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Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2000 - 1:39 am:   

Win98se fresh install

System Specs:
PIII 600EB (not OC)
Asus P3V4X Bios ver1003, Via 4.17 Service Pack
Century 128MB PC133/w ECC
IBM 20.5gig 2MB 7200 RPM
Creative PC-DVD Encore 8x /w DXR-3 Decoder card
Hercules 3D Prophet DDR-DVI driver 3.77
Sound Blaster Live! X-Gamer
Intel Anypoint 1Mbps USB model

After installing the sound blaster drivers I get the blue screen sayin "Fatal exception error at something VXD EMU10K1". It happens after every reboot and everytime I load any application.
Anyone have any idea how to resolve it or can tell me if its software or a hardware problem.
Danny Albers
Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2000 - 10:21 am:   

this problem is definately the result of using older SB Live drivers with a Pentium III coppermine. I have seen this on at least 10 computers. The drivers shipped with the Sound Card are probrably a few months old.

Update the Liveware software from Creative labs website at

This will fix that exact error.

I received this info from Creative Labs tech support about 45 days ago, and the fix has worked every single time for me.

Good luck friend.
Russell Carawan
Posted on Friday, July 6, 2001 - 11:13 pm: not use PCI slots #1 and #2....these are shared slots and Soundblaster does not like to share at all. I have had best results installing Soundblaster Live cards in slot #3.
Chris Hopper
Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2001 - 11:57 am:   

Can anyone help?
I've got a Soundblaster Live 1024 and am having real problems trying to get it to work.
My System Spec is:
AMD Athlon 1.4GB
ABIT KT7A M/Board with VIA Apollo KT133A Chipset
MAXTOR 40GB Hard Drive
128MB RAM PC133
NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 Model 64 Graphics Card
ESS ES56STH-P1 Modem (In PCI Slot 1)
Soundblaster Live 1024 (Tried in PCI 2 & PCI 3)

From a clean install of Windows 98 when i load the drivers for the soundcard and then reboot, my system locks on the desktop usually when the intro sound is playing (but sometimes 2-3 secs later).
The only way i can get my system to boot after this is to disable the Soundblaster in Device Manager (in Safe Mode).
I've tried it with and without the service pack that comes for the chipset and i've also tried a Soundblaster 16PCI and get the same results.
The only thing i can spot that looks to be the problem is in the resources for the soundcard.
It lists conflicting devices:

Input/Output Range 0000-001F used by:
Motherboard Resources
Input/Output Range 0000-001F used by:
Direct Memory Access controller

I've tried changing the address for the card manually to a non conflicting address but still get the same problem.

If i enable the soundcard after the system has booted, it works fine for a while but then it still locks up my system.

Any help or pointers would be greatly appreciated.

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