First post, by ratfink
I installed this card, again, in my athlon 700 box [98se, ms-6167, savage 2000, 3c905-something]. Last time I could not get it working quickly and lost patience.
After running the floppy-based driver installation, the card worked but was clearly set up wrongly. It turned out that I had to copy some files from windows\system to \windows, as the installation put them in the wrong place. Found that by looking at the driver file details and checking where they were, after the autoexec kept reporting file not found.
The card emulates an sb pro though in a windows dosbox the set blaster variables are just [in my case] a220 i5 d1, so you have to add t4 yourself. Card works in dos with just a set blaster line as far as I recall.
There is an onboard midi wavetable rom on this card [SAMSUNG KS0174-1MO4]. No tsr is needed to use the midi in dos. Music is maybe not in the yamaha/roland - will try to do some recordings some time - but not all bad, eg the cymbals and guitars in heretic are ok, doom and duke nukem3d sound ok, even warcraft 2.
FM synth is nice and bright, it doesn't have the dulled and muffled edge that my old ct17400 had. Maybe a bit too bright. I understand this is likely due to not being filtered.
There is a 3D setting that can be turned on and off in windows [and maybe dos, haven't looked into it]. Not sure what use this is.
The main problem with the card is that sound effects in dos games are accompanied by a huge amount of background static or noise. Can anything be done about that? It's so bad it pretty much ruins some games.