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Configuring a sound card

Unfortunately, Windows NT is not a plug-and-play operating system. It instead uses an auto-detect feature that does find some hardware but very seldom detects a sound card. To manually configure that sound card for your NT workstation, follow these steps:

  1. Go to My Computer | Control Panel | Multimedia | Devices.
  2. Click Add and select the appropriate driver from the List Of Drivers list box. If you're unsure of the sound card type, consult with the manufacturer. (Many sound cards will function if a Sound Blaster driver is used.) Click OK.
  3. Insert the Windows NT Workstation 4.0 CD into the CD-ROM drive and click OK.
  4. When the Base I/O Address dialog box appears, select the appropriate I/O address from the I/O Address drop-down list. The selected address will be tested by the operating system. If an error message appears, select a different address.
  5. Select the appropriate interrupt from the Interrupt drop-down list and the appropriate DMA channel from the DMA Channel drop-down list. If the configuration settings are incorrect, reselect the Interrupt and DMA settings until no error messages appear.
  6. Restart the computer to implement the new device.

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