Reply 480 of 508, by Bondi
kleung21 wrote on 2022-02-20, 20:33:
I have a Compaq LTE Elite 4/50cx Laptop ( Intel 82365 pcmcia chipset I believe) and I got it working with an Eigerlab/Fujitsu 16 […]
I have a Compaq LTE Elite 4/50cx Laptop ( Intel 82365 pcmcia chipset I believe) and I got it working with an Eigerlab/Fujitsu 16 bit stereo sound card. I'm using the pcmcia drivers that come with the Compaq Softpaq drivers (sp1250).
The fujitsu/eigermedia drivers install fine and FM audio is working with basic installation.
Windows Sound system works (in windows 3.1); haven't tested SB compatibility in Windows.
SB support in dos is non-existent. When I try to to use esscfg.exe utility to select a different irq; it shows a IRQ conflict even though I have used a harware info tool (manifest from QEMM) to check that the IRQ is free. I think this is likely due to the lack of DMA support in dos.
I didn't realize this was an issue until I came back and (re-read) the 24 pages of comments and found that most PCMCIA audio cards do not support DMA/sound blaster in dos. I spent many an hour trying to fix the IRQ error but now realize it's not important in dos and the error may have something to do with the DMA not being supported in dos.
Dune2 adlib audio works fine.
Futurecrew demos (unreal/second reality) do not work in dos
I have not tested SB pro in windows as I'm interested mainly in dos gaming. Once you get into windows gaming (win95+); I have a pentium class machine with better audio/faster for those windows 95/98 compatible games).
Thanks to Bondi for the help in getting a compatible dongle cable for the Fujitsu 16 bit stereo sound card (pcmcia) - documented above
Unfortunately yes, there is no DMA support in DOS for PCMCIA cards. Yet, there are some games that use SB Direct DAC mode, which Fujitsu card can make use of. You can play these games both with music and digital sound: DOOM 1,2 (FastDoom mod), Wolfensten 3d(WolfMIDI mod), Alone in the dark series, Jack in the Dark, maybe some others, I don't remember now.
As for SB support in Windows (DOS session), Fujitsu card worked only for digital sound in real mode games for me, no FM music, and nothing in protected mode games. Maybe I did something wrong, but that's what I faced. I'm cruios what your experience would be.