Need a good ISA/VLB DOS Soundcard

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  1. PeacefulAnarchy

    PeacefulAnarchy You get one for the money, two for the show, three

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    Alright, so anyway, I just upgraded my DOS machine to an AMD 5x86-133 (OCed to 120/40FSB), and 16MB of EDO RAM.

    Well, considering the specs of this thing, I nailed it down to the sound card.

    My current sound card is an official Sound Blaster 16 ISA card. This is NOT a knockoff. It's the official Creative Labs card. And it sucks. When I enable Redbook audio in Descent II, my framerates double because the synth chip (OPL3), is not being used.

    And any game that needs an assload of sound channels to run dies and putters in heavy combat, both sound wise and framerate wise.

    I played Descent for years on a Dell Dimension P75T, and it had similar specs to this box but with a Turtle Beach sound card, and it never dropped below 60fps. On this machine, I ace 20 - my 486-25 Thinkpad ran it better.

    So, any recommendations? I have SETBLASTER enabled in autoexec.bat, I've got both DOS and Windows drivers loaded, and my games run like crap.

    The card I want to replace it with *MUST* be 100% SB16 compatible.

    My machine is running PC-DOS 7.0/Windows 3.1.

    Specs:
    AMD X5-PR75 133MHz/33FSB chip OCed to 120MHz/40FSB
    ATI Mach32 VLB 1MB Video Card
    Western Digital 850MB HD
    16MB EDO RAM (IBM Manufacture)
    Unknown Brand motherboard with 256K cache installed (Great board, it has so many gold plated connectors P. Diddy himself would approve of it!)
    Promise Technologies VLB/ISA EIDE/Floppy/Serial/Parallel/Game Port Card
    Hitachi 8X CD-ROM
    Meridian 230W PSU

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. RyanL

    RyanL OT Supporter

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    Holy shit old computer... You can probably find one in a dumpster in a older computer. Matter a fact every one of my dumpster pulls has been faster then that computer...
     
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    Best ISA soundcard IMO was the Soundblaster AWE 64 Gold card. I have one in my old machine to play DOS games.
     
  4. PeacefulAnarchy

    PeacefulAnarchy You get one for the money, two for the show, three

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    Yeah but I like FM more than wavetable. Just me.

    I'm going to try reinstalling PC-DOS...
     
  5. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    I have an ESS AudioDrive card from the late 90's I could hook you up with if you're interested. It's not fantastic though.
     
  6. PeacefulAnarchy

    PeacefulAnarchy You get one for the money, two for the show, three

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    ESS Audiodrive sucks...Sorry dude.

    I tried getting Descent to take to one on a Presario laptop and it wouldn't. Doom pissed it off, too.

    Descent even has built in AudioDrive support.
     
  7. Monstrddg

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    Ive thrown newer PCs out with the trash
     

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