Windows 95 and games with CD Audio support

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  • #10254
    Kupao
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    I know this may not be a big secret but I had a hard time reaching this solution. Previously, I was trying settings with Virtual CD emulators that will allow playing CD audio stably but all of them freezes MDB in a short while. Alcohol 120%, Daemon Tools, Nero Imagedrive and Virtual Clonedrive were tested. Worse, Virtual Clonedrive does not have CD Audio support.

    But I finally found a way even without a CD emulator. I’m pleased to report that _inmm.dll works in an emulated Windows 95. The best tutorial of its use that I found is through this link: https://www.play-old-pc-games.com/compatibility-tools/_inmm-dll-tutorial/

    There are a few points not mentioned in the tutorial (as it’s aimed for later Windows versions):
    1. If you plan to convert the audio tracks in mp3 format, you’ll need to download the Fraunhofer IIS MPEG Layer-3 Codec in the _inmm.dll page and install it on your emulated Windows 95. This is because Windows 9x didn’t come with native support for mp3 files.

    2. Playing CD Audio through mp3 can take a performance hit on your game. For best performance, I recommend converting the audio to wav format but this has a downside of larger file size as wav files are uncompressed. If space isn’t an issue and you want your game to run better, consider this option.

    Note that _inmm.dll doesn’t work for all games but at least there’s an option now. I’m still testing its stability but for now, it’s the one that let me complete the first level of Codename Tenka (with CD emulators, I always get to freeze MDB along the way)

    #10262
    admin
    Keymaster

    Hi,

    This means, I can use cue sheets?

    #10264
    Kupao
    Participant

    I haven’t tried using cue sheets so far but the japanese page mentioned this with regards to their previous version (translated):

    Changes from Ver. 2.37:
    Supports playlist (m3u, cue) playback.

    On another note, I encountered some stability issues with Sega Rally Championship where it froze Windows in the Options -> Sound Menu, but the music still plays correctly in the background. But I can still get in and out of the game if I avoided the sound options (I’m just really looking for an ingame volume control anyway)

    #10267
    admin
    Keymaster

    Hm that sounds cool. Maybe I have something for testing, send me email if you want.

    #10268
    Kupao
    Participant

    I’ll be sending an email by tomorrow (it’s night here)

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