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    Maximum Bitrate MikeHunt79's Avatar
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    Anyone tried USB4DOS?

    I'm building a system to Run MPXplay (a great DOS mp3 player), I want to use it since it offers near instant booting, and instant power off. Now I'm using a USB soundcard in my system, an M-Audio Sonica to be exact, but USB ain't supported in DOS.

    Now... anyone tried this bit of software? : http://www.catc.com/products/usb4dos.html

    If claims to offer USB device drivers in DOS - But I've havent heard of anyone who has tried it. If it works then I am in business...

    but if it doesn't, it looks like Linux is my best option - but I'm a Linux n00b. So, if anyone knows of a good Linus Mp3 player thats similar to MPXplay, POST!

    FWIW, Here's what my setups gonna be:

    Epia 5000
    128mb of PC133 RAM
    Sproggy 2.6 PSU
    120GB HD
    4x40 text LCD display
    Numeric Keypad

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    Check out freshmeat.net for console mp3 players.

    I use something called 'cmus'. It can play mp3, ogg, and possibly standard music cds. Not to mention it parses and remembers the id3 information on mp3's/etc for each session. I'm not too sure about input support with the program, it uses curses for the UI so it mostly limited to keyboard/keypad input. The dos usb stack looks interesting, but it probably will not work for an audio application such as what you wish to do. It seems to be a raw stack which would still require someone to develop a usb audio interface. Go with linux if you really need the usb audio, it has alsa/oss (which support usb audio) and a ****load of free audio apps.

    The linux usb device site has your device listed as unsupported without firmware:

    http://www.qbik.ch/usb/devices/showdev.php?id=1456

    ...however, searching the alsa-devel mailing list I found these:

    http://www.mail-archive.com/alsa-dev.../msg04167.html

    http://www.mail-archive.com/alsa-dev.../msg09093.html

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    Maximum Bitrate MikeHunt79's Avatar
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    Thanks for the info... Looks like I'm gonna have quite a battle on my hands. If I can get the sonica to work in Linux at all, I'll go for that.

    BUT... I found a spare SB Live! today, so If I can obtain a decent PCI riser, I might be able to use that and stick with DOS. This will be a good backup option incase Linux decide to eat me alive.

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