I was wondering what the best operating system would be for this machine. I'd like to run late 90s games on it but some are completely incompatible with Windows 2000 that it currently has. I was planning on putting Windows 98SE on it but there's no drivers for that os. Would Windows ME be a decent option in this case?
The audio drivers have SoundBlaster emulation for DOS games within Windows.
It can be enabled through the device manager.
I've read the A31p's driver has soundblaster emulation, Re: Windows 98se compaq evo n610c no sound in dos games , It's a VXD driver with GM MIDI virtual service for DOS, and I've tested the driver with my soundmax card and it's not working good, sound driver setup can't recognize the SB 'hardware' but old DOS games can.
I'm planning to get a A30p and I checked the driver from IBM, and it has soundblaster emulation. Here's INF:
1[Strings] 2String0="Crystal Semiconductor" 3String1="Crystal Semiconductor" 4KEY_IOC="SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\MediaResources\InstallOptionalComponents" 5KEY_BASE="SOFTWARE\Crystal Semiconductor\CS461x" 6SYNTH_BASE="Software\Crystal\CrystalWave\0.0" 7DeviceDesc="Crystal Audio Codec" 8BlasterDesc="Crystal Audio Codec Game Device" 9MediaClassName="Sound, video and game controllers" 10 11CSMfgName="Crystal Semiconductor Corporation" 12CSSYNTH.DeviceDesc="CrystalWave Synthesizer" 13ProviderCrystal="Crystal" 14V_CLSWAVEFORM="Audio" 15V_CLSMIDI="MIDI" 16V_CLSMIXER="Mixer" 17V_CLSAUX="Auxiliary" 18V_INTERNAL="FM Synthesis" 19V_EXTERNAL="External MIDI Port"
So would you bother to share the compatibility of the A30p driver's emulation? If it works for most DOS games (both digital sound and music) then I'll definitely get one.