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Guillemot Maxi Sound home studio 64 pro sound card. PCB model information: SC8600 Version 2.0. Also, a RAM SIMM is installed.
A CD-ROM was included with the sound card. The Win95 driver + software installed successfully. However, the DOS software did not install successfully. The installation creates a folder called c:\dosmaxi, and puts dos software in to it. Also, the autoexec.bat gets modified. But when Windows 98 boots up, the dos software launched from the autoexec.bat file doesn't work. (It tries to initialise the card, and also set the volume.) The error seen on the screen is "can't find maxi 64". (Words to that effect.) However, if you run this dos software inside a win98 "dos box", it works OK. But if you run this dos software in "pure" dos, it doesn't work. (I can get music when I run Doom, but only in a "dos box" using Windows 98. If I boot in to "pure" DOS, I cannot hear any music.)
Does the SC8600 only support dos general midi music inside a win9x "dos box"? The SC8500 card works OK in pure DOS, for general midi dos music. There is a strange file on the CD-ROM called instdos.exe. When you run it, it creates a *massive* file on the HDD. It "unpacks" a file called bank4.94b. It's so big, my 2GB compact flash drive has no more room, and this dos installation always fails. The other dos set up program on the CD-ROM is the one described earlier - it puts software in the dosmaxi folder, but this software only works inside win98.
Any ideas please people? Any advice gratefully received.