Creative Sound Blaster 32 PnP

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Creative Sound Blaster 32 PnP
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Bus type ISA
Bus width 16-bit
Bus speed 8 MHz
8-bit ISA compatible?
Manufacturer Creative Labs
Chipset CT1749
Compatible with Sound Blaster, 30-pin SIMM
Connectors Mic, Line in, Line out, Speaker out, Gameport
Requires -5VDC? No
Requires -12VDC? Yes
Config method PnP
Model CT3620
Full duplex Unknown
Max sample rate Unknown
Channels 2
FM synth CQM
CD Audio in:SBCD, MPC
PC Speaker in:Dupont-2
Aux in:None
Phone (TAD) in/out:None
Line out:None
SPDIF out:Dupont-2
SB Link:No
Factory memory Unknown
Max memory 28MB
29,360,128 B
CD interface IDE
IDE Controller
IDE buses 1
Primary? N
Secondary? Y
Tertiary? Y
Quaternary? Y
ROM type None
Driver Missing download URL

The Sound Blaster 32 PnP is an update to the Sound Blaster 16 with the WavEffects (EMU8000) chip from the AWE32. It is one of the few Creative Labs cards that can take standard 30-pin SIMMs to increase the memory available for MIDI instrument samples.

It is very similar to the Creative Sound Blaster AWE32 PnP (IDE), but with a CT1749 instead of the CT8903 (AWE32) chip. It also has a SPDIF output connector, which the AWE32 does not. The SB32 series also has no onboard memory, while the AWE32 has 512 kB.

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IDE interface

While the PnP nature of the card allows the IDE interface to be configured on a wide variety of ports (allowing even more than four IDE interfaces in a single system), one caveat applies. When the card is configured as a secondary IDE controller, the second group of I/O addresses is truncated. Normally the second IDE controller also uses ports 376-377, however this can conflict with the floppy controller, so the PnP settings only reserve port 376. In this case, some CD-ROM device drivers (such as VIDE-CDD.SYS) will not recognise the interface. Because of this, setting the card to the secondary IDE interface is not recommended. It works well as the third or fourth IDE interface as the ports are not truncated with these settings.