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Reply 140 of 153, by cyclone3d

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Ok, so I found box and package contents pics of the BX II Extra. The Extra came with speakers. The card is the same exact one as the one on the box of the BX III. Sounds to me like they just re-badged the same card... maybe just a different software package?

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So this raises even more questions about the card I have on the way... is it a prototype card or maybe just a different OEM that made a BX II with FM tuner integrated?

Maybe it is a real Aztech card that was never released?

Stickers on the card make me think it may be some other BX II OEM card.

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Reply 141 of 153, by cyclone3d

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Found a box pic of the regular BX II:

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So.. it looks to me like the BX II / BX II Extra have the full size OPL2 and the BX III has the smaller OPL2... or maybe the full size OPL2 was just on the earlier cards and they moved to the smaller one when it was still the BX II... who knows.
The box in the previous post for the BX II Extra has a pic of the smaller OPL2 while the card pictured has the larger OPL2.

Same part number / FCC ID though.

And to add to the confusion, there are different part numbers for the BX II
I38-SGB21 (in OP... but this is wrong)
I38-SGBX21
I38-MMSNBX2 (per the Aztech FTP index.txt though I am unable to find pictures of any cards with this on them)

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Reply 143 of 153, by jesolo

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kolderman wrote on 2020-10-16, 05:10:

Does anyone know if there is a driver for the "I38-SGNX01"? It does not appear in that big Aztech driver pack.

I don't think there were any released by Aztech on their website

This model is basically a clone of the Sound Blaster 2.0. You can try the NXII or BXII driver disks or even the Creative drivers.

Windows 3.1 and later have built-in drivers and under DOS all you need to do is to insert the SET BLASTER environments variable. All settings (as I recall) on this card can be configured via jumpers.

Reply 144 of 153, by kolderman

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jesolo wrote on 2020-10-16, 14:10:
I don't think there were any released by Aztech on their website […]
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kolderman wrote on 2020-10-16, 05:10:

Does anyone know if there is a driver for the "I38-SGNX01"? It does not appear in that big Aztech driver pack.

I don't think there were any released by Aztech on their website

This model is basically a clone of the Sound Blaster 2.0. You can try the NXII or BXII driver disks or even the Creative drivers.

Windows 3.1 and later have built-in drivers and under DOS all you need to do is to insert the SET BLASTER environments variable. All settings (as I recall) on this card can be configured via jumpers.

So it turns out no drivers or anything are needed - it is fully jumpered for IRQ and port. The problem was line-out seems to be busted, but speaker out works fine. It sounded really nice in the Monkey Island intro and crisp and clear in Doom.

Reply 145 of 153, by jesolo

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kolderman wrote on 2020-10-17, 00:35:
jesolo wrote on 2020-10-16, 14:10:
I don't think there were any released by Aztech on their website […]
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kolderman wrote on 2020-10-16, 05:10:

Does anyone know if there is a driver for the "I38-SGNX01"? It does not appear in that big Aztech driver pack.

I don't think there were any released by Aztech on their website

This model is basically a clone of the Sound Blaster 2.0. You can try the NXII or BXII driver disks or even the Creative drivers.

Windows 3.1 and later have built-in drivers and under DOS all you need to do is to insert the SET BLASTER environments variable. All settings (as I recall) on this card can be configured via jumpers.

So it turns out no drivers or anything are needed - it is fully jumpered for IRQ and port. The problem was line-out seems to be busted, but speaker out works fine. It sounded really nice in the Monkey Island intro and crisp and clear in Doom.

On some soundcards there is also a jumper to select Line Out our Speaker Output, but this is normally those type of sound cards that only had one output. If you card has both a Speaker Out & Line Out then it is possible that the Line Out might be muted. Check, under Windows in the Mixer Control, if there is a volume setting for Line Out. Alternatively, install the Creative Sound Blaster 2.0 Mixer Control utility and see if you can adjust the mixer settings.

Reply 146 of 153, by Grzyb

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jesolo wrote on 2020-10-18, 15:27:

Creative Sound Blaster 2.0 Mixer Control utility

Is there such a thing? Where?
I thought there was no mixer in SB cards before the Pro...

Reply 147 of 153, by jesolo

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Grzyb wrote on 2020-10-18, 16:45:
jesolo wrote on 2020-10-18, 15:27:

Creative Sound Blaster 2.0 Mixer Control utility

Is there such a thing? Where?
I thought there was no mixer in SB cards before the Pro...

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Reply 148 of 153, by Grzyb

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I have the drivers for SB 2.0, but can't see any mixer utility - quite contrary, I've found this in README.TXT:

"Please note that there is no Mixer control for Sound Blaster 2.0. Hence, the features available for controlling the volume will not be supported for SBSIM.COM."

Reply 149 of 153, by jesolo

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Grzyb wrote on 2020-10-18, 17:11:

I have the drivers for SB 2.0, but can't see any mixer utility - quite contrary, I've found this in README.TXT:

"Please note that there is no Mixer control for Sound Blaster 2.0. Hence, the features available for controlling the volume will not be supported for SBSIM.COM."

What happens when you turn the volume wheel at the back of the card?

Reply 150 of 153, by Grzyb

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jesolo wrote on 2020-10-18, 18:07:

What happens when you turn the volume wheel at the back of the card?

That's irrelevant.
The point is: there's no software volume control in SB 2.0.

There may be software volume control in that Sound Galaxy card, but only via some Sound Galaxy specific utility, not by any utility for SB 2.0.

Reply 151 of 153, by kolderman

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jesolo wrote on 2020-10-18, 18:07:
Grzyb wrote on 2020-10-18, 17:11:

I have the drivers for SB 2.0, but can't see any mixer utility - quite contrary, I've found this in README.TXT:

"Please note that there is no Mixer control for Sound Blaster 2.0. Hence, the features available for controlling the volume will not be supported for SBSIM.COM."

What happens when you turn the volume wheel at the back of the card?

In my case it raises or lowers the volume, but introduces a bit of static while the wheel is moving. I don't really mind using the speaker out as it was quite clear, but I am curious as to what happened to the line out.

Reply 152 of 153, by jesolo

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kolderman wrote on 2020-10-18, 18:35:
jesolo wrote on 2020-10-18, 18:07:
Grzyb wrote on 2020-10-18, 17:11:

I have the drivers for SB 2.0, but can't see any mixer utility - quite contrary, I've found this in README.TXT:

"Please note that there is no Mixer control for Sound Blaster 2.0. Hence, the features available for controlling the volume will not be supported for SBSIM.COM."

What happens when you turn the volume wheel at the back of the card?

In my case it raises or lowers the volume, but introduces a bit of static while the wheel is moving. I don't really mind using the speaker out as it was quite clear, but I am curious as to what happened to the line out.

Could just be a capacitor issue, but I'm not very knowledgeable in that particular field - someone else might be able to offer more insight.

Reply 153 of 153, by jesolo

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Grzyb wrote on 2020-10-18, 18:29:
That's irrelevant. The point is: there's no software volume control in SB 2.0. […]
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jesolo wrote on 2020-10-18, 18:07:

What happens when you turn the volume wheel at the back of the card?

That's irrelevant.
The point is: there's no software volume control in SB 2.0.

There may be software volume control in that Sound Galaxy card, but only via some Sound Galaxy specific utility, not by any utility for SB 2.0.

Apologies, you are correct - I became confused with the Sound Blaster Pro sound card and fan made mixer tsr that only works on the Sound Blaster Pro or higher sound card.
I doubt that there was a utility for the "I38-SGNX01". Otherwise, Aztech Labs would have made it available on their website - the only solution I can offer is to install the software for either the BXII or NXII sound cards and see if that helps.
Unfortunately, I don't own either of these two sound cards and therefore can't say whether Aztech Labs included a software based mixer control utility for these models (might just have been a rudimentary DOS diagnostic utility and the relevant Windows 3.x drivers).