Sound in DOS 6.22

July 31, 2011 at 20:41:25
Specs: MS 6.22, Q9650
I installed DOS 6.22 in a multi-boot computer and have everything up and running...mouse, CD-ROM, DOS SHELL, connection to broadband, Arachne. Thinking about getting a Brother laser printer with LPT port and an LPT-to-PCI addin card. Looks like the one issue that may be insurrmountable though is sound. I have a motherboard with an ICH9R chipset. My understanding is that ICH6R or higher precludes any possibility of getting sound, irrespective of the sound card used. Is that pretty much it? Looking for sound as it relates to music, not games.

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July 31, 2011 at 20:45:35
You could still possibly disable the onboard sound (assuming it has it) in the machines' BIOS, and add a card which has DOS-drivers available for it. Finding one may be difficult, but not out of the question. If the machine is multi-boot, then you'd need to find a way to implement specific drivers for the other OS(s) as well...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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August 1, 2011 at 23:11:58
Hi Jaydub - when running dos programs you may experience problems with the sound, because so much of its support/control is within the dos program itself. (similar to printer drivers).

When written, these programs were often not forward compatible enough, and one finds certain elements do not work on later equipment.

I have experienced:-
sound not working
vga monitors not working as program supports cga or ega only.
program not working as too much memory
picture size on monitor too small
laser printers not supported

Possibly one could work around these if so inclined.

Good Luck - Keep us posted


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