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First post, by zuldan

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Hi all, I currently have 2 audio cards (AWE64 and Gravis Ultrasound PnP) to install into 2 different machines, 1x MS-DOS (Pentium 233mmx) and 1x Windows 98 PC (Pentium III).

I can't decide which machine to use the Gravis Ultrasound on. I know for some DOS games, a patch is required for them to work with the PnP version but what are Windows 98 games like with the Gravis?

Last edited by zuldan on 2023-11-23, 03:44. Edited 2 times in total.

Reply 1 of 4, by dominusprog

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Speaking of my personal experience, AWE64 is better suited for Windows. The synthesizer chip is awful and general midi doesn't work out of the box.

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Reply 2 of 4, by Gmlb256

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Although CQM isn't faithful to the OPL3 FM synth and the EMU8K works better in Windows, I would pick the AWE64 over the GUS due to better Sound Blaster and AdLib compatibility. It still has an MPU-401 compatible interface that is accessible thru the gameport.

The best-case scenario for the GUS is tracker music which are largely found in the demoscene but the MPU-401 emulation thru MegaEm in DOS is decent.

You can use both sound cards at the same time if the motherboards have multiple ISA slots.

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Reply 3 of 4, by Shponglefan

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I would put both the AWE64 and GUS PnP in the Pentium 233MMX system.

GUS is best suited for DOS games, especially those that use hardware mixing (e.g. certain Epic games). It's also highly useful for tracker music and demoscene stuff. AWE64 will give SB16 and AWE32 support which is ideal for DOS games from about 1993 onward.

For Windows 98 builds I prefer newer cards like those based on the Vortex 2 chipset for 3D sound support. SB Live! with EAX support would be another option to consider for Windows 98.

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Reply 4 of 4, by dominusprog

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Shponglefan wrote on 2023-11-21, 14:49:

I would put both the AWE64 and GUS PnP in the Pentium 233MMX system.

That would be ideal.

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A-Trend ATC-1020 V1.1 ❇ Cyrix 6x86 150+ @ 120MHz ❇ 32MiB EDO RAM (8MiBx4) ❇ A-Trend S3 Trio64V2 2MiB
Aztech Pro16 II-3D PnP ❇ 8.4GiB Quantum Fireball ❇ Win95 OSR2 Plus!