NForce2 and DOS Sound question

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NForce2 and DOS Sound question

Postby DNSDies » 2019-10-09 @ 17:32

So, I've been searching around, and I can't seem to get a concrete answer on this question.

Will an NForce2 motherboard support DOS audio via a PCI card?
I mean, like by using DSDMA on a YMF7XX card, or via SBLive/Audigy emulation.

I found a fantastic Socket A motherboard with Sata and AGP Pro, and I REALLY want to use it as a 98/XP machine with a 9800XT Mac Edition flashed with PC firmware (thus, requiring AGP Pro) and use modern M-Sata flash drives.

I think it would be great for later 3D DOS titles in higher resolutions (1280x1024, or even 1600x1200 if I can find a better CRT), but it would really help if I got some DOS Sound support...

I have a Yamaha YMF724, SB Live, and SB Audigy ZX2 to possibly work with it...
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Re: NForce2 and DOS Sound question

Postby cyclone3d » 2019-10-09 @ 17:48

I'll pull out one of my nforce 2 boards and do testing this evening to see if it will work with a Yamaha YMF7x4.
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Re: NForce2 and DOS Sound question

Postby Kamerat » 2019-10-09 @ 18:46

I've tested both the Asus A7N8X Deluxe and Abit NF7-S v1.2 with a Yamaha YMF744 based AOpen Cobra AW744, both combos didn't work, can't seem to access the legacy/ISA ports of the sound card. I'm also pretty sure the Live! and Audigy won't work.
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Re: NForce2 and DOS Sound question

Postby Srandista » 2019-10-09 @ 19:05

User here really wanted get audio on Nforce chipset going, but further testing again just concluded, that Nforce is big no-go for DOS compatibile audio, as previously mentioned by LSS10999 on beginning of the topic.

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Re: NForce2 and DOS Sound question

Postby DNSDies » 2019-10-09 @ 21:30

Damn, that sucks.
Guess I have to either use VDMSound or try and mod the 9800XT to work on standard AGP by filing down the key and soldering some 3.3v and 12v sata connectors for power...

Oh, and just to check, this applies to Windows 98SE dosbox as well?
I can live without real dos, since this would only be a for a handful of games...
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Re: NForce2 and DOS Sound question

Postby canthearu » 2019-10-12 @ 02:16

I've tried a heap of different PCI sound cards on a nforce 2 based board, with absolutely no success on DOS gaming.

I can't even get EMM386 to do UMB on this board, it is pretty much actively hostile to DOS gaming.
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Re: NForce2 and DOS Sound question

Postby Kamerat » 2019-10-12 @ 05:26

Funny thing that they actually got better compatibility over the years as I ran an YMF744 card under DOS on a nForce4 Ultra motherboard.
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