How to get sound in MS-DOS

MS-DOSFor the sound card to work properly in MS-DOS, the MS-DOS drivers must be downloaded and the autoexec.bat and config.sys must have lines specified within them. The lines in the autoexec.bat may look similar to:

SET SOUND=C:\PROGRA~1\CREATIVE\CTSND

The above line is specifying where the sound drivers are located. In the above example, this is the location of the creative labs sound card drivers.

SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1 H5 P330 E620 T6

In the above line this is specifying the sound card settings. Below is a listing of each of the important settings and what they represent:

A220 = The Input/Output Range
I5 = Interrupt Request
D1 = Direct Memory Access

Note: The above settings are used with most sound cards. If you are unsure of your settings when configuring a sound card in a MS-DOS game it is recommended you try the above three settings first.

If you are uncertain on how to configure your sound card because of the wide variety of sound cards and the possibility of no MS-DOS sound card support, it is recommended that you contact the computer manufacturer or view the sound card drivers page.

Additional information

  • See our sound card definition for further information and related links on this term.