VPC2K7: Working SB16 Driver

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September 17, 2010 at 03:02:12
Specs: Windows XP, Athlon 64 X2 6000/4G
Running MSDOS 6.22 on VPC 2007. I can't seem to find a working driver for the emulated SB16. Loads, but states that the "Blaster settings" are invalid during bootup. Since it's stated (on Wikipedia) the the actual "card" is a SB16 ISA PnP, is it possible that I'd need to load a DOS PnP driver, first?

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September 17, 2010 at 05:06:11



..you can open this exe with WINRAR, it has a readme in the package...

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September 17, 2010 at 11:59:02
I don't know if it's the same in a virtual PC setting but in pure dos sometimes the creative drivers won't load if the bios is set for 'PnP OS'. Alternatively, you may be able to reserve IRQ 5 for a legacy device.

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September 18, 2010 at 00:23:44
I very much doubt a driver is necessary. If the "BLASTER" settings are invalid, it means that the BLASTER variable in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file specifies an incorrect IRQ and/or DMA channel. According to my research (I use VirtualBox, not VPC), the BLASTER variable should be set to "A220 I5 D1 H5 P330 T6." The interrupt in particular is important, since IRQ 7 was also a common setting.

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September 18, 2010 at 01:30:09
"Since it's stated (on Wikipedia) the the actual "card" is a SB16 ISA PnP"

If it is P'n'P the Blaster Variable is irrelevent, but if it is a non P'n'P then:


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September 18, 2010 at 23:53:36
Being Plug and Play doesn't make the BLASTER variable irrelevant. Being PnP is only useful if using an operating system that supports it, which MS-DOS does not. Thus you must still specify the correct IRQ and memory address to use the card in MS-DOS.

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