LAST REVISION: 12/26/97
BY: Rod Smith,
This is a summary of information I've learned about sound cards for
use under OS/2. This document focuses upon wavetable cards in the
$100-$200 range, but cards in other price ranges are also included on a
more sporadic basis. I update this document as I receive more
information, so please send me any corrections or additional information
you may have. Anybody wishing to make this document available via a web
server or other means has my permission to do so, though I ask that you
try to keep the document reasonably up to date with the current release.
An official web version is available at
Windows 95 users: I've been receiving a lot of requests lately for
information on Windows 95 drivers. I have none. You
may still find some of the general information in this document to be
of use, but beyond the manufacturer contact information, I can't help
you locate or configure Windows 95 drivers for any
specific sound card. I'm told that
www.drivershq.com has many Win95, Windows 3.1, and OS/2 drivers,
so you may want to check there, too.
I am making every attempt to keep these web pages viewable from any
web browser. Of course, not all browsers support all features used by
these pages (such as graphics), but I've tried to make such items
harmless to these browsers. These pages have been checked using
weblint, as well as with a variety of browsers. If you encounter a
problem accessing these pages from your browser, please notify me.
- Miscellaneous small textual changes.
- I'm adding modification dates to the pages on specific products.
Anything without a date was last modified with the previous revision
- Added a brief discussion of PCI sound boards to the Technology section. I know of no PCI sound
cards with OS/2 drivers as of yet.
- I've heard that Warp 4.0 has a bug that prevents multiple MIDI
drivers from working, so it's important to install only one. This
is now mentioned in the MIDI section.
- Brief entry added on Acer AW35.
- Sadly, Advanced Gravis has removed
itself from the sound card marketplace, though the last I checked,
at least one other Interwave-based
board, the Core Dynamics DynaSonix
3D, is still available.
- AVM Apex OS/2 drivers have yet to
materialize, though they're promised "soon."
- Updated information on drivers for Creative
Labs AWE64, and more on the confusing morass of a question of
whether Creative has dropped OS/2 support. Also added a note about
CD audio from a CD-ROM drive.
- Added an entry on the Guillemot
sound cards. Fairly high-end, but no OS/2 drivers.
- Added some (sketchy) additional information on getting full functionality
from the Logitech SoundMan Wave.
- Updated information on MediaTrix's line.
- Minor updates to the Turtle Beach Tropez
installation instructions. Also added a link to Timur Tabi's Turtle
- Updated links on the Crystal Semiconductor
page, and minimal information on their new PCI chipset.
- Mwave-based products appear to be going
nowhere, as far as OS/2 driver support is concerned. Older Mwave
boards, like the IBM Multimedia Modem
Plus, are being discontinued.
- Added a section on S3, which is branching
out into the sound chipset market.
- General Comments
- Basic Technology
- Driver Installation
- VoiceType (Speech Recognition)
- MIDI File Playback
- Sound Board Chipsets
- Sound Board Specifics
- Purchase Recommendations
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