be very much appreciated. I hope I haven't stepped on any toes my answering some these a bit fast--just my nature. Larry


8. RE: ISA modem Steals ISA Sound Card...PLEASE HELP
Badguy Jul-26-00 09:51 PM
In response to message 7
Hi Larry, no, my motherboard does not have any sound or video functions at all...
as for the PCI modem issue, it's the controllerles aspect that I dont like...I'd rather have my modem do all the work than put the extra load on my CPU... soon it wont matter though, once DSL access comes to my area, I'll be the first to sign up...I've been told it'll be in the next month or so...cant wait...
Thanks

Rob


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