I have had a BIG problem with getting my PCI128-based sound card working under a pure-DOS environment, but have finally solved it. I am putting instructions here to save others the blood sweat and tears. This file is provided AS IS. It may work... it may not work. I didn't write it, so I cannot help you on it. Download at your own risk!

Download this file: pci64.zip
This file is about 15MB and contains DOS drivers written for sound cards based on the Ensoniq sound chip. This driver will also work on Creative Labs PCI64 cards, and as I have found out, also PCI128 cards.



Once you have pci64.zip, please extract it to a directory named "SOUND" in the root of the C drive. (ex. C:\SOUND)


The driver requires the use of a memory manager. You can use EMM386.EXE. Put that file in the root of C: and modify your config.sys file. It should look something like this:
STACKS=18,256
DEVICE=HIMEM.SYS
DEVICE=EMM386.EXE


The driver requires a "SET SNDSCAPE" variable. If you extracted pci64.zip into the C:\SOUND directory, the first two lines of your AUTOEXEC.BAT file should look like this:
SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1 T2
SET SNDSCAPE=C:\SOUND


Next, you have to load the sound drivers. If you extracted pci64.zip into the C:\SOUND directory, the next two lines of your AUTOEXEC.BAT file should look like this:
C:\SOUND\APINIT.COM
C:\SOUND\APLOAD.EXE


The sound driver should now be loaded, however, you have to force MPXPlay to use the Midas Sound System instead of SB Pro. This is very simple to do. Simply put a file named MPXPLAY.INI in the directory where your MPXPlay executable is located. In this file, put the following line:
SoundcardType=15          ;-scs (1,2,3,14,15)(0:autodetect)

Hint: You may want to copy and paste this line because I think it matters how many spaces are before the semi-colon.


I hope this information is useful to you. Please DO NOT contact me about this download. It has been too long since I made this page for me to be of any help. Sorry.

Back to MP3 Sidekick project.