Well, I managed to grab a charming and small mITX case for very little..
It's very compact and slim, and can't take any PCI cards whatsoever so I am stuck with whatever the EPIA has on board, which is Unichrome Pro graphics and AC97 Sound. Now that means no SB compatibility, so it kills most DOS game compatibility outright. Or does it? I have a few questions here.
1. I believe Windows 98 has some level of SB Pro compatibility for ALL sound cards as long as they work with WSS, this is handled through SBEMUL.SYS and by default emulates an SB Pro - is this reliable under Windows 98? Could I, if I install Windows 98 on this thing, get Legacy DOS sound with Win98 emulation (I realize that won't work with everything, but covering most things would be fine in my book).
2. As far as I can tell using VDMSound under Windows XP is another way to get Legacy sound here, and this does not sound like a terrible prospect - I can easily up the RAM on this thing to 1 GB and in a pinch it would be a usable Windows XP mITX build. Would using VDMSound under Windows XP be more friendly for DOS games than using SBEMUL.SYS under Windows 98?
3. Would using DOSBOX under Windows 98 or Windows XP be a solution? I have no idea just how fast a VIA C3-1000A is exactly, but a 1GHz P3 can emulate a DX2-66 according to DOSBOX so this thing can probably emulate something around a DX2-50.. This could be just fine for me, the most demanding games I will want to run in DOSBOX would be DOOM 1 and 2 - maybe this is just the way I should go?
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