Solved Sound Blaster 16 not working in Windows 95's MS-DOS mode

Toshiba / Libretto 50ct
November 26, 2012 at 17:03:39
Specs: Windows 95, Pentium 200MHz / 32MB
I got an SB16 for my Packard Bell Multimedia. If I try to play games under Windows 95's MS-DOS mode (the one you restart into, not a DOS box in Windows 95). None of the games I try detect the sound card, but it works fine in Windows 95. I tried installing drivers uses sabbasic.exe but it said I was running it from Windows 95 even though I was running it from command prompt only. How do I install drivers so it will work under Windows 95's MS-DOS mode? Please help.

EDIT: Ignore the Toshiba / Libretto 50ct tag, it is incorrect.

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November 26, 2012 at 17:39:27
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Wow, been there done that and forgotten it years ago LOL.

I did stumble across this which might give you some food for thought:

If there are no DOS drivers on your disk then you presumably need the SB16 ones from Creative, so I trust they are listed. The procedure on the video implies that it sets up the autoexec.bat and config.sys files automatically - hope it is that easy. You might not need the midi stuff, even if it applies.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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November 26, 2012 at 20:33:24
If you click on a desktop icon to have it reboot to msdos mode and then start the game then when it reboots it swaps different versions of config.sys and autoexec.bat. If those different versions don't have the sound blaster stuff loading then your card won't work. You would need to manually edit the dos versons of those files to add the relevent lines or use the sound blaster installation disk and install them when you're in dos mode.

If you're rebooting to msdos mode via the shutdown menu there's a file called DOSSTART.BAT in the windows directory that runs. It's basically an autoexec.bat. You need the soundblaster dos stuff that is probably loading in the regular autoexec.bat (c:\autoexec.bat) to load in dosstart.bat. You'll need to manually edit dosstart.bat so it has the same dos soundblaster lines as are in autoexec.bat.

The original config.sys file is still in effect when booting to dos with the shutdown menu so no changes need to be made to it.

It's possible you won't have a dosstart.bat file if it was never set up to run that way.

Post back which method you're using to get to dos mode.

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November 27, 2012 at 13:16:43
I start MS-DOS mode by using the "Restart the computer in MS-DOS mode?" option on the Shut Down Windows screen.

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November 27, 2012 at 20:25:19
So, is the problem fixed? If not post back contents of autoexec.bat and dosstart.bat. Dosstart.bat (if it's there) will be in the windows directory.

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