BIOS-setup mainly affects onboard sound (of this current interest). Since sound used to work and the Aureal card is recognized, I don't see any BIOS problems, like disabling pci or isa slots. Don't update the motherboard BIOS as that gets hairy (unless that repairguy already did it). In any case, you can choose to "set defaults" or some such, if you or someone has messed around. FIRST, look at each BIOS page and write down the settings. Some BIOS settings may have been changed specifically for that PC to make it faster or whatever.
Your problem is that Aureal drivers are still not installed right.
I still don't get what happened to E: drive (the CDRW drive?), unless that IDE channel, slave or master, in BIOS is not set to "auto", somehow got "disabled".
How do I do this as I know zero on this subject?
I have a thread in Newbies as I have driver problems,as I have windows 98SE I am trying to get my sound after already downloading driver (more than once) for Vortex AU8810 multifunction PCI Platform.
In my start/programs/accessories/system information I have several drivers not installed in multimedia.I have no speaker in my systray.I have no red or yellow marks against any drivers in device manager.My new speakers are plugged in (and crackle a tiny bit now and then.I had trouble with display and downloaded the driver for that without any problems.My cd burner in drive E: will not work and the windows media player says it cannot find the specified path (it wont let me put the correct path in its little window.)I am almost tearing my hair out here.My system appears to be clean..no spyware/adware as far as I know.I just had trouble with my drivers.I also have no driver installed for my printer...but that can be dealt with after the sound.I also had mouse driver trouble and I was able to fix that as well.
Any ideas anyone?
Have a look in newbies at my other thread to see what has been suggested already..
I am driving my family mad....