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Win98SE, WinME, Win2000, WinXP SBLive 5.12.01.3521 WDM Drivers

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What New Day
NEW 10/05/2002: Compaq made a minor packging change resolves virtual directory issue with softpaq SP21636
you should have no problem with this and I made update to the link to it. 
7/27/2002: New Soundblaster Live and Audigy Drivers version 5.12.2.253 whql 16MB package
Note Live user will need to unzip it and and run CTZAPXX.exe also note this only work with new
apps package from compaq ftp or if you order the unofficial CD from CL.

Here how build new 253 CD from Compaq download
Thing you need
1: Compaq 377MB download package
2: Compaq 150MB download package
3: Sound Blaster Audigy DriverPack AUD-WEBUP-W2-US or AUD-WEBUP-W2-US

Building a New CD
1: Unpack SP20920.exe to temp folder with a unzipping tool.
2: Unpack SP22563.exe to the same temp folder as SP20920.exe with a unzipping tool over writing the files.
3: Unpack AUDDRVPACK.EXE to a new temp folder with a unzipping tool, Copy the Drivers folder to the Audio
folder where you unpack SP20920.exe, SP22563.exe at over writing the files.
4: In the root of temp folder\ del all files other then "disk.id".
5: In the temp folder\Audio\Drivers\WIN2K_XP del ctwdmcpq.cat and ctwdmcpq.inf.
6: In the temp folder\Audio\Setup del Aol.cab (Ekk AOL JUNK) and CTOem.cfg.
7: Now ready burn a CD.
7/20/2002: New Soundblaster Live and Audigy Drivers version 5.12.2.252 whql 150MB package
Unpack the apps and driver with WinZip, WinRAR or any other unziping tool you have to a new folder
ocen that done you need to del the CTOem.cfg which in the folder called ?:\Audio\Setup\ now your ready.
Uninstall the previous package from the Add/Remove Programs now it take a few reboot doing this from
Add/Remove Programs ocen that done and what ever you do, do not canel hardware wizard let find
nothing then install the new package.
6/18/2002: New SBLive 5.12.01.3521 WHQL certified WDM Drivers if you therepackage update at will update apps and drv click here 5/23/2002: Some you may or may not know about Win2000/XP SBAudigy/Live! UDA 5.12.1.244 drivers which work real nice how ever it a Big 377MB download get a Good FTP client like SmartFTP and use the build in Download Global Queue Tool for download SP20920.exe from ftp.compaq.com/pub/softpaq/sp20501-21000/ now that you have download it unpack with any Unzip tool you have in a new folder ocen that done you need del the CTOem.cfg which in the folder called ?:\Audio\Setup\ now that done your ready to burn it to a CD or levae it in the Tamp folder that up to you. Upgrade Install Notes. 1: Unistall all the old Applications and Driver frist DO NOT click on Reboot at this time just levae it run. 2: Open the Windows Explorer go to WINNT\Inf or Windows\Inf folder click on Search button tpye in the (Containing Text) Creative what look for is oem(number).inf and matching oem(number)PNF file and del it but if own other Creative Lab product it good idea to open each INF to in sure you have rigth one before del tham. Ok now you ready to Reboot. 3: The Hardware Wizard will pop open just Cancel it 4: Del the Folder ?:Program Files\Creative but if have other Creative Lab product only del the folder ?:\Program Files\Creative\SBAudigy or SBLive. 5: Now ready to install drivers on your CD you have made or in the temp folder go to ?:\Audio\Drivers\ and run CTZAPXX.exe install and reboot. 6: Now ready to install Applications on your CD you have made or in the temp folder go to ?:\Audio\Setup\ and run Setup.exe you may want to do a Custom install that part up to you then reboot. Clean OS Install Notes. 1: On your CD you have made or in the temp folder go to ?:\Audio\Setup\ and run Setup.exe you may want to do a Custom install that part up to you then reboot. But if you get error messag at boot up just go to your CD you have made or in the temp folder go to ?:\Audio\Drivers\ and run CTZAPXX.exe install and reboot that should take of the problem. As for Post the drivers by it self for get it there to BIG even zip up. Some of you may want to take look at kX Project Drivers that are for both SBAudigy/Live! card but far from being ready for prime time. As for miss SBLive! drivers sorry I don't know when they be back online. 5/15/2002: I'am sorry you can't be download some files at this time just waiting for new file server. 3/03/2002: Ok I fix the missing bitmaps and icons now so you need redownload 3520 sorry. I post new new SBLive 5.12.01.3520 WDM Drivers Note It would be good idea update them thur the Device Manager. 12/25/2001: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
12/10/2001: Sorry this took so long but make a long story short he wasn't getting the files I send to me for upload So here they are now SBLive 5.12.01.3512 WDM Drivers. 11/12/2001: Some you may know that I switch to the all new SoundBlaster Audigy X-Gamer WoW what a nice card and what a diff it made over the SBLive! Value that I have, But I would like point out the Audigy dose have a small major problem main lee damm installer dosen't install the drivers rigth being it never pick the Hardware ID like it dose with SBLive when the Hardware Wizard kick in, so the best way setup for it to work rigth it best to manual install using the Device Manager or Hardware Wizard and ponit to the CD ?:\Audio\English\Drivers\WIN2K\ I haven't test Win98SE nor WinXP I try to get to that soon and it good idea to start with clean install of Windows. Oh some you may have seen that CL pull Liveware!3 from there web site so the real q that come in to mind is there going be free download lite ver of LW3 that up to date or do you still need order the CD well if ask me I see nothing wrong with order the CD being you get all latest update apps for all Windows OS. So now you going ask me will I still do SBLive drv oh yes but I will not be doing any testing I just take feedback on the drv by forum or e-mail oh I'am sorry a lot of you didn't get a reply back I was out of town for 3weeks and I'am still trying to play catch up with my e-mail so if you don't get a this week please resend the e-mail againe. There new some drv 5.12.01.3511 some you have all ready install them but this package is for all cards yes even the old SBLive! Value rev1 which had a diff board layout vs the other SBLive! cards e 9/10/2001: SBLive! 5.1 Series LW3 Packag has been found Thank to Fredrik. Ops I forgot to add that some you may not like the 3507 drv, Sonar says that there's no stereo soundcard(s) installed, and sets everything to mono and some other Music App or Music Tools. 9/07/2001: SBLive! 5.12.01.3507 WDM drivers Win98SE/ME/2000/XP online for old and new SBLive cards, Note to SBLive User: I would update the this set of drivers thur the Device Manager and not use the upddrv2k.exe or upddrv98.exe and as for WinXP I wait for the WinXP Package to come out if I was you being the 3507 work ok. 8/29/2001: SBLive! 5.12.01.3300c WDM drivers Win98SE/ME/2000 online now, Thank [in]visivel. 8/21/2001: SBLive! 5.12.01.3300b WDM drivers Win98SE/ME/2000 online now,Thank CableNut. 7/17/2001: SBLive! 5.12.01.3300a WDM drivers Win98SE/ME/2000, WinXP user get your off the Windows Update. 6/28/2001: Add in WinXP how to add in AudioHQ 6/24/2001: I restore back the old INF due to Win98SE and some time WinME can't read the big INF just over 60kb dran and I also fix it if you do del wdma10k1.inf you get joystick.midi port back thur the ctljystk.inf. What New Is should fix spdif out in WinDVD 2.3 or get the WinDVD 2.6.35 patch or higher in WindowsME/2000, from what I can tell it dose work. I'am try fine out why Win98SE was working one time with the spdif not gray out but now it is gray hmmm. Also few people have had lucky with SMP system I don't know for sure on that one. EAX seem to be a tab bit better. Other Notes Both OS: The older NoN 5.1 LW3 applications will not work you must uninstall it frist, Thoses with SBLive 5.1 card shouldn't have much of a problem with LW3 it come with being it has newer ver applications. I add in self run drivers update for Windows 98SE/ME. My SBLIve Value is rev 1 is very frist SBLive Value that come out just so you know. How Get DTS working Click there to see DTS ON in WinDVD. Open the Mixer change Spk to Live!Surround You need pick the rigth Spk setup with in WinDVD 4spk or 5.1spk in the Audio tab note if you system drag try pushing stop then play after getting pass the Main DVD menu there the play button is, One other note you should this any way so the DTS will kick in and the icon will show up to in WinDVD. Install Note:

SBLive! 5.12.01.3521 WDM drivers
WindowsXP How to add in AudioHQ in to WindowsXP.
1: Download the SBLive! 5.1 Series LW Package for Win2k it should be
Date: 010417 17,648,261 bytes
Sound Blaster Live! 5.1
SBL5-WEB-W1-US Save any were you like, run SBL51_W2k.exe it will unpack it self in same folder move thoses file in to a new folder. 2: Open notepad add the line "sbl51 /w" without quotes save as run.bat
in same folder where you put the unpack the drivers & applications at. A big thank gose to Christopher Hill for the command line switch. 3: Dbl click on run.bat click next then stop rigth there useing the windows key on key board with the Windows Explorer all ready open you need to go to ?:\Documents and Settings\(Computer Name)\Local Settings\Temp folder copy the SBL51 folder to c:\ then exit the installer you need clear out your temp folder and any sub folder in there then empty Recycle Bin. Tip: With in Windows Explorer you need to go Tools | Folder Option | View then check 'Show hidden files and folders' so that you can see all folder. 4: Go to ?:\SBL51\Audio\English\Setup\ folder then dbl click on AUDIO.INI scoll down in tell you see the line "WinDrv = 1" change it to "WinDrv = 0" close notepad and save it. 5: run ?:\SBL51\Audio\English\Setup\setup.exe do a custom install "DO NOT mess with anything" just click next & install. Everything should now work other then you will not have CL Launcher on top dran but I live. DO NOT INSTALL ANY OF THE 3300 DRIVERS FROM HERE THERE NOT FOR WINDOWSXP How ever some of Liveware 3 Applications will work just fine on XP like the LW3 5.1 Package above but Note: ACPI can cause problem.

SBLive! 5.12.01.3521 WDM drivers
Windows 2000 user all you need to do is run upddrv2k.exe then reboot
win it done install or go thur the Device Manager and update the
drivers if don't went LW3 install.

Win2k user here how to get the newer 5.1 LW3 applications to work on NoN 5.1
cards, but the CL Launcher will not work "HANG" so you need unistall LW3 you
have now this for thoses with the NoN 5.1 cards only.

1: Frist Close all LW3 apps frist then you remove from the Device Manager
under "Sound, video and games controllers"
"Creative SB Live! (WDM)" or "Creative SBLive! Value (WDM)" and the
"Game Port Creative SB Live!" rigth click uninstall.
2: Start | Control Panel | Add-Remove Programs look for "Sound Baster Live!"
or "Sound Baster Live! Value" uninstall everything yes drivers to.
3: Open Windows Explorer go to ?:\WINNT\inf click on the that folder then
click on Search type in Containing text box "SB Live" without quotes
then you see a few Oem[x].inf del them before you reboot & be sure to
empty Recycle Bin "DO NOT DEL wdma10k1.inf".
4: Del the folder Program Files\Creative
5: Reboot it should reinstall buildin drivers if not don't worry about.
6: Download the SBLive! 5.12.01.3521 WDM drivers unzip and run upddrv2k.exe
click yes to the not driver signing if it popup them wait a few min's before reboot.
7: Download the SBLive! 5.1 Series LW Package for Win2k it should be
Date: 010417 17,648,261 bytes
Sound Blaster Live! 5.1
SBL5-WEB-W1-US Save any were you like, run SBL51_W2k.exe it will unpack it self in same folder move thoses file in to a new folder. 8: Open notepad add the line "sbl51 /w" without quotes save as run.bat
in same folder where you put the unpack the drivers & applications at then dbl click on run.bat and install be sure to Click NO to overwirte any drivers and reboot. A big thank gose to Christopher Hill for the command line switch. Everything should now work other then you will not have CL Launcher on top dran but I live hehe.

SBLive! 5.12.01.3521 WDM drivers
Windows 98SE/ME
It very good idea only use them on clean install of Windows98SE/ME or
update from WDM driver that you have install from a clean of Windows98SE/ME.
DO NOT UPGRADE from VXD TO WDM you be sorry you did that.

Note: If you are upgrade the WDM to WDM it best to go thur the Device Manager for
now I just find that the upddrv98.exe dosen't copy over the new file rigth sorry.
Works dran good on clean install oh well I try to fix.

1: Download the SBLive! 5.12.01.3521 WDM drivers unzip and run upddrv98.exe
or from the Device Manager under "Sound, video and games controllers"
dbl click on "Creative SB Live! (WDM)" or "Creative SBLive! Value (WDM)"
and driver tab then update driver.
2: Download the SBLive! 5.1 Series LW Package for Win9xME it should be
Date: 010417 19,946,248 bytes
Sound Blaster Live! 5.1
SBL5-WEB-W1-US Save any were you like, run SBL51_W9xME.exe it will unpack it self in same folder move thoses file in to a new folder. 3: Open notepad add the line "sbl51 /w" without quotes save as run.bat
in same folder where you put the unpack the drivers & applications at. A big thank gose to Christopher Hill for the command line switch. 4: Dbl click on run.bat click next then stop rigth there useing the windows key on key board with the Windows Explorer all ready open you need to go to c:\windows\temp folder copy the SBL51 folder to c:\ then exit the installer you need clear out your temp folder and any sub folder in there then empty Recycle Bin. 5: Go to c:\SBL51\Audio\English\Setup\ folder then dbl click on AUDIO.INI scoll down in tell you see the line "WinDrv = 1" change it to "WinDrv = 0" close notepad and save it. 6: run c:\SBL51\Audio\English\Setup\setup.exe do a custom install "DO NOT mess with anything" just click next & install. Add note from Travis WDM audio update hotfix for Windows 98 Second Edition on site since I'm sure many people will run into problems that it can fix. The WDM Audio update hotfix can be found at and more information about the hotfix.

The older set of drv
SBLive! 5.12.01.3520 WDM drivers Install note's is the same as above drv
SBLive! 5.12.01.3512 WDM drivers Install note's is the same as above drv
SBLive! 5.12.01.3511 WDM drivers Install note's is the same as above drv
SBLive! 5.12.01.3507 WDM drivers Install note's is the same as above drv
SBLive! 5.12.01.3300c WDM drivers Install note's is the same as above drv
SBLive! 5.12.01.3300b WDM drivers Install note's is the same as above drv
SBLive! 5.12.01.3300a WDM drivers Install note's is the same as above drv
SBLive! 5.12.01.3300 WDM drivers Install note's is the same as above drv
SBLive! 5.12.01.3219 WDM drivers Install note's is the same as above drv

If you are have problem with your joystick/midi port not install this should that (Win2000 only)
1: Frist Close all LW3 apps frist then you remove from the Device Manager
under "Sound, video and games controllers"
"Game Port Creative SB Live!" rigth click uninstall.
2: Open Windows Explorer go to ?:\WINNT\inf click on the that folder then
click on Search type in Containing text box "Game Port for Creative SB Live!"
without quotes then you see a few Oem[x].inf del them before you reboot &
be sure to empty Recycle Bin then copy the wdma10k1.inf to ?:\winnt\inf\
and reboot.
Note: You should replace the ctljystk.inf in my drv 3219 d/l or any newer ver from me before install. CLICK HERE If you are have problems loading soundfonts with the audiohq soundfont manager (Win9x only) CLICK HERE Thank to Andy for point this out to me.

Good lucky sign by SHS if you have any questions e-mail me.
If you need help you know where to fine me at
NT Compatible forum or Creative Lab news server.