Unlike the later SiS 735 chipset which used the host-processed SiS 7012, the SiS 630/730 featured the fully hardware accelerated SiS 7018 core which itself is a design licensed from Trident, sold as the Trident 4DWave (the same design was also licensed by ALi for use in their 5451 chipset). The Windows 95 VxD drivers take advantage of the hardware acceleration, and there is also SoundBlaster 16 emulation for MS-DOS based games.
Unfortunately SiS chose to drop all of the hardware features from Windows 2000 onwards, treating it as a simpler AC97 host processed solution, as the SiS 7012. At the time of writing there is still no support for the hardware DirectSound, mixing or MIDI features that this chip provides in the WDM driver.
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Hello, this is one of my first topics in MSFN, one of the things i've considered posting is about Windows 95 onboard AC97 audio drivers and inf mods which were needed in some drivers (had to do for some systems). Also to recopilate them as well
The inf modded versions are made due to some AC97 driver packages for Windows 95 (notably Realtek and C-Media), deliberated cut support for many chipset AC97 controllers in the Windows 95 version, but supported in the Windows 98/ME/2000/XP versions even if the driver version is the same as the later one, the mod puts the HW support in the Windows 95 version on par with the Windows 98/ME/2000/XP version
VideoMy first issue with the onboard vídeo is that it does not support widescreen resolutions, so I had to settle for 1280x1024. Back in the day my Duron was hooked up to a 15" cheap CRT that could not go past 1024x768 anyway, so I guess I should not complain. Video performance is, by far, nothing to write home about, as expected. Seems stable, though, and I don't think there is a big performance difference between the Win98 and Win2000 drivers. Also, lowering the resolution to 640x480 makes it perform much better.
SoundThe interesting thing about the SiS 630/730 chipset is the sound core. Unlike the SiS 7012 used in later chipsets, the SiS 7018 is hardware accelerated and not some dumb software-driven codec. It also has DOS drivers and a decent mixer. In Windows I don't really have anything to say except that I had no issues with the sound drivers. The WDM drivers do not support the acceleration features of the sound core, so I had to pass a parameter to the sound driver's SETUP.EXE to force it to install the VxD drivers. It features a software GM synth that is nothing to write home about, and the analog output quality is decent, but does have a faint background hiss.
For DOS gaming.... OPL emulation sucks. Like... really sucks. And in Windows the VxD drivers seem to fail to expose the software synth to DOS apps within Windows. GM works just fine in pure DOS. Also, the DOS drivers can be set to emulate either a SB16 or a SBPro and take about 30KB of conventional memory. It uses two files, SNDINIT.EXE and SNDTSR.EXE - the first EXE just initializes the hardware (and the mixer), and the second allows the emulation to work fully. Duke Nukem 3D crashes when exiting, and DOOM crashes in OPL mode (not that you'd ever want to use it). Since I have no capture hardware, I just recorded the sound of me playing DOOM for a while with GM, then trying to do so with OPL (and freezing the PC), them Duke Nukem theme song both in GM and in OPL mode. There are a bunch of missing notes when trying to play OPL tunes, which makes it ever crappier for Adlib games.DOOM - GM.mp3DOOM - FM.mp3Duke3D - GM.mp3Duke3D - FM.mp3
One interesting thing, though, is that the MPU-401 interface (for external synths) seems to be separated from the audio core, and it is not even PnP (you have to choose the MPU port in the BIOS setup) and seems to not need the DOS sound drivers to be loaded, and that is very nice!
Only issue is my Quadro4 980 XGL has great output quality, but my MX 4000 does not. My Voodoo3 runs laps around it when it comes to signal quality. Also, it is slower than the MX440 AGP 8x I had, and cannot use the older drivers. What I'll probably do is put the MX there for now and hunt for a Quadro4 580 XGL: the same chip as the MX440 I had, but it is a Quadro, so the build and signal quality should be top notch.
alexanrs, where did you get the driver for the SiS 7018 with legacy DOS support? The ones on SiS website seems to not have all needed files as after installing there is no SNDINIT.EXE and SNDTSR.EXE on C:\Windows\System. I installed the vxd and the legacy drivers using the instructions on the readme.
Here you go: the folder that is missing in the installer package. Just extract the drivers, then extract this file in the same folder and run "SETUP.EXE -lg" in Windows to set it up... or just follow the procedures described in the DOS folder's README.TXT
I also, like lagonauta, have a SiS 630 based motherboard and it also refuses to use GM. Must be the DOS driver that's programmed that way because it loads the sample bank anyway (I guess it's used for the OPL3 emulation). Somone here who have the skill to modify the driver?
Setup.exe without parameter installs for Win98SE, WinME by default the WDM drivers.However there are command line switches:-ar Installs Audio Rack-vxd Installs VXD drivers that include SB16 emulation for DOS window-lg Installs DOS drivers.
By default in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM a soundbank called GM10MB.SAM is copied and used for Wavetable playback in windows.I could take a GM80MB.SAM (ca. 6 MB size) from the ALi M5451 PCI audio accelerator driver 1.41.0000 and replace the GM10MB.SAM for better samples.(Somehow both solutions use the identical sound bank format...)
This line initializes the card and loads the soundbank given in the ini file under [Option] as SampleSetFile=default is 0, I replaced it with GM80MB.SAM copied from the Ali driver to C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEMSo:[Option]SampleSetFile=GM80MB.SAM
Now this does not enable OPL or MIDI. This requires to load a TSR:LH C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\SNDTSR.EXEThe TSR MUST have GM10MB.SAM in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM (even if no windows is installed). Replacing with GM80MB.SAM does not work for DOS as SNDTSR complains with a too large bank file.
That SNDTSR.EXE requires to have the 1 MB size GM10MB.SAM in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM collides with the possibility to replace GM10MB.SAM with the 6 MB file GM80MB.SAM for the Windows VXD driver. So two configurations are needed and the right file has to be copied to C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\GM10MB.SAM beforehand.
Finally:- two separate configs for windows bootup and DOS bootup- in autoexec.bat to enable SB16 + OPL through WavetableC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\SNDINIT.EXE /INIT /FC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\TSSND.INIC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\SNDINIT.EXE /I /16LH C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\SNDTSR.EXE- Use older drive rpackage to be able to extract/install DOS drivers- VXD driver also takes 6 MB wavetable from Ali driver package
You can install individual drivers by using the recovery disc. Insert the CD and allow it to load. When the menu appears, click the appropriate button and follow the instructions to complete the installation.
UP1000 SRM can boot off an Adaptec 294x adapter. Under high I/O load conditionsmachine lockups have been observed using the Adaptec 294x. A Symbios 875 based card worksjust fine, using the sym driver. Most likely other cards based on the Symbios chips thatthe sym driver supports will work as well.
ATA and ATAPI (IDE) devices are supported via the ata(4) driverframework. As most people run their Alphas with SCSI disks it is not as well tested asSCSI. Be aware of boot-ability restrictions for IDE disks. See the machine specificinformation.
If you want to boot your Alpha over the Ethernet you will obviously need an Ethernetcard that the SRM console recognizes. This generally means you need a board with an 21x4xEthernet chip as that is what Digital used. These chips are driven by the FreeBSD de(4) (olderdriver) or dc(4) (newerdriver). Some new SRM versions are known to recognize the Intel 8255x Ethernet chips asdriven by the FreeBSD fxp(4) driver.But beware: the fxp(4) driver isreported not to work correctly with FreeBSD (although it works excellently onFreeBSD/x86).
In general the SRM console emulates a VGA-compatibility mode on PCI VGA cards. Thisis, however, not guaranteed to work by Compaq/DEC for each and every card type out there.When the SRM thinks the VGA is acceptable FreeBSD will be able to use it. The consoledriver works just like on a FreeBSD/intel machine. Please note that VESA modes are notsupported on Alpha, so that leaves you with 80x25 consoles.
Where possible, the drivers applicable to each device or class of devices is listed.If the driver in question has a manual page in the FreeBSD base distribution (mostshould), it is referenced here. Information on specific models of supported devices,controllers, etc. can be found in the manual pages. 2b1af7f3a8