Boohyaka wrote on 2022-03-28, 19:46:
I wasn't aware of that specific limitation but you're basically trying to put a PCI sound card from 2000 into a very DOS/Win3.x/early Win95 build. I highly doubt Win95 would actually have a lower requirement, you're just making the time gap even bigger, with probably even less chance for proper support. And you will probably want to run DOS on such a machine, where the Live 5.1 being PCI will not sound great...to say the least.
In your shoes I'd look at buying a cheap ISA soundcard. Around 1995 you're right into SB16/AWE32 era but if you want to stay cheap, I'd go for something like an ES1868f based card, you should be able to find some around 20 bucks on ebay. They are good, compatible SB Pro sound cards with non-bugged MIDI. Your Live 5.1 would be happier in a late PII or a PIII build running Win98SE and native games.
Pretty much what he said, and:
- In my experience, if you look around a bit, you'll find quite some variety of decent ISA sound cards for as little as 10 €. At least here in Germany. With ESS chips or ALS100 or a few others. Actual OPL3 on it can't hurt. Sure, any SB16 of the time should do, as well, just bit more expensive.
- But, if you want to keep the Live, why not try that, it will do most things with the correct drivers. Look at "phil's computer lab" for advice on that.
- And, if it really gives you trouble, get more RAM for that machine - couldn't hurt for many other reasons.
Those PS2 (or PS/2 sometimes) SIMM modules with 72 pins and 16 MB are dirt cheap and any earlier Pentium Board will take four of them. That's "FPM" of "EDO" DRAM.
(Now that you have 40 on there, I'd assume it's two 16 MB and two 4 MB right now, so just get two more with 16 MB to replace the latter, they usually come in pairs and should be one)
If it's a later board, Intel VX or VIA VP chipset, it might take the 168 pin "DIMM" modules or "PC-66/100/133" SDRAM. Even easier to find, single 64 or two 32 MB ones. PC-66 would suffice, but "faster" ones don't hurt.
More than 64 MB probably won't do you much good.
There are some good reasons to keep Win98 SE.