991020 - Audiovation Under Win95B
Come Together, Right On, Over 5580
While I rebuilding a 5580, a
questionnaire about Audiovation Adapter /A was posted to the forum A guy bought
his Audiovation /A cheap by mistake. He thought it was PCI MWAVE card. As you
know MCA connector looks like PCI connector and there is a "MWAVE" logo printed
atop the original cardboard box of Audiovation Adapter. He wrote about where he
bought it Why should I keep away from buying it if it was a NIB and cost only
JY500 (roughly speaking less than $5.00) even though I already had one. It was
the time to give a try my 5580 for Audiovation Adapter /A.
Went Louis' page, downloaded
section, read it carefully and started to try it under Win95. I followed
every steps written in Ardent Tool page. Installation was completed (may be)
and rebooted the system. Yippie!! Windows opening sound proudly apealed through
built-in stereo speaker of my monitor. Tested some of CDs I had. Though I
couldn't see sound device (Audiovation) under device list but the Audiovation
seemed it was working. To verify if the adapter actually did it job or not, I
installed Talkwork program which was associated with the Audiovation. Set
"Abbey Road" CD by the Beatles and picked up "Come Together" to see the card
could record sound files and could play it back. ("Come Together" is a nice
source to test stereo recording.)
Sampling Rate PCI, 44.1KHz, 16bit, Stereo; required 43MB of disk space
for a 3'04"" length of music track. Playback; Wao! I got "memory parity error"
and the system halt.
Changed sampling rate down to 22.050KHz and recorded 20 seconds or so
and played it back. It seemed to be OK. Recorded entire track and it required
22MB of disk space. Played it back. Everything was OK! Volume control for each
channel worked perfect.
About 260MB of disk space are required to record whole tracks of a usual pop
music CD and most of CPU power seemed to be used for playing back the recorded
tracks. But the important point to me was that a Audiovation Adapter could (and
can) handle recording and playing CD tracks with it's associated program under
Win95. (Guys, don't blame me that I use Win95. It may be a Kiddy's OS but I
don't care for it. It's easy for me to use it. Warp3 is difficult for me and I
don't have application software for OS2.)
Anyway, Audiovation worked perfect. Folks, Come Together, Right Now.
P.S. 1 Advertising leaflets hung at the shop where I bought the
"A complete failure product IBM ever made!"
Bought another one for my friend lived far apart from Akihabara.
P.S. 2 The owner of the shop knew a bit about PS/2 and PS/55
P.S. 3 I got my 9557 Ultimedia, IBM 486BL2 system with bundled CD-ROMs
(complete set of associated programs) for the system and a 5576-A01 keyboard at
this shop. Also got a M keyboard and 5541-T
for a coin there.