How to get sound in MS-DOS

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope

For 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:


The example line above is specifying where the creative labs sound card drivers are located.

SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1 H5 P330 E620 T6

The example line above 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


The above settings are used with most sound cards. If you are unsure of your settings when configuring a sound card in an MS-DOS game, we recommend you try the three settings above before changing anything else.

If you are still uncertain of how to configure your sound card, we recommend that you contact your computer manufacturer or view our sound card drivers page.

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