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First post, by DNSDies

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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...

Reply 1 of 8, by cyclone3d

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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.

Yamaha YMF modified setupds and drivers
Yamaha XG resource repository - updated November 27, 2018
Yamaha YMF7x4 Guide
AW744L II - YMF744 - AOpen Cobra Sound Card - Install SB-Link Header
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Reply 2 of 8, by Kamerat

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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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DOS Sound Blaster compatibility: PCI sound cards vs. PCI chipsets
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Reply 3 of 8, by Srandista

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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.

PCI sound cards and Chipsets from various manufacturers...

Socket 775 - ASRock 4CoreDual-VSTA, Pentium E6500K, 4GB RAM, Radeon X800 XT, ESS Solo-1, Win 98/XP
Socket A - ASRock K7S41GX, AMD Athlon XP 3000+, 512MB RAM, GeForce4 Ti4200, SB Live!, Win 98

Reply 4 of 8, by DNSDies

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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...

Reply 5 of 8, by canthearu

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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.

Reply 6 of 8, by Kamerat

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

DOS Sound Blaster compatibility: PCI sound cards vs. PCI chipsets
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Reply 8 of 8, by foil_fresh

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I was in your position when I was trying to get an SB Live card working - found out the same things that prevented DOS audio from being viable on the pc.

I have a soltek board with nforce 2 and after coming to grips, i decided it would be best used as a win98 only machine. Got 2 sticks of 256mb ddr400 and now running them in dual channel with a 2200+ Athlon XP, Radeon 9600xt, soon to install an audigy card for EAX when it arrives.

the board is still great just not useful to your purpose, sadly. sell it on to the next person?

overall just unlucky. maybe sell the motherboard (or keep it, i'm not a cop) and side-grade over to a compatible chipset? KT/VIA based may be your better option.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cvhr6 … K4l0/edit#gid=0

Pentium MMX 166MHz / Shuttle HOT591-p / S3 Trio3d2x / SB 16
Pentium II 266MHz / Lucky-Star 6ABX2V / Riva128 / AWE64 / AW744L
Pentium III 950 MHz / SY-7VBA / Voodoo 3000 / Aureal Vortex 2
Pentium IV 3.4GHz/ GA-8S655FX / Geforce 6800 GT / Audigy