First post, by starhawk
Someone gave me an old VAIO in a stack of other old laptops and stuff; I tend to be a discard pile for a local tech shop dude who's a close friend and this was in some of the stuff he recently gave me. It's marked underneath as a PCG-7L1L. From what I can find, this corresponds to a Sony VAIO VGN-FS290 laptop. I've installed WinXP on it, and got enough drivers working coherently -- with my friend's kindly assistance (thank you, sir! You know who you are...) to get a coherent system going.
I'm using it for a nostalgia gaming rig, and the first game to go on is an old DOS game I used to play a long time ago. It's a MECC entry and kind of an odd one, as it's 'educational'. Turn up your noses all you want, this is the rarest gem of that sort of game, one that's done well. It's called 'Museum Madness' and I adore it for the fact that it's more entertainment than anything else. If you ever played it, you probably know what I mean 😉 alas, the sound effects work but the incredible music they gave the game (did you know it has a soundtrack album? Someone's even managed to put it on YouTube now!) is muted by the onboard sound chipset. From the PCI ID it's a Realtek ALC260... was quite a pain-in-the-tail chasing that down.
I've tried various settings in the little 'setup' program that comes with the thing. Sound Blaster vs Sound Blaster Pro makes no difference, nor does any port or IRQ combination. I'm not brave enough to set it to beep-speaker 😉 and AdLib just doesn't work at all. Can anyone help? I'll cry if I can't have the music!