It is a working clone technically, but because of the mismatched instruments I find it unacceptable. Also, the volume on the synth has to be turned up for balance. How is the Gold Competency Level Attained? He is a lifelong computer geek and loves everything related to computers, software, and new technology. Don’t bother—the music is just as messed up with or without an IRQ.

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The channels are not backwards when tested with speaker-test -b -c 2.

Crystal PnP Audio System MPU-401 Compatible 4.05.2720

In alsamixer, there is a mysterious 3-leveled control labelled Playback that seems to work like a gain multiplier making volume much louder. INI file in the game directory.

Out of the box, all audio sources are resampled to a fixed rate and mixed in software. There is no driver for AD This one program is all you need to get the card initialized and working under plain DOS. EXE with the version that was installed into C: SYS to get the sound initialized.

Crystal PnP Audio System MPU Compatible driver Sound card software versions

If it’s V, V or V, then you do. ESS quit supporting their legacy products some time between and It sure would be nice to have some documentation of what it is expecting.


Later developments in the sound stacks of Windows and Linux only served to put aaudio nails in the coffin of sound quality. This clone stands out by claiming compatibility with the Sound Blaster 16 instead of merely Sound Blaster Pro 2.

That is the DSP chip and the version number is on it and starts with V4xx. See the equivalent MPB daughterboard here.

But T3 is Sound Blaster 2. Even with the traditional orientation, a full-sized daughterboard may collide with the ISA slot.

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This quirky non-PnP card allows the base address to be selected by jumper, but other settings can be changed only using Aztech’s proprietary configurator. Nevertheless, my “working” configuration incorporated some stuff from npp All of my Sound Blasters had the hanging note bug. OPTi chips were used on off-brand cards that are anything but rare.

Unfortunately, the card is not compatible with DN3D. W98SE did not auto-detect the sound card at all.

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The only difference is that the Crystak card needs an initialization program to set it up while the non-PnP card is ready to go.


The GUS Classic does that by default. Less shockingly, the music is all messed up timing is broken. DN3D music is still glitched. Old Aztech cards like this one can be unambiguously identified by comparing the FCC-ID printed on the board against the list at aystem DN3D sound xystem are crackly when the mixer rate is set to 44 kHz.

Reportedlyearlier ALS non-plus cards did not have this limitation. In DOOM, the volume fluctuates strangely as if the music were interfering with itself.

Having done that, it goes back to Basic configuration on the next boot, but the DMA setting sticks and is no longer locked?

BAT each and every time the card is initialized. I got tired of their installation process and now have a merged Sound Blaster drivers collection in Audiio The closest one, snd-adadoesn’t work and continues not working even after ada. MegaMID works to play.