AW744L II - YMF744 - AOpen Cobra Sound Card - Install SB-Link Header

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AW744L II - YMF744 - AOpen Cobra Sound Card - Install SB-Link Header

Postby squareguy » 2017-8-12 @ 01:22

I just ordered a few AOpen Cobra YMF-744 sound cards on eBay knowing that they do not have the SB-Link header installed. I am planning on possibly using one on a new DirectX 7.0 build and I would like the SB-Link to work for late DOS games and just because.

It looks like the header (IDC 6-pin) and at least two SMD componets (capacitors and/or resistors) will need to be installed. Anyone done something similar or know the values of the missing components?

Here are the pics from the eBay auction

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Re: AW744L II - YMF744 - AOpen Cobra Sound Card - Install SB-Link Header

Postby cyclone3d » 2017-8-12 @ 03:49

Looking at one of my YMF724 cards, it looks like they should be number 103 which is 10k ohms for R49 and R50 on your card.
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Re: AW744L II - YMF744 - AOpen Cobra Sound Card - Install SB-Link Header

Postby squareguy » 2017-8-12 @ 04:01

Awesome, thanks!

Hopefully it's just those three parts
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Re: AW744L II - YMF744 - AOpen Cobra Sound Card - Install SB-Link Header

Postby gdjacobs » 2017-8-12 @ 17:49

You'll notice that the traces between the header and the YMF744 are intact, so those components are for pull up, pull down, or noise suppression.
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Re: AW744L II - YMF744 - AOpen Cobra Sound Card - Install SB-Link Header

Postby squareguy » 2017-8-14 @ 13:15

Well they arrive today and I should be able to get better pics by tomorrow.
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Re: AW744L II - YMF744 - AOpen Cobra Sound Card - Install SB-Link Header

Postby squareguy » 2017-8-14 @ 13:18

I am assuming this is a reference card design. If anyone has a YMF744 card that looks similar with the SB-Link and / or SPDIF installed please post some high-res pics. My searches have not yielded much.
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Re: AW744L II - YMF744 - AOpen Cobra Sound Card - Install SB-Link Header

Postby SaxxonPike » 2017-8-14 @ 14:02

I've picked up a 754 from Labway recently with a very similar PCB. I'll get photos.
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Re: AW744L II - YMF744 - AOpen Cobra Sound Card - Install SB-Link Header

Postby squareguy » 2017-8-14 @ 14:25

Thanks!
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Re: AW744L II - YMF744 - AOpen Cobra Sound Card - Install SB-Link Header

Postby SaxxonPike » 2017-8-14 @ 15:39

I guess my PCB isn't as similar as I'd thought.. here are some photos anyhow. Sorry they couldn't be more useful :s

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Above is the SPDIF header.

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Above is the PC/PCI header. The two components labeled R44 and R47 have "103" printed on them. Pins 92-94 on the 754 appear to have discrete connections to the header, but I can't tell which is which because they go underneath.

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The bottom side doesn't appear to have traces for this connector on this PCB.
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Re: AW744L II - YMF744 - AOpen Cobra Sound Card - Install SB-Link Header

Postby squareguy » 2017-8-14 @ 16:17

SaxxonPike & cyclone3d

Well at least it confirms that the two resistors are 103 (10k-Ohm) from more than one source.

I think those are the only two missing componets other than the header. I will trace C16 on my board when it arrives to double check.

Thanks again! BTW how do you like that card and what do you use it for, if anything?
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Re: AW744L II - YMF744 - AOpen Cobra Sound Card - Install SB-Link Header

Postby SaxxonPike » 2017-8-14 @ 16:31

squareguy wrote:SaxxonPike & cyclone3d

Well at least it confirms that the two resistors are 103 (10k-Ohm) from more than one source.

I think those are the only two missing componets other than the header. I will trace C16 on my board when it arrives to double check.

Thanks again! BTW how do you like that card and what do you use it for, if anything?

I'm still waiting on a replacement PlatiniX 7LI-A motherboard, which should contain a PC/PCI connector. They sent me the C variant, which lacks the PC/PCI connector. Ideally, I would test this card for my Pentium 4 DOS gaming article.

Currently, the card isn't being used for much of anything :)
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Re: AW744L II - YMF744 - AOpen Cobra Sound Card - Install SB-Link Header

Postby squareguy » 2017-8-19 @ 18:04

I will try and test soon. resistors check good though.

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Re: AW744L II - YMF744 - AOpen Cobra Sound Card - Install SB-Link Header

Postby squareguy » 2017-8-21 @ 20:11

I got a chance today to test it. Took a little bit to figure it out but working fine under pure DOS with S-IRQ and PC-PCI (SB-Link)

Pretty cool!
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Re: AW744L II - YMF744 - AOpen Cobra Sound Card - Install SB-Link Header

Postby gdjacobs » 2017-8-21 @ 21:02

Sweet. Now you have to figure out SPDIF I/O!
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Re: AW744L II - YMF744 - AOpen Cobra Sound Card - Install SB-Link Header

Postby SaxxonPike » 2017-8-22 @ 14:30

Excellent! Thanks for performing this experiment.
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Re: AW744L II - YMF744 - AOpen Cobra Sound Card - Install SB-Link Header

Postby Muz » 2017-11-18 @ 14:39

Does it has OPL3 sound in the Windows environment?
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Re: AW744L II - YMF744 - AOpen Cobra Sound Card - Install SB-Link Header

Postby Lawro » 2018-8-14 @ 21:19

squareguy wrote:I got a chance today to test it. Took a little bit to figure it out but working fine under pure DOS with S-IRQ and PC-PCI (SB-Link)

Pretty cool!


I just got one of these, and am super interested in soldering on the header and resistors like you did.

I was wondering if you recall the power rating and tolerance of the 103s you used? I don't know much about that sort of stuff and don't want to use ones that'll break the card.
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Re: AW744L II - YMF744 - AOpen Cobra Sound Card - Install SB-Link Header

Postby squareguy » 2018-10-28 @ 03:22

I'll try to measure them and see what size they are, I have forgotten honestly.
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Re: AW744L II - YMF744 - AOpen Cobra Sound Card - Install SB-Link Header

Postby squareguy » 2018-10-29 @ 19:00

10k-Ohm 805 SMD Resistors
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