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Help me with 2x PCI Peripherals?

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Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2002 - 8:39 am:   

Ok, i have an FIC VA-503+ (Socket 7) motherboard running an AMD K6-2/366 CPU and over 300mb Ram. The Board has 1x AGP Slot, 3x PCI slots and 3x ISA slots. I have nothing in the AGP slot, in the PCI slots i have a Creative Voodoo Banshee Graphics Card working fine. The problem that i have is with my two other PCI devices that i need to use. I have a Creative Soundblaster Live 128 Value soundcard and a Lucent 56k WinModem. They both will work fine when installed alone, but when installed together the modem takes over and the soundcard will dissappear. Device manager shows no conflicts whatsoever as the soundcard vanishes completely. I am completely stumped and at the end of my tether as i know both hardware devices work ok.
Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2002 - 3:16 pm:   

have you tried to put the modem in another slot to see if that frees the irq needed? i used to use this board, and i know it's picky, like the PA-2013. but it will work, just need the compatible hardware and drivers. some of the hardware on the board is not up to snuff, from my own opinion, by the way. usb, especially. however, i used the 503+ for about 6 months before switching to the 2013, they're older boards now. i think can't handle my needs, i went to an asus, brand new. with an amd 1.4xp processor. it's sweet.
Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2002 - 7:06 pm:   

Like WIN, I used the 503+ for 2 years before a major overhaul and upgrade, in your situation you may want to make sure the Banshee is in the PCI slot closest to the unused AGP if it isn't already and than disable the unused comports in bios to free up the irq's used by them for the soundcard and modem. Also setup your bios to boot to PCI first. The pci slots and AGP and USB all have IRQ's they need to function properly so by disabling unused devices like comports this allows Windows to assign IRQ's to devices that would otherwise be wasted. If the Lucent PCI modem is the problem child device in this config you could opt for a controller based ISA 56K modem.

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