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How do I (re)install an UltraSound (GF1) into a Windows 95 computer?

You'll need:

  • Windows 95 installed and working with no audio drivers installed.
  • Version 2.04g of PKWare’s PKZip software installed and working (PKZ204G.EXE).
  • A Gravis GF1 based UltraSound sound card (Classic, MAX, or ACE).
  • An installable copy of the 6 disk base software version 3.5x or better, 4.11 is recommended.
  • Windows 95 drivers (GF195V11.ZIP) unzipped in a clean directory.

What to do:

  • Remove any and all sound card driver software. This includes any driver software for the UltraSound. You must start this process from a clean Windows 95 for the best chance of success. (*NOTE Exception: The ACE is designed to operate along side an existing sound card so first make sure that the other sound card is functioning correctly in Windows 95 - Then add the ACE last). The UltraSound Classic and MAX cannot work along side another sound card. Windows 95 prevents sharing of Adlib port addresses 388 and 389 and you cannot turn these off on the Classic and Max cards.
  • Start Windows 95 and use the Shutdown menu to Restart in MS-DOS mode. Once in DOS, install the 6 disk base software. It is advisable not to install the Windows 3.x drivers during the installation of the DOS software especially if you are installing an UltraSound software set less than 4.11. The Windows 3.x drivers that version 4.11 will install into Windows 95 have been tweaked to perform well as "Windows only" audio drivers. The Windows 95 drivers will also provide DOS audio support from within an MS-DOS prompt window. When the Windows 95 drivers are installed, they will remove any Windows 3.x drivers that have been installed already however the installer program may not be able to clean up every possible configuration of a poorly set up system.ini file. For the most part, it will work fine. But if you’re having a lot of difficulty, it may be easier to not install any Windows audio driver software before adding the Windows 95 UltraSound drivers v1.1.
  • Note: you will need approximately 580K of DOS Conventional memory available to run the install software. Use the MEM command to see if you have enough available Conventional memory. The "Largest executable program size" should be in excess of 578K. If you have less you may have to enlist the services of a DOS technician (or friend) to rewrite your autoexec.bat and config.sys such that optimal use of DOS Conventional Memory is achieved. Using the MEM /C/P command would provide a more detailed listing of what’s being loaded into memory and using the Conventional memory (Conventional memory is the first 640K of memory your computer has installed in it, regardless of the total amount installed).
  • Reboot and test your settings. Use the Shutdown menu to Restart in MS-DOS mode. Once at the command prompt, run C:\ULTRASND\MIDIDEMO.BAT and see if you get music. If you do, then your settings are OK. If there’s a problem playing MIDIDEMO then you’ll have to find out why MIDIDEMO is failing and correct it.
  • Reboot into Windows 95. From the Start menu, choose RUN. From the Run window select Browse then locate the setup.exe in the directory where you unzipped GF195V11.ZIP software.
  • Follow the step by step instructions presented by the setup program. These instructions will help you avoid problems with the Wizard since your card is not a plug and play card.


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