Sound Blaster 16 PCI DOS card?

July 24, 2005 at 12:39:20
Specs: DOS 6.22, 128MB PC100

I'm looking for a Sound card that is PCI and will be compatible with DOS 6.22/Win 3.1. I hear that PCI runs better than ISA, so I would like to go with PCI as well as for other OS capability like for Windows 95/98.

Does Creative make a Sound Blaster 16 PCI card that was made during DOS/Win 3.1 or a card that has full DOS capability?

Jeff in 7 ways...


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#1
July 24, 2005 at 13:28:07

The MAME web site has DOS Drivers for
various SB Cards:

http://www.mameworld.net/dosmame/other.php



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#2
July 24, 2005 at 16:31:43

Thanks for your help. Now all I gotta do is search for the best / suggested 16-bit sound card!

Jeff in 7 ways...


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#3
July 28, 2005 at 20:51:21

I like the standard ISA SB16. It took me a while to figure out how to get it to work under dos due to the fact the one I used was a PnP mode and dos most definately isn't PnP.

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#4
July 31, 2005 at 23:49:48

Aren't all PCI cards going to be 32 bit whereas ISA is either 8 or 16?

Any sound card could have dos drivers but some manufacturers choose to not develop them.

Driver downloads for SB PCI cards with the 1370 and 1373 chipset included dos drivers. Post back if you locate one of those.

To enable dos support for these cards you needed to have the 'PnP OS' option in cmos turned off.


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#5
August 1, 2005 at 09:53:33

The "MAME" drivers are just Creative Lab's "Legacy" drivers.

Sound Blaster "Legacy DOS" drivers will only work when booted into Windows and then "Restart in DOS mode" and that is not always very compatible with older programs.

Your best bet is a system with an ISA sound card. There are some PCI cards that claim they work in and have drivers for real-mode DOS, but they are getting harder to find and sorry, I have never used one.

If someone is listening, here is a niche to be filled, ppl still like their DOS programs.

DosBox and other emulators are also "iffy".

Most ppl find an old 486 or Pentium I system with ISA sound card.


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