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Duke Nukem 3D using an Ensoniq AudioPCI sound card

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I can not select a sound card in the DN3D setup.  The Ensoniq AudioPCI Legacy Device suggests settings for dos games using a Sound Blaster Pro but when entering these in the setup program it says that the sound card was not found on that port.  I have the latest drivers and lines in the autoexec.bat.  The sound card works fine in Windows.  I have an Intel TX Pro chip set not a clone so it should work.  Please help!  Thanks in advance.  
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by:Odie
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In your autoexec.bat file there should be a line

set blaster=Axxx Iy Dz Ha Pbbb Tc

In Duke setup you should set the port address to xxx or bbb (try both).

Hope it helps,

Odie
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by:jputnam
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I've done already done that.  Any other ideas?
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by:Odie
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nope, sorry
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by:Odie
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Oh - but - can you set your sound card - using some sort of dos-driver-program - to be Sound Blaster-Compatible.  My sound card seems to support more than one mode.
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by:busuka
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Did Duke's SETSOUND has autodetection ? Try it first.
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by:jputnam
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It doesn't have autodetect to my knowledge.
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by:busuka
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BTW, Odie. What is Axxx in SET BLASTER command ?
P is port (P220 by default)
I is IRQ (I5)
D is DMA (low DMA) (D1)
H is High DMA (D5 or not exist)
T is type of card (T3 is SB Pro, if I remember correctly)
  can be omitted as well.

SB cards use DOS-based initialisers, that read SET BLASTER and "put"
it into card.

Are you sure, that you already "been there, done that" ?
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by:Odie
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Axxx is the base port address of the card
Pxxx is the base port address of the mixer
- I don't know realy much about it, but that's what my source says.
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foxman earned 200 total points
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Of course all PCI sound cards do not conform to the Sound Blaster standard of DMA's and IRQ's which are not supported by the PCI bus.  Basically this card's hardware does not work in DOS and does so only through emulation which is shaky at best.  

Ensoniq reports that you must boot to DOS through Win95 as in "shut down" "reboot in DOS mode" for the card to have any chance of working in DOS at all.

If you must run the game in DOS you should try it as above if you have not already and also check 3D Realms to see if there are any patches for workaround for this card.
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So basically it may or may not work with some dos applications and games?
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yup, you got it!
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