Reply 45960 of 46496, by Thermalwrong
I got some cool looking 'ears' for my laptop 😁
It's an IBM Portable Stereo 20x CD-Rom drive - a PCMCIA CD-ROM with an integrated ES1688 soundcard. It came boxed and accessories are all there although it's clearly used, lots of cables to connect up the power and the speakers all at once.
The sound is working in Windows with the original driver disk and it sounds pretty good! Sadly the support for games is pretty abysmal in my experience so far:
- It has a DMA emulation driver in Windows, so sound works in Windows and it can play wave files.
- It can and midis in Windows 95, nice! ESFM sounds pretty good on these speakers.
- But it doesn't map the FM 0x388 port at all so there's no real adlib / fm support in games. Maybe general midi could work but I haven't got that working with anything yet.
- And I haven't yet been able to get digital audio working in any games yet, but that might be dos4gw and Windows games could work
Has anyone else tried out the soundcard features on the 1969-111/011 or 1969-109/009?
edit: ah, the readme files clears it up, at least they were honest:
8. Sound with the 20X Max Portable Stereo CD ROM Drive is
supported in a native Windows 95 environment. Sound is
not supported in a DOS application within Windows 95.