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    Question Windows 3.1 drivers for newer hardware

    Although very few people use windows 3.1 at all,
    I have been playing with it on some newer hardware.

    I have some Windows 3.1 sound drivers for newer sound cards.
    They Require more than 65MB of ram. (SETXMSTO.EXE or Himemx )
    http://turkeys4me.byethost4.com/programs/index.htm

    Win3x can be a difficult system to use.
    I'm curious if these drivers work.

    If you try them, let me know what you find.

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    Thanks, really appreciated. Can't try them out now since i don't have any system ready for it, but hopefully i will find time to play with windows 3.1 when the wife is on vacation...

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    65MB for a sound driver? More like 65KB, perhaps?

    Unless I had appropriate hardware, I'd probably run Win 3.1 in a virtualized session (e.g. VirtualBox) that abstracts the hardware interface.

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    Well, It so happens that I am just about to attempt to install a sound card into my Win 3.11 system, which I have over there on the back table.

    Have you done this before? Normally you focus on non Windows mode anyway, get the driver working in DOS mode first. The trick is to know the best place in memory to load the driver. It is always possible that a separate reference to same driver (PIF or Win 3.11 driver) when in Windows mode.

    Have you optimized your memory using DOS 6 tools? It's in the DOS 6 manual. That's vital if you want to push the limits of a Win 3.1 system.

    I will document the process I used on my web site, as soon as I get that far.

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    I am sorry, Chuck(G).
    I don't have VirtualBox setup.
    The cards are PCI bus masters and these are concrete drivers.

    Thank you, billdeg.
    These are my first attempts.
    I have not tried DOS drivers and I did not attempt a VXD.
    Only windows programs will have sound.

    No,I did not try to optimize the computers RAM.
    However, I did limit XMS using Himemx(for 386 Enhanced mode).

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    really? MOst of the time people want sound for the DOS games, but it really should not matter. I will report back once I have something that works. I used to do this kind of thing all of the time, but one day I abruptly stopped using Win 3.1 and that was that. (1995)
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    ANyway, for now the show is over, I don't have any compatible sound cards. Iwill have to live with the internal speaker until I can get something.

    Can anyone recommend a sound card compatible with a Dell 486 (ISA), or should I just grab any old 16 bit sound blaster card I can find?
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    My beigebox 486 just has a plain jane SB16 in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billdeg View Post
    Can anyone recommend a sound card compatible with a Dell 486 (ISA), or should I just grab any old 16 bit sound blaster card I can find?
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    ESS 1868's used to be pretty easy to configure/setup and there's probably a ton of them still around. But if you have ISA S/B's available, then there's no reason that you shouldn't be able to use that. Speakers themselves make a big difference in the quality of the sound...don't scrimp on those either.

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    Sorry, I need to remember that most people don't have a 486 with a PCI bus.
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