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How do I set up a sound card?


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I'm afraid the only sound cards I have set up in DOS were Sound Blaster compatible, so these are the only ones I can detail here. I am aware of some cards that come with a program which makes them appear to be Sound Blaster compatible, and allow DOS programs to use them as such, even though they may not even be ISA cards. You should follow the installation instructions provided with it if you have one of these.

While many programs allow you to select the particulars concerning the sound card it is preferable to amend your AUTOEXEC.BAT so that they can retrieve this information automatically.
To do this a modified version the following statement should be inserted.
set BLASTER=A220 I5 D1 T4
Everything after set must be typed in uppercase.

'A220' refers to the base address of your sound card, usually one of the following:
A210 for address 210
A220 for address 220
A230 for address 230
A240 for address 240
A250 for address 250
A260 for address 260
A280 for address 280

'I5' specifies the IRQ level used, normally one of the following:
I2 for IRQ 2
I5 for IRQ 5
I7 for IRQ 7

'D1' specifies the DMA channel used, normally one of the following:
D0 for DMA channel 0
D1 for DMA channel 1
D3 for DMA channel 3
D5 for DMA channel 5
D6 for DMA channel 6
D7 for DMA channel 7

As for the 'T4' it refers to the type of sound card I believe, I'm afraid that I don't know the other options for this.


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