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Microsoft KB Archive/172618

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PSS ID Number: 172618

Article Last Modified on 11/21/2003

The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft ActiMates Arthur 1.0
  • Microsoft ActiMates Barney 1.0
  • Microsoft ActiMates D.W. 1.0
  • Microsoft ActiMates PC Pack 1.0
  • Microsoft ActiMates PC Pack 2.0
  • Microsoft SideWinder Force Feedback Pro

This article was previously published under Q172618


This article describes how to configure the STB SoundRage 32/3D sound card for use with Microsoft ActiMates characters and the ActiMates PC Pack, or the Microsoft SideWinder Force Feedback Pro joystick.

This information was tested with the following sound card drivers:

SoundRage 32/3D (AMD Interwave)
Driver version tested: 2.0
Date: 9-23-96

SoundRage 32 (Crystal 4236 chipset)
Driver version tested: 2.01/DX 4.03.2010
Date: 2-13-97


STB no longer supports its sound card line. Sound card drivers must be obtained from your computer manufacturer.

SoundRage 32/3D (AMD Interwave)

The SoundRage 32/3D (AMD Interwave) is a Plug and Play sound card and Windows 95 should automatically install the correct drivers. However, you may be prompted to manually install the sound card drivers. If you are prompted to install the sound drivers, you must select the drivers in the order presented below for the installation to be successful.

For a manual installation, select the sound card drivers in the following order:

  1. Interwave CD-ROM
  2. Interwave Synth/Codec game port (default Windows driver)
  3. Interwave FM/SB Emulation
  4. Interwave MPU-401 Emulation

Follow the on-screen instructions. When you are prompted to restart the computer, click Yes. The following drivers should be listed under Sound, Video And Game Controllers in Device Manager:

  • Gameport Joystick
  • Interwave FM/SB Emulation
  • Interwave MPU-401 Emulation
  • Interwave Synth/Codec
  • Interwave Synth/Codec

If any other drivers are listed, they do not relate to this sound card. When other drivers are listed, it probably means you have a second audio or MIDI port on the computer, or the sound card drivers are improperly loaded.

NOTE: Different sound card installations may have a slightly different list of drivers.

The most important drivers are the Interwave MPU-401 Emulation driver and the Interwave Synth/Codec drivers. These drivers control the external MIDI, and must use an Input/Output Range of 300-301, 310-311, 320-321, or 330-331. If none of the required Input/Output Ranges are in use, then you must change your sound card's Basic Configuration to one that uses the appropriate Input/Output Range.

If none of the Basic Configurations available use one of the required settings, it is likely that another sound card on the computer is already using that Input/Output Range. If there is a conflicting sound card, it may or may not be listed in Device Manager.

For information about verify or changing your sound card's Input/Output Range settings, please see the "Configure Computer's MIDI Port" section in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:

172660 Troubleshooting Barney's Interaction with Barney Software Titles

SoundRage 32 (Crystal 4236 chipset)

If OEM drivers are not available for this sound card, Crystal Semiconductor CS4236 drivers should function properly. The SoundRage 32 (Crystal 4236 chipset) is a Plug and Play sound card and Windows 95 should automatically install the correct drivers.

This card uses an integrated wavetable that can be enabled by using the following steps:

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Multimedia.
  3. On the MIDI tab, click Crystal PnP Audio System MPU401 Compatible in the Single Instrument box.

To disable the integrated wavetable, click FM Synthesis in the Single Instrument box.

For more information about sound cards using Crystal chipsets, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

172724 ActiMates/SideWinder: Configuring Crystal Sound Cards

The third-party products that are discussed in this article are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.


For information about how to solve problems related to Microsoft ActiMates characters, use the ActiMates Troubleshooter located at the following Microsoft Web site:

For additional information, contact STB Technologies at:

Technical Support: (214) 234-8750
Bulletin Board (BBS): (214) 437-9615
Internet: or for Crystal chip set cards

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