I owe a lot to this forum. Thanks to the regulars in here, I was able to find an MT-32 module on ebay and get it working rather painlessly, both on an old DOS computer and with DOSBox on my laptop. All by simply searching the forum. So, thank you everyone.
I've been playing through all the Sierra games I own that were composed for the MT-32, and now the time has come for Police Quest 2. This is where I run into some problems and I figured this would be the best place to ask for help.
I have the MT-32 connected to a Sound Blaster AWE64 card, and have used the "Sound Blaster MIDI Port Utility"
in order to make that set-up work with the earlier games. Trouble is, I only have the 2006 release by Vivendi of the Police Quest Collection. This collection installs the games in DOSBox with almost no way of configuring the setup. I found a fix over at sierrahelp.com
that would restore the setup files. After installing that, I burned a new CD and thought I could get away with simply copying the game files to the old computer directly from that CD.
It worked with PQ1VGA, but the Sound Blaster MIDI Utility refuses to work with PQ2. It says that the version of music driver is unfamiliar, and the error code 22301100, which I suppose is only meaningful if you are the author of the utility.
Not sure where to go from here. I could run the game in DOSBox on my laptop, but the line-in jack doubles as a mic jack and doesn't work very well. Besides, half the charm is lost from playing the game on a tiny widescreen monitor.
How would you go about connecting the MT-32 without using the Sound Blaster port? Would you need one of those mythical MPU-401 boxes? Or is there another, preferrably affordable, way? Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance!