Gabriel Knight audio problems

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Gabriel Knight audio problems

Postby appiah4 » 2017-12-04 @ 07:05

I have an issue with Gabriel Knight. I can't seem to get SoftMPU to give me any MIDI music with an ESS1868 / Dreamblaster 2 combination in real DOS; no MIDI music with our without SoftMPU. It works flawlessly with all other Sierra games I tried however.
1989:A500R6|+512K/RTC|ACA500+|HxC/df1:|C1084S
1992:HIPPO-VL+|DX2ODPR66|8M|GD5428|CT2290
1995:PCI597-1|P133|32M|Trio64|Voodoo1|CT3980/2M|DreamS2
1998:S1573S|K6-2/400|64M|RagePro|Voodoo2/SLI|CT4500/32M
2001:GA-6OXT|PIII-1200|512M|GF3Ti200|MX300
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Re: Gabriel Knight audio problems

Postby jesolo » 2017-12-04 @ 07:31

appiah4 wrote:I have an issue with Gabriel Knight. I can't seem to get SoftMPU to give me any MIDI music with an ESS1868 / Dreamblaster 2 combination in real DOS; no MIDI music with our without SoftMPU. It works flawlessly with all other Sierra games I tried however.

Gabriel Knight doesn't require SoftMPU.
Your issue seems to be game related (could be a speed issue). System specifications?
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Re: Gabriel Knight audio problems

Postby appiah4 » 2017-12-04 @ 07:39

Taken PCI597-1 mainboard, Pentium 133, 32MB EDO-72 60ns RAM, S3 Trio64V2/DX graphics card, Genius ES1898 ISA sound card, Dreamblaster S2 Wavetable, NEC 52X CD-ROM, CF-IDE Adapter, Sandisk 2GB CF Card

Sound Blaster Pro music runs fine.
1989:A500R6|+512K/RTC|ACA500+|HxC/df1:|C1084S
1992:HIPPO-VL+|DX2ODPR66|8M|GD5428|CT2290
1995:PCI597-1|P133|32M|Trio64|Voodoo1|CT3980/2M|DreamS2
1998:S1573S|K6-2/400|64M|RagePro|Voodoo2/SLI|CT4500/32M
2001:GA-6OXT|PIII-1200|512M|GF3Ti200|MX300
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Re: Gabriel Knight audio problems

Postby jesolo » 2017-12-04 @ 09:02

I think we must ask one of the Mods to split off your query onto its own thread, since your problem has nothing to do with SoftMPU.

That said, try reinstalling the game or, try some of the patches that were released. What are you selecting as your music option?
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Re: Gabriel Knight audio problems

Postby appiah4 » 2017-12-04 @ 09:25

jesolo wrote:I think we must ask one of the Mods to split off your query onto its own thread, since your problem has nothing to do with SoftMPU.

That said, try reinstalling the game or, try some of the patches that were released. What are you selecting as your music option?


General MIDI/MPU-401. Yeah it seems to be completely unrelated. I will look into patches as well, sorry for derailing. I assumed it required SoftMPU as most other Sierra games seem to.
1989:A500R6|+512K/RTC|ACA500+|HxC/df1:|C1084S
1992:HIPPO-VL+|DX2ODPR66|8M|GD5428|CT2290
1995:PCI597-1|P133|32M|Trio64|Voodoo1|CT3980/2M|DreamS2
1998:S1573S|K6-2/400|64M|RagePro|Voodoo2/SLI|CT4500/32M
2001:GA-6OXT|PIII-1200|512M|GF3Ti200|MX300
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Re: Gabriel Knight audio problems

Postby Stiletto » 2017-12-06 @ 22:42

Split off into its own thread.
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Re: Gabriel Knight audio problems

Postby appiah4 » 2017-12-06 @ 22:50

Thanks Stiletto. Haven't had time to patch the game or even look up to see if any patches exist, I'll post a follow up.
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Re: Gabriel Knight audio problems

Postby clueless1 » 2017-12-06 @ 22:53

As a quick test, disable L1 cache. A P133 shouldn't be too fast, but I did see a patch for this game at PCGamingWiki that addresses timing issues on faster systems. It's not audio related, but it's quick and easy to try.
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