Jan 26

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 98 First Edition
This guide is for Microsoft Windows 98 First Edition. Click Here for Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition.

To play the sound for windows 98 in VMware, you need to download the below drivers.

To download, right-click the link and select “Save Target As…” or “Save Link As…”

Install Sound Blaster PCI128

  1. Extract the Wdmdrv.zip that you have downloaded from this website and extract to C:\Temp\Wdmdrv.
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  3. On the Windows Start menu, click Settings, click Control Panel.
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  5. Click on System.
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  7. In the System Properties, click Device Manager, expand Other devices.
  8. Click on PCI Multimedia Audio Device, and click on Properties.
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  10. Click on Reinstall Driver.
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  12. Click on Next.
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  14. Click on Next.
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  16. Choose Specify a location:, and select the path that you have extracted the wdmdrv.zip and click on Next.
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  18. Click on Next.
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  20. If you encounter the error.  click on OK.
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  22. Select the path that you have extracted the wdmdrv.zip and click on OK.
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  24. Click on Finish to complete the installation.
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  26. Click on Close.
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  28. Expand Sound, video, game controllers.  You should see Gameport Joystick and SB PCI(WDM) installed successfully.
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Install eapci8m.ecw file

  1. Copy the file eapci8m.ecw into C:\windows\system.
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  3. On the Windows Start menu, click Settings, click Control Panel
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  5. Click on System.
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  7. In the System Properties, click Device Manager, expand Sound, video and game controller, click SB PCI(WDM), click Properties.
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  9. In the SB PCI(WDM), click Settings.
  10. In the MIDI Synthesizer Waveset, click Add WaveSet.
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  12. Select the file eapci8m.ecw in C:\windows\system, click OK.
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  14. 8 MB GM/GS Waveset ver 5 will be displayed under MIDI Synthesizer Waveset.
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  16. Click OK to exit and restart your windows 98.

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24 Responses to “VMware – Configure sound in Microsoft Windows 98 First Edition (Screenshots)”

  1. 1. UzY3L Says:

    Thank you so much! Not even on the VMWare forums could I find this information. Thank you very much! I can now get some nostalgia in me with some old games. 🙂

  2. 2. David Says:

    Very very Thanks! works correctly.

  3. 3. Tom Says:

    Wow. That’s all I can say. How you figured it out, I’ll never know.

  4. 4. Jeff Says:

    I got the “error” (installer asking me to insert the Win98 CD) not just once but about 20-30 times, but I could only find a few of the files it wanted in the zip folder. When I restarted and opened Device Manager I saw that SB PCI(WM) was not installed correctly – it had a yellow “warning” icon. I tried to go to the settings tab to add the waveset and see if that could resolve it, but the tab said “You do not have sufficient security privileges…” I guess if I had the Win98 CD I originally used to install the OS I might be able to resolve this?

  5. 5. Massimiliano Says:

    Grazieeeee mi serviva proprio!!!! (thank you!!!!)

  6. 6. MSWinBetaX Says:

    Litlle surpise: Works also with most builds of longhorn

  7. 7. switch_tech Says:

    Dude, worked great first try. Spent untold hours trying to figure this out, thanks.

  8. 8. Andrea Says:

    What about “PCI system peripheral” driver?

  9. 9. anonymious Says:

    Yes, it doesn’t work as it always asks for a “PCI system peripheral” driver that it can’t find and there’s no way to find out which device this could be as there’s no info on Vendor and device ID.


  10. 10. victor Says:

    this is so awesome – thank you

  11. 11. steve Says:

    Wish to add my thanks. Works perfectly.
    The “PCI system peripheral” device is something else which I haven’t figured out yet but this fixes the sound.
    Thanks again!

  12. 12. AlexB Says:

    You are a genius, works like a charm, thank you very much! 🙂

  13. 13. Jacko Says:

    If you want to solve the “PCI system peripheral device problem” just install Intel PCI Test Card driver (Windows has it already) and problem is instantly solved. Thank you very much.

  14. 14. AR Says:

    Not the right forum, but where do I find the Intel PCI Test Card driver that Jacko mentions? It does not seen to be in Win98SE

  15. 15. chrisf4lc0n Says:

    It is under “Other Detected Devices”-Intel-Intel PCI Test Card

  16. 16. Steve Says:

    The gift that just keeps on giving. Thanks for this. Nice that it’s still near the top with Google search.

  17. 17. another steve Says:

    This had been driving me mad for days. Especially as I had already downloaded the SBPCI_WebDrvsV5_12_01.exe file, only for it to tell me that it was for 98 SE onwards.

    Thanks – it all works perfectly now thanks to the above.

  18. 18. Says:

    Thanks! I needed the waveset for my SoundBlaster PCI 64 card
    Not even the creative website had it.

  19. 19. David Says:

    Oh, thank you, thank you! I thought I never had sound on my Windows 98 virtual machine!

  20. 20. Eric Says:

    It worked fine, except for one thing. When I try to play sound in ActiveMovie Control, all I get is “Cannot play back the audio stream,” followed by either “no audio hardware is installed” or “the audio format is not supported.” Anyworkaround for this? Thanks. Greatly appreciated.

  21. 21. JCOMPBOY Says:

    What program do you use to extract the files with?

  22. 22. Quintino Says:

    Olá, não consegui instalar
    Logo no inicio no decimo passo(10)deu pau
    tem outra forma

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  24. 24. Chandra Says:

    Thanks a lot for info !!, May GOD Bless you !!

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