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Old 06-20-2009, 08:52 PM   #1
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FreeDOS Questions!
First...specs

Gigabyte GA-MA78G-UD3H
AMD Phenom™ II X3 720 Black Edition, Triple Core @ 3GHZ
Realtek HD Audio
Now...
Running Freedos is a BLAST!
But I was just wondering...
Is there such an app, like dosbox, that would emulate my soundcard under FreeDOS?
Like VDMSound under windows?
Are the any unofficial builds of FreeDOS (nightly ISO's)?
Does it utilize all the "power" in my computer?
Are there any "new" cards that are compatible with sound blaster pro/16 which I can use under freedos?
I got 2x 4850 ATI Radeon cards. I know it's a far stretch but are there any "drivers" for it? I remember univbe from a long time ago..
Don't get me wrong..It works like a charm! Only problem I have thus far is running Outrun (ega. Black screen/computer freeze) and Skynet in 640x480 (screen is garbled and is compressed to about half the screen on the top)
Thanks

PS: Yes, I know about Dosbox and use that too on an everyday basis (Because it's just so good )
I just like a fullblow DOS partition...without having to virtualize it
My soundcard should be AC'97 compatible...whatever that means
Sorry for the noobish q's.
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Old 06-21-2009, 12:50 AM   #2
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Is there such an app, like dosbox, that would emulate my soundcard under FreeDOS?
DDMA is the only software solution I know if. It maps the PCI soundcard as an virtual ISA device. It was made for the Ensoniq AudioPCI, Creative SB-Live!, and Creative Audigy-1. You don't need to do anything special, just installing the DOS drivers for these cards will work. Other PCI soundcards won't work in DOS.

Alternatively, an ISA soundcard is better, but most modern motherboards don't support them.

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Does it utilize all the "power" in my computer?
DOS doesn't really do anything. It just provides a basic real-mode API, which often isn't used.

You should get access to most of your RAM in protected-mode applications, but the 64-bit support and multiple cores probably won't work with anything.

Most DOS applications will run your processor at 100% constantly, but most modern processors aren't designed for that. Unless your cooling is tip-top, your processor will probably run a little on the hot side or even too hot.

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Are there any "new" cards that are compatible with sound blaster pro/16 which I can use under freedos?
The cards I mentioned previously are about it.

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I got 2x 4850 ATI Radeon cards. I know it's a far stretch but are there any "drivers" for it? I remember univbe from a long time ago..
ATi cards have decent VESA support already, so you don't need drivers. You won't get any 3D acceleration support in any DOS programs though.
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Old 06-21-2009, 07:37 AM   #3
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Re: FreeDOS Questions!
Thanks for your help I'll look into it!
I wonder why noone has ever made a "wrapper" for it
I suppose you'd need tons of drivers and tons of documentation...
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