Help choosing a Soundcard/CDROM combo (Orchid soundwave 32)

Help choosing a Soundcard/CDROM combo (Orchid soundwave 32)

Post by Rajesh Mist » Sat, 19 Nov 1994 23:54:34

I wonder if anybody could help with the following.

I am looking to buy a soundcard/cdrom combination to use under Linux as
well as dos/windows.

I have read the sound and CDROM HOWTO's, but neither have been much help
for the combination that I am interested in.

I am interested in the following:

  An Orchid Soundwave 32, and a CD mounted off the sound card

  The CD would be one of : Panasonic 563, Sony CD33A or Mitsumi(dbl spd)

The sound howto does not say anything about the Orchid Soundwave 32, and
the CD howto does not mention mounting a CD off such a card.

What I want to know is has/is anybody using this card under Linux, and
what problems have you encountered. Especially with regards to mounting
CD ROMS on the sound card.

(I have heard that there was a problem with soundblaster emulation under
 Linux - the solution being to boot dos, and then perform a warm boot
 into Linux.)

Here in the UK the Orchid Soundwave 32 retails for a similar price to
a Soundblaster 16 Asp MCD, and offers wavetable, general midi, MPU 401,
and soundblaster compatibility, as well as being bundled with speakers,
a mic, and drivers for dos/windows. Anyway the Soundblaster ASP chip is
not supported by Linux.

I will be using the card for mainly playback purposes, so sampling is not
an issue (yet).

Additionally does anybody know if the Orchid Gamewave 32, and the Orchid
Soundwave 32 SCSI have the CD interfaces. Or recommendations for any
other Soundcard / CDROM combo (apart from Soundblaster)

Also (sorry about this posting rambling) does anybody know about the
differing levels of support of the various CD's mentioned (above),

Eg Panasonic 563 / SonyCD33A / Mitsumi CRMC

with regards to photo CD, development of drivers etc ...

I don't mind if you respond by mail or to this newsgroup, and am willing
to post a synopsis of any mail I get.




1. Stealth 32, Orchid Soundwave 32 and Sony CDU33a

I have a couple of problems I need help with:

1) I have an Orchid Soundwave 32 sound card.  To that I have attached a Sony
CDU-33a.  My problems with this are the following:

    a)  I have to boot DOS first to get the sound card to work (and load the
midgen.ld or mt32.ld).  
    b)  I also have to boot under DOS first to get the address configured for
the CDU-33a from the soundcard.

Has anyone written a patch for the CD-ROM problem and does anyone have a
loader for the Soundwave 32?

2)  X-Windows configuration:

    a) No matter what I do, I can't get the video configured right.  I have a
Diamond Stealth 32 ET4000/W32p card and an NEC 3FGe Monitor.
        I am aware that X-Windows doesn't support most Diamond products, but I
don't see why it still won't work using the W32 driver.  I have even tried the
SVGA server, but with the same results.  The biggest headache I have is
setting the dot clocks.  I get a message about not being able to set mode
because there are no defined clocks for it.  I have tried the XFree Config
included and its a no go.  I looked through every doc I have and come up bust.
 Can somebody please save my sanity!  I am trying to get i
t to work in 640x480, 800x600, 1024x768, in 8bit, 16, and 32, if possible.  
Any clues would be greatly appreciated.

I am running Linux 1.1.59 currently (Slackware) but I also have version 1.2.3
floating around somewhere.
My machine is a 486DX2/66(Intel) 8meg, Diamond Stealth 32 ET4000w32p (2Meg
board, DRAM) Sony CDU33a attached to the Soundwave 32, Conner tape backup
(250M), and it is slighty modified to run at 80 Meg.  2 Western Digital Hard
drives (540 and 210 Meg), Linux on the second (210).

Pleze help!!!!!!

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