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Section - 3.3.2.3 Problems with Windows Speaker Driver

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You can get it at ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/Softlib/MSLFILES/SPEAK.EXE. I use
it and it works great!      -Philip

or http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/programs/MSspeaker/

Date: Sun, 04 Jul 1999 16:21:18 -0700
From: Gordy Gale
Subject: Speak.exe install explanation

Here's a better explanation of how to install speak.exe into an Aero with WIN95
:


Quote from Microsoft:
Speak.exe contains a Microsoft Windows sound driver that allows most
.wav files to be played on the
PC speaker on most computers not equipped with a sound card. This
article describes how to obtain, install, and use the PC speaker driver
with Windows 95 and Windows 98. 

Download the Speak.exe file to an empty folder, and then double-click
the Speak.exe file to extract its contents. Make sure that you do not
extract it to a /windows or /windows/system directory. I just made a new
folder in C: called Speak.

To install the PC Speaker Driver, use the appropriate method: 

Windows 95: 

1.Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, double-click Add
New Hardware. 

2.Click Next, click No, and then click Next. 

3.In the Hardware Types box, click Sound, Video, And Game Controllers,
and then click
Next. 

4.Click Have Disk. 

5.In the Copy Manufacturer's Files From box, enter the full path for the
folder containing
the Speak.exe file and its contents. Click OK. 

6.Click Sound Driver For PC Speaker, and then click OK. 

7.Click Finish. 

8.When you are prompted to restart your computer, do so.

link to this page:
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q138/8/57.asp 

[Q] Has anyone had luck running the PC Speaker driver for Windows? I've tried
to no avail. The driver loads fine, but doesn't do anything. In setup, I can
change the few options it gives, but the test button is disabled.

[A] I had the same problem with it. It turned out that I had removed all the
wave files from the system many moons earlier to save space (no soundcard, why
waste space on sound files?) and I forgot about it. I reloaded several waves
from my desktop in the c:/windows, including DING.WAV (or is it BELL.WAV) which
the test button uses, and after the files were there, the test button started
working.

Have you tried playing any files with a player like WPLANY.EXE or with the
sound recorder applet? They should work ok as long as the driver is properly
installed even if the test button isn't there. Mine did. The documentation
mentions that media player worn't work with the speaker driver. Anyway, I've
had great luck with it playing WAV, VOC, and AU files from the web. It even
does sounds for some games, though it causes all animation to pause.

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