Microsoft KB Archive/107186
Article ID: 107186
Article Last Modified on 9/19/1999
- Microsoft Windows Sound System 1.0
This article was previously published under Q107186
This article contains the complete text of the README.TXT file for Windows Sound System 1.0. The file is contained on disk 1 of the Windows for Sound System disks.
===================================================================== MICROSOFT WINDOWS SOUND SYSTEM (Version 1.0) Copyright (C) 1991-1992 Microsoft Corporation This document contains information that supplements the "Microsoft Windows Sound System User's Guide" and accompanying software. CONTENTS I. Before you run the Microsoft Windows Sound System (WSS) Setup 1. Other sound boards 2. Switching to Windows Program Manager II. Troubleshooting III. Voice Pilot IV. ProofReader 1. Multiple instances 2. Installation sequence 3. Removing or reinstalling ProofReader V. Compatibility issues 1. WSS and other boards 2. WSS and MIDI sequencing software VI. Modifications to the WSS User's Guide information VII. Removing WSS from your system I. Before you run the Microsoft Windows Sound System Setup 1. Other sound boards Before installing the Microsoft Windows Sound System, open the Windows Control Panel icon and double-click the Drivers icon. If the list of installed drivers includes the Ad Lib, Sound Blaster, or Pro Audio Spectrum drivers, we suggest that you remove them by selecting the driver and clicking the Remove button. 2. Switching to Windows Program Manager: If you run out of disk space during Setup and need to delete some files, you can switch to Windows Program Manager without exiting Setup in two ways: a.) Press Alt+Tab and choose the Windows Program Manager icon; b.) Press Ctrl+Esc, select Program Manager from the task list and click the Switch To button. Follow step a or b again to switch from Program Manager back to WSS Setup. II. Troubleshooting 1. If you get a continuous sound repeated over and over again when you choose the Check option and click the Sound Check button in Setup, one of two things could be wrong: a.) You did not remove the Ad Lib driver as described in section I.1. above. b.) You have one or more conflicting interrupts (IRQ). From WSS Setup, choose the Board option and change the interrupt (IRQ) value for your board. 2. If you do not hear any sound in Sound Finder or in the Guided Tour, or if Music Box does not find your CD-ROM drive, make sure you have the following entries: a.) In your WIN.INI file in your Windows 3.1 directory: [MCI extensions] wav=waveaudio mid=sequencer rmi=sequencer b.) In your SYSTEM.INI file in your Windows 3.1 directory: [MCI] CDAudio=mcicda.drv WaveAudio=mciwave.drv Sequencer=mciseq.drv c.) Make sure that you have the following files in your Windows 3.1 system directory: MCICDA.DRV MCIWAVE.DRV MCISEQ.DRV 3. If you're running a shared installation of Windows over a network, you won't be able to play MIDI files. III. Voice Pilot You can improve recognition results by changing the recording level in the Windows Sound System Recording Control application. If the level is too high, recognition will be poor. You can access Recording Control through the Input Level button in the Options dialog box. As a keyboard alternative to clicking the Microphone button, press Ctrl+Alt. If stray noises are frequently recognized as words, you can increase the recognition threshold by using the Sounds Must Match Words slider control in the Options dialog box. As a shortcut for training, editing, or deleting an item, click the item in the Active Words list, and then choose a command from the pop-up menu. To move quickly to a word in the list in the Vocabulary dialog box, first click the list, and then type the first letter of the word. Continue typing the same letter until the highlight reaches the desired word. Voice Pilot can have difficulty recognizing shorter words, even after training. If this happens, you can add longer words or phrases to the vocabulary which perform the same actions. IV. ProofReader 1. Multiple instances: If you run more than one instance of Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1-2-3 for Windows, only the first instance of it will contain the ProofReader. 2. Installation sequence: You must install your Windows spreadsheet package before you run the WSS Setup program to install the ProofReader. 3. Removing or reinstalling ProofReader: To remove or reinstall ProofReader from Microsoft Excel, please follow your Microsoft Excel documentation on how to remove or install the "ProofReader For Excel" add-in. To remove or reinstall ProofReader for Lotus 1-2-3 for Windows, please follow your Lotus 1-2-3 for Windows documentation on how to remove or install the "123RDR" add-in. V. Compatibility issues 1. The Microsoft Windows Sound System board may not work with other sound boards. We recommend that you remove all other sound drivers from the Windows Control Panel Drivers application and remove other sound boards from your machine. The synthesis chip on the WSS board can conflict with those on other sound boards. If you use multiple sound boards and drivers, you can encounter interrupt (IRQ), I/O address, and/or DMA channel conflicts which can cause your system to hang or repeat sounds. 2. Using MIDI Sequencing Software with your WSS Board: There are some known incompatibilities with certain Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) sequencing software packages. The WSS Sound Finder cannot play a file with an extension of .MID or .RMI while a sequencing program is open, regardless of whether a file is actually loaded into the sequencer. In this situation, you can play the file through the Windows Sound System board using either your sequencing program or Sound Finder. If you would like to use Sound Finder to browse MIDI files and additional file types as well, close your sequencer before using Sound Finder. You should find that Sound Finder now plays MIDI files without a problem. If you experience difficulties using your MIDI sequencer with your WSS board: i.) Consult the WSS documentation to ensure you have properly installed and configured both the board and the software. ii.) Consult your sequencer's documentation for additional assistance. iii.) If you are still experiencing problems, contact Microsoft Product Support Services. VI. Modifications to the WSS User's Guide information 1. When you double-click on a file in Windows File Manager, the file is not loaded into Sound Finder. Instead, the file is loaded into Quick Recorder. 2. After performing a Paste Mix command in Quick Recorder, the Undo command works correctly. VII. Removing WSS from your system If you ever want to remove everything associated with the Windows Sound System from your machine, there is a file called DEINSTAL.TXT in your WSS directory (c:\sndsys by default) which documents every file installed, its location, and how to remove it from your system.
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