EPSON
EPSON AMERICA, INC.
Product Support Bulletin
Subject:
EPSON Equity 4+ and Sound Blaster Discovery CD 16
Date: 04/08/94
Page(s): 1 of 5
PSB No: S-0172
Originator: JAM
The purpose of this bulletin is to provide information regarding the installation and
compatibility of the Sound Blaster Discovery CD 16.
1.
Hardware Configuration:
CPU:
Memory:
Additional:
BIOS Rev:
FDD:
HDC:
HDD:
Video:
Display:
Product Code
Epson Equity 4+ 80486SX/25 Processor
4.0 Mb Standard
not applicable
AMI/Seiko Epson Corp. D486-6080-112593KF
Mitsumi D-359T3, 1.44Kb 3.5” disk drive
Integrated on Main Logic Board
Conner CP-3104
Cirrus GD5442 Video chip, 512KB, Upgradeable to 1 MB
[ External VGA port provided on rear of unit ]
Epson Professional Series VGA monitor
(A804241)
2. Operating Systems:
Microsoft DOS Version 6.2
Microsoft Windows Version 3.1
Microsoft DOS was loaded in a default mode.
3. Windows Installation:
Microsoft Windows Version 3.1 installed. ‘Express Setup’ (Microsoft
Recommended) installation routine used for the install.
4. Compatibility:
The system is compatible with the Sound Blaster Discovery CD 16 Multimedia
system by Creative Labs Incorporated using Microsoft DOS version 6.2.
Installation time approximately 30 minutes.
The system was also tested with Microsoft DOS version 6.0 and Microsoft DOS
version 5.0. The Sound Blaster Discovery CD 16 Multimedia product is
compatible with those operating systems.
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The following information is provided for reference purposes only. The
AUTOEXEC.BAT and the CONFIG.SYS files are actual examples of the tested
system.
5.
Memory Allocation information:
c:\>chkdsk
Volume MS-DOS_6 created 12-16-1993 10:00a
Volume Serial Number is 1A25-9203
104515584 bytes total disk space
4042752 bytes in 6 hidden files
163840 bytes 68 directories
78866432 bytes in 1876 user files
21442560 bytes available on disk.
2048 bytes in each allocation unit
51033 total allocation units on disk
10470 available allocation units on disk
655360 bytes total memory
532080 largest executable program size
6.
AUTOEXEC.BAT file Information
@ECHO OFF
SET BLASTER=A220 [5 D1 H5 P330 T6
SET SOUND=C:\SB16
C:\SB16\SB16SET /M:220 /VOC:220 /CD:220 /MIDI:220 /LINE:220 /TREBLE:0
C:\SB16\SBCONFIG.EXE /S
C:\WINDOWS\SMARTDRV.EXE /X
PROMPT $p$g
PATH C:\WINDOWS;C:\DOS;
SET TEMP=C:\DOS
C:\DOS\MSCDEX.EXE /D:MSCD001 /V /M:15
C:\DOS\MOUSE
c:\
7.
CONFIG.SYS file information
DEVICE=C:\DOS\SETVER.EXE
DEVICE=C:\DOS\HIMEM.SYS
DOS=HIGH
FILES=10
STACKS=9,256
DEVICE=C:\SB16\DRV\SBCD.SYS /D:MSCD001 /P:220
SHELL=C:\DOS\COMMAND.COM C:\DOS\ /p
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Hardware:
The Discovery CD 16 uses a Sound Blaster 16 sound card. The product was
used in its default configuration. The following are the factory defaults:
Feature:
Jumper position:
Setting used:
Base l/O address
IOS0 closed
220( H)ex
Midi address
IOS1 closed
330( H)ex
Board Interrupt
IS0 open
IS1 closed
IRQ5
8-bit DMA channel
DAS0 open
DAS1 closed
Channel 1
16-bit DMA channel
DBS0 closed
DBS1 closed
Channel 5
Joystick port
JYEN closed
Enabled
Audio Output Amp
OPSL pins 2 & 3 closed
OPSR pins 2 & 3 closed
Audio amplified internally:
no external amp needed
These settings can be found in the ‘GETTING STARTED’ manual that comes
with the product. The system uses a Matsushita model CR-563-B CD-ROM.
From the factory the drive ID is set to 0. This jumper is on the rear of the drive
between the power connector and the data/ribbon cable.
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Software:
The Discovery CD 16 Multimedia system comes with 5 3.5” diskettes. Three
diskettes are for the sound card, one is for a ‘Text-to-Speech’ application, and
one disk is for the CD-ROM device driver and utilities.
The Sound Blaster files are copied to the hard disk drive by an INSTALL-EXE
utility on disk 1. The utility will prompt the installer for the second and third
disks. The routine will modify the AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS files.
Upon completion, the user is prompted to re-boot the system so that the
changes can take effect. The utility will also modify the Windows SYSTEM.INI
file. When you run Windows, a SB routine will modify and add the Sound
Blaster utilities to a new Program group. The routine will re-start Windows so
that the changes can take effect. The sound card can be tested in a DOS
environment by running TESTSB16. This file is located in the sound blaster
sub-directory SB16.
The utility will test the existence and functionality of the following areas:
I/O Address: IRQ:
220H
5
DMA channels:
1,5
DSP Version:
4.05
The bold face values above are typical for the default configuration. The Sound
card passed all of the tests listed below:
2-Operator FM Music
4-Operator FM Music
8-Bit Sound
16-Bit Sound
The CD-ROM files are copied to the hard disk drive by an lNSTALL.EXE utility
on the disk 1. The routine will modify the AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS
files. Upon completion, the user is prompted to re-boot the system so that the
changes can take effect. To install CD-ROM into Windows, the user must
manually add the ‘QuickCD’ to the Sound Blaster 16 program group. Open the
Sound Blaster 16 group, and from Program Manager File select New. Program
Item should have the bullet marked. Select the OK button. From the Program
Item Properties box select the Browse button. Scroll to the C:\SB16\PLAYCD
sub-directory. Select QCD.EXE as the file name and click the OK button. This
bring you back to the Program Item Properties box. For a Description enter
QCD. Click on the Change Icon button and choose a CD symbol for the icon
button. Click on the OK button and the ‘QuickCD’ icon is present in the Sound
Blaster 16 program group. Insert an analog/music CD into player. If you click
on the CD icon without a disc installed you will get the following warning:
‘Ensure that you have a CD audio ready in your drive and CD MCI driver
installed in your system. The system is ready for use.
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9.
MultiMedia Kit Applications tested:
1. Aldus PhotoStyler SE
2. San Diego Zoo Presents... The Animals
3. Software Toolworks Multimedia Encyclopedia
4. Just Grandma and Me - Broderbund
5. Where in the world is Carmen SanDiego?
Ok
Ok
Ok
Ok
Ok
Miscellaneous packages tested:
6.
7.
8.
9.
DOS Version “Eye of the Beholder II”
DOS Version ‘Wolfenstein 3-D”
MS Dinosaurs for Windows
DOS Version “Battle Chess”
Ok
Ok
Ok
Ok
10. Company Address:
Creative Labs Inc.
1901 McCarthy Boulevard,
Milpitas, CA 95035
Phone:
Fax:
BBS:
Baud:
Data bits:
Parity:
Stop bits:
408 428-6622
408 428-6633
408 428-6660
300 to 14400 (V.32N.42 bis)
8
none
1
Misc: (405) 742-6622 Technical Support
11. Anomalies/Issues:
This Product Support Bulletin was specifically generated to address concerns
about compatibility of the Sound Blaster Kit in this system running under DOS
6.0. As documented the system is fully functional in that operating environment.
Concern was also expressed about using the DOS 6.0 memory manager
EMM386.EXE. Various packages that must run in expanded memory were
tested and experienced no errors.
Note: There is a known compatibility issue recording a digital file from any audio
input device at a sampling rate of 44Khz. The problem is apparent on
various PCs. The issue is NOT problem on this system. A large
digital file was created using SB 16 Mixer and SB Wave Studio from
Windows. The file was approximately 20Mb large after sampling a
dynamic ROCK source. Playback of the file rendered no dropouts of the
original material. The process is compatible on this system.