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How to Build Your Own Athlon Computer
(Slot A Processor)
Part 10 - Install the Sound Board and Speakers
Last updated:
5/10/00

Also see How to Build a Computer with a Socket A Athlon or Duron Processor

136.  Go to Microsoft's web site and download the latest version DirectX (currently version 7.0).

137.  Install DirectX per Microsoft's instructions.

DIAMOND MONSTER MX300 PCI SOUND BOARD.

138.  A good location for the sound board is the third PCI slot from the right.  With the computer unplugged insert the board, screw it down, and make sure it is seated properly.

139.  Plug DVD audio cable into into the jack furthest aft and labeled "CD."  Neatly fold-up the excess cable and zip-tie it to keep it out of the CPU fan.

140.  Plug-in and power-up the computer.  Windows will detect the board.  Click Cancel to halt the installation of the sound board drivers by Windows.

141.  Insert the CD that came with the sound board into the DVD drive and wait for it to auto start.  Click the Next button in the Welcome! window and Next in the Select Destination Directory window to choose the default directory.

142.  The next screen will have three installation options with defaults as shown below:

  DOS support

  Audio Utilities

  DirectX6.0

You do not want to install DirectX6.0 on a computer with Windows 98 SE or on this one with version 7.0 already installed.  You may want to install it on older versions of Windows, but it would better, as we have done, to download and install the most recent version.

Click Next to install the defaults.

143.  After clicking Finish in the last window, Install Complete!, the software does not prompt for a Windows restart.  Leave the CD in the DVD drive and restart Windows manually.

144.  Upon rebooting, Windows will detect the sound board again and go to the CD to install the drivers.  No intervention was required with this computer.  It may ask for the Windows CD if the cab files are not on the hard disk.  After the driver is installed, sound is immediately available without a reboot.  If you have a shop speaker attached to OUT 1 as I did (see the caution about speaker volume below!), you should hear the Microsoft Welcome to Windows 98 music.

145.  Remove the CD and put it in its envelop and put the envelop in the motherboard box.

One could install this board backwards by installing the software before installing the hardware.

FPS1000 SPEAKER SYSTEM  

You may want to skip this step until the computer is completed and is put in its final location.  I use a known-good, amplified  bench speaker for initial sound board testing.

146.  Shutdown Windows.

147.  Refer to the Installation and Operating Instructions  for the FPS1000 Speaker System and install the speakers (the instructions are quite good and do not need to be repeated here).  The Front Audio Input on the Woofer goes to the OUT 1 on the sound card and the Rear Audio Input goes to the OUT 2 on the card.

148.  Turn the FPS1000 Speaker System volume control all the way down (furthest counter clockwise) and boot-up the computer.  After adjusting your volume and you should hear "The Microsoft Sound" when Windows first starts, followed by the Welcome stuff.

If you leave everything at the default volume settings there is a very good chance that the speakers will start playing at an extremely loud level when you first boot-up Windows.  The volume may be loud enough to damage the speakers.

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