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How to Build a Computer with an
AMD Socket A Athlon or Duron Processor
Part 10 - Install the Expansion Boards
Last updated: 6/3/2001

Creative SoundBlaster Live Value Sound Board and Cambridge SoundWorks PCWorks Speaker System

It would be a good idea to review the soundboard manual before installing it.  It seems that every time I install a Creative soundboard, the procedures change.  I have a SoundBlaster Live in my computer and the installation of that board was quite different than this one.

142.  A good location for the soundboard 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.

143.  Plug the audio cable from the CD-ROM drive CD_IN jack on the sound card with the red wire oriented towards the rear of the computer.

144.  Refer to the Installation and Operating Instructions for the SoundWorks PCWorks Speaker System and install the speakers (the instructions are quite good and do not need to be repeated here).

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.

145.  Turn the Speaker System volume control all the way down (furthest counter clockwise) and boot-up the computer.

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, after installing the soundboard drivers.  The volume may be loud enough to damage the speakers.

146.  Tip the computer back to its upright position, and plug-in and power-up.  Windows will detect the board.  Insert the Creative CD in the CD-ROM drive.  If the CD autostarts and opens a Window, close the Window.  Instruct Windows to search for the best driver for the sound board.  It should detect drivers on the CD twice.  In both cases it will display a list of drivers for various languages.  Choose the appropriate language version of the drivers.  When prompted to restart Windows, remove the CD and restart Windows.

147.  After adjusting your volume and you should hear "The Microsoft Sound" when Windows first starts.  Insert the Creative CD and install the reaming software, as desired.  I would not install DirectX from the CD.

If an installation CD does not autostart, click Start, Run, and browse to setup.exe, install.exe, etc. on the CD.

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

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