View Full Version : need some help with MS-DOS
25th Apr 02, 1:24 AM
I can't get any sound on MS-DOS based programs. how do fix that?
25th Apr 02, 2:15 AM
Depends on the version of Windows.
Most games *should*work okay in Windows - you just need to run the DOS setup or install program to configure the sound card. (They don't pick everything up from Windows automagically)
If that doesn't work... You can try the following:
- Shut down Windows into MSDOS mode
- Make sure you have sound card drivers loaded in config.sys and autoexec.bat
- Install the DOS versions of your sound card software
Hope this helps,
25th Apr 02, 2:22 AM
that's gonna be tough considering i'm using an integrated Soundblaster in a Via chipset.
25th Apr 02, 3:40 AM
Doesn't matter - what I said refers to built in sound cards as well as PCI/ISA ones.
Like I said, make sure you run the DOS game's setup or install routine to select the sound card you have (selecting Soundblaster Pro, with settings of IRQ 5, DMA 1, Address 220 normally works).
What you can also do is look in device manager at the properties of the card and it'll tell you the IRQ, DMA and address which you can then select in the DOS install or setup for the game involved.
25th Apr 02, 3:47 AM
not quite the same: i'm trying to make the sound work on an emulator.
25th Apr 02, 4:04 AM
Ah, you should have said.
It's an emulator running under DOS emulating some other OS?
25th Apr 02, 5:05 AM
It's KGen 98. I've been itching to play a game of Beyond Oasis :)
25th Apr 02, 12:46 PM
You used to need a "SET BLASTER=" command in your autoexec.bat file in order for many DOS programs to find a sound card. It would declare the DMA, IRQ, and other settings.
Unfortuantely I can't for the life recall what the exact syntax for the string is. Poke around on the net, you'll most likely find what you're looking for.
Oh yeah, almost forgot, you also had to load some SB drivers in your config.sys...I think, It's been something like 5 years since I played with dos
25th Apr 02, 10:35 PM
The set blaster command line is there, so i guess the problem is in the config.sys
Problem is i have NO IDEA what to do now.
25th Apr 02, 10:58 PM
Cut and paste your autoexec.bat and config.sys contents here for disection.
Also are you sure the sound emulation for Kgen98 is complete? It is possible it will not work for the game you want it to. Also there should be a WinX version of a genesis emulator out there somewhere, that should do you better than a DOS based one. Try Classic Gaming (http://www.classicgaming.com) I know they carry several emulators, including my beloved TG16 and Military Madness the TBS game that got me playing TBS games. Of course that was WAY before PCs were a good home gaming system stand-in.
25th Apr 02, 11:18 PM
That's another problem: any other Win based emulator can't handle the checksum error on the game and gives me the red screen. Of course, there's sound. Genecyst and Kgen are the only ones who can handle it, but there's no sound.
And config.sys is completely empty for some reason.
25th Apr 02, 11:44 PM
You still have not said what OS you are using, from the clues I'm guessing XP, if that is the case you may be SOL, cause XP does not support a true DOS environment, Win98 was the last OS by MS to really do so (ME doesn't count, it doesn't have DOS driver support).
26th Apr 02, 1:37 AM
I use Win98SE
Use a different emulator. I believe there is one that works in Win32 mode.
26th Apr 02, 5:50 AM
Which one is it?
26th Apr 02, 6:02 PM
Checksum error. Yay. PLus, i can't get a better version of Beyond Oasis. Oh well.
26th Apr 02, 11:57 PM
Odd, this works just fine for me. You can come into IRC so I can transmit you my version.
27th Apr 02, 1:41 AM
Which server and which channel? And at what time (uh, are we in the same timezone?)
27th Apr 02, 6:47 AM
Where else? :rolleyes:
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