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Need help uninstalling sound card drivers


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I have a SB Live! card. I want to uninstall the drivers so I can install my audigy 2zs but there is nothing in my Add/remove programs relating to the sound card. I find some intructions on the creative website but there was a step involving inserting the driver CD, which I dont seem to have. I appreciate any help.
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Do you have the software CD that came with the card? Most installers also perform the uninstall function too. There may also be an uninstaller in the folder that has the drivers for the card, if they are in a separate folder.

PS: Isn't that a kicker, the machine I'm on now, it looked like scrap metal at the flea market and it cost $20, PIII, 600mhz,100mhz fsb, I put it in a nice box and it works great now, it has an SB Live card and I can't find the drivers for it, so I guess I'll have to take it out. Had a nice invidia card too, a cd-rw and a wireless card, two hard drives, lots of memory, I have some left over, I'd say I got my $20 worth.

PPS: I guess we both the the install CD.

Edited by Tyger, 02 September 2005 - 03:29 PM.

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Well the thing is. I went to my device manager. And I selected "uninstall drivers" on the sound card. The folder for the card on my hard drive is still there with all of its contents (cant find uninstaller). Then I put my new sound card in and installed the drivers for it. Now I am getting unexpected reboots from XP and Im guessing its because the two drivers are conflicting with each other.
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Many of these "third party" cards put entries in the config.sys and autoexec.bat files, plus entries in the registry. It's pretty darn likely that you're right, the two sets of drivers are being loaded into the same parts of memory. What you can do is make a zipped copy of the folder with the old drivers, then delete the original folder. I've done this with stuff I suspected was malware, sometimes I had to unzip stuff to get things I wanted back. If you start getting popups saying such and such a file was missing, etc.. you'll have some idea where to look.
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Well, there was an uninstaller in the driver cd of my new sound card. I ran that to get rid of all sound drivers and files. I zipped up the Creative folder like you said and deleted the folder.

I reinstalled the drivers of my new card but my PC still restarts. When Im listening to music my PC freezes and I hear this long continuous beep from my speakers. A while later the computer restarts.
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Try this http://www.drivercleaner.net/
It works good
Just be very careful with it and read the instuctions before you use it
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Ok, I found a solution. Apparently, their is a BIOS upgrade for dell dimension 8100 systems (i have) that fixes an issue for audigy 2 cards. I flashed the new BIOS and my computer hasn't frozen since :tazz:

I appreciate your efforts guys :)
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