How to Build Your Own
(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
137. Install DirectX per Microsoft's instructions.
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:
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.
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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