First post, by ultra_code
Okay, I have a lot of questions regarding the audio IDE optical drives "put out" under Windows 98 SE. If anyone can answer them in any particular order, that would be great.
So, here are my questions:
- To clarify, over the IDE ribbon cable is digital, over the 4-pin is analog, and over the 2-pin SPDIF is also digital? Also, with the former and latter (if they are both digital), does the digital signals transmitted over them created by the optical drive's DAC or something on the motherboard?
- Which of the three means work the best (in terms of sound quality and preventing static-y noises): IDE ribbon cable, 4-pin, or 2-pin SPDIF?
- What is the benefit of using the 4-pin analog wire over the digital means of transmitting audio?
- After plugging in the 4-pin wire into both the optical drive and a soundcard, are [there](typo fixed) things that need to be set to within an OS to have that 4-pin to work? Is there any way for me to find out which method is being chosen, like for instance whether or not the 4-pin analog is being used over the digital IDE interface?
- Do you need WDM drivers for the "digital audio playback" option in the "Multimedia" (?) settings to be accessible and turned on?
- Is the IDE route better than the analog route?
Thanks in advance!