Compilation of Creative Sound Blaster Live! drivers for Windows 9x newest VxD drivers and other gems, updated March 20, 2009
Posted 14 January 2009 - 12:43 AM
They might say 2000/XP, but the drivers appear to work on Windows 98SE as they are WDM drivers which don't have a 2000/XP only header.
First thing I got was an error ""Unhandled Exception" / Error number 0x80070725 / Description: Incompatible version of the RPC stub. /
Setup will now terminate.
So I figured out how to fix that (replace oleaut32.dll with correct version). Now the file unpacks a self-extracting EXE, which starts Install Shield, which then dies silently. No error message, no nothing, it just disappears.
Any idea how these drivers can be manually installed w/o help from InstallShield?
Posted 14 February 2009 - 09:51 PM
pls PM me, I have enough space at my site to host any files you may have.
I posted all files I could get my hands on here:
Posted 15 February 2009 - 09:01 AM
I think the iso you mean is the sb_install.iso I had on filefront until they deleted it due to inactivity. The OP apparently got hold of it since he added some of the files and inf stuff to his 1st post and thanked me.
I am currently uploading it again to filefront. I think it will be able to be accessed once done from my file page there:
Since they remove it automatically and you have offered to host stuff, I hope you can get it from there and offer it from your site on a more permanent basis.
As I've said, it's the install cd included in the retail Creative SB0100 box. You may want to add to your description that it, by default, installs WDM drivers on 98SE and Me. If one wants it to install the VXD drivers, and thereby include the full Creative MS-DOS driver in DOS and Windows, it needs to be copied to the hard drive and the following change needs to be made:
Right click on the/Audio\/english/Setup/AUDIO.INI file, choose Properties, and uncheck Read Only.
Open AUDIO.INI in notepad and change the following:
98SEWDM = 1 to 98SEWDM = 0
MEWDM = 1 to MEWDM = 0
Save and Close Notepad, then right click it and in Properties check Read Only again.
Then to install run /Ctrun/Ctrun.exe but if that doesn't startup properly then run /Audio/English/Setup/Setup.exe
Note that since this retail SB0100 did not come with a LiveDrive, Creative did not include Remote Center on the cd at all so even though the driver probably contains the files there is no software provided for it. But it does contain a full set of LiveWare that is more up to date on software and drivers than the older cd's and web releases ever contained for the VXD setup of things.
Users should download the latest PlayCenter package from the Creative Download Legacy site and upgrade the version of PlayCenter the cd installs. That's what I used to do.
They should also go into Control Panel - Multimedia Properties, and in the Audio Codecs section choose the Creative ctmp3 codec and in Properties choose not to use that codec in this profile. That way it won't interfere with the Windows Media Player mp3 codec and cause system freezes such as when running Themes and Windows Startup sounds. The old fix was to delete or rename the codec itself but this works just as well and doesn't mess up the registry in the process.
That torrent never seemed to be able to work for some reason but hopefully you can get the iso from filefront once it is finished uploading.
This post has been edited by Eck: 15 February 2009 - 09:03 AM
Posted 15 February 2009 - 09:24 AM
Thanks for your prompt reply.
I'll keep these files at my site, hopefully for a long time.
See next post.
Posted 16 February 2009 - 02:52 PM
Thanks a lot for your time and concern.
I managed to d/l your iso from filefront.
I renamed it to SB0100.ISO [was 591 MB] and compressed in RAR format down to 395 MB (200 MB smaller) = new file name SB0100_ISO.RAR:
One needs 7-zip, WinRAR or similar to extract the ISO:
All files in the SB repository now available at [this is where list.php now redirects to]:
Please update all your bookmarks/favorites/links to this new mirror URL.
And feel free to link to any files.
Posted 20 March 2009 - 12:40 AM
emu0906.zip uploaded here:
Please PM me if any1 wishes to add more files to this topic, so I can upload them here:
This post has been edited by MDGx: 05 April 2009 - 03:44 PM
Posted 18 April 2009 - 01:43 PM
Microsoft® Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
Creative Sound Blaster 5.1
There are no windows me drivers...
Posted 18 April 2009 - 04:26 PM
sound blaster 5.1 SB0680
starcraftmaster, if you have the card installed in your PC, can you please post the PCI ID of the card here.
See the instructions under the card list in the First Post
I'm not able to get the PCI ID information from the latest drivers since Creative now encrypt this information(!) - as if it's really secret!
Anyone can find it if they have the card.
Posted 19 April 2009 - 03:51 AM
am getting the card soon lol and if its not going to work on windows me am not sure what i will do
cant you tell from the model name?
As mentioned previously, Creative are hiding the information I need related to the model number...
The only way currently is to actually have the card in the PC and read what Windows has got from the card...
Even then, I'm not sure what we can get working with these latest cards.
But we'll try...
Posted 19 April 2009 - 05:44 AM
i downloaded the drivers just to see if it will start and it started but said cant find any soundblaster sound card so i dont know if they will install but looks like it will since the installer started.
Posted 27 April 2009 - 12:59 AM
All the Live! cards have a PCI ID starting with PCI\VEN_1102&DEV_0002.
The one you have starts with PCI\VEN_1102&DEV_0006.
I would say at first glance that the Live! drivers will probably never work on this card...
I could be wrong though...
It all depends on whether it has an EMU10K1 chipset...
The Audigy family has an EMU10K2 chipset.
Posted 27 April 2009 - 07:32 AM
and live drivers wont work becasue its not a a Live! card
EMU10K1 chipset... how do i tell ?
see the driver wont start at all with windows 98 as it says its not support OS
but with with windows me it install just this error commes when installing the drivers
cannot load a crucial installer component (thk3216.dll) exiting...
???????? gee creative is a** holes make things so hard for us
some one mind giving me windows xp ? lol
Posted 27 April 2009 - 10:53 PM
I've found a few other places calling that model number an "Audigy LS" and it's also possible that it's a Dell or Gateway part.
The only mention of SB0680 that I've been able to find so far on the Creative Labs page is this one where they call it a "Sound Blaster 5.1" (note, no "Live")...
Windows 7 - Driver Availability Chart
If you have the original CD that came with it, maybe you could make an ISO image, then make a RAR archive of this ISO file and upload it somewhere so that RetroOS can take a look at it.
I'm wondering if that model was the bastard child of the flurry of sound chip manufacturer acquisitions that Creative did a while back and was later abandoned.
This post has been edited by krick: 27 April 2009 - 10:57 PM
Posted 28 April 2009 - 01:18 AM
also i tryed installing audigy ls drivers but said it could not find any audigy sound card
no i dont have the driver cd i just downloaded them
This post has been edited by starcraftmaster: 28 April 2009 - 01:20 AM