[TUTORIAL] SB16 and AWE32 in Server 2003 and Longhorn

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[TUTORIAL] SB16 and AWE32 in Server 2003 and Longhorn

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Even though Sound Blaster 16 and Sound Blaster AWE32 is not officially supported with Windows Server 2003 and Windows Longhorn, you can still manage to get it to install properly, using the files from Windows XP, which supports Sound Blaster 16. I am using PCem with the Sound Blaster 16 configuration and Windows Longhorn 3718 installed, although the latest PCem 13.1 has support for Sound Blaster 128PCI.

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With thanks from Benjamin Armstrong from the MSDN.
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1. You will need a copy of a Windows XP disc (its service pack doesn't matter). Use an unzipping utility such as the expand command or 7-Zip and copy the "wdma_ctl.inf" from the i386 folder and "ctlsb16.sys" from "driver.cab" in the i386 folder to another folder. The "wdma_ctl.inf" is your information file for the Sound Blaster driver, and "ctlsb16.sys" is the Sound Blaster 16/AWE32 driver itself. Put the two files into a disc image, a floppy image, or however you want that will be able to mount these folders into your virtual machine (or physical computer).

2. Install Windows Server 2003 or Windows Longhorn as normal, but then open up the Device Manager. You can easily access in the "Hardware" tab in System Properties. If you see "Sound Blaster 16 or AWE32 or compatible (WDM)" installed but the sound doesn't work, then move on to part A. If you see "Other input" or nothing at all, move on to part B.
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Part A: Updating the Sound Blaster driver
3. Copy the "wdma_ctl.inf" and the "ctlsb16.sys" files to another folder on the virtual machine's HDD (I used "SOUNDBLAST").
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4. In the Device Manager, go to your Sound Blaster driver, right click and click "Update Driver...". Then, click "Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)", "Don't Search, I will choose the driver to install", then "Have Disk...".

5. Click "Browse..." and navigate to the folder with the "wdma_ctl.inf" and the "ctlsb16.sys" files.

6. Wait for the driver to update, and reboot if necessary. Any other files that is requested can be provided from that build's product CD.

Part B: Installing the new Sound Blaster driver
3. Copy the "wdma_ctl.inf" and the "ctlsb16.sys" files to another folder on the virtual machine's HDD (I used "SOUNDBLAST").
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4. If you see "Other input", right click the "Other input", then click "Uninstall". Click OK on the "Confirm Device Removal" message that pops up.
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5. After the driver uninstalls, close the Device Manager and open the "Add Hardware Wizard". You can easily access in the "Hardware" tab in System Properties.

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6. Select "Yes, I have already connected the hardware".

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7. Choose "Add a new hardware device".

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8. Select "Install the hardware that I manually select from a list".

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9. Choose "Sound, video, and game controllers".

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10. Click "Have disk...", then click "Browse..." and navigate to the folder with the "wdma_ctl.inf" and the "ctlsb16.sys" files.

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11. You should see the driver "Sound Blaster 16 or AWE32 or compatible (WDM)". Click "Next" twice, and click "Continue Installation" on the "Windows Logo testing" warning. Wait for the driver to install, and reboot if necessary. Any other files that is requested can be provided from that build's product CD.

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Feel free to post any questions or issues on this thread. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on getting SB16 or AWE32 to install on Windows Server 2003 or Windows Longhorn.
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