First post, by seras13
I am into old-school gaming so i am collecting all retro consoles that i can find ane building game collections for them. The next logical step for me was to get into some DOS gaming since i kinda grew with both NES and some PC gaming back in the day.
Since i didn't want to build the PC from scratch, i kinda wanted to have it 'on the go', like any of ky consoles.....i turn it on and play some games, so i bought a brand PC laptop Toshiba Tecra 8000 which serves my needs quite good.
Since all the PC fuzz that i learned back in the day is long gone, i forgot how most of the stuff goes this is the second time i was installing Win98SE on it cuz the first time i messed a lot of things on it with some drivers i suppose.
My spec are:
CPU: Pentium II 366Mhz
The Pc is just what i want, i can run DOS games and also some early Pentium/WIN titles (like jazz jackrabbit 2,Tomb Raider 2,Monkey Island 3 basically sequels for some DOS games that i will have in my collection and some fun memorable titles)
Now what's the problem with it....
First time i installed win98se and started building my collection i ran on several problems involving sound most noticebly. Has some issues with cpu being too fast but i solved that and some other problems with this site which for i am very grateful. But the sound (i guess it was drivers not compatible with eachother i tried with soundblaster drivers,awe32 and awe64 gold) it gave me a headache. Only games with soundblaster worked and you had to choose if you want sfx or music, some of them worked both but most of the time it was one thing or another. From irq problems to not finding drivers, to dukenukem3d not working at all for some reason and windows opening c:\windows folder in explorer from startup. So a lot of stuff was fucked-up
So i started from scratch installed win98se again and read somewhere that it should be better to leave windows itself take care of the drivers. So the only thing i messed around is installing unnoficial usb bus drivers so i can use USB stick to copy games.
Now everything works well i just need to make shortcuts for certain games to be runned in dos mode and chose proper sound card in the game setup.
So far i setup this:
Doom (runs in dos through shortcut with soundblaster)
Doom 2 (runs in dos through shortcut with soundblaster)
Jazz (runs in dos through shortcut with soundblaster)
Wolfenstein3d (runs in dos through shortcut with soundblaster)
Dukenukem3d (runs in dos through shortcut with soundblaster for sfx and general midi for music i will check again not on my pc right now)
Secret of monkey island and monkey island 2 (run directly in windows through dos prompt with soundblaster for sfx and roland for music)
Prince of persia 1 and 2 (run directly in windows through dos prompt with soundblaster for sfx and roland for music)
The last two (monkey island and prince) i am having issues with. For some reason those games work only when they are run directly in windows. If i run them with shortcut through dos they don't have sound at all. In windows however they work but monkey island 1(tried second one too) have only music with roland but no sfx with soundblaster. Also monkey island 2 music is weird and all over the place, its like it runs too fast then too slow then it cant keep up the pace, always offbeat.
For prince of persia i managed to run the first one fine but the second one works untill you hit someone with sword (first scene). And then it freezes. I guess it tries to make sound through soundblaster and thats the moment the game freezes/hangs.
I read there are a lot of issues with that combination soundblaster/roland, so is there a way to fix this?
I don't want to mess around with autoexec like i did last time. Right now it is empty, no lines in it but games work fine. And didn't install any driver not for soundblaster or roland.....idk if thats necessary.....
So if it is i just wanted ti check here before i do it i dont want to mess thing up again. Or maybe there is some workaround for this.
I'm sorry i wrote this much i'm just trying to explain everything as much as i can, but i am here if you need some more info.
Also excuse me for my bad english hope you all understand me. Thx in advance