PCMCIA Sound Cards

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Re: PCMCIA Sound Cards

Postby lolo799 » 2017-11-18 @ 19:37

Stojke wrote:Is there any practical use for an AD-AJ1 with out the MD-8X music tower?

The service manual says this, so it should appear as a wavetable in Windows 9x Multimedia control panel, if you have the drivers...
MIDI recordings can be played back with
high fidelity sound due to the use of a
Wavetable sound source.
The “Wavetable sound source” used to play
back sounds is based on the data from samples
of actual instrument.
You can play MIDI files easily just by inserting
the card without needing to connect any
external sound source.

MIDI file and WAVE file playback are possible
on systems using Windows.
You can play music with MIDI files using other
applications. You can also play the WAVE files,
which are Windows standard music format.


Do you have the card? A picture would be great, and a dump of the floppies too...

The AD-AJ3 service manual says this instead:
You can play MIDI data easily by connecting this
PC card to an audio system that has an optical
digital input terminal, using an optical digital
cable. No external sound source is needed.

That makes the AD-AJ1 actually better, adding a wavetable board in your laptop that probably only has a FM synthesis option for MIDI music by default, and not needing an audio system with a toslink input to hear the music.

nest_and_art wrote:hi!
i have a manual + original FloppyDisk from Sharp AD-AJ3

>>>Sharp_AD-AJ3.rar<<< 68 Mb

/FDD_WinImage/Sharp_AD-AJ43_winimage.imz --- Winimage of Original Flopy-Disk
/FDD_Disk --- files from Flopy Disk
/Manual_Sharp_AD-AJ3 --- Manual English only

Very cool! Thanks!

The AD-AJ3 card uses the EMU 8000 chip, like the TDK cards.
I suppose the AD-AJ1 does too.
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Re: PCMCIA Sound Cards

Postby Stojke » 2017-11-18 @ 23:56

I saw an AD-AJ1 for sale but it only has that proprietary output from what I can see (?) is it possible to try out its MIDI capabilities some other way?
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Re: PCMCIA Sound Cards

Postby lolo799 » 2017-11-19 @ 11:55

The output is used to transfer midi music to the minidisc md-8x sound system.
I think you can use the card as a wavetable directly, outputting the sound through the laptop speakers.
Buy it and give it a try!
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Re: PCMCIA Sound Cards

Postby Stojke » 2017-11-19 @ 22:42

Bought two of them, since the guy had two, and we will see what can they do soon enough.
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Re: PCMCIA Sound Cards

Postby Stojke » 2017-11-22 @ 06:40

As expected the card can not pass sound onto the internal sound card or laptop speakers.

SHARP AD-AJ1.zip
Sharp AD-AJ1 driver disks
(1.1 MiB) Downloaded 8 times


In other views, took one for the team (Although when assembled it´s barely noticeable it was disassembled):

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Id say from what I can see that the only difference between models would be the presence of the Crystal sound codec onboard, which means this card in its full edition is fully capable of generating an line level output.
The card it self contains an 512kB static RAM chip, which is confirmed to be used by the presence of an 241kB sound font on the first disk.
Would be nice if this were an at least 4MB capable sound card with actual outputs and not just for the Mini Disc player (As it says on the box - For MD-X8 exclusive).
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Re: PCMCIA Sound Cards

Postby lolo799 » 2017-11-22 @ 13:05

Thanks for the pictures and the drivers.
Could you take some screenshots of the control panel?
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Re: PCMCIA Sound Cards

Postby vorob » 2017-12-11 @ 10:52

Hi, I got a quick question. I own a laptop, Dell D800, which I'm using for old games, including dos games. One problem: I can't get sound from the AC97 chip in pure dos. So I'm looking for some cheap pure-dos-friendly sound card for PCMCIA. Can you name it? I'll be looking for it on eBay.

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Dell Latitude D800
Screen: 15,9 - 1680x1050
CPU: Intel Pentium M Processor 1.60 GHz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce4 4200 Go (Forceware 67.42)
-- OpenGL version maximum version 1.5
-- DirectX version maximum version 8.1
RAM: 1Gb DDR-SDRAM (PC2700)
Chipset: Intel i855PM + 82801DB (ICH4-M)
Audio: SigmaTel AC97 (AC9750/51)
HDD: Hitachi HTS541680J9AT00
DVD: HL-DT-ST DVD+RW GCA-4040N
PCMCIA: Texas Instrument PCI7510 CardBus Controller
OS: Windows XP SP3 \ Windows 98 SE
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Re: PCMCIA Sound Cards

Postby Asaki » 2017-12-11 @ 14:09

NilsWorld wrote:- Digital Audio Adapter 16 bit Audio, rebranded IBM PCMCIA Sound Card.


I have that same card. I got it working just fine in Windows, but not in DOS. I'll have to try those IBM drivers and see if I have any luck.
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Re: PCMCIA Sound Cards

Postby lolo799 » 2017-12-14 @ 10:30

I have that same card. I got it working just fine in Windows, but not in DOS. I'll have to try those IBM drivers and see if I have any luck.[/quote]
vorob wrote:Hi, I got a quick question. I own a laptop, Dell D800, which I'm using for old games, including dos games. One problem: I can't get sound from the AC97 chip in pure dos. So I'm looking for some cheap pure-dos-friendly sound card for PCMCIA. Can you name it? I'll be looking for it on eBay.

It depends what use you want from it under DOS, Adlib FM only, relatively rare, Adlib and SB digital audio, near impossible to find, GM or Roland GS, easiest to find, and all are expensive.
Your best bet right now would be an OPL2LPT device for your parallel port.


Asaki wrote:
NilsWorld wrote:- Digital Audio Adapter 16 bit Audio, rebranded IBM PCMCIA Sound Card.
I have that same card. I got it working just fine in Windows, but not in DOS. I'll have to try those IBM drivers and see if I have any luck.

That card only works in DOS for supported software, like the included on the drivers disk PCDEMO.EXE wav and midi player, there's no Adlib FM compatibility.
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