I hope you have access to a printer for the following as it's pretty lengthy...or I can email you the text file of it that I have and you can print it from another computer if you are using the W98 system without a printer up and running yet.
First...the audio. Since you state that it appears there is an item missing from Sound, etc in Device Mgr, try looking in OTHER or in Multifunction Devices if there is a category for it. You might find the audio controller listed there with an error or yellow question mark. You will have the option to update or remove the driver.
Now...if you have the .exe file you downloaded and it can be unzipped to a separate file, you could choose Update Driver and use the browse button in the next window to locate the folder with the unzipped files and it should correct itself.
If you cannot unzip the .exe or .zip file you downloaded, then opt to REMOVE it and normally on a reboot, windows will redetect the driver and install it correctly, or it will ask you for the path to the drivers. There are a couple of options to choose from at that point.
1. The folder where you unzipped the files OR
2. C:/Windows OR
3. C:/Windows/System OR
You would be amazed at the locations within windows itself where it keeps driver information and is too darn stupid to look in those places on its own.
Looking for the sound card chip on the motherboard is a simple thing and nothing has to be touched or moved most of the time in order to locate it. It will be flat square and it will say Audio -97 or ESS or something similar with a 'model number if ESS printed right on it. If you use a strong flashlight and tip it at just the right angle somewhere near the back edge of the motherboard where everything plugs into it, it should be read fairly easily. But if need be, and you have a magnifying glass, you can use it along with the flashlight and get what you need that way. (Bad eyes = been there, doing that still lol)
Also...Once you can get the sound card running properly, you can go into Control Panel/Multimedia and make sure the volume control shows up on the taskbar by the clock.
It appears as if the LAN device has been installed already or it wouldn't have identified it....however, you may have to be going into your NETWORK NEIGHBORHOOD icon in order to set up the other computers in the network.
Make sure you install the various 'devices' in that window and have your W98 cd handy to do so as it sounds as if only part of them were installed. Here's a list of how and what to do for it.
>>>>>Here's how I got mine working....most people use the NetBui setup but it wouldn't work for me and I stayed with the TCP/IP instead. I also couldn't get the ICS to work for me that comes with W98SE so everything here has been done manually, but it went up real quickly.
How far away from each other are the computers?
I did this and had some absolutely perfect help from some of the members in zdnet because I was dumb as dirt about it.
If there are only going to be the two computers, you don't need a hub and if you decide to do more later on, the hub can be purchased then.
I used two RealTech networking cards (one for each computer) that use either the coax 10base2 connectors or the RJ45 crossover cable 10baseT. I have the RJ45 cable and had one specially made to make sure it was a cross-over cable and it's about 10' long just so I didn't have to go from room to room to see both monitors and computers until I knew it would be set up right. I then ordered a 70' one for when I move my son's computer to his bedroom when the network is up and running.
I had to use the latest drivers that go with the cards because even though W98 installed the correct drivers, they weren't the newest and I had problems getting the computers to see each other so whatever cards you decide to get, make sure you download the newest drivers ahead of time in case what comes with them aren't what you will need. Save yourself the grief I went through.
After the cards and the cable are connected and are set up in the computers, open the Network in Control Panel or right click the Network Neighborhood icon and choose Properties.
On the list that shows up you need to have the following...Client for MS Network, Dial Up Adapter, your Networking Adapter that you installed, TCP/IP > Dial Up Adapter, TCP/IP > your network adapter, and File & Print Sharing. (You actually don't need the Dial Up Adapter and TCP/IP for the CLIENT computer that will connect to the HOST one that makes the ISP connection...and you don't need a modem for that computer anymore either.)
If any of these are missing, click Add and go to the Adapter (choose Microsoft for the Dial Up Adapter) if you need that one...go to the Protocol (choose Microsoft for TCP/IP if you need that one), and go to the Services (choose File and Printer Sharing if you need that one).
Now....at the Second tab at the top, make sure that you have a COMPUTER NAME that is different for both computers, and a WORKGROUP NAME that is IDENTICAL for both computers, the Description area can be anything.
Click the TCP/IP > Dial Up Adapter, click IP Address and put a dot in "get one automatically", click Bindings and remove the File & Printer Sharing checkmark, and click Advanced to take the check mark out of the bottom left corner box for Default.
Click the TCP/IP > your network adapter, click IP Address and put a dot in "get number" and type in 192.168.0.2 (for the computer that will <B>NOT</B> have to use the ISP connection as this computer will be the <B>CLIENT</B>) and type in the submask number 255.255.255.0 Now click the Advanced, and put a checkmark in the bottom box for "default. In the computer that <B>WILL</B> actually make the ISP connection, use the IP number of 192.168.0.1 and the same submask number as this computer will be the <B>HOST</B>, and also mark it to be "default".
In both computers, after rebooting, do not put in a password unless you want one...click OK to get you back to the desktop and go back into Control Panel\Network or right click the NN icon, choose Properties, and in the Primary LOGON, use the arrow to choose Windows Logon.
In both computers, go into Windows Explorer and for the drive or folders that you want to share, right click the drive or folder and choose Share from the list, and use the default name that shows up. Then go to the Printer folder in My Computer, and right click that printer icon and also choose Share from the menu.
Every time you make a change to one computer and reboot, you will also have to reboot the second computer so that those changes also take place with that computer.
Now you can check the connection...left click the NN icon and see if the computers see each other. If they do, then you have your network configured correctly and the <B>HOST</B> computer will make the connection to the ISP and the <B>CLIENT</B> computer will be able to connect to the internet using that same connection....BUT you need one more small piece of free software to do that. It is called Proxy and it can be found at http://www.analogx.com
Proxy gets installed on the <B>HOST</B> computer, and I keep a shortcut to it in my QuickLaunch because it doesn't write anything to your registry and only gets evoked when the <B>CLIENT</B> computer is going to connect to the internet so the <B>HOST</B> computer user just clicks the icon to "turn it on" for the other computer. The Internet Explorer setting on the <B>CLIENT</B> computer needs a small adjustment in the Connection tab so that it doesn't connect with a modem anymore and connects through the proxy. The instructions are simple and are included with the Proxy program.
That's it.....it took ten minutes to do all of the settings once the cards were installed (although I fought with it for over two weeks because of my total ignorance and finally called one of my forum buddies to walk me through it). I would highly recommend that you use the RJ45 crossover cable for just two computers and get a short one to get you going so the computers are nearby...then you can get a longer one later when the computers are moved farther apart.
Since the tcp/ip file and printer sharing should be bound <B>only</B> to the NIC adapters, if it is also showing up in the normal Dial up Adapter, windows will notify you immeditely when you go to connect to the net if you want to disable it so say yes if you are asked...the file sharing between the network will be ok.
NOW.....suppose that you wish to create a secure "tunnel" across the Internet to allow your home and office computers to share their files without any danger of unauthorized intrusion. Firewall technology makes this possible and relatively simple. You would instruct the firewall running on your office computer to permit connections on the NetBIOS file sharing ports 137-139 only from the IP address of your home computer. The firewall running on your home machine would similarly be instructed to permit connections on ports 137-139 only from your office machine's IP address. Thus, either machine can "see" the other's NetBIOS ports, but no one else on the Internet can see that either machine has established such a secure tunnel across the Net.
So make sure you go into the TCP/IP settings and check the NetBIOS Bindings settings as well according to the CLOSE NETBIOS page.