Is there a High Definition Audio driver for Win98?

Microsoft Windows 3.11
January 3, 2016 at 18:45:19
Specs: DOS, lots/varient
I'm looking for a Win98 High Definition Audio driver.
I recently received some computers that have Onboard HDA sound,
and I decided to try Win98 on them.

Has anyone found HDA drivers that work?


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#1
January 3, 2016 at 19:28:39
The particular driver you need depends on the audio chipset used on your motherboard as there's not going to be some generic driver for that. If the support page for your motherboard or the support page for the chip manufacturer shows a 98 HDA driver then you're in luck. If not (and probably not) then you're stuck with whatever drivers are available for it.

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#2
January 3, 2016 at 20:19:28
Sorry I should have been more specific.
The computer says emachines.
Motherboard says winfast on it.
I think the chipset is MCP61.

Win98 is already installed.


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#3
January 3, 2016 at 23:54:54
The NCP61 looks to be nvidia's nforce 430 chipset. There were no drivers on nvidia's site for anything older than XP for that chipset:

http://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce...

A general search for nvidia audio drivers for windows 98 returned no results. The actual audio chip on that motherboard may not be nvidia. The best thing to do would be to go to the support page for the specific emachine model you have and see what's there.

Since you already have 98 installed you should go to device manager and see how many yellow ! and ? show there as that indicates lack of drivers for those items. No doubt there will be several.

Drivers are always going to be a problem when you install an old OS on new hardware as most manufacturers don't bother writing drivers for an OS not meant to be used on that hardware.


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#4
January 4, 2016 at 00:18:24
Here's nvidia's link to archived 9X/ME drivers:

http://www.nvidia.com/object/win9x_...

I think that's just graphics drivers but you can have a look.


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#5
January 4, 2016 at 06:36:08
"I should have been more specific"

Please post the model number of your eMachines.

"I think the chipset is MCP61"

The nForce4xx chipsets were released in 2006 so it's unlikely there were ever any Win98 drivers. I'm guessing some sort of generic Windows driver installed automatically. The audio chip is probably not from NVidia. Look over the board & see if you can find the chip. It will be small, black, & located at the end of the PCI slots relatively close to the audio ports. Probably Realtek. Get the model number & then check the Realtek site for AC'97 drivers, not HD.

http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/

http://www.dailytech.com/NVIDIA+MCP...


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#6
January 4, 2016 at 17:14:36
Thank you, DAVEINCAPS.
Yes, there are several yellow icons.
I tried the NFORCE4 drivers,but I had No luck there.
I guess I'm lucky to have hardware that will run Win98.


Thank you riider.
The computer's model number is "emachines W3644".

You were right, riider.
The chip is one from Realtek. "ALC662"



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#7
January 5, 2016 at 08:01:24
Here's some info on the motherboard used in that model:

http://www.ascendtech.us/foxconn-mc...

http://ixbtlabs.com/articles2/mainb...


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#8
January 5, 2016 at 20:48:07
try the realtek HDA drivers, it generally works.

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#9
January 6, 2016 at 17:03:11
HD audio wasn't even supported by XP until SP3. To get HDA to work with SP1 or SP2, the UAA driver patch had to be installed. AFAIK, there was no HDA for Win9x, only AC'97.

http://www.softwarepatch.com/window...


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#10
January 7, 2016 at 08:04:47
riider, you are wrong.
had windows xpsp2 on my previous lappy, lenovo G410, it does support HDA. i used realtek. it works awesome.

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#11
January 7, 2016 at 12:28:16
"had windows xpsp2 on my previous lappy"

Did you install Windows yourself? If it was the factory installation, the UAA driver would have been installed by Lenovo.

http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/dow...


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#12
January 7, 2016 at 21:18:58
noo i installed myself!
i did reinstallation for about 4-5 times too, and used Realtek HDA drivers.
it works.

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#13
January 14, 2016 at 16:08:34
The Realtek A4.06 AC'97 driver did not work for this computer.

Although HDA works with Windows 2000,Windows 3.1, and even DOS,
I still can't seem to find a Windows 98 driver.


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#14
January 16, 2016 at 20:21:30
just out of curiosity, i tried HDA drivers for 2000, it works :) and yeah i coudnt find anything for win98 either.

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