First post, by sepp
after trying out different emulations and after my failure with the Biostar Viotech Mainboard, I got hands on a very nice and sweet Pentium III system which I want to complete.
And sure, one of the major questions is: which will be my soundcard setup for this.
I am planning to setup Windows 98 SE following the pretty good guide from Phil (AFAIR he calls it DOS Super Mode).
But lets head to the question:
Looting old hardware out of various cellars and also buying things from the internet brought me the following hardware setups:
Creative Soundblaster CT2980. Regarding some retro websites this is a Soundblaster Vibra 16S - allthough its a Vibra it seems to be one of the "better" ones with real OPL3.
Creative AWE64 Gold. I also bought a DIY soldering kit of a clone of the original memory board with 28MB.
And I found this on my own stock pile:
An ESS SOLO-1. Sadly its a PCI Soundcard. But regarding Phils review it shouldnt be bad at all - even for DOS games.
And last but not least:
I bought a Dreamblaster X2 as an addon for one of these cards (in special: having the ESS or the Vibra in mind).
This will be the rest of the system:
Gigabyte Mainboard with VT82C694T, 128MB RAM, and a 1133Mhz Tualatin S. Mainboard was recaped by me, due to balooning caps.
Further on there will be a Geforce 2 MX400, a Voodoo2 (for the Glide stuff) and an USB PCI controller - for transfering some data to the machine.
Which kind of games I want to play?
Nothing very unusual or very special. Mostly adventures like the Guybrush games, the Indiana Jones games, loom, Simon and so on. Some 3D shooters like Doom, Quake 1, Duke....
Which setup shall I use for best quality and compability?
The Vibra with the X2?
The ESS with the X2?
The AWE64 with the X2 (yes i know, I need an adapter)?
Your opinion is welcome 😀