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    Post Which motherboard has the best on-board audio?

    I'm tyring to choose whether I should purchase a seperate sound card or just use onboard audio. Does anyone know of any mobo companies that make real good onboard audio chips? Thanks!

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    Check www.advantech.com ! I'm using the PCM-5864, great audio!

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    Well most of the motherboards are part of the AC97 standard. What does that mean? If you're planning to use DOS... BYE BYE!!! All you can get is SBPro-quality sound which is horrible. The only way to get 16-bit stereo is via Win95. If you plan that already, then forget I said what I wrote above.

    But this AC97 standard (Which is the devil to us DOS programmers cuz AC97 acts STUPID in DOS and will never achieve SB16) is kinda stringent and are really good(except in DOS when they SUCK). Most chipsets are Crystal, Yamaha, or Advance Design. So therefore you have no choice. Big Brother is Watching. OH NO! Don't think SBWavEffects! ThoughtPolice are coming! Doublethink... quick!
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    The EM-586 by Lanner Electronics has an ES-1869 chip. This can be programmed fairly easliy under DOS (and I did it - I wrote my own driver). Sound quality isn't bad - I get a little hard disk noise whilst my player streams in a couple of songs in advance (for a few seconds), but then it's fine. With my driver I get 44kHz, 16 bit stereo sound, much better than SBPro.

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    sweet. Thats cool. I wish that school would teach more programming than "here's how to set up an array. Okay, thats all for C++."

    i wish there was a universal TSR that would emulate windows WSS or ESS and whatever for any AD and crystal and etc etc chipset. I have some soundboards that are sbpro-only in DOS. [sigh]
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    keeping price reasonably low, and processor speed not really mattering (in our use), what motherboard/processor that has onboard vid/sound would you recomend? preferably a mini/micro type.

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    If anyone needs it, I have the 16 bit drivers for the ESS 1868 and 1869 chips
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    AVGeek you talking about driver source code for thoes sound card or DOS/Windows drivers ?

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    I bought the ESS card for another computer I have, and I have the CD-ROM with all of the drivers. I do not have any source code
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    The source code to my player is on my web site. This includes source code for driving an ES1869. It compiles under Watcom, and runs under DOS.

    The player source which is there does not yet include the boot time speedups I have implemented in the last few days (it now precompiles all playlists into a binary file along with all ID3 tag info for a really really fast load - approx 0.5 secs).


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