aureal vortex 8830 pci sound card DOS configuration

By: mikeyionic
December 4, 2010

Heres how to get your aureal vortex 8830 (vortex 2) pci sound card to work in dos 6.22. this may work for other versions of dos, but i've only tested this solution with 6.22:

Step 1. you need a driver, so go here ...
(the download link is at the bottom of the page)

Step 2. Unzip what you've downloaded and check out the contents. The only file you will need is called "". write that file to floppy disk.

Step 3. Startup dos and copy the from your floppy drive to the c:\ drive that dos is on. like such ...

copy a:\ c:\

Step 4: For some strange reason this file will make dos crash if you try to auto-run it with autoexec.bat and config.sys, so you'll have to do it manually. go to your c:\ drive and type "" like such ...


Step 5. You'll see it launch and it will give you some error messages, but it will run after that. the error messages are because its not running in a windows environment, but that's okay. the last line will tell you its running information, such as address, interrupt, dma, and joystick port address. mine tells me this ...

blah blah:220-22Fh interrupt:5 DMA:1 joystick:201h

Step 6. At this point, the card is running in soundblaster compatibility mode. so now you want to set dos up to communicate with this "soundblaster" by using the SET BLASTER: command. just plug in the values that your driver just told you like such ...


Step 7. Now install your game. it seems that things work the best when you set up your soundcard as a "soundblaster pro" in the game installation, but it should work with any soundblaster configuration (especially if youu dont have the option of a soundblaster pro).

Yes, you will have to do this every time you start dos, but it works ... very well.

godspeed on the command line ...

this has been tested with the pc games "phantasmagoria" and "harvester".

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