I would suggest trying for an updated driver for Vista for the sound card
within Windows. Some here have done that with good success. Run the
soundcard test program with a driver update and you may find a new driver
that works better.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 2:38 PM
Subject: [WriteLog] Cannot get sound card to work with any digital apps
>I shot myself in the foot! Should have left well enough alone. It
> would have been cheaper too.
> Does anyone have experience with 64 bit Vista Home Premium and running
> Writelog, MMTTY, & Digipan
> successfully? Can't get soundcard recognized by anything on the new
> The old computer was just getting too bogged down and it was time to
> Upgrade to something a bit more
> modern. Everything else was starting to hang up and take forever to do
> anything. All my ham radio apps were
> running fine and it seemed to be a good idea at the time.
> I just purchased a new computer running Vista Home Premium 64 bit
> version and cannot get any of my digital
> software to recognize the soundcard. Details below. Got it locally
> for less than TigerDirect was asking.
> HP Pavilion Elite m9500f Desktop PC - AMD Phenom 9750 2.4GHz, 8GB DDR2,
> 750 Gb SATA 3G, DVDRW DL
> Lightscribe, Vista Home Premium 64 FQ562AA#ABA at TigerDirect.com
> High Definition 8-channel audio
> ALC 888S chipset
> Using Writelog, MMTTY with and without Plugin, and Digipan.
> MMTTY gives message - Can't open sound card -1. Changing it to 0 makes
> no difference. Old computer had it
> set to 0.
> Digipan gives message - Sound card is already in use or does not exist.
> I have set Windows Sounds to "No Sounds" and it has not made any
> difference. No idea what else could be
> grabbing the sound card, or if it is an incompatability with the sound
> card. It only registers a 47 on the
> SoundCheck test, which is pretty bad. It does say I can use it for
> Writelog. Most of the controls it is looking for
> don't exist and it fails for recording, totally. Really not concerned
> with recording.
> I only had 2 PCIe X1 slots free and they are both in use for an added 4
> port serial card. If I can't use this card
> then I have to consider losing 2 ports to install a different sound
> card. I need 3 ports but I guess I could work
> around it. Sound is built into the motherboard.
> I am also considering an external USB sound card, if I can find one that
> will work with my system, as an option.
> No idea how to determine the Soundcheck rating on that until I have one.
> Too late then.
> Any suggestions on how to resolve the issue using my existing sound
> capability, or what PCIe X1 card would be
> good for Digital modes, or what USB card would be a good choice would be
> greatly appreciated.
> I had no issues with setting up my laptop which runs Vista 32 bit,
> although I have never actually used it on the
> air. It diddles
> and appears as if it would work for Digipan also. Could this be an
> issue with the 64 bit O/S or perhaps the new
> card is not able to respond to a lower bit rate request from the digital
> It's all very frustrating and my brain hurts. ;-)
> I will be posting this wherever I can in hopes of finding a solution.
> Thanks in advance for any replies.
> Walt, W6SA
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