that you have the drivers for the card installed:
In Windows 95/98/NT, go to "Start" - >
"Settings" - > "Control Panel"
and double click the "Multimedia" icon. This
should bring up the "Multimedia Properties"
On the Audio tab, you should see two areas: Playback
and Recording. If these are greyed out and have "None"
listed under Preferred device for these sections, then
your sound card drivers have not been installed.
3. If you have a device listed here, such as "AWE64
Wave Out" or "Sound Blaster 16" then
your drivers are installed. Make sure to check the "Show
volume control on the taskbar" option.
you do not have drivers installed.
Consult your sound card documentation or follow this
basic guide on how to install drivers for your sound
card. You will need the disk or CDROM that came with
you sound card.
2. Switch to the "Devices" tab of the Multimedia
Choose "Unlisted or Updated Driver" and his
the path to the disk or CDROM that came with the Sound
Card and hit "OK."
6. Select your card and click "OK"
7. Your machine may need to reboot.
II Checking Sound Levels and Speaker Volume.
Once you know you have a card and drivers installed,
check the volume and make sure it is at an audible level.
Go to the system Volume Control by double clicking the
small speaker icon next to the "Time" field
on the taskbar. If you do not have this icon, follow
the instructions above on getting to the "Multimedia
Properties" box and click "Show volume control
on the taskbar."
Volume Control Options may vary slightly depending on
Make sure the "Play Control" or "Master"
and the "Wave" controls are set to a high
enough level and make sure that your speakers have the
volume turned up high enough.
3. If the sound level available from your card is too
low, you may need to use headphones or amplified speakers.
Before doing this you should ensure that both master
volume and "wave" levels are set to their
maximum, and not muted. if you add speakers be sure
the power supply is plugged in, and the power switch