First post, by adalbert
Hello, one of my vintage laptops used for old software is Pentium II 366MHz Dell CPI. It runs Windows 95 OSR2, but I can upgrade it to Win 98SE if needed.
It has two audio devices installed:
NeoMagic MagicMedia 256 Audio
NeoMagic MagicMedia 256 Sound Blaster Emulation (optional driver)
Sound works fine under Windows applications, but there was no MIDI music and no MIDI devices installed. User's guide stated that this laptop uses sound blaster emulation and 'software wavetable', so I installed Yamaha XG50 Soft Synth and I got MIDI in Windows.
But I would like to have MIDI in DOS games, launched in Windows.
I get sound effects playing fine, but no music, although games seem to detect music card.
Sound in DOS games work only in Windows because it needs driver for emulation.
NeoMagic MagicMedia 256 Sound Blaster Emulation driver has reserved three I/O ranges in control panel:
0220 - 022F
0388 - 038B
0300 - 0301
so it has also ranges that are used for playing music, like 0x388, but the sound card probably doesn't have build in music sythesiser.
Is it possible to emulate MIDI synthesizer for use with DOS games, when only sound effects are working, or to route MIDI signals from DOS to be played by Windows synth - Yamaha XG50?
I have noticed that there is VDMSound for Win 9x but I heard that it is unstable alpha.
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