This disclaimer is brought to you thanks to the BSA. Thanks for your help. Hi and welcome to Vogons! When i comfig a game such as theme park or doom it asks me to choose which device i want to use for sound fx and music. Also why do i just have to try them all to hope i get the right one for music is there something more to it is there a way of knowing which particular one is meant for my device?

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This site hosts no abandonware. My retro rigs old topic Interesting Vogons threads links to Vogonswiki Report spammers here! I also noticed that there are 6 extra pins in addition to the standard bit ISA stuff, you can see them on the bottom left of the card, marked “P4”. I don’t know what the advantage of using this option is though given the AudioDrive’s excellent SB Pro emulation.

This site hosts no abandonware. Users browsing this forum: General Midi uses real instrument samples for a much more realistic appeal of music while FM music uses different types of waveforms to imitate instruments. Surprisingly mine is PnP. Was a great card back in the day, excellent value and the compatibility was amazing.


[Sound] an ESS ES1869 sound card problem

All hail the Great Capacitor Brand Finder. Much games were produced with direct support for the ES or ES?

The ES has a built-in FM music synthesizer that interprets the notes the games send to the card. This is usually where PnP cards are detected and displayed, so it may sounv a PnP card. CODOR and 3 guests. I have never seen a soundcard that had an internal FM clone available, but that used a separate OPL3 regardless.

It gives you a message about this and that you need to use ICU software. Hi and welcome to Vogons! However it seems the card takes two DMAs, 1 and 0.

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It’s a highly integrated device which combines basically all its features in one single chip. PM me for more details. I select soundblaster for soundfx and some variation of midi for music. Board index All times are UTC.

ESS Technology

In basically all DOS games since late you can choose “General Midi” as a music device which usually means the best possible quality of music. But SB Pro emulation play only 8bit sound, not 16bit. Yes, and what’s the problem with that?

I ended up going with the older ES based card picture above over the ES based card in the OP because it’s non-PnP and it doesn’t ‘pop’ on es869 like my ES, but otherwise the user experience has been the same.


For very old games it is often wise to change the IRQ from 5 to 7, otherwise you won’t hear any sound effects.

Stereo wavetable output is reversed, which is a bit of a bummer, but otherwise I haven’t found anything negative. With this tool you can set the ressources of the card. One could find out in the ES datasheet wheter FM data can still be send outside of it, or not.

ESS Technology – datasheet pdf

Since it have a Wavetable, does anyone know a good daughterboard that I can buy from Ebay? Very old games might not have a sound setup and default to basic values.

Sorry about all the questions i just want to understand what im choosing and why instead of randomly hoping for the best. This disclaimer is brought to you thanks to the BSA.

AdliB and SoundBlaster will output the music in mono.