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Iif you've got a SB compatible soundcard, and the blaster enviromental variable is set, the client will detect this and use the soundcard (you can change this though by pressing C).

If the client can not find a SB compatible soundcard, it will tell you so and default to port 220, but in pseudorandom mode, it will not attempt to access any soundcards if you do not tell it to do so by pressing C.

Next, connect something to the line in or mic ports on your soundcard. Then open the mixer (volume control in windows) and set the recording properties. I recommend that you move the control all the way up. You can test it all by recording a small soundclip with the soundrecorder, just to confirm that it works.

Then you start the client, double click on sic.pif (the icon contains the text 'SIC').

The client displays what settings it will use. You can change the mode from withing the program, press C to change between soundcard and pseudorandom modes. Check the port number before you attempt to use the soundcard mode.

When you're ready to begin, press S.

The client will now begin to collect and analyze data. No further user intervention is required. If you want to take a screenshot, press P. Press Q to quit.

The client has not been certified for multitasing. If you want, you can try to ALT-TAB back to windows and leave the client processing, but I don't think it will work and I don't recommend it.

When you want to send in the results, quit the client and email the file 'result.sic' to the address When you've emailed the results, delete result.sic. You can now start the client again.

I will keep track of all the results I receive. I will notice if you've edited the results or if you try to send in duplicate results.

If you've got any problems running the client, email with a detailed description of your problem, including your system specs.