Audio driver: which PCI sound cards are natively supported?

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Andrea.Treggia, May 29, 2008.

  1. I have a customer with a Windows Server 2003 SBS Standard with Windows Audio
    service activated.
    I *must* install a PCI audio card on this server.
    I have read that some Creative Sound Blaster is not supported but that
    someone
    has installed the Windows XP drivers. I don't like very much this strategy
    and I prefere the use of the native drivers.

    I can't found on the HCL a PCI audio card that I can buy in Italy.
    I have tryed a Creative CT4790 that work fine, but the customer's server do
    not support PCI card at 5V, only 3.3V.

    Now the question:
    Which sound cards are supported from the native audio drivers of Windows 2003
    server SBS?

    Very much thanks for the reply.
     
    Andrea.Treggia, May 29, 2008
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  2. Hello Customer,

    Thank you for posting here.

    According to your description, I understand that you want to find a proper PCI audio card to install on your SBS. If I have misunderstood the
    problem, please don't hesitate to let me know.

    Based on my research, for compatible PCI audio card for SBS 2003 server, you need to check the windows server 2003 HCL in the
    following link:

    http://www.windowsservercatalog.com/

    If you install an not compatible PCI audio card on SBS, you may take risks yourself.

    For the PCI audio card driver, you need to connect the manufactory.

    Personally, the SBS is a domain controller and email server of your network, we usually do not install audio card on it.

    I hope these steps will give you some help.

    Thanks and have a nice day!

    Best regards,

    Terence Liu (MSFT)

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    | I have a customer with a Windows Server 2003 SBS Standard with Windows Audio
    | service activated.
    | I *must* install a PCI audio card on this server.
    | I have read that some Creative Sound Blaster is not supported but that
    | someone
    | has installed the Windows XP drivers. I don't like very much this strategy
    | and I prefere the use of the native drivers.
    |
    | I can't found on the HCL a PCI audio card that I can buy in Italy.
    | I have tryed a Creative CT4790 that work fine, but the customer's server do
    | not support PCI card at 5V, only 3.3V.
    |
    | Now the question:
    | Which sound cards are supported from the native audio drivers of Windows 2003
    | server SBS?
    |
    | Very much thanks for the reply.
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    Terence Liu [MSFT], May 30, 2008
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  3. According to your description, I understand that you want to find a proper
    PCI
    OK, it's right.
    I have already searched the HCL before my post: I can't buy in Italy any of
    the very very few (and hold) cards listed.
    Exact, this is what I don't want.

    I have put, in a trial server, a Creative card (Creative don't write drives
    for servers and the card was not on the HCL ) and the system has found the
    correct drive between those that Microsoft has packed in the standard CD (as
    writed, I can't use this card for a problem on voltage).
    Therefore Windows SBS come with some audio drivers!

    Now, as the card that I have installed succesfully is not listed in HCL,
    which PCI cards are supported by the drivers that come standard with SBS 2003?

    Ok, but I *must* install a PCI audio card on this server ... a long story
    not important here.
     
    Andrea.Treggia, May 30, 2008
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  4. Hello Customer,

    Thank you for your update.

    As I mentioned, we usually do not install audio card on SBS server, so you can find only few compatible audio card in our server HCL list.

    I'd know why you can find the Creative card driver from CD, maybe you need to contact the Creative support.

    The SBS 2003 HCL list is Windows Server 2003 HCL list. Every audio card you can install on Windows Server 2003 could be installed on
    SBS 2003. The driver of the card for Windows Server 2003 is also suit for SBS 2003.

    Since you want to install a un-compatible audio card on your SBS, I suggest you full backup your SBS first:

    Backing Up and Restoring Windows Small Business Server 2003
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=49916

    I hope these steps will give you some help.

    Thanks and have a nice day!

    Best regards,

    Terence Liu (MSFT)

    Microsoft CSS Online Newsgroup Support

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    | > According to your description, I understand that you want to find a proper
    | PCI
    | > audio card to install on your SBS.
    |
    | OK, it's right.
    |
    | > Based on my research, for compatible PCI audio card for SBS 2003 server, you
    | > need to check the windows server 2003 HCL
    |
    | I have already searched the HCL before my post: I can't buy in Italy any of
    | the very very few (and hold) cards listed.
    |
    | > If you install an not compatible PCI audio card on SBS, you may take
    | > risks yourself.
    |
    | Exact, this is what I don't want.
    |
    | I have put, in a trial server, a Creative card (Creative don't write drives
    | for servers and the card was not on the HCL ) and the system has found the
    | correct drive between those that Microsoft has packed in the standard CD (as
    | writed, I can't use this card for a problem on voltage).
    | Therefore Windows SBS come with some audio drivers!
    |
    | Now, as the card that I have installed succesfully is not listed in HCL,
    | which PCI cards are supported by the drivers that come standard with SBS 2003?
    |
    |
    | > Personally, the SBS is a domain controller and email server of your network,
    | > we usually do not install audio card on it.
    |
    | Ok, but I *must* install a PCI audio card on this server ... a long story
    | not important here.
    |
     
    Terence Liu [MSFT], Jun 2, 2008
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  5. My Englsh, I know, is not the better, but I think that I'm not undersood.
    I try to be more clear ... I hope.
    I ask this question only to Microsoft, because the system has found the
    driver on the original Microsoft CD, disc that Microsoft has built.
    Creative has no driver for servers.
    No, exacly the opposite: I want install a card with the driver on the
    standard Microsoft CD.

    I try to explain my question in a different manner.
    In the server I have searched for the drivers (actually the Audio driver is
    "Microsoft RDP audio driver"): Control Panel -> Add Hardware -> Manually
    selected -> Sound cards.
    I find only these PCI cards:
    - ESS Allegro PCI Audio (WDM)
    - ESS Maestro 3 PCI Audio (WDM)
    - SiS 7018 Audio Driver
    I think that, if I can found one of these cards, my problem is gone. But I
    can't.

    I have tried some audio cards that I have in my office (the Creative one was
    OK) but I can't use this card because it wants 5V and the motherboard of the
    server can supporto only 3.3V PCI cards.

    Now, before I can buy a sound card at 3.3V, I must know the list of the
    cards that are supported from SO.
    HCL list products that are not in Italy, no people on this newsgroup seem
    know the list that I search for ...

    The strange is that this card is not on the HCL nor in the list from the
    server ... but works and it is correctly recognized.
    Why?
    The right question that can help me is different: what are all the sound
    cards that, although not listed in HCL nor in the server, are recognized from
    SO and works?

    Thanks for your patience.
     
    Andrea.Treggia, Jun 3, 2008
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  6. Hello Andrea,

    Thank you for your update and thank Jim for the good input.

    First, I want to apologize for my typo in the previous email:

    "I'd know why you can find the Creative card driver from CD" should be "I
    don't know why you can find the Creative card driver from CD".

    Maybe you can find the driver for the Creative card from Microsoft CD.
    However, I unable to support this question because the Creative card not in
    our HCL list.

    Maybe you can install the Creative card on SBS 2003 and make it to work
    fine. However, we still suggest you to use the device in our HCL list.

    I unable to give you any suggestion of device which is out of our HCL list.

    Thank you for your understanding.

    Have a nice day.

    Best regards,

    Terence Liu (MSFT)

    Microsoft CSS Online Newsgroup Support

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    Terence Liu [MSFT], Jun 4, 2008
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