We help IT Professionals succeed at work.

Check out our new AWS podcast with Certified Expert, Phil Phillips! Listen to "How to Execute a Seamless AWS Migration" on EE or on your favorite podcast platform. Listen Now

x

IBM Mwave sound card

frache
frache asked
on
Medium Priority
3,327 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
- A friend gives me an"old" IBM sound card from an IBM Aptiva. Card model ? Aptiva Model ? .
- It's an ISA card.
- Many try (with IBM drivers), impossible to use it.
- Reference on board : model n° 25H5830. Made in Canada.
- Chips on board : IBM MWAVE 38MDSP2780 + CRYSTALCS4218 + modem..
- I look for :
Commercial Name ( Ex : Dolphin card.. ).
Drivers for Win95 or/and Win 98.
Documentation about switch,connector,...etc..

- Please, don't gives me generic answer. This is not an "ordinary" sound card... IBM hardware...
Thanks.

Comment
Watch Question

Commented:
try www.driverguide.com they should carry the drivers
or point you to them.

Commented:
they can help you find the manufacturer with your fcc ID.
This is an old card that was always bundled with new systems. As such, you may have difficulty getting it to work with your system. FYI, it won't work under NT.

The following links should give you all you need.

http://watson.mbb.sfu.ca/
http://www.he.net/~jubjub/mwave.html
http://www.chips.ibm.com/products/dsp
http://www.can.ibm.com/helpware/thinkhw.html

You might try contacting this guy with any questions:
Keith Frechette
Software Design Engineer
IBM, Mwave
kfrechet@raleigh.ibm.com
919-543-3761

Author

Commented:
Thanks you for answers, but I would more information. More details.
I know many Internet links.
Imposible to find  THE CORRECT DRIVER or  documentation

More information about my card :
Manufacturer : IBM ( FCC ID - thanks Gward28).
label with this code  : 25H5830
another label : 42H0855
Impossible to identify this card on IBM web.

I will try to contact Keith Frechette by Email.

Commented:
IBM has lots of information and drivers available at the following URL:

http://www.pc.ibm.com/support?page=IBM+Aptiva;doctype=Downloadable+files;subtype=Audio#documents

A friend of mine has an IBM Aptiva system (replete with MWAVE card; do not know which version).

One can sometimes find newer drivers than those posted on the above link here:

ftp://ftp.pc.ibm.com/pub/pccbbs/aptiva/

but these files are very poorly labelled (by IBM part number) and one sometimes has to do a lot of guessing.

Commented:
Actually Mwave is a combination modem and sound card (using crystal audio).  Perhaps this URL will be more appropriate:

http://www.pc.ibm.com/support?page=IBM+Aptiva;doctype=Downloadable+files;subtype=Mwave#documents

I highly recommend the link to this page:

http://www.pc.ibm.com/qtechinfo/PMYS-3TZGJP.html

As this points to the Win95 drivers for the Mwave card (with diagnostic utility).

Commented:
Mwave was also supported on Thinkpad machines (even with Win NT it seems) so this URL may be useful as well:

http://www.pc.ibm.com/support?page=IBM+ThinkPad;doctype=Downloadable+files;subtype=Mwave#documents

Commented:
It seems IBM supported Mwave on many of there PC platforms.  I am adding a link to there PC730/750 Mwave page:

http://www.pc.ibm.com/support?page=IBM+PC;doctype=Downloadable+files;subtype=Mwave#documents

You said this was from an Aptiva.  Which model would be very helpful

Commented:
I could not find the card numbers you referenced but I did find several references to a 25H5831 Mwave cards in Aptiva - 2144/2168 (either Axx or Mxx) SL-H  or SL-I systems

You might want to checkout these IBM manuals (e.g.,  particularly pages 18-21 of the last one) available at:
ftp://ftp.pc.ibm.com/pub/pccbbs/aptiva/2144_68a.pdf
ftp://ftp.pc.ibm.com/pub/pccbbs/aptiva/2144_68m.pdf
ftp://ftp.pc.ibm.com/pub/pccbbs/aptiva/p41h7837.pdf

Author

Commented:
Thank you Benten.
Your last comment could be interresting.
Others links already checked.

Aptiva Model : no information.

Author

Commented:
Benten,
This link was very interresting :
ftp://ftp.pc.ibm.com/pub/pccbbs/aptiva/p41h7837.pdf 
Information about jumpers P4/P5 and P10 ( 18-19)

Now,  I look for information about 3 jumpers P9 and connector P7.
(P7 : wake up on line function by modem ?)

Author

Commented:
IBM uses different part number for France,Spania,Italia,North America etc... I think my card was in PC from Latina or South America.  

Commented:
Since you already checked the other links I listed, I assume you have found Win95 drivers (I have no idea if these will work with any machine but the Aptive they were shipped in).

There are several references to "Wake up On Ring" in the manual (try using the search function of the acrobat reader):
ftp://ftp.pc.ibm.com/pub/pccbbs/aptiva/p41h7837.pdf

Including a motherboard diagram that includes such a connector (presumably there is some sort of complimentary connector from the modem function of the Mwave).

Commented:
I am assuming the P7 connector is either the CD audio input connector or the PC speaker output connector.

Page 5-23 of: ftp://ftp.pc.ibm.com/pub/pccbbs/aptiva/2144_68a.pdf shows (at least the motherboard) pinout of the "Wake up On Ring" connector (P9?).

By the way, the Mwave uses a special modem splitter cable to connect to the phone and the phone line.  Most of the documentation states that this is required because the splitter plays with the twisted pairs in the phone lines (I think I saw a pinout somewhere).

Author

Commented:
To bios :
I have contacting Keith Frechette by Email.
answer : An  hardware engineer said "perhaps a dolphin card"
..That's all. No certitude...
To Benten : Thanks, i read everything...

Author

Commented:
To Benten :
I saw this page before your comment :
ftp://ftp.pc.ibm.com/pub/pccbbs/aptiva/2144_68a.pdf page :5-23. connector with 4 pins.
My connector P9 has only 2 pins. color : red. Near modem part.

Many drivers  load ( 30Mo !) Many try ( boot and reboot ) no sound !!!! Never problem with Sound blaster, Aztech, or Gravis.
This card will go in my garbage if i can't find information...
Thank you very much  for your help.
Make an answer if you are interresting by points..
I will try another forum...
Commented:
Unlock this solution and get a sample of our free trial.
(No credit card required)
UNLOCK SOLUTION

Author

Commented:
I have the cable. Only 2 connectors each side.
Thank you.
Unlock the solution to this question.
Thanks for using Experts Exchange.

Please provide your email to receive a sample view!

*This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

OR

Please enter a first name

Please enter a last name

8+ characters (letters, numbers, and a symbol)

By clicking, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.