I'm working on a Dell Inspiron 4000 laptop for a friend. It's a PIII 700 w/128 RAM running XP Pro. I had to do an OS repair to get the system to boot properly. Did this and everything installed fine and booted properly except for the sound card. It's an ESS Maestro 3 chip. Went to ESS site and downloaded XP driver and attempted to install. It gets to the end of the install process (self extracting exe) and hangs. Have left for couple of hours and still stuck. Thought it may have been a corrupt download, so downloaded 3 more times with same result. After this, I just unpacked driver files into folder and tried to add new hardware using the inf files. Same result, system just hangs and won't go any further. End up having to hard re-boot and when I do, I get to the XP splash screen and it hangs there. Checked the log and it's hanging when trying to load the sound driver. Other than that, no other errors logged. Googled my problem and only thing I can find is people having trouble loading this card on Linux which is no help. Wondering if anyone has had this problem before or could point me in the right direction.
Thanks in advance!