======================================================================= AU8820 Windows 95 Driver README.TXT ======================================================================= This is the Vortex AU8820 Windows 95 driver version 4.05.1160. CONTENTS I. Overview A. Windows 95 system requirements B. New features II. Quick start III. Software Installation A. Driver installation B. DirectX installation C. Uninstalling the drivers IV. Legacy audio compatibility A. Checking your hardware configuration B. Changing the hardware configuration C. DOS Boxes D. Real-mode DOS E. Compatibility List ======================================================================= I. Overview ======================================================================= A. WINDOWS 95 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: * 75MHz Pentium-compatible CPU (200+ MMX CPU recommended for full A3D performance). * 16MB DRAM (the Vortex hardware wavetable engine uses a native 4MB sample set. Samples are stored on disk and swapped to RAM as required. Typical DRAM footprint is <2MB. * 15MB hard disk space * CD-ROM drive * Access to Microsoft Windows 95 Installation CD-ROM. * Good-quality speakers or headphones and connecting cables. * Joystick and MIDI keyboard (optional). B. NEW FEATURES: This section lists new features incorporated since version 1.00 of the Vortex drivers. (i) Improved A3D performance A3D now works on 75MHz CPUs. On faster CPUs, 3D audio realism is greatly enhanced by adding atmospheric absorption effects, and by using sophisticated head-related transfer functions (HRTFs) instead of simple pan and delay models for 3D positional rendering. (ii) 64-Voice Wavetable This release adds a configurable 32-voice software wavetable engine to the 32-voice hardware wavetable engine already available. The Vortex Control Panel's MIDI tab selects between: * 32 voice pro mode (hardware only) * 64 voice gamer mode (32 h/w, 32 speed-optimized voices) * 64 voice pro mode (32 h/w, 32 quality-optimized s/w voices. Overall voice quality has been improved. (iii) OPL3 Support Both Windows DOS boxes and real-mode DOS now support 4-operator OPL3 FM synthesis, in addition to 2-operator OPL2 FM synthesis. (iv) Simpler installation If DirectX5 is not detected on the computer during plug-and-play installation, this release starts DirectX5 setup invisibly. If no problems are detected, installation is automatic and transparent. (v) Improved MIDI performance Vortex now includes its own MIDI driver that replaces the slower default MIDI driver supplied with Windows 95. The Vortex MIDI driver increases the number of games that can use wavetable in a DOS box. (vi) Multimedia Application Installation. During Vortex driver installation, the driver requests the Windows 95 CD-ROM and installs the multimedia applets (Volume Control, Sound Recorder, Media Player, and CD Player) if not already on the system. (vii) Enhanced Vortex Control Panel. The panel organization has been improved. Individual tabs can be hidden and the control panel name can be changed with command-line parameters. Coding has been restructured to facilitate localization. (viii) Improved Mixer. The Windows 95 mixer now displays only those devices that are available on the system. The mixer also provides a +20dB gain switch setting for condenser/electret microphone support. (ix) DirectSound Safe Mode. Some DirectX games do not check the number of hardware buffers available before creating a new DirectSound buffer. This can result in no sound. A button on the Vortex Control Panel A3D tab lets you disable DirectSound hardware acceleration. (x) Multiple Sound Card Configurations. This release lets users install sound cards from multiple vendors in their system. If two A3D cards are installed, A3D will be used on only one of the cards, selected randomly. (xi) Automatic AUTOEXEC.BAT and DOSSTART.BAT updating. The BLASTER environment variable is updated automatically if the user changes the DOS audio configuration. (xii) Improved Installation Our simple installation method requires less user interaction. C. WINDOWS 95 DRIVER ISSUES: (i) Joystick Acceleration - Windows 95 always uses the standard analog gameport by default. Use the Gameport control panel's "Advanced" tab to select the Vortex gameport driver for a boost in speed. (ii) Multiple sound cards - Some sound cards, such as Ensoniq sound cards, do not correctly report their I/O port utilization to the operating system, which can hang the system. (iii) Diamond Monster 3D Graphics card - Download the new drivers from Diamond's WWW site to fix noise problems with some games, such as "Incoming." (iv) Hercules Stingray 128 Graphics Card - In the "Display Properties" control panel, enable "Allow PCI retries" to fix audio problems. (v) IBM 300GL and Sony VAIO USB - A system hang may occur during Vortex driver installation. Disable USB during installation to fix. ======================================================================= II. Quick Start ======================================================================= 1. Remove any existing Vortex drivers from previous installations. 2. Install the Vortex hardware. 3. Install the Vortex Windows 95 drivers, Microsoft DirectX 5.0, and Vortex demonstration applications. ======================================================================= III. Software Installation ======================================================================= A. DRIVER INSTALLATION If you have older drivers in your system, please uninstall them first, as described in Section C below. 1. Power on the system, placing the Install CDROM in the CDROM drive. 2. Windows 95 displays "New Hardware Found" message and starts driver installation. 3. If Windows prompts you to provide the drivers for the PCI multimedia audio device, choose "Driver Disk Provided by Manufacturer" and select the installation CD-ROM's root ("\") directory. 4. You may also be asked to insert the Windows 95 CD-ROM during the install process. Note: Some Windows 95 versions (OSR2) do not show this prompt. Instead, they ask whether to search the diskette and CD-ROM drives for the appropriate drivers. Installed drivers may include Vortex PCI audio, Vortex wavetable, Vortex mixer, DOS modem port, Vortex gameport interface, Vortex MPU401 interface, and Vortex Sound Blaster emulation. Depending on the version of Windows 95 and the configuration of the system, you may be prompted to provide several file locations. Here are the CD-ROMs and directory locations for which you may be prompted: Vortex Installation & Driver Disk \Win95 Windows 95 Installation Disk \Win95 Microsoft DirectX 5.0 \Directx Vortex Application Setup \Setup PCI Multifunction Audio Device \Win95 You may be asked to reboot several times during installation. Reboot when asked. Additional software will continue to load when Windows restarts, until all components have been installed. B. DIRECTX 5.0 INSTALLATION In most cases, Vortex installs DirectX 5.0 automatically. If you have an unusual system configuration , you may be prompted to install Microsoft DirectX 5.0 after Vortex driver installation. 1. When the DirectX setup panel opens, select "Reinstall DirectX". (Even if you do not have DirectX installed on your machine, the Microsoft DirectX 5.0 setup program still asks if you wish to reinstall). 2. You may receive some prompts as to whether to replace specific DirectX files on your computer. If you've previously installed an older version of DirectX on your machine, be sure to replace any sound-related DirectX drivers. Video DirectX drivers do not need to be changed. C. UNINSTALLING THE DRIVERS For driver releases prior to 1.0, please the UNINSTAL.BAT file as described in the previously distributed install guide. For driver releases 1.0 and later, you can use the following procedure: 1. Open to the Windows 95 Device Manager (right-click on "My Computer" and select "Properties"). 2. Open the "Multifunction Adapters" tree and select "Vortex Multifunction PCI Platform" 3. Press the "Remove" button at the bottom of the Device Manager window pane. 4. The drivers are now removed from memory, but are still on the hard disk. To delete the files from the hard disk: a. Open the Windows 95 control panel's "Add/Remove Programs" applet. b. To remove the drivers, double-click "Aureal Vortex". A Vortex uninstaller application starts. c. To remove the demo applications, double-click "Aureal Vortex Applications". There is no need to reboot the computer. ======================================================================= IV. Legacy Audio Compatibility ======================================================================= A. CHECKING DOS AUDIO CONFIGURATION Be sure to configure the games for Sound Blaster Pro or Sound Blaster operation. Typical settings are I/O 220h, IRQ5, and DMA3. You can verify your system is configured for these settings the resource tab under: Control Panel-> System (Device Manager) -> Sound Video, and Game Controllers-> Available settings: I/O range: 220h, 240h, 260h, and 280h Interrupt: 5, 7, 9(2), 10 DMA: 1, 3 Joystick port: 201h, 202h, 203h, 204h, 205h, 206h, and 207h. MIDI port: 300h, 310h, 320h, and 330h. Not all of these settings may be available, depending on the hardware in your computer. B. CHANGING THE HARDWARE CONFIGURATION Generally, you should not need to change the hardware settings. If you wish to use manual settings, use the following procedure: 1. Open "Sound Blaster Emulation", "Gameport Interface" or "MPU- 401 Interface" in the system control panel's "Sound, Video and Game Controllers" tree. 2. Clear the "Use Automatic Settings" checkbox. 3. Select "Basic Configuration 0007" (This lets you select all possible settings on your computer.) 4. Move the highlight to select the resource to change. 5. Press the "Change Setting" Button. 6. Change settings and press "OK." When you change DOS audio settings, the drivers automatically update the BLASTER environment variable in your AUTOEXEC.BAT and DOSSTART.BAT configuration files. C. DOS BOXES Windows DOS boxes are launched from the "MSDOS prompt" in the Windows 95 Start menu. Simply run the game as usual. The game still needs to be configured for the Vortex hardware settings. Vortex provides wavetable support in DOS boxes if the game supports General MIDI output. To use wavetable in a DOS box: 1. Open the Vortex Control Panel MIDI tab. 2. Ensure that "Vortex Wavetable Receives DOS Box MIDI" is selected. 3. Open the application in a DOS box. Configure the music to use MPU-401 output. The Vortex drivers can also send MIDI to other software wavetable or external MIDI devices installed or attached on your computer. D. REAL-MODE DOS DOS runs in real mode when Windows 95 is not loaded, or when you restart the computer in MSDOS mode from Windows 95. In real mode, make sure the game is configured correctly. Select Sound Blaster or Sound Blaster Pro for both the Music and the Effects device (unlike in DOS box where you can select MIDI for Music). You can select MPU-401 output if you have an external synthesizer connected to the Vortex MIDI port. Make sure the settings for I/O, IRQ, and DMA match the configuration for the Vortex card. When you install the Vortex drivers from CD-ROM, Vortex adds some lines to your computer's AUTOEXEC.BAT and DOSSTART.BAT files: PATH=C:/WINDOWS ASP4DOS SET BLASTER=A240 I5 D3 T4 ASP4DOS is the Vortex real-mode DOS driver, which is installed in your default Windows directory (C:\WINDOWS by default). If Vortex detects an upper memory manager, it attempts to load ASP4DOS high (see your memory management documentation for more information). Your computer finds ASP4DOS via the PATH statement, which includes a reference to your Windows directory. Your computer then executes the ASP4DOS program during boot. When ASP4DOS.COM is executed, you see text similar to: VORTEX DOS AUDIO DRIVER (01.1) Copyright (c) 1998, Aureal Semiconductor PCI AUDIO PRO enabled at Ports 220-22Fh, Interrupt 5, DMA 3, Joystick 201h. Some games require the "SET BLASTER" line to find the sound card in your system. In the above example, the BLASTER environment variable is set to I/O port 240h, interrupt 5, and DMA channel 3. The "T4" parameter sets the Type of Sound Blaster to Sound Blaster Pro. When exiting from Windows to MS-DOS, the computer runs DOSSTART.BAT file in the Windows directory, in much the same way as it runs AUTOEXEC.BAT when you boot. Vortex thus places the ASP4DOS.COM command and BLASTER environment variable in the DOSSTART.BAT file. These lines reinstall the Vortex DOS driver and reset the BLASTER environment variable. You do not need to run DOSSTART.BAT in Windows boxes. E. COMPATIBILITY LIST Correct audio operation has been verified on the following games. * Games that run in a DOX box are flagged with and asterisk. ** Games that run in a DOS box, whereas the original Sound Blaster Pro card requires real-mode DOS, are flagged with two asterisks. 11th Hour* Magic Carpet 2* 1942 Pacific Airwar Master of Orion* 3D Labyrinth* Master of Orion 2* 7th Guest* Masters of Magic** Absolute Zero* Math Ace* Abuse* Math Rescue* Aces of the Deep MAX* Across the Rhine* MDK** Aegis Mech Warrior 2* Alien Legacy* MegaRace* Alone in the Dark* MegaRace II** Are you Afraid of the Dark Metaltech Earthsiege* Armored Fist Mickey's 123* Armored Fist 2* Might and Magic II Bailey's Bookhouse* Might and Magic III Baseball 94 (FPS) Mortal Kombat 1* Baseball Tonight* Mortal Kombat 2 BattleChess Mortal Kombat 3 Battledrome MS Flight Sim 5* Beast Within(Gabriel 2)* Nascar Racing Betrayal at Krondor* Nascar Racing 2* Big Red Racing* NBA Jam TE* Bioforge NBA Live 95* Black Thorne * NBA Live 97 Blake Stone* Need for Speed** Blood* Nemesis** Blood Bowl NHL Hockey 96 Breach 3* NHL Hockey 97** Brett Hull Hockey 95 Night Trap* Bureau 13** Necropolis* Busy Town* Orion Conspiracy* Caesar 2* Out of this World Capture the Flag* Pandora Directive** Carmageddon* Panzer General* Carmen Sandiego* PGA Tour* Castle of Dr Brain** Phantasmagoria* Castle Wolfenstein 3D* Piranha* Chaos Engine* Police Quest 4* ChronoMaster* Populous II* Circle of Blood* Power F1 Racing* Circuit Racer* Power Monger City of Lost Children* Prince of Persia 1* Civilization* Prince of Persia 2* Commanche Overkill Privateer 1 Command & Conquer* Privateer 2 Commander Blood Psychic Detective Commander Keen 4* Pure War Game Conqueror* Quake 0.9x* Conspiracy* Quake 1.0x* Constructor** Railroad Tycoon* Corridor 7* RAMA* Creature Shock* Raptor* Crusader Ravenloft* Cyber Mage** Reading Carnival Cyberia** Realms of the Haunting* CyberWar* Rebel Assault 1 D* Rebel Assault 2* Daggerfall Chronicles** Rebel Runner* Dark Forces Red Baron* Dark Light Conflict** Redneck Rampage** Dark Sun: Shattered Lands* Relentless Day of the Tentacle* Return to Ringworld* Death Gate* Return to Zork* DeltaV Ripley's Believe it Descent 1* Rise of the Triad* Descent 2 * Rocketeer Desert Strike Savage Warrior* Dig* Scorcher* Doom 1* Screamer 2* Doom 2* Scud Attack* Dragon Lore SDI 2040* Dragon's Lair Seawolf* Duke Nukem 2 ** Shadow Caster Duke Nukem 3d* Shadows of Cairn Earth Treks* Shadows of Riva** Ecstatica* Shattered Steel** Epic Pinball Silent Hunter* Eradicator Silver Pinball* ESPN 2 Extreme Games* SimAnt* Extractors* SimCity* F117a Demo* SimIsle* F22-Lightning 2* Simon The Sorcerer* Fable* Sunny's Back to the Forest* Falcon 3.0 SlipStream 5000** Fade to Black* Space Quest 4* Fast Attack* Space Quest 6* FIFA 97 Spycraft* Fleet Defender Star Command* Flight Unlimited Star Control 1* Fighter Duel Star Control 2* football Pro 95 Star Control 3* Football Pro 96 Star Fighter** Full Metal Jacket* Star Trek: 25TH** Full Throttle* Star Trek: Final Unity Future Shock* Steel Panthers* FX Fighter** Steel Panthers 2* Gabriel Knights* Stellar 7* Gene Wars* Stonekeep Global War* SU 27 Flanker** Grand Prix II** Super Karts* Great Naval Battles* Syndicate Wars* Gunship 2000 System Shock* HardBall 3* Table Sports 3D* Hardball 4** Tank Commander Hardball 5* TekWar** Harpoon 2* TerraNova* Harpoon 2 Deluxe Terminator 2029* Hell* Test Drive Off Road* Heretic* Theme Park* Hexen* Thunder Strike Air Assault* Hi-Octane Thunder Truck Rally Hind Tie Fighter* Hocus Pocus Time Treks* I Have No Mouth* Tomb Raider** Inca TonyLaRussa Baseball3* Incredible Machine* Top Gun* Indiana Jones Torin's Passage* IndyCar Transport Tycoon* Iron Assault TreeHouse* Iron Cross* Twinson's Odyssey* Jack Nicklaus* Ultima 7 Jagged Alliance* Ultima 8 Jagged: Deadly Games* Ultimate Football 95 Jane's Adv. Fighters Under a Killing Moon Jane's Longbow* Unnecessary Roughness* Jazz Jackrabbit* Unnecessary Roughness 95* Jill of the Jungle* USNF Jumpjet* Vikings* Kid Pix* Warcraft* Kids Zoo* Warcraft 2* Kings Quest 5 Wetlands* Kings Quest 6* Wing Commander 2 Krush Kill & Destroy* Wing Commander 3* LawnMower Man Wing Commander 4* Leisure Suit Larry 5* Wing Commander Armada Leisure Suit Larry 6* Wings of Glory Lemmings Chronicles Winter Sports Lighthouse* Witchaven* Links386 Pro Witchaven 2** Lord of the Realm 2* Word City* Lord of the Rings* X-Com* Lost Eden* XCom Terror from Deep* Machiavelli the Prince X-Wing* Madden 97* XCAR* MadDog McCree* Z* MadDog McCree 2* Zephyr Magic Carpet 1* Zone Raiders* Zork Nemesis (i) Autodetect Some older games do not detect audio hardware automatically. You can still use Vortex legacy audio support for these games by configuring the hardware resources manually: * Carmaggedon * Fast Attack * Castle of Doctor Brain * Grand Prix II * Command and Conquer * Hard Ball 4 * Constructor * MDK * Cyberwar * Witchaven 2 (ii) Sound Blaster/Sound Blaster Pro Selection If both options are available, pick "Sound Blaster Pro" for best quality. The following games work if "Sound Blaster" is selected: * Battlechess * NHL Hockey 96 * Cyberia (use DMA1) * NHL Hockey 97 * Death Gate * Ripper * FIFA97 * Spycraft * NBA Live 97 ======================================================================= Aureal, A3D, A3D-I, A3D-Interactive, and the Aureal logo are trademarks and Vortex is a registered trademark of Aureal Semiconductor Inc. All other trademarks are owned by their respective owners. (C) Aureal Semiconductor, Inc. 1996-98. 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