@sponge checking now it looks like it's actually possible to pick up brand new chinese-made ones on ebay for only $5 including shipping. bit surprised to see https://www.ebay.com/itm/PCI-4-Channel-CH-Surround-3D-PC-Sound-Audio-Card-Stereo-with-MIDI-Game-Port/392480962458
@sponge there are also many different CMI8738-based ones which as I recall also have legacy soundblaster compatibility but as I recall the OPL implementation in those chips is incomplete/janky
@fraggle yea, i remember seeing that shape of card in his videos, but i don't think i realized they were clones.
sound works great though, however the main problem i'm having is whatever crappy S3 video card in here apparently doesn't support VGA/EGA scrolling registers right, as commander keen, if not many apogee games are really buggy when scrolling the screen horizontally. just means i need one more computer/laptop for DOS era games!
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