Reply 43460 of 45395, by brostenen
Forget SB Live. The combination of Win98 and SB-Live, prevents you from running real mode Dos games. The best solution is still the correct system (speed wise) for the game you wish to run and then an ISA based intelligent MPU soundcard that can do Soundblaster and then an external MIDI solution. Just make sure the soundcard also have a real OPL chip on it. The poor mans solution would be a hanging bug free ISA soundcard and then a Dreamblaster module. Is is the most bang for buck's and most compatible solution. If you are the man with the cash, then go for the real external MIDI solutions. As for PCI vs. ISA situation, then you kind of need them non-masked IO and IRQ's. That is why that PC-PCI/SB-Link solutions are to find on some PCI sound cards, like YMF-7x4 cards and others a like. But that is for a very limited set of motherboards and PCI cards. Mostly on P2/P3 stuff. Yet they often have ISA slot as well, so I am a bit confused as to why, because ISA soundcard were plenty on the market back then. But hey. Great that the header is on the motherboards, because they give you an extra option.