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Re: ESS1868 compatibility issues

Okay, the Yamaha YMF719 card arrived - there's a sticker on the card which labels it as an 'Addonics' brand. Unisound identified it as an OPL3-SAX and initialised it with the same settings as I was using before (A220, I7, D1, T4, P330, J201). No software changes have been made. The difference? - …

Re: ESS1868 compatibility issues

Anyway, I can't fit any of my SB16 cards in to test them, so I've just bought the cheapest YMF719 soundcard I could find on Ebay, and which was no longer than a 16bit slot. I'll see if that makes any difference. YMF719 is nice. Two things you should be aware of: 1) Get the version with two seperate …

Re: ESS1868 compatibility issues

I just tested Tyrian with the "tyrian21" package available at many sites on my ES1869, and sound effects worked fine. Something is wrong with your setup, not the soundcard, or maybe both your setup and the soundcard. I have just tried that version: no difference; music is still okay via FM and GM …

Re: ESS1868 compatibility issues

It seems pointless to source another ESS1868 card, since two now show the same symptoms in the same games. Of the other non-Soundblaster cards, what has the highest Adlib/Soundblaster/Soundblaster Pro 2 compatibility? Crystal or Yamaha based designs? I'm not interested in new cards like the Orpheus, …

Re: ESS1868 compatibility issues

Swapped over to another ESS card... but this one appears to be dead; I'm not getting any sound out of it at all, and upon closer examination it has discolouration on the reverse of the board under the amplifier chip (something the original card doesn't have - it's line-out signal only). I am …

Re: ESS1868 compatibility issues

Update on Tyrian 2000 - even bypassing the startup environment completely; i.e. nothing loaded except ESSCFG (or UNISOUND) the Tyrian setup utility and the main menu itself have the same symptoms. - Approximately 1 time out of 10 it starts up with no digital effects at all. - 9 times out of 10 it …

Re: ESS1868 compatibility issues

250 games? Amazing work! Just to double-check: in the cases where you've seen issues have you swapped out this card for something else (eg. a Creative Soundblaster) to confirm the issues were actually due to the ESS1868 and not something else? I once spent weeks messing around with a (far less …

Re: ESS1868 compatibility issues

I have completed a big audit of all ~250 games installed on my newly built 486 system. It uses a very basic ESS 1868F card: ... However I have a small number of games where I just cannot get (mainly digital audio) on the ESS card to work properly: You must have the ESS initialization loaded for it …

ESS1868 compatibility issues

I have completed a big audit of all ~250 games installed on my newly built 486 system. It uses a very basic ESS 1868F card: img20240223142420 (1).jpg It is being initialised by unisound, using the ubiquitous A220 I7 D1 T4 P330 J201 parameters. I also have an MT32Pi equipped on a WP32McCake on the …

Re: MP32L or McCake?

Before buying, check that the host soundcard is on the compatibility list for SoftMPU (unless you have a real, intelligent mode MPU-401 interface of course). https://github.com/bjt42/softmpu/wiki/Compatible-Sound-Cards Without a real Roland MPU401 (such as a MPU-IPC) or equivalent, SoftMPU is …

Re: MP32L or McCake?

Before buying, check that the host soundcard is on the compatibility list for SoftMPU (unless you have a real, intelligent mode MPU-401 interface of course). https://github.com/bjt42/softmpu/wiki/Compatible-Sound-Cards Without a real Roland MPU401 (such as a MPU-IPC) or equivalent, SoftMPU is pretty …

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