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Re: Sound cards - from best to worst

pc-sound-legacy wrote on 2021-02-28, 23:37: I would recommend a non-pnp / jumper controlled card for a 486 system. So the ES688 (dedicated OPL3) or ES1688 (ESFM) would be good choice if available. Why shouldn't I use PnP on mobo with PnP capable BIOS?

Re: Retro Development

in Milliways
I could be wrong, but I was under the impression that DOS won't boot from a partition other than the first FAT 16 one, and that's why boot loaders have options to hide partitions and/or reorder BIOS devices? Have fun! It can boot from "drive C:" only. It wouldn't be a problem if it weren't use …

Re: Which operating systems work on i586?

Interesting exercise but that's well off the beaten path, especially as the table indicates it only works with either non-MMX i586 CPUs or non-PAE but SSE2-supporting CPUs. CentOS 7 is officially x86_64 only (matching upstream RHEL 7), with the i386 version (with i686 kernel) as AltArch. That means …

Re: Which operating systems work on i586?

EL6 requires PAE, EL5 requires i686. Earlier versions are somewhat inconsistent. EL4 should work on i586 based on https://wiki.centos.org/FAQ/CentOS4#What_is_CentOS_4.3F and the list of packages from https://archive.kernel.org/centos-vault/4.0/os/i386/CentOS/RPMS/ where there are kernel packages …

Re: Fried MB

Well that was a short trip down memory lane, interrupted with the putrid smell of burning lol. 1. Check (with Ohm-meter) if melted inductor's rightmost (on photo) pin has direct connection to the ground. It should after all that damage. Normally with all the stuff plugged into MB there should be at …

Re: Fried MB

Sometimes transistors and other silcon shorts and dies like so. It looks like the switching transistor of some voltage regulator gave up. Assuming no other problems, replacing the transistor and the close by capacitor will make things work again. Exploded power FET and melted inductor... smells …

Re: Sound cards - from best to worst

Eep386 wrote on 2021-02-18, 19:29: I don't really see any major compelling reason to get an ES1879 if you've already got an ES1868. I'm building second 486 box so it needs some sort of soundcard. I found ES1879 not far from my place and slightly cheaper than ES1868's on the market. But I'm …

ESS AudioDrive ES1879S issues on Win'95

Have anyone managed to use ES1879S-based soundcard on Windows 95? I've tried a whole bunch of drivers by they all ends the same: working "ES1879 Control Interface" and error Code 24 on "ES1879 Plug and Play AudioDrive". Last driver I tried was ES1879 AudioDrive v4.04.00.1327 UPD: This driver worked …

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