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OrangePC Card on IIfx

Concorde1993

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My OrangePC card arrived today in the mail. The card itself is in perfect working order (pics to come soon). The only significant problem I'm having at the moment is getting the OrangePC mouse driver to work in Windows 3.1 (the driver is fine in DOS 6.1 and I can toggle between Mac or PC mouse using Command-M). I was reading through the Orange386 instruction manual on how to tell Windows to access and accept the OrangePC mouse driver on Page 90, however I keep getting the following error:
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Not sure why Windows is asking for OEMSETUP.INF when the Orange386 manual states that the mouse driver is located in C: drive. Unless something changed when the Orange386 manual was written.

There's some other minor things as well. I can't access the BIOS now that DOS 6.1 is installed for some reason (I still get a keyboard error even though my Mac keyboard works perfectly in both DOS and Windows). Sound doesn't seem to be working in Windows. Also the Apple PC 5.25" drive doesn't communicate with the OrangePC card - I guess I need the breakout cable/peripheral kit for that to work with the card.
 

Concorde1993

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Fixed the mouse error. Went into Setup and changed the driver to Microsoft Mouse.

Tried installing Sound Blaster 16 from my Apple DOS install disk to fix the sound issue. Driver doesn't work - I guess Sound Blaster isn't supported with OrangePC cards? The 386 manual states on Page 46 that PC Speaker can be enabled from the Misc menu. That doesn't seem to be a feature in 3.8.2

At least Solitaire is working lol.
 

MrFahrenheit

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Fixed the mouse error. Went into Setup and changed the driver to Microsoft Mouse.

Tried installing Sound Blaster 16 from my Apple DOS install disk to fix the sound issue. Driver doesn't work - I guess Sound Blaster isn't supported with OrangePC cards? The 386 manual states on Page 46 that PC Speaker can be enabled from the Misc menu. That doesn't seem to be a feature in 3.8.2

At least Solitaire is working lol.

Sound Blaster, and PC speaker, are two different things. I could be wrong, but I don’t think that OrangePC card has a sound blaster.
 

Byrd

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Glad you got this awesome card - have you plugged the Sound Blaster into the ISA slot - best check is it only 8bit or 16 bit cards that work? Also try these utilities to enable the cache for the Cyrix 4x86:

 

Concorde1993

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Sound Blaster, and PC speaker, are two different things.
I know. I'm just trying to get sound - any sound - to work with the card. The 386 manual made reference to PC Speaker but I can't enable it due to differences in the menu listings.
Glad you got this awesome card
Thanks. It's definitely interesting.
Have you plugged the Sound Blaster into the ISA slot
I haven't plugged in anything directly to the card. I doubt I have a Sound Blaster card lying around. I'd have to check my Commodore PC 10-III or one of my Amigas. I was hoping Sound Blaster would have been integrated with the OrangePC card since it's basically a 486 PC.
 

Byrd

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It definitely doesn't have digitized sound on board - this thing was made for business not consumer use - do you see any little piezo speaker on the board - alternately maybe it pipes PC speaker sound through the Mac itself?

In terms of what ISA sound card, considering the tight tolerances a branded Sound Blaster would be too big, but something like a later model generic ESS or Crystal chipset ISA sound card would fit quite nicely inside with some work.

Does the card work well with 32-bit addressing on the IIfx? I've got the really basic two slot AST 286 board but could never get it playing nicely on my IIfx for both 24 or 32bit addressing enabled. The card needs a II or IIx I think.
 

Concorde1993

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It definitely doesn't have digitized sound on board
I'm thinking more along the lines of Apple's DOS compatibility card for the 6100.
Alternately maybe it pipes PC speaker sound through the Mac itself?
I'm guessing it does. The 386 manual is a little vague.
Considering the tight tolerances a branded Sound Blaster would be too big
Well I could always run the IIfx with the cover off (yeah, right).
Does the card work well with 32-bit addressing on the IIfx?
Thus far everything seems to be working fine. I had no issues installing DOS 6.1 and Windows 3.1 - both seem to run OK and 3.1 runs much faster on the OrangePC card than in SoftWindows. I haven't installed any software directly into DOS or Windows besides Sound Blaster 16 since the majority of my DOS programs are on 5.25" disks and as aforementioned my Apple 5.25" drive is not seen by the OrangePC card. I think I have a boxed copy of WordPerfect DOS on 3.5" disks - I can try that and see how it goes. I will say that the mouse for some reason gets "jumpy" when playing Solitaire. Adjusting the speed settings for the mouse hasn't made much difference.
 

Concorde1993

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Bought a Sound Blaster AWE64 (CT4500) "value" card from eBay. It's just the card - no drivers or accessories - but Creative Labs still has drivers on their website so I should be OK. Will be interesting to mount to the OrangePC card without a bracket. If all else fails, I can just use it with my Commodore PC 10-III.

I remembered that my ADB trackball mouse was made by Logitech, so I switched the mouse driver from Microsoft Mouse to Logitech. It's still a little jumpy depending on the application (Solitaire is somewhat better with the Logitech driver).

Speaking of applications, I installed WordPerfect Presentations Version 2.0 through Windows 3.1 since it's one of the few DOS programs I have on 3.5" disks. Installation was a breeze - it was very quick (considering there were about 7 disks to go through), nothing crashed or hung, and the program ran very smoothly both in DOS and Windows (minus the sometimes jumpy mouse).

For some reason, when I exit out of Windows and return to DOS 6.1, my cursor disappears. This happened with both mouse drivers. Not sure why it does this - the only fix I have at the moment is to reset the OrangePC application. Once DOS 6.1 reloads the cursor returns. Thoughts?
 
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