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AW540 Series Audio Card

User's Guide

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Copyright/Disclaimer

Copyright

Copyright ? 1999 by this company. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, transmitted, transcribed, stored in a retrieval system, or translated into any language or computer language, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, magnetic, optical, chemical, manual or otherwise, without the prior written permission of this company.

Disclaimer

This company makes no representations or warranties, either expressed or implied, with respect to the contents hereof and specifically disclaims any warranties, merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose. Any software described in this manual is sold or licensed "as is". Should the programs prove defective following their purchase, the buyer (and not this company, its distributor, or its dealer) assumes the entire cost of all necessary servicing, repair, and any incidental or consequential damages resulting from any defect in the software. Further, this company reserves the right to revise this publication and to make changes from time to time in the contents hereof without obligation to notify any person of such revision or changes.

All brands or product names mentioned in this manual are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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FCC Statement

FCC Class B Radio Frequency Interference Statement

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

1.Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.

2.Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.

3.Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.

4.Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for help.

Notice 1:

The changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.

Notice 2:

Shielded interface cables must be used in order to comply with the emission limits.

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Contents

1. INTRODUCTION

 

1.1 FEATURES .........................................................................................................................................................

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1.2 COMPONENTS AND CONNECTING.................................................................................................................

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1.2.1 Components .................................................................................................................................................

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1.2.2 Connecting Peripherals ................................................................................................................................

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1.2.2.1 Audio Card Output Devices........................................................................................................................

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1.2.2.2 Audio Card S/PDIF Out Devices...............................................................................................................

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1.2.2.3 Audio Card Input Devices.........................................................................................................................

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1.2.2.4 Audio Card MIDI/Joystick Devices............................................................................................................

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1.2.2.5 System Requirements...............................................................................................................................

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2. INSTALLATION

 

2.1 HARDWARE INSTALLATION..........................................................................................................................

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2.2 SOFTWARE INSTALLATION ..........................................................................................................................

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2.2.1 SETTING UP IN WINDOWS 95/98/ME ......................................................................................................

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2.2.2 SETTING UP IN WINDOWS NT40 .............................................................................................................

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2.2.2.1 Install MPU-401/JoystickDriver...........................................................................................................

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2.2.3 SETTING UP IN WINDOWS 2000..............................................................................................................

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3. APPLICATIONS

 

AOpen Drivers Live Update Wizard.................................................................................................................

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AOpen Digital CD Player..................................................................................................................................

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WinRipMP3 Player/Encoder/Ripper...............................................................................................................

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AOpen Music Center........................................................................................................................................

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4. TECHNICAL SUPPORT.........................................................................................................................................

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Features

1.1Features

AOpen AW540 Series(AW540S-L, AW540, AW540 DELUXE..) with ForteMediaFM801-AUsound chip inside is an advanced audio controller for the PCI Bus. It is compatible with Microsoft Windows, Microsoft DirectX and Thousands of games to provide highest hardware compatibility for numerous PC games environment.

AW540 Series withYamaha SoftwareSynthesizer S-YXG50 allows Software Driver to support 676 instrumentsSondius-XGCapital Synthesizer. The PCI audio engine converts the sampling rate of each audio stream and the streams are mixed without utilizing the CPU or causing system latency. Its also supports DirectSound , Downloadable Sound (DLS) and DirectMusic.

Legacy audio block supports FM Synthesizer, Sound Blaster Pro, MPU401 UART mode and Joystick function in order to provide hardware compatibility on the PCI. In addition, AW540 Series supports consumer ICE958, Audio Digital Interface(S/PDIF, excludedAW540-L),to connect external audio equipment by digital.

AW540 Series audio card has the following features:

Advanced technology support

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PCI 2.2 Compliant

True Full Duplex Playback and Capture with Different Sampling Rate

Support 676 instruments Sondius-XGCapital Synthesizer including GM compatibility

Q3D positional audio with EAX technology support

DirectSound support

Downloadable Sound (DLS) level-1

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Features

??FM Synthesizer

??Hardware Sound Blaster Pro compatibility

??Supports Consumer IEC958 Output (S/PDIF OUT) (excluded AW540-L)

??Supports Consumer IEC958 Input (CD Digital IN) (excluded AW540-L)

??Supports External Optical/Coaxial S/PDIF IN Connector(For AW540 DELUXE only)

Software-controllableaudio

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Supports various audio devices all controllable through software Adjusts master volume, CD audio, line-in,and microphone inputs

3D Surround Enhancement

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Driver Support

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Microsoft Windows 95/98/Me VXD driver Microsoft Windows NT 4.0

Microsoft Windows 2000 driver MS-DOS

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Components and Connecting

1.2Components and Connecting

1.2.1 Components

AW540

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Components and Connecting

1.2.2 Connecting Peripherals

To fully utilize the card functions, it supports various ways to connect AW540 Series to peripheral devices. Figure 1.2 shows the different devices that you can connect to the sound card.

Audio Card Output Devices

1. Front Out

2. Rear Out

3. Center/Subwoofer

4. S/PDIF Out

5. Game/MIDI Port

Audio Card Input Devices

1. Line In

2. Microphone In

3. CD In

4. Auxiliary In

5. TAD In

Figure 1.2 Connecting Peripheral Devices

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Components and Connecting

1.2.2.1 Audio Card Output Devices

AW540 supplies 2 analog output jacks (Front/Rear) that can maximum connect four speakers to the sound card at the time. We illustrate three common connection types and display them below.

Type I

Connect audio card to general stereo speaker.

Type II

Connect audio card to 2 sets of stereo speakers.

Type III

Connect audio card to 5.1 speakers.

NOTE:

AW540 supports WAVE, MIDI, games which support Microsoft DirectSound or QSound Positional 3D Technology for maximum 6 channels output.

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Components and Connecting

1.2.2.2 Audio Card S/PDIF Out Devices

AW540 with the capabilities to process digital signals (compliant with IEC958).

S/PDIF Out Connector

The S/PDIF-Outport is available for Mini Disk, LD player,set-topbox etc. and support 48KHz sample rate digital signal.

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