most newer store/vendor built systems have motherboards with on-board sound installed...in order to disable this so you can physically install a separate pci sound card, you need to get into the bios, check the on-board/integrated peripherals and change it to DISABLED (usually it shows up as AC-97 in the bios). Once disabled, reboot to safe mode and make sure there are no drivers installed for that on-board sound card in Device Manager and also in Add-Remove Programs.
As for the Media Player...if you want the Windows Media Player to be the default player instead of C-Media, locate any .wav or .midi or .mp3 file (use Search), then right click and choose Open With...Windows Media Player from the list. Make sure you put a check mark in 'always use this program' before selecting/clicking on Media Player.
Specs: Soyo SYi845e v1, 2.7 Celeron, 256mb pc 2100 ddr,
Win XP Pro. sp1, All updates and patches applied.
Software: Window Media Player v.9, Nav, Zone Alarm Pro.
This computer is about 2 months old. I've never experienced any problems.
I recently installed a new sound card, C-Media 8738 chipset. After installing the drivers, the computer could not reboot Windows. I could see a blue screen with some error messages, but it didn't last long enough to read. I booted in Safe Mode and re-installed the drivers. The computer booted Windows, but when I attempted to open an app. the computer would re-boot and reboot again, and then I got the safe mode option again.
The card has the usual ports and game port. In Safe Mode, I began to disable the components one by one . After disabling the game port, the card worked flawlessly. Device Manager says that the port is working properly and that the drivers are installed. I uninstalled and re-installed the driver for the game port, but no change. It only works with the game port disabled.
Also Windows Media Player 9 has been rendered inoperable and cannot play any files. If I use the CMedia player, it works great.
It seems that the CMedia software does not work well with Windows.
I can do system restore and the computer works great, but the CMedia drivers are uninstalled or deleted.
Has anyone had a similar experience with this software, or did I just screw up the installation?
Tell me about it.