Hey Eric.

Ummm from what I know of these boards (the nVidia's nForce2 line of chipsets
and layout instructions) the SoundStorm itself is a chipset based audio
processing system, all hardware based (not very simple unfortunately) with
the chipsets output going out to the ALC650, a common combination used in
almost all the nForce2-MCP-T boards including the new A7n8x Deluxe.  The
problem is that the ALC650 onboard may or may not be (I don't know this as a
fact) a ''neutered'' version of the normal ALC650 because the only purpose
the 650 serves is to be the output hardware, since all the sound processing
was done back in the SoundStorm.  Basically it's like the 650 is a
mixerboard for a audio setup where there is a really powerful processor
behind it, then feeding the output ot the mixerboard to split hte channels.

So the problem lies in here:  Is it possible to take drivers from Realtek's
site and use them with the ALC650 to provide sound in a DOS environment?

As you mentioned, the Intel i8x0 -- this could be a viable workaround.  Yes,
definitely, we need to see the results of this gentleman's testing with his

----- Original Message -----
From: "Eric Auer" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2004 8:33 PM
Subject: [Freedos-user] re: asus a7n8x deluxe soundstorm sound card help

> Hi! Please mail in plain text (HTML off) when posting on the list...
> I did a bit of googling about your problem:
> > I have an Asus a7n8x deluxe motherboard and was wondering how i would
> > get sound working. Its an nvidia sound card called sound storm.
> This is one of the many boards today with onboard AC97 sound chips which
> are very simple (but multichannel / surround), so you need special
> You will probably have to enable "legacy" sound support / SoundBlaster
> compatibility in BIOS and/or with a jumper. You will have to set "PnP OS
> installed" to NO in BIOS (or install a DOS PnP manager like the Intel one,
> but that is a waste of effort when you can simply flip that configuration
> setting in BIOS setup instead to tell it that DOS is not PnP...).
> You do also have to provide a BLASTER line in your autoexec:
> SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1 H5 P330
> for example. Leave away the P330 if your legacy support does only include
> the DSP sound of the SoundBlaster, not Adlib/OPL3/MIDI...
> The Asus A7N8X with nForce chipset seems to use Realtek ALC650 sound chip,
> so google for a DOS driver for that. HOWEVER, your board should have come
> with a CD-ROM with drivers, so search for DOS drivers there.
> Sometimes you have to have to run some TSR in the background to help the
> lecacy / SoundBlaster compatibility mode of your AC97 sound a bit, and
> that TSR could be found on your CD-ROM. Or try the VIA drivers:
> > http://www.viaarena.com/?PageID=328 supports DOS for VT82C686A/B VT8231
> Some other links:
> > http://www.soundcard-drivers.com/drivers/57/57315.htm
> > http://www.dbsnet.co.za/downloads/via/68mu120a.zip
> > http://www.computing.net/dos/wwwboard/forum/7731.html
> > http://www.computing.net/dos/wwwboard/forum/12918.html
> > http://www.computing.net/dos/wwwboard/forum/14487.html
> I even found something about USB for DOS (off topic here...):
> > http://www.catc.com/products/usb4dos.html
> ... but that is far too exp*nsive for normal users.
> In general, Computing.net has a great DOS forum, it seems. Please some
> FreeDOS users register there and help some people and/or give a few
> "you can do that with http://www.freedos.org/ if you cannot find a copy
> of MS DOS anymore..." type of replies ;-).
> > http://www.computing.net/dos/wwwboard/wwwboard.html
> Thanks a lot!
> And please tell us how far you got with DOS sound on your Asus nForce
> motherboard in a few days - would be good if we could add this mail
> and your additional comments to the online self-service FAQ system...!
> (Which already contains SOME information about AC97 sound support in DOS)
> Eric.
> PS: Linux calls this sound chip a generic intel i8x0 (e.g. i810 was one
> of the first AC97 ones) compatible one. So you can try if other AC97
> tricks work for you, even if you could not find a Realtek ALC650 one.
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