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SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio: Drivers may not exist for Vista. Couldn't find any one website.

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  • I ran the windows vista upgrade advisor, and under the category of "sound, video, and game controllers", SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio came up as may not having drivers for vista. i didn't see any thing about vista drivers on the website. soundmax is pretty big though, so I assume that drivers are going to be made. I just wanted to see if any of you knew if that was certain. If not, what are some compatible sound cards. thanks.
    Friday, July 28, 2006 8:15 PM

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  • I have the same type of Sound Card.  Vista installed drivers for it.  However, it pretty much only works for me when windows boots.  Other than that I get no sound.  Not through Media Center or Windows Media.  I can't even get the windows sounds to work.  So I'm looking at a Creative Labs sound card now.  If you found anything out.  Please let me know.
    Saturday, August 05, 2006 7:01 PM
  • Hi Guys

    I have a computer with an MSI 875P motherboard and it has SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio and after installation of Vista, Windows update installed the driver for it and my sound works with everything, so I don't know why you are having problems when I'm not?

    Regards

    Brave01Heart

    Saturday, August 05, 2006 8:25 PM
  • I have a soundmax and it makes awful distorted sounds on playback with Vista.  I think the drivers are just very buggy and break easily.  Some people are lucky, but many people can't get this adapter to work.

    I have an M-audio Delta, integrated Soundmax, and an old Creative Audigy that I put back in my system to get sound.  The only one of these three that works is the Audigy (Vista drivers available at creative.com).

    If you want good sound for Vista, I'd get an Audigy I or II, which are dirt cheap used.  Don't get an X-fi, they are not really any better and have had lots of problems.

    Monday, August 07, 2006 12:47 AM
  • Hi daflory

    Many thanks for your response regarding the SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio.

    From what sound/devices I've used so far, I have not had any problems but I used to have the soundMAX disabled and prior to installing Vista Beta 2, I used my Creative Audigy LS PCI soundcard which I liked very much but I could not get the drivers to9 work in Vista so I enabled the SoundMAX audio again.

    You said that the drivers for the Audigy are available from Creative?  Will they work with my Audigy LS card?

    Regards

    Brave01Heart

    Wednesday, August 09, 2006 8:09 PM
  • Filename: SBL_PCDVTBETA_US_1_04_0055.exe

    This download is a beta driver providing Microsoft® Windows® Vista 32-bit and 64-bit Beta Build 5231 support for Creative Sound Blaster® Live! 24-bit and Sound Blaster Audigy® LS. It is not fully tested and provides limited functionality.

    Take note of the following:

    • THIS IS AN UNSUPPORTED BETA DRIVER. There is no technical support for this driver.
    • We recommend that only experienced users install this driver. Do not install this driver for critical tasks.
    • This download supports Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit Beta Build 5231 and may not work on other Vista builds.

    Requirements:

    • Windows Vista 32-bit or 64-bit Beta Build 5231
    • Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit and Sound Blaster Audigy LS audio devices

    This is from the Creative support website; it's certainly worth a try.  Just follow the prompts to find it.

    Let us know if it works,

    Dave

    Wednesday, August 09, 2006 9:03 PM
  • I ran the windows vista upgrade advisor on my Toshiba Satellite Pro A10, and under the category of 'video' , my current video card would not support the Windows Aero, but the sound card (SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio) was ok. When I ran the windows vista RC1 on this laptop, no any sound came out. now, I am trying to find a solution.
    Wednesday, September 27, 2006 3:00 AM
  • Keep your systems connected to the internet and turn on Windows update. The drivers will get downloaded for you automatically. It will be a recommended update in the list.
    Wednesday, October 25, 2006 10:23 AM
  • SoundMAX Integrated Digital HD Audio – Here is a Vista Upgrade Fix that worked for me !!!

     

    I too had the NO SOUND issue and it was driving me crazy . I read several post here about the sound problem. I too had a red X by my speaker icon and no sound. I downloaded the driver several times for SoundMAX Integrated Digital HD Audio. It did no good; my system would not recognize the driver. The error message from the red X continued to say I had no Audio device loaded. Rrrrrrrrr!

     

    I called HP support. After an hour and a half and three Indian foreign specialist, I was told that they knew of the problem and it was a Microsoft support issue, not their HP machine.  They stated that there was not yet a driver out for Vista. Go figure huh? You gotta love those Indian guys.     “tank you vedy much”.

     

    I went to the driver section so I could look at the list to draw from. I chose the “Browse for driver software on your computer”. When I went to that screen, instead of hitting the browse button I chose the option below called “Let me pick from a list of device drivers”. When I was brought to the next screen there were two drivers to choose from. I saw my driver and tried that one. Rats, it still did not solve the problem. I repeated the steps above and chose the other driver instead, I chose the

    ‘High Definition Audio device”.  I got a warning that it was not a correct copy and it might cause instability I figured this was the driver for the HDTV devise but I chose it anyway. The red x went away from my speaker icon which was progress but still no sound.

     

    I then repeated the steps aboveproceeded to  RE-LOADED my SoundMAX Integrated Digital HD Audio driver. The system told me to reboot. I did… and gentlemen, I had sound. My music never sounded so good.

     

    I believe the problem is that if your system thinks you have the correct driver, it does not reload it. But by changing drivers then going back to the original driver, it forced the system to re-load it. Who knows, after all, I am not a certified geek (Just a closet geek).

     

    Your mileage may vary.

     

    Tim

    Sunday, February 18, 2007 12:17 PM
  • Hello,

    I just purchased my pc a few days ago. I too have had a few little problems with this issue. Thankfully my mobo provider is on top of things. I don't know if this is of any use. this is for an Asus motherboard, and is a beta so results will definately vary. hope this link helps some people. it's worth a shot. it works for me other then when i am using the microphone. That part is a pain in the backside. But seems to be related to a bug the beta. I have to reinstall the drivers every time i want to use the microphone. I did notice that when one option in the speaker panel drops off the list my microphone no longer works. All the microphone business aside the sound works just fine minimal distortion and such.

     Beta Version V6.10.1.6100 2007/02/02 update
     
     OS Vista 32bit / Vista 64bit 

     Description AudioADI610x6100_Vista.zip
    SoundMAX ADI Audio Driver v6.10.1.6100 for 32bit Windows Vista,v6.10.2.6100 for 64bit Windows Vista.
     
     File Size 5.8 (MBytes)

    http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us

    Saturday, February 24, 2007 4:39 AM
  • I use the same drivers and they work fine, but do anyone know how to get DTS Connect working in Vista with Soundmax?
    Friday, March 09, 2007 10:32 AM
  • I had to use XP drivers as my soundmax wasn't recognised.
    Friday, March 09, 2007 7:09 PM
  • I am in similar situation and it drives me crazy.  I bought a new pc with the following spec:

    ASUS P5B-E PLUS with onboard sound card ADI AD1988A high definition audio CODEC; INTEL CORE 2 DUO; Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

    I also bought M-Audio Delta 1010 because the company said they had a beta driver for 64bit pc.  I tried to install it with and without enabling the onboard sound card.  Both times after I installed the driver and tried to play some music, it only had buzzing sound.  The computer also rebooted over and over again.  When I checked the device manager, it said the sound card was working properly.  I wonder whether it's the problem with the beta driver.  Is there anyone having this problem?

    I am in a dilema that I don't know what to do.  Should I return the Delta 1010 and install my old Audigy 2 to this new pc?  Or should I keep the Delta 1010 and wait for another driver for 64bit pc?  You know M-Audio is one of the companies selling professional sound equipment and the beta driver was released one and a half years ago.  Should it have a more stablised driver for 64bit pc?

    Anyone any ideas?  Please help!!!

    Thanks

    WalletGibbons

    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 3:38 PM
  • hola , te cuento lo que hice y me funciono, meti el cd de drivers del mother, que sirven para windows xp, hice click derecho sobre el archivo setup.exe y ahi tilde en compatibilidad WINDOWS XP SERVICE PACK 2, luego volvi a ejecutar el arhivo y me instalo el driver lo mas bien y me funciona perfecto el sonido, eso es todo, perdon pero no se mucho ingles por eso te escribo en español, bye bye
    Sunday, April 08, 2007 2:34 AM
  • There is a temporary fix for blurred audio and when audio starts when Windows boots up then stops rapidly for no reason. All ytou need to go is go to:

    Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Sound

    Right click on your "SoundMax integrated ... " then go to Properties... then go to advanced.

    After that its going to give you a combo drop menu with codecs in it.  Change the codecs to something else and hit apply it might give you a warning message.. Click okay.  That should fix the problem instead of you having to keep restarting your computer to get sound for 10-30 minutes then losing it all.  At least it worked for me anyway. 

    Sunday, May 06, 2007 11:58 AM
  • Hi, You can try to use the WDM-Driver or the X64 Driver.

    Use the X64 Driver only if you have (WinX64)

    Normal version is (Win32 - X86) For this version just use the Original (X86 - Win32) Driver.

    Check Soundmax.com & Windows Update For the latest drivers.

     

    Monday, July 02, 2007 12:41 PM
  •  

    I upgrade from xp to vista and every thing work fine, before i did a fresh install to vista and my tv card and soundmax card did not work i think its best to do a upgrade now everything works for me
    Sunday, October 14, 2007 11:33 AM
  • THANK YOU TIM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT TOTALLY WORKED!

    Tuesday, October 23, 2007 4:08 AM
  • soundmax
    Wednesday, October 31, 2007 9:39 PM
  • Hello People, There is a Soundmax Driver for Vista...

    I don't know where i got it from, but this one seems to work fine on the AD1888 Soundchip.

    If you want this Soundmax Driver For Vista, Just email me and i will send it to you by MAIL or MSN.

    This driver is 100% Clean from spyware and other *** we don't want on our PC.

    My email: marcel_borsje@hotmail.com

    I hope i've been helpfull for some people now.

    Ask me for the driver and enjoy your vista sound......

    Thursday, November 01, 2007 2:00 AM
  • If one does exist someone please show us lost souls the way..................

    Friday, November 23, 2007 11:33 AM
  •  

    Please send me that driver!   jjenkinszx@hotmail  Thank you!
    Wednesday, December 12, 2007 5:56 PM
  • Hi Schnadam,
       I did your solution and it worked! The only issue i'm having is that i cannot play any streaming video off the web. It just doesn't play it gets stuck at like 1 second. Do you know how to resolve this?
      For example i have tried to watch You Tube videos, trailers and none of them play.

    Thanks in advance.
    Friday, January 18, 2008 4:41 PM
  • Tim,

    I had a similar problem with a Lenovo X61 tablet.  Spent over an hour with their tech support folks, to no avail.  I've spent hours trying to fix this, trying many different methods to uninstall and reinstall the device driver.  Finally found your post, which fixed it right off.  Actually, what worked for me was to use the High Definition Audio Device driver that generated the warning message!  Unbelievable!  Thanks very much for posting this!
    Tuesday, February 19, 2008 10:28 PM
  • I'm having the issue where im stuck on 2.0  stereo, i have tried tims suggestion but it does not work. I'm using a Striker Extreme and Vista 64 bit home premium as OS. I tried the latest beta version driver, the one that came with my mobo install cd and several others i found on Asus and they either Gave no sound or were stuck on 2.0
    However when i configure my playback device i can hear the test sounds on all my speakers, but in any other application the sound will only come from the front speakers....

    Anyone have any new suggestions on how to solve the problem?

    Tuesday, February 26, 2008 2:25 AM
  • Hi all!

    Ok, I'm not technologically savvy as most people, but I've been having the same problems as most.....Installed Vista and Soundmax suddenly wasn't working for me...........................I got it to work for me a bit, but naturally it stopped on me if I paused a song/video and I had to restart the sound playback in order to continue playing sound!!!! (you can imagine how anoying that was!!)

    Anyway, I FINALLY FIXED it and its working great! (no red X on my soundmax icon on the task bar!!) and I really wanted to share what I did....

    Basically

    1. Download Vista audio driver package for Intel (or for whatever your desktop is) -----**I don't remember where I found mine, try googling audio drivers for your desktop model!***
    2. Uninstall Soundmax in Device Manager  (Control Panel > Sound > Device Manager)
    3. Restarted my computer
    4. IGNOREthe message that tells you that windows is installing a new device software!!!!!!
    5. Installed Vista audio driver package

    Whatever happens, don't let Windows search and install a software for you, you have to do it yourself!

    Now, again, I'm not savvy, I did ALOT of damage to my computer before I hit this jackpot, and believe me its a jackpot because for the first time since installing Vista my computer restarted with audio and soundmax working and functioning 100%

    If anyone has more insight into this issue, please help! I tried to explain as best as I could! I know how frustrating it was for me, so I can imagine what others are going through!!!!

    Cheers!
    Monday, March 17, 2008 1:08 PM
  •  

    Friday, May 23, 2008 11:18 PM
  • I had the same problem when I did a hot install to revitalize Vista Ultimate, the sound driver was nowhere! ... so I downloaded the current AC`97 package, decompressd it, then BEFORE INSTALLING, I SET THE COMPATIBILITY FOR: SETUP.EXE, %dir%\SYS\CleanUp.exe, %dir%\sys\DSndUp.exe, AND *\SMAXWDM\W2K_XP\SMax4PNP.exe, ALL SET FOR "WINXP SP2", AND EVERYTHING INSTALLED CORRECTLY, AND I HAVENT HAD A PROBLEM! ...

     

    Just thought I'd throw my 2 cents in~

     

    now I am having a problem with my optical mouse blipping and crashing...help?

     

    Robert Ruiz

    Monday, May 26, 2008 9:59 AM
  • Sweet!!!!! You rock my socks!!! This totally works.
    Sunday, June 01, 2008 2:54 PM
  •  

    hi,im tameka....i uninstalled my soundmax by accident..now i dont know how to get it back....i wasnt the one who installed it...i have no sound on my web pages or anyone's site.blah...please help me...lol..thank you so much...
    Sunday, June 08, 2008 7:55 AM
  • mikrofonum çalışmıyor
    Sunday, June 08, 2008 8:18 PM
  • i agree and it sucks. sounds come and go and certain games have no in-game sound.

     

    Tuesday, June 10, 2008 12:37 PM
  •  Shelby H. wrote:

    Hello,

    I just purchased my pc a few days ago. I too have had a few little problems with this issue. Thankfully my mobo provider is on top of things. I don't know if this is of any use. this is for an Asus motherboard, and is a beta so results will definately vary. hope this link helps some people. it's worth a shot. it works for me other then when i am using the microphone. That part is a pain in the backside. But seems to be related to a bug the beta. I have to reinstall the drivers every time i want to use the microphone. I did notice that when one option in the speaker panel drops off the list my microphone no longer works. All the microphone business aside the sound works just fine minimal distortion and such.

     Beta Version V6.10.1.6100 2007/02/02 update
     
     OS Vista 32bit / Vista 64bit 

     Description AudioADI610x6100_Vista.zip
    SoundMAX ADI Audio Driver v6.10.1.6100 for 32bit Windows Vista,v6.10.2.6100 for 64bit Windows Vista.
     
     File Size 5.8 (MBytes)

    http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us

     

    Yes my mic is not working is there some fix to this?

    thanks

     

    Monday, July 21, 2008 8:36 PM
  • " My sound works with EVERYTHING " ???? are you sure?  Can you record or edit audio files?  My sound works also but I cannot do the one thing that I really need to do with Vista.  There aren't any drivers for Recording.
    Monday, September 22, 2008 10:43 PM
  •  Mikej1224 wrote:
    I ran the windows vista upgrade advisor, and under the category of "sound, video, and game controllers", SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio came up as may not having drivers for vista. i didn't see any thing about vista drivers on the website. soundmax is pretty big though, so I assume that drivers are going to be made. I just wanted to see if any of you knew if that was certain. If not, what are some compatible sound cards. thanks.
    Wednesday, October 01, 2008 4:28 PM
  • My supremefx 2 audio card isnt even recognised by windows add hardware wizard and wont let me install the soundmax drivers as they are not compatible with my computer hardware. Ive looked everywhere for some help on this and cant find any!

     

    Sunday, October 12, 2008 1:46 PM
  • SoundMAX Integrated Digital HD Audio – Here is a Vista Upgrade Fix that worked for me !!!

     

    I too had the NO SOUND issue and it was driving me crazy . I read several post here about the sound problem. I too had a red X by my speaker icon and no sound. I downloaded the driver several times for SoundMAX Integrated Digital HD Audio. It did no good; my system would not recognize the driver. The error message from the red X continued to say I had no Audio device loaded. Rrrrrrrrr!

     

    I called HP support. After an hour and a half and three Indian foreign specialist, I was told that they knew of the problem and it was a Microsoft support issue, not their HP machine.  They stated that there was not yet a driver out for Vista. Go figure huh? You gotta love those Indian guys.     “tank you vedy much”.

     

    I went to the driver section so I could look at the list to draw from. I chose the “Browse for driver software on your computer”. When I went to that screen, instead of hitting the browse button I chose the option below called “Let me pick from a list of device drivers”. When I was brought to the next screen there were two drivers to choose from. I saw my driver and tried that one. Rats, it still did not solve the problem. I repeated the steps above and chose the other driver instead, I chose the

    ‘High Definition Audio device”.  I got a warning that it was not a correct copy and it might cause instability I figured this was the driver for the HDTV devise but I chose it anyway. The red x went away from my speaker icon which was progress but still no sound.

     

    I then repeated the steps aboveproceeded to  RE-LOADED my SoundMAX Integrated Digital HD Audio driver. The system told me to reboot. I did… and gentlemen, I had sound. My music never sounded so good.

     

    I believe the problem is that if your system thinks you have the correct driver, it does not reload it. But by changing drivers then going back to the original driver, it forced the system to re-load it. Who knows, after all, I am not a certified geek (Just a closet geek).

     

    Your mileage may vary.

     

    Tim

    With my Asus Striker Extreme mobo and Vista x64 I've been trying to solve the exact same issue during the last week. I needed the device to use the optical output so I can use my digital reciever. However, over and over again I've been trying the above solution by Tim, all sorts of drivers I could look up, reinstalling Vista, going nuts, giving up, only to repeat the cycle. Until a few minutes ago I was almost certain that I had to go out and buy a new sound board to make my setup work but I finally managed to solve this problem. What I did was to follow Tim's guide, and after I made sure Vista used the SoundMAX integrated digital HD audio device I simply disabled the analog device, rebooted the system, et voilà I had sound. 

    I hope this can spare alot of you out there for all of those gray hairs I evolved during this "decrypting" week.

    Cheers!

    Christian
    Sunday, March 29, 2009 3:46 PM
  • my puter has the same problem.  It is driving me nuts.  i think we need new cards

    Tuesday, August 04, 2009 10:03 PM
  • With my Asus Striker Extreme mobo and Vista x64 I've been trying to solve the exact same issue during the last week. I needed the device to use the optical output so I can use my digital reciever. However, over and over again I've been trying the above solution by Tim, all sorts of drivers I could look up, reinstalling Vista, going nuts, giving up, only to repeat the cycle. Until a few minutes ago I was almost certain that I had to go out and buy a new sound board to make my setup work but I finally managed to solve this problem. What I did was to follow Tim's guide, and after I made sure Vista used the SoundMAX integrated digital HD audio device I simply disabled the analog device, rebooted the system, et voilà I had sound. 

    I hope this can spare alot of you out there for all of those gray hairs I evolved during this "decrypting" week.

    Cheers!

    Christian
    Hi Christian,

    I'm trying desperately to connect my asus p5k premium to my receiver through the optical digital output with no luck at all for a couple of days now... Could you give me more details on 'I simply disabled the analog device'? Even if it's the dumbest thing, please tell me what I'm missing! 

    Thanks for now and good luck to all of us, 'cause since there's no word from Analaog Device nor Microsoft I think we're quite alone on this...,
    Dagu.
    Saturday, September 05, 2009 10:17 PM
  • Hey,
    I have a soundmax intergrated digital hd sound card on the computer i duel boot vista and xp, on xp the sound works perfectly but on vista there is no sound, i have gone into device manger and tried to update the driver automatically but it comes up as saying the driver is up to date, if anyone could offer me some advice or a fix i would be greatly appreciative.

    cheers
    jonny

    Friday, October 30, 2009 12:26 PM
  • Hi Dagu,

    Sorry for the late answer. I guess you have either solved the puzzle yourself by now or you've bought a new sound board. :)

    What I mean by 'I simply disabled the analog device' is:

    Start - Control Panel - Sound - right click the analog device - choose disable from the drop down menu. Et voilà tout. :)

    I hope this helps you overcome the last gap. If you have further questions, I'll be glad to answer.

    Christian
    Thursday, November 05, 2009 7:38 AM
  • Hello,

    I just purchased my pc a few days ago. I too have had a few little problems with this issue. Thankfully my mobo provider is on top of things. I don't know if this is of any use. this is for an Asus motherboard, and is a beta so results will definately vary. hope this link helps some people. it's worth a shot. it works for me other then when i am using the microphone. That part is a pain in the backside. But seems to be related to a bug the beta. I have to reinstall the drivers every time i want to use the microphone. I did notice that when one option in the speaker panel drops off the list my microphone no longer works. All the microphone business aside the sound works just fine minimal distortion and such.

     Beta Version V6.10.1.6100 2007/02/02 update
     
     OS Vista 32bit / Vista 64bit 

     Description AudioADI610x6100_Vista.zip
    SoundMAX ADI Audio Driver v6.10.1.6100 for 32bit Windows Vista,v6.10.2.6100 for 64bit Windows Vista.
     
     File Size 5.8 (MBytes)

    http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us


    There is actually a slightly newer driver found in ASUS support.
    http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us
    Version 6110.6180
    I had it for a long time now and it worked since I do not remember when I installed but it was in the late 2007 after it was released.
    Before I had the earlier (above) driver - and that one worked also - however I "think" (if I remember correct) that this version solved some issues.

    Anyhow - it is worth a try (especially you guys who write about mic problems - I have absolutely "nada" of such problems)

    P.S. You have to search for "P5B" and chose "vista edition" - then look under "AUDIO" (2 files)
    Monday, December 28, 2009 10:11 PM
  • Hi everyone. This is political problem not technical. they want you to buy a new hardware and new software. I have dell 8400 and i have Windows 7. No Sounds. but:
    YOU HAVE TO DOWNLOAD ANY  SOUNDMAX DIGITAL BLA BLA...

    http://download.cnet.com/SoundMAX-Integrated-Digital-HD-Audio/3000-2110_4-196627.html

    MANUALLY INSTALL DRIVERS LIKE TIM SAID ABOVE
    ITS NOT GONNA WORK FOR BEGINNING. (its said to me devise can not start code 10)
    THEN CLICK ON SPEAKER ON TOOLBAR AND LET WINDOWS UPDATE TO FIX A PROBLEM
    WINDOWS UPDATE WILL TELL YOU: NO DRIVER NEEDED. AFTER REBOOTING DRIVER WILL WORK FINE :)


    Monday, January 11, 2010 9:06 AM
  • Thanks timirnija!!!  Above link works 100% with Windows 7, provided you follow the steps as indicated by tim!
    • Proposed as answer by mailhotmail Monday, December 27, 2010 3:48 AM
    Thursday, February 04, 2010 7:00 PM
  • Hey,
    I have a soundmax intergrated digital hd sound card on the computer i duel boot vista and xp, on xp the sound works perfectly but on vista there is no sound, i have gone into device manger and tried to update the driver automatically but it comes up as saying the driver is up to date, if anyone could offer me some advice or a fix i would be greatly appreciative.

    cheers
    jonny


    update your driver from the partition where the xp is installed

    I have sony RZ_14g after I upgrade xp to windows vista no sound with  SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio the driver was installed but can't open and  I had to install the driver from one of my xp recovery cd, "YAMAHA AC-XG Audio Device"
    after that no problem with the sound on windows vista.

    Monday, December 27, 2010 4:12 AM
  • For compatible drivers download go to the following website link <cite>download.cnet.com/SoundMAX -Integrated -Digital -Audio /3000-2120_4-170204 and click download.</cite>
    Thursday, January 13, 2011 3:10 PM