DOS Sound Blaster compatibility: PCI sound cards vs. PCI chipsets
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YamahaTridentCreativeCreativeAvance LogicESSPhilipsForté MediaAurealAurealC-MediaCirrus Logic
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YMF7444DWave-NX
Audigy 2 ZS CA0102
ES1370/CT5507ALS4000ES1938PSC706FM801-AUAU8820AU8830CMI8738/PCICrystal 4630
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Modes
DDMA, PC/PCI,
DSDMA (TSR)
DDMA, PC/PCITSRTSR
DDMA, WBDMA,
WSDMA
DDMA, PC/PCI,
TDMA
DDMA
DDMA, WBDMA?,
(PC/PCI)
TSRTSRUnknownDDMA, CCLS,
CCLX
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Sound BlasterSB PROSB16, SBPRO, SBSB 16SB PROSB16, SBPRO, SBSB PROSB PRO?SB PROSB PROSB PROSB PRO?SB PRO
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OPL3FMEmulationEmulationEmulationFMFMEmulationFMEmulationEmulationFMFM, bad
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Internal wavetable
noyesyesyesnonoyesnonononono
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KT133E/686BDDMA (mod)DDMA
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KT266A/VT8233TSR (DSDMA)DDMATSR (APINIT)DDMA LT IRQTDMALegacy mode 1TSR (AU30DOS)
PCM only in some games
CCLS, CCLX
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440LX
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440BXPC/PCI (ISA IRQ)DDMA, PC/PCIDDMADDMADDMADDMA
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i810/ICH(1)PC/PCIPC/PCIPC/PCILegacy mode 2
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i875/ICH5noTSR (SBINIT)no FX (TDMA)Legacy mode 2CCLS, CCLX
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P965/ICH8TSR (DSDMA)no FX (any modes)TSR (ASP4DOS)
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X58/ICH10TSR (DSDMA)
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SiS 630TDDMAno FX (DDMA)Legacy mode 2
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SiS 645DX/962UA
DDMA (mod)noTSR (APINIT)DDMAno FX (DDMA)no FX, unstableLegacy mode 2CCLX
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SiS 755FX/964Lno FX (DDMA)no (DDMA)Legacy mode 2
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SiS 671DX/968TSR (DSDMA)TSR (APINIT)WBDMAno FX (TDMA)no FX, unstableLegacy mode 2
PCM only in some games
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Acer M1543/M1531
no FX (DDMA)DDMADDMA LT IRQno FX (ALI DDMA)
Legacy mode 1, DDMA
PCM only in some games
DDMA
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ULi M1695/M1567
no FX (SBINIT)no FX (APINIT)WBDMA LT IRQno (TDMA)noLegacy mode 1/2TSR (ASP4DOS)no FX
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nForce4 UltraTSR (DSDMA)
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HIMEM-no--nononononono
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EMM386DSDMAnoyesyesnononononono
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Rev. stereoyesnoyesnonono
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Pro mixeryesno
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Doom stereononononoyesyesyesyes
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Fast crackyesnonononoyesno
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DOS ext. MIDIyesnononoyesyesyesyesyesyesyesno
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Other
MIDI and FM
requires TSR
Use AUDIGY12.EXE
MT32 IM
Soundscape
MT32 IM
ESS AudiodriveDOS SPDIF
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