Guide to Installing EMU 0404 PCI alongside the Creative Audigy.
"Ok, this is my contribution to the forum and my thanks to all forum members for providing me with all the help and advice on installing and setting up this soundcard.
This guide is for anyone intending on using the EMU soundcard alongside it's little brother the creative Audigy/2/ZS soundcard under Windows 2000/XP.
Exclamation IMPORTANT - BEFORE inserting the EMU card into your pc, make sure that your Audigy card is installed first and that all the drivers are the latest and updated from the creative website.
Arrow It is important that the Audigy is installed first and drivers updated because once the EMU card and drivers are installed it will not be possible to update the Audigy drivers without screwing up the EMU drivers in the process.
Now your Audigy is installed/updated and working it's now time to install the EMU card. Shutdown the PC and insert the EMU card into any free PCI slot. There is no need to worry about IRQ conficts or sharing issues on today's motherboards. ACPI solved all those problems a long time ago and in my experience I have never found any advantages of having a PCI card installed in the first slot or any other slot (except where heating issues from a video card may affect another card installed beside it).
With the EMU card installed correctly you should now Reboot the PC and login to Windows. If the PC crashes at this point or reboots before loading Windows then dont panic. This happended to me on a couple of occasions and I expect it is down to the card warming itself up or getting used to it's new home Smile I don't know why this happens but after a another reboot I finally arrived back in good old Windows Desktop.
Exclamation IMPORTANT - After windows has loaded you will be presented with the New Hardware found Wizard. You must CANCEL the wizard, DO NOT allow Windows to search or install the drivers for this card.
Insert the EMU Driver CD that came with the card into your CD-ROM drive which should Auto-Run, if not then browse the CD and run:
Follow the install instructions, if you select to custom install only the applicatons you will use then make sure you also install the PatchMixDSP and Driver software.
Half way through the installation or when it comes to the point of installing the drivers, a window message will popup asking to CONFIRM/STOP the driver installation for Creative Audigy WDM Sound Card.
Exclamation PRESS STOP/ABORT to any Window Driver Message if it is for the Creative Audigy or Creative Gameport. This is important, because the EMU and Audigy cards share similar drivers and hardware, so you don't want to overwrite or update your Creative Audigy drivers.
Arrow Only CONFIRM/ALLOW any Windows Driver Message for the EMU soundcard. If any other Window Message pops up about overwriting a file that is already installed then click NO, you SHOULD NOT overwrite any file that already exists on your system.
After reaching this stage, you may or may not experience a sudden reboot or BSOD. Do not worry if this happens, it happened to me and yes.....I was not very ******* happy. Proceed to STEP 4 below if your PC crahes at this stage. Proceed to STEP 5 if the installation completed without errors.
STEP 4. You are not very ****** happy.
Ok, so you were unlucky, your PC crashed. Reboot and reload Windows you should be fine. When Windows has loaded, again ignore any Hardware Found Wizard and insert and rerun the EMU Driver CD-Rom. This time, choose the custom install option and select EMU Drivers Only. There is no need to re-install all the other software as the crashing problem is with the Drivers only. Again, folow as instructed in STEP 3a and STEP 3b above. At this stage all should go fine and the Driver installation should complete this time. Well it did for me.
STEP 5. - Installation Completed fine
Reboot your PC, Login to Windows and connect to the internet. Go to EMU's website: http://www.emu.com
Download the latest drivers for your EMU soundcard and install them as instructed on the website.
Exclamation See STEP 3a and STEP3b above when updating the Drivers for your EMU card. This is important, otherwise you will end up back at square one except this time you will have to reinstall your Audigy drivers too.
STEP 6. - Final Step.
After Updating the EMU drivers and PatchMix application, Reboot your PC
and you should now be able to use your EMU card alongside your Audigy card. The EMU card needs to configured in the PatchMixDSP mixer but that's another story. Smile And they say computers should make life easier for humans Rolling Eyes
I hope this guide proves useful to someone, because without my experience in technical areas such as this, I would had never got this far." (Thanks to Bedlam for posting in this thread