FAQ: SoundTrack Digital 4DWave NX
Note: we recommend to check the General
FAQ section as well.
hardware and driver related topics
1. Does the card work under Windows NT 4.0?
Yes. The NT 4.0 driver is supplied with the card (check the
included CD-ROM) and can be downloaded on our website.
2. Does the card work under Windows 2000?
Yes, Hoontech offers a WDM driver for this chipset. The WDM
driver supports the S/PDIF output and has been developed by
Hoontech after Trident discontinued the support for the 4DWave
chipets. The file has been released after the production of
the card has stopped. You can only find it on the download
page of this website, not on the driver CD-ROM. You can also
use this driver under Windows XP on most systems.
3. Does the card work under Linux?
Yes - perfectly! We recommend to use the ALSA driver (which
you can download on www.alsa-project.org)
to use the card under Linux. This driver has been developed
by ALSA with hardware support from our side. It is hard to
find a soundcard that is supported better under Linux than
the 4DWave NX.
4. Does the card work under Windows ME?
Yes. The driver for Windows 98 can be used under Windows
ME as well without any limitations.
5. Do I need amplified speakers or a separate amplifier
to use this soundcard?
Yes. Like most modern soundcards, there is no amplifier on
the card itself (because of the audio quality). This means
that you need active powered speakers to use the card properly.
Passive speakers without an amplifier will not give you enough
6. Can I record to MD with this card? I heard that MD
works with 44.1kHz and the card with 48kHz?
Yes, MD works with 44.1kHz. This seems to be a problem as
the SoundTrack Digital 4DWave NX sends signals by default
with 48kHz, but don't worry: all modern MD recorders and also
most older models have a built in SRC function (sample-rate-conversion)
that changes the 48kHz to 44.1kHz. The resulting change in
the signal quality is much lower compared to the compression
used for MD so this is no practical limitation at all. Some
older MD-recorders do not have a SRC function so please check
this in the documentation for your MD recorder.
7. Can I output AC-3 signals with this card?
Yes. You need a software that supports the playback of AC-3
streams (e.g. PowerDVD 2.55 and newer) that is compatible
with the Trident 4DWave NX chip.
8. Is it possible to install this card in a system with
onboard-sound or another soundcard?
Usually yes. As long as the other soundcontroller is not
from Trident, there should be no problems. You should make
sure that both devices do not share their IRQ. It is not possible
to install several SoundTrack Digital 4DWave NX cards in the
9. Does this card support S/PDIF?
Yes. The optical and coaxial digital output connectors on
the supplied NX DB I sound out a S/PDIF signal.
10. Is it possible to add a digital input to the card?
Yes. With the optional NX DB II and the SoundTrack Digital
Bracket II or III you can a second digital output and a digital
input. Please note that the SoundTrack Digital Bracket II
/ III have been discontinued.
software and usage related topics
1 .I am using the card under Windows NT 4.0 but there
is no support for the digital output.
Please install revision 2035 of the NT 4.0 driver or higher.
You can find updated drivers on our download page.
2. What is the pin-layout of the Aux and Video inputs?
From left to right: R G G L (right, ground, ground, left).
Please note that since hardware revision A2 (printed on the
card), the Video input has just three pins (R, G, L).
3. I am not able to output any signal via the optical
or coaxial S/PDIF output.
Please make sure that the cable between the NX DB I pcb and
the soundcard is installed properly. Also the output must
be enabled in the 'PCI Audio' Control Panel applet (unless
you are using the Windows 2000 driver, the digital output
is automatically enabled then).
4. I want to output AC-3 signals when watching DVDs.
Do I need to connect the DVD-ROM drive with the soundcard
in some way?
No. The signal is transfered by the DVD player software via
the normal DVD-ROM data cable (IDE, SCSI). A connection to
the souncard is not needed.
5. Is it possible that my MD is creating new tracks automatically
when I am recording several WAV- or MP3-files via the digital
output of the card?
Yes and no. Sadly there is no standard for applications
and drivers to control a function like this. In most applications
you can use a special method to create new tracks: just add
(around) 3 sec. of silcence in the playlist between each track
in the playlist. You could use this
mp3-file for example. Some applications (e.g. WinAMP)
have special functions or plugins to support this. Of course
the breaks won't be on your final MD recordings!
6. I want to use a game that supports A3D. Can I use
it with the NX card?
Yes. The SoundTrack Digital 4DWave NX supports the A3D 1.0
standard under Windows 9x/Me.
7. I want to use a game that supports EAX. Can I use it
with the NX card?
Yes. The SoundTrack Digital 4DWave NX the EAX standard v1.0
under Windows 9x/Me.