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This page gives you a short overview of supported soundcards for OS/2 & eCS.
Being recommended by IBM to its OS/2 customers in the EWWS NewsFlash (issue 2/2004), this list is one of the most comprehensive and clear overviews available about OS/2 and soundcards.
Older cards (ISA) may also work, check out the os2warp.be Compatible Hardware List.

Note:
To complete the list, we also need feedback!
Thanks to Alex Taylor for initial work.

  1. Single Driver
  2. UniAudio Driver (UNIAUD)

1. Single Driver

Soundcard Chipset MIDI DOS /
WinOS2
Mixer Misc Driver Rating
AOpen AW230CS4280 X / ?X / XIOCTL90 does not work well with ODINHobbes
AOpen AW320 CS4614 X / ?X / XIOCTL90 good output quality, does not work well with ODIN, do not use the AOpen driver, newest driver is on hobbesHobbes, IBM
Hercules Fortissimo II/III 7.1/ DigiFire 7.1CS4624 X / X- / XIOCTL90 does not work well with ODIN, digital in/out (optical)Hobbes
integrated VIA VT823x (AC'97)- / -- / -IOCTL90 supports VT8233,8233C,8233A,8235, optional packageHobbesN/A
integrated VIA VT8321/VT686A/B? / -- / --VT686B patchVIAN/A
integrated VIA VT82xx? / -- / --merged package, driver supports only VT8231, VT82C686A & VT82C686BVIAN/A
integrated Intel/SIS & Realtek ALC650 or ALC201A- / -- / --wave is limited to 44khz and belowRealtekN/A
integrated Intel 810/820/845M & Crystal CS4299 (AC'97)? / -- / XIOCTL90 Hobbes
integrated Intel ICH & SoundMax AD188x- / -- / X-supports AD1881, AD1881A, AD1885, AD1887, WarpMixer is includedIBMor hobbes (V3.17)N/A
integrated Intel ICH & SoundMax AD1981A/B- / -- / X-WarpMixer is includedHobbes (V3.14) and Hobbes (V3.17)
integrated ESS Maestro-2E (ES1978S)- / -X / --LBMix support, DOS game compatibility, Virtual PC Sound not recommendedHobbes
Soundblaster 128 PCI (CT475x)CT5880/ES1373 - / -- / --WarpMixer is supported, SB DOS Emulation can't be enabled in VDM (workaround?)SWC, Hobbes
Soundblaster PCI Ensoniq ES1371 ? / ?? / ?-DDPak, HobbesN/A
Soundblaster PCI 512, Live!EMU10K1 - / X- / -IOCTL90Up to 32 simultaneous wave playback streams, digital out with optional hardware adapter, DirectSound interface for ODINHobbes
Turtle Beach MontegoAureal 8820 X / ?- / --good quality of midi and wave playback, work well with ODINHobbes, patch
Turtle Beach Santa Cruz Terratec DMX Fire 1024CS4624 X / X- / XIOCTL90 does not work well with ODINHobbes
various C-Media CMI8738X / -- / -IOCTL90 4 channel output, digital in/out, DirectSound interface for ODINHobbes
various ESS 1938 (Solo-1)X / ?? / ?-full native DOS support (SB / SB Pro)Hobbes (V1.1.4)
LEO (V1.1.7)
N/A
various ESS 1968 (Maestro-2)? / ?? / ??IOCTL90 interface & LBMix may not work use WarpMixerHobbes
various Yamaha YMF724 X / X- / --patch to enable support for more YMF7xx chipsets (724D, 724F, 740C, 744B, 754), supports internal MIDI (FM) in VDM but no waveDDPakN/A
various Yamaha YMF754 - / ?- / --DDPakN/A
x supported
- not supported
? unknown
if MIDI is not supported by the driver use Timidity MCD -> or Multishow (Java) for MIDI playback
if WinOS/2 is not supported by the driver use Genaudio->
IOCTL90 mixer interface supported by LBMix -> (PM mixer front end), other may work with IBM WarpMixer

2. UniAudio driver

Soundcard Chipset Tested Driver MIDI DOS/WinOS2 Rating
SB Audigy/Audigy2EMU10K2UniAudio V1.04b- / -- / -
SB Live!EMU10K1 UniAudio (SWC)X / ?- / -N/A
SB Live! (Player)EMU10K1uniaud20031216- / -- / -
SB PCI (CT5880)ENS 1371 + Tritech TR28602uniaud20040122- / -- / -
variousIntel ICH + Realtek ALC201AUniAudio (SWC)X / ?- / -N/A
variousSIS SI7012 + CMedia CMI9738UniAudio V1.04b- / -- / -
variousAvance Logic ALC650UniAudio V1.04b- / -- / -N/A
variousYamaha DS-XG (YMF740C)uniaud20030821- / -- / -
variousSIS SI7012 + Realtek ALC200/200P (ALC101)uniaud20031024- / -- / -
variousVIA 82C686A/B + Ensemble ICE1232uniaud20031119- / -- / -
variousIntel 82801CA-ICH3 + Cirrus Logic CS4205uniaud20030821- / -- / -
variousIntel ICH5 + C-Media CMI9739 (LBMix volume control not working correctl)uniaud20031024- / -- / -
variousNvidia Nforce2 + Realtek ALC650uniaud20031216- / -- / -
variousIntel ICH5 + Realtek ALC650uniaud20031216- / -- / -
variousESS Maestro-2E (ES1978S)uniaud20031216- / -- / -
variousSIS SI7012 + Analog Devices AD1980 (SoundMAX)uniaud20040122- / -- / -
variousAli 5451 + Cirrus Logic CS4299uniaud20040122- / -- / -
various Cirrus Logic CS4281UniAudio (SWC)X / ?- / -N/A
various Avance Logic ALS4000UniAudio (SWC)X / ?- / -N/A
various C-Media CMI8738UniAudio (SWC)X / ?- / -
various Intel ICH + SigmaTel STAC9721/23UniAudio (SWC)X / ?- / -N/A
driver: UniAudio SWC/hobbes/UniAud, features: IOCTL90 mixer interface
if MIDI is not supported by the driver use Timidity MCD for MIDI playback,if WinOS/2 is not supported by the driver use Genaudio

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