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Dual Sound Cards in Windows?

By rfidgeon ·
I have been trying to configure 2 Creative Labs CT4810 Soundblaster Ensoniq PCI sound cards to run in an HP Vectra VA with Pentium Pro 200MMX and 96Mb of RAM. I can get one of the sound cards to work, but not both (I need two stereo cards to simulate quad sound, other pc's here work but have ISA sound cards). I have tried forcing the IRQ settings in the BIOS to no avail. Device manager says there are no conflicts and the devices are working properly. This is occuring in both Win2k and Win95. Any suggestions?

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Dual Sound Cards in Windows?

by timwalsh In reply to Dual Sound Cards in Windo ...

The Windows operating systems are not designed to take advantage of more than 1 sound card. No matter how many sound devices you have installed, Windows will only allow you to pick one device as your default. Unless you have specialized sound software that will take advantage of multiple sound cards, you are out of luck.

My suggestion: Buy a sound card that offers true surround sound. Creative Labs offers several models. Other vendors have similar offereings.

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by rfidgeon In reply to Dual Sound Cards in Windo ...

Unfortunately, I seem to be at a standstill with this. The company that I am dealing with provides the sound software, which is designed for 2 stereo cards. They tell me it is possible to do what I am trying to accomplish, but since I am dealing with the American office of a Norwegian company, getting straight answers at this point is a little 'slow'. Thanks for the help though.

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by opatzg In reply to Dual Sound Cards in Windo ...

I thought 5.1 sound cards were quad plus a center channel and subwoofer, why use 2 cards? There are also 4.1 cards out there and those would be quad. Otherwise plug and pray is fighting you, get a motherboard with isa card slots and set up 2 isa sound cards where you can force irq and dma through jumper settings.

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by rfidgeon In reply to Dual Sound Cards in Windo ...

Using ISA cards isn't really a possibility without replacing both sound cards and pc's, which opens a whole other can of worms around here. Thanks for the input.

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