>>I have this old IBM thinkpad (486 100MHz) and was wondering if you
>>guys know of any software for Linux (preferable Redhat 8 - xWindows)
>>that will play MP3 files in stereo at 128kbps. I know there won't be
>>much resources left - but anyway the old laptop is still useable
>>Also - any drivers for using the wave output on a LPT port instead of
>>a dedicated soundcard (8bit - 16bit??)
> Are you talking about those hacks to use the parallel port as a sound
> card? I wouldn't hope for any reasonable sound quality there.
And the resource usage would be even higher. A soundcard can just use
DMA while you have to continuously poll the parallel port if you want to
output sound over that. (Or do you refer to a parallel port soundcard
which does some buffering itself? Then you *might* have a chance if you
have a decent parallel port with ECP (DMA). Don't know about Linux
Of course an external MP3 decoder on the parallel port would work, for
this even a 286 is enough.
See eg. (sorry, German)