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Toshiba Satellite 2805 -- need DOS sound card drivers.

Yes, I did say DOS :) Specifically, MS-DOS 6.2 and Windows 3.1. As this is an old laptop, I just reformatted it and installed DOS and Windows 3.1 to be able to run some old programs.
Everything works great, except that I do not have any DOS drivers for the sound card in the laptop. I don't know what kind of sound card it is, but I know it was Sound Blaster 16 compatible. I tried the Sound Blaster 16 drivers on Creative Labs' Sound Blaster website, but they didn't work. I tried the PnP, PCI and ISA versions of the drivers (one at a time, of course). The PnP drivers ("CTCU") crash with a run time error. And both the ISA and PCI drivers said it couldn't find the hardware at any of the port settings (e.g. 220, 240, etc.).
Can anyone point me to the drivers I need to get the sound card working in MS-DOS?


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  • Dan T Mar 01, 2009

    Well, I found the detailed specs for the 2805-S202, and under Sound it reads "Yamaha YMF754B-R sound chip, Codec chip AKM4543 16-bit stereo, Windows Sound System Ver.2.0 Sound Blaster Pro compatible (in DOS box only)."

    At Yamaha's website, I did find drivers for Windows 9x and later, and also for DOS, but only DOS running through Windows 95 or later. Nothing for MS-DOS 6.2x and Windows 3.x.

    Any suggestions on ways I can make it work, or perhaps make Sound Blaster drivers work?

  • Dan T Mar 02, 2009

    Incidentally, I do have most of my old DOS, Win 3.x, and Apple //e software laying around. However, I didn't have the operating systems, but was able to find them at a site for abandoned software,

    I couldn't get the sound card to work in either Windows or DOS, and ran an upgrade to Windows 95, but that didn't help either. I did find Yamaha's DOS and Windows 95 drivers, but they only seem to work with Yamaha's test program in DOS and not at all in Windows 95. My old software wants an IRQ and port setting, but the Yamaha configuration program for DOS shows it on port 220, with "IRTA#" listed for IRQ. When I force it to an IRQ setting, it doesn't work in the programs I'm trying to run, or in the Yamaha configuration/test program. When it's set to 220 and IRTA#, the Yamaha software runs its tests just fine, but the other programs don't work.

    I have no idea what "IRTA#" means, so I'm a bit stuck at the moment.

  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    Here is the soundblaster link. How to narrow it down, I am not sure. Maybe just try a few?

  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    You can download the soundblaster driver and see if it will work.After that I am fresh out of idea , sorry. Why DOS? You just had it laying around ? haha It does have a lot less overhead and a whole lot faster loading up.

  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    Not available from Toshiba website.  
        If you download the detailed specifications and found out which sound chip that it has , the driver may be available via their website?|PSAE3U



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You pretty much need to know the name of the card to find the right drivers.
I'm trying to harken back to the days of yore, to remember if my 3.1 system even had a device manager in the control panel, but maybe I'd have to be sitting in front of it again. That old 386...
Try running DEVMGMT.MSC: (opens Device Manager ) at a command prompt and see if you can't find a listing for the sound card installed on your system, but I think this didn't work back then.
I've had good luck finding a variety of drivers here, for what it's worth. You might also try the small list of archive file available here

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Please visit the following website and you will find the list of sound card drivers which are compatible with windows 3.x ...

I am sure you will find the fine you need ...

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