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SBLink & Sound Blaster PCI standart in DETAILS!

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Describe the SBLink motherboard feauture(/connector???) and the SoundBlaster PCI standart.

in DETAILS!!!! Who [know that the SBLink help for compatibaly  with legacy gamez and the SBPCIstandart is the new Creative standart for PCI sound cards] should shut up.
best wishes to all.
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See: http://WWW.SoundBlaster.com
for "the horse's mouth" view.
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Where is this ["the horse's mouth"-view]? I don't understand. Please be more specific....
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The "horse's mouth" is a saying -- a hundred years ago,
when somebody was trying to sell a horse to you,
it was prudent, as the purchaser, to check the state
of the horse's teeth, as an indicator of the general
health of the horse.

So, rather than believing the seller's claims about
the horse, the purchaser would go _directly_ to the
horse's mouth, and get "first-person" information.

So, go to that URL, and get "first-person" information
about the software & hardware.
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OK, but at soundblaster.com I don't find what I search (info on SBLink and SBPCIstandart). Could you be more specific with the adress (eg www.sb.com/sblink/faq or somethink like that)
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SB-LINK is mentioned at:
http://www.soundblaster.com/pressroom/releases/1997/p971117a.html
and at:
http://www.asus.com.tw/Products/TECHREF/Misc/sb-link.html
which states, in part:

The terminology "SB-Link" originated from Creative® to propose
a standard which can be a bridge between the mainboard and PCI sound card
to deliver Sound Blaster 16 compatibility under DOS real-mode environment.

This technology provides the DMA and IRQ signals present in the ISA bus,
but not on the PCI bus. Not having these signals does not affect a PCI sound
card to produce the sound  capability under Microsoft Windows environment
but for people using DOS, there may be a       problem.
SB-Link is invented exactly for this purpose.

SB-Link utilizes the technology from Intel's newest generation of chipsets
in TX, LX  and newer core logic chipsets, called "Serialized IRQ" protocols,
which has been endorsed by many mainboard manufactures. Through the
SB-Link acting as a bridge, sound card users will be able to enjoy
stereo sound quality in most of OS environment.
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Some info about "Serialized IRQ" and the way of connection between the SoundBlaster and the Motherboard?
Are there some other PCI cards(other than Creative) that support SBLink; and some other chipsets (other that Intel TX,LX,BX,GX - eg. ViA,SiS,ALi)?
best wishes!

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That long citation was extracted from the ASUS web-site.
Presumably, their chip-set supports SB-Link.

I think that you should just browse Creative's web-site,
for the exact details you need, rather than having me
be a "middle-man" between you & their web-site.

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Please take a look at the Previously Answered Question at:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/topics/bin/Q.10057719
for more information about 'SB-Link'.
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Very funny "previously answered question" :)))
OK, I add 100pts for my second :) question:

>Some info about "Serialized IRQ" and the way of connection between the SoundBlaster >and the Motherboard?
>Are there some other PCI cards(other than Creative) that support SBLink; and some >other chipsets (other that Intel TX,LX,BX,GX - eg. ViA,SiS,ALi)?
>best wishes!

When I read your last 2 comments I can't see if you have readed that.
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The URL "Creative Labs PR: Creative Delivers
Sound Blaster PCI Audio Solutions for the OEM Market", at:

http://www.soundblaster.com/pressroom/releases/1997/p971117a.html

tells how they are marketing their systems into the OEM
(Original Equipment Manufacturer) market,
contains a quote from ASUSTEK (a motherboard maker)
and also contains the text:

SB-LINK combines Intel's PC-PCI and "Serialized IRQ"
protocols.  These technologies can be found in Intel's TX, LX
and newer core logic chip sets.  This technology provides the
DMA and IRQ signals present in ISA Bus today, but not available
on the PCI Bus.  The SB-LINK serves as a bridge between the
motherboard and PCI sound card to deliver Sound Blaster 16
compatibility for real-mode DOS games, a widely accepted audio
standard in Multimedia Personal Computers.  SB-LINK, endorsed by
leading motherboard suppliers, is becoming a standard audio
connector on new motherboards.




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I see we can not undersand use rightly :((((((
So, best wishes, Otta, bye!
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> I see we can not undersand use rightly

Sorry, my English is not good-enough
to understand the meaning of this sentence.
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:)))) my English isn't good too, but I am not trying to  say that other say non-sentence..... :) OK 10x best wishes bye!
BTW, do you know from where (warez addr.) I can DL the Creative's WavEffects software upgrade for SB16/32/AWE (wich adds additional 32 voices)?
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