Hi, I was lucky enough to get a Orpheus 2 LT however I am having some issues with getting it setup. A little background, I have it installed on an Asus P3B mother board (2 ISA slots) with a P3 1.4Ghz Tualatin and running Windows 98SE. I have an Audigy 2 in there as well, but it isn't really meant for DOS gaming and you have to do a bit of a hack to get it to play even DOS games in Windows. So I wanted to do a dual Sound Card setup.
I have the sound card setup and installed with the latest Orpheus drivers like Orphinit 0.54B for DOS and PV2860 for Windows 98, I even have Unisound as I have been trying both that and Orphinit. I would say I have everything setup about 75% of the way I would think it should be but have been running into some issues.
DOS Native Mode:
1. When I use either Orphinit or Unisound to specify the card to use the OPL3 chip, no games will recognize the card in the Music configs, the digital sound config seems to work fine as expected with SB/SBPro/WSS. But when I try to select Adlib for music it says it can't find the card or just doesn't work. For example in Warcraft 2 in DOS I select Adlib and it tries to detect the card but fails, Duke3D says "Could not detect FM Chip". I am not sure what I could be doing wrong.
Like I said, I tried both Orphinit and Unisound. In Orphinit, everything is the default expect I have to set FMMode=OPL3 otherwise it defaults to CrystalFM. Then I run orpheus.exe to initalize and it says it set OPL3.. but I get all the errors above.
I have also tried Unisound (which is what I have configured in my autoexec right now), I have my Blast config set as:
SET BLASTER = A220 I5 D1 T4
C:\Unisound\Unisound.com /XOFe /VC90 /VL90 /VF90
But with that setup it gives the exact same errors as the Orphinit setup 🙁
Figured this should be a pretty easy config, just swapping between CrystalFM and OPL3 but maybe I am missing something right in front of me??
2. FM sound aside, I also have PCMidi setup to output to my SC-55 over the default port 330. This works fine for the most part, except one big issue I found.
In Dark Forces, during the setup, if I try to specify Roland or General Midi as the Music device it freezes as soon as I click test music (have to reboot). Other games like Duke3D/Warcraft 2 work fine when I select SC or General Midi. Just wondering if anyone has had issues with Dark Forces in the past?
First, I manually installed the Roland MPU 401 Windows Drivers as I believe that is what the product page said you need to do..
In Windows I am trying to use the PCMidi/Roland MPU output to send midi data to my SC-55 however it doesn't work in Windows native apps it seems. If I load a game in a Windows DOS window they can stream the midi music data to the sc-55, but if I try to play just a midi file in Windows itself like in Winamp it does not work. I get an error message saying:
Roland Sound Midi Driver - Can't Access the COM port. Make sure the COM port is not in use by another application. Does anyone have any experience setting up the PCMidi device in Windows 98 and can share what they have done to get midi playback working in Windows native music apps?
That's about it for now I think 😉 Appreciate any guidance and help on these issues!!! Thank You!!!