PCMCIA Sound Cards

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Re: PCMCIA Sound Cards

Postby lolo799 » 2018-12-01 @ 22:41

szivan_ wrote:Dear Forum Members!

I have an old Digital HiNote CT450 (486 DX2 66, 8 MB RAM etc.) laptop, but it hasn't got any integrated sound card. For a few weeks ago I bought a WaMi Box PCMCIA card with all of accessories, but it has only sound (via DirectSound) in the installed Win95. Winamp, system sounds working, but the card doesn't appear as a "normal" sound card (as a generic wave device) - maybe it's a professional audio device. Has anybody use it with success for old DOS games and if yes, which was the right configuration (ie. SET BLASTER settings...)?

Thanks for any reply!

(p.s. for some posts ago, somebody wrote that it works in Windows XP with Doom, Duke Nukem, Descent...)

Did you runthe WaMi Box Mixer after the install and before trying a DOS game?
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Re: PCMCIA Sound Cards

Postby szivan_ » 2018-12-07 @ 08:55

The card's "memory" was emtpy, so I tried to upload soundbanks - now I got MIDI music... :) But still no sound fx... In the mixer everything seems to be good, do I need to specify the BLASTER environment (irq, dma, type...)?
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Re: PCMCIA Sound Cards

Postby lolo799 » 2018-12-13 @ 14:20

I retried mine in Windows 98, I can't get fx sound in DOS games either despite what the manual claims, but it definitely works fine with DOS games under Windows XP.
Also the minimum recommended specs in the manual are way above those of your computer, so it's not ideal.
Which version of the drivers are you using?
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Re: PCMCIA Sound Cards

Postby szivan_ » 2018-12-14 @ 06:08

lolo799 wrote:I retried mine in Windows 98, I can't get fx sound in DOS games either despite what the manual claims, but it definitely works fine with DOS games under Windows XP.
Also the minimum recommended specs in the manual are way above those of your computer, so it's not ideal.
Which version of the drivers are you using?


Now the 2.0 driver is installed, but as I remember, I tried all available versions... It's interesting, because ie. Doom, Heretic, Warcraft detect the music card (MIDI) part, but the sound fx part cannot be found. Now I'm trying to SET BLASTER as the card's resources shown in win95 > control panel > system > computer > properties ... (but because it's a PCMCIA card, it has't got the DMA part... :( )
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Re: PCMCIA Sound Cards

Postby cyclone3d » 2018-12-14 @ 08:16

lolo799 wrote:I retried mine in Windows 98, I can't get fx sound in DOS games either despite what the manual claims, but it definitely works fine with DOS games under Windows XP.
Also the minimum recommended specs in the manual are way above those of your computer, so it's not ideal.
Which version of the drivers are you using?


I've just browsed through the whole paper manual. The WAMI-Box hos no DOS support. I'm not sure why the first page of this thread lists it as having Sound Blaster/Pro/WSS support. The manual has no mention of it at all.

The ONLY reason you are getting DOS sound under XP with it is because XP has a built in Sound Blaster emulator.

If you want DOS sound through the WAMI Box in Windows 9x, you can try the port of VDMsound for Windows 9x.. but it is going to have issues with a slow CPU.
https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?t=900

EDIT: I've also looked through the .inf files for all the driver versions. There is absolutely nothing in there to do with any type of legacy audio at all.
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Re: PCMCIA Sound Cards

Postby lolo799 » 2018-12-14 @ 17:27

cyclone3d wrote:I've just browsed through the whole paper manual. The WAMI-Box hos no DOS support. I'm not sure why the first page of this thread lists it as having Sound Blaster/Pro/WSS support. The manual has no mention of it at all.

It's a direct quote from the manual on the first page of the thread.
Page 11:
wami manual.gif

And page 19:
wami manual2.gif
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Re: PCMCIA Sound Cards

Postby cyclone3d » 2018-12-14 @ 20:35

lolo799 wrote:
cyclone3d wrote:I've just browsed through the whole paper manual. The WAMI-Box hos no DOS support. I'm not sure why the first page of this thread lists it as having Sound Blaster/Pro/WSS support. The manual has no mention of it at all.

It's a direct quote from the manual on the first page of the thread.
Page 11:
wami manual.gif

And page 19:
wami manual2.gif


Ah, ok. I was reading through the original paper manual that came with mine. It is completely different then the downloadable one. My paper manual only has 20 pages not including the index.

I wonder if there are different versions of the PCMCIA card and/or the box itself. Or maybe the DOS sound support in Win9x really just doesn't work. I'll have to test on my end when I get a chance.
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Re: PCMCIA Sound Cards

Postby lolo799 » 2018-12-14 @ 20:54

That's interesting to know, the paper manual I got with the card is the same as the .pdf from the website, 2nd edition from October 2000.
When is yours from?
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Re: PCMCIA Sound Cards

Postby cyclone3d » 2018-12-14 @ 21:37

lolo799 wrote:That's interesting to know, the paper manual I got with the card is the same as the .pdf from the website, 2nd edition from October 2000.
When is yours from?


Mine doesn't have a date in it. It also only mentions Windows 95/98, not 98SE.

The hardware requirements are not the same either.

v 2.0:
Pentium II 233Mhz
20MB HDD free space

Mine:
Pentium MMX 166Mhz
32MB or above System Memory
30MB HDD free space

Guess I should scan the manual and upload it.

Unfortunately I don't have the original installation media.
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