Random Files & Stuff for Old PCs and Software

by Pekka Leppaluoto


Mark A. Fontana's MFPLAY 1.2 for DOS - Roland XP-10 device

Download and copy XP10.DEV to your MFPLAY directory. Then specify the line "MIDI_DEVICES1 xp10" in your MFPLAY.CFG under the "MIDI DEVICES" section. Compiled using the tone list from Roland XP-10 Owner's Manual.


Origin Systems, Inc. Ultima VI: The False Prophet for IBM PC/Tandy/100% Compatibles - General MIDI Patch

The IBM PC version of Ultima VI: The False Prophet features a sound option for "Roland MT-32 / MIDI" and a special MIDI.DAT text file for controlling patch information (kinda similar than previous Ultimas had on the Apple ][ as seen here).

The original MIDI.DAT contains patch information for the Roland MT-32 preset sounds. The MIDI.DAT provided here was done manually by comparing both MT-32 and SC-7 patch lists and selecting the most similar instrument. As the MIDI.DAT only contains the instrument mappings, no velocity nor other performance data, some instruments where changed to better match the feeling of the original MT-32 song.

Download and copy MIDI.DAT to your ULTIMA6 directory (remember to rename/backup the original first!). Then run INSTALL.EXE and select "Roland MT-32 / MIDI" as the sound card option.

A recording of a Roland SC-7 General MIDI sound module in action available here.


Roland GS MIDI Collection 1.0

GSMIDI10.ZIP. A selected collection of professionally programmed Roland GS compatible MIDI files by Roland, Edirol and Music Sales. Use an early Roland GS device (SC-55, SCC-1 or even XP-10) for best results. Recommended player is MFPLAY for DOS. Playback using a Roland SC-55 available here.


Ensoniq AudioPCI 3000 DOS and Windows 3.x Drivers

A capture demonstrating the Ensoniq AudioPCI 3000's Roland MT-32 support is available here.


ATI Graphics Solution REV 3 DIP-Switch Settings

The ATI Graphics Solution REV 3, a.k.a. PC 10 Advanced Graphics Adapter, is an ISA CGA/MDA/Plantronics/Hercules/AGA compatible* graphics card included with Commodore's IBM PC compatible clones, the Commodore PCs. The card features pin headers, 5 pins for a Light Pen, 3 pins for RF Modulator, 2 pins for Composite Video Output (composite signal also available on the DE-9 data connector, a DE-9-to-RCA adapter is included) and a DIP switch selector on the card.

* The composite output colors are not 100% compatible with equivalent IBM cards, some colors are wrong with CGA_COMP.EXE and the PC Booter version of King's Quest I.

Below are the DIP switch settings for the card that I've discovered using my Commodore PC 10-S with a NEC MultiSync 3D monitor and the Commodore PC-10/PC-20 AGA manual. On my card, the DIP selector is upside down, with the OPEN position towards the bottom and switch 1 located closest to the back plate of the card.

Default Display Mode (switches 1-2)
Mono 1=CLOSED 2=OPEN
Color 1=OPEN 2=CLOSED
Emulation* 1=OPEN 2=OPEN
Monitor Type (switches 3-4)
Composite 3=OPEN 4=CLOSED
Monochrome or RGB 3=CLOSED 4=OPEN
IBM Enhanced 3=OPEN 4=OPEN
Composite Monitor (switch 5)
Color 5=CLOSED
Monochrome 5=OPEN
Unused #1 (switch 6)
Always OPEN
Unused #2 (switches 7-8)
Always CLOSED

* From the AGA manual: "This mode is called an emulation mode because it drives a monochrome monitor and yet appears to your PC as a Color/Graphics Adapter. It runs all Color/Graphics software without modification on a monochrome monitor by automatically converting the solor signal into shades of gray. The emulation mode displays the high quality monochrome character set, has full screen grahphics and does not require preboot drivers."

From the AGA manual: "MONITOR WARNING. Do not plug an IBM monochrome monitor into an AGA configured as a Color/Graphics adapter. Likewise, do not plug an RBG or composite monitor into an AGA set to monochrome or emulation mode."

PS. Recap on the computer's own DIP switches regarding the Default Display Mode: Emulation Mode: SW5=ON, SW6=OFF. Color/Graphics: SW5=ON, SW6=OFF. Monochrome: SW5=OFF, SW6=OFF.

The card configured for Color/Graphics with a RGB monitor (the NEC MultiSync 3D) running the ATI color tests and some Sierra games available here.


Creative Labs Sound Blaster AWE64 Standard Version MIDI Samples Demo

AWE64SDE.ZIP. The MIDI Samples Demo files from the \SB16\SAMPLES\DEMO directory included with Creative Labs Sound Blaster AWE64 Standard Version (CT4520) sound card installation.

A rendition with the 4GMGSMT.SF2 SoundFont loaded (using the CT1930 memory expansion module) available here.


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