1. Post #1
    GigaCake's Avatar
    January 2012
    20 Posts
    Since I am a fan of the classics (and annoyed at the latest versions of Windows' lack of backwards compatibility), I have installed Microsoft Virtual PC for my system, along with a Windows 98 Virtual Hard Drive.

    It works fairly well; all my old software games work great, but I do have a couple of issues...

    1. I lose sound on some of them, especially Oddballz (like the Petz series, but on all the best drugs), where I only sporadically hear the Oddballz sounds, and I can't hear the Pop Box's tunes, nor edit which ones to play.
    2. The sounds are otherwise great on my other games, but the MIDI output sounds terrible! Apparently, I'm emulating a Sound Blaster 16 sound card, and while it simulates MIDI melodic tones fairly well (albeit rather tinny and samey), the drums sound at best like gurgling pipes and at worst like nails on a chalkboard. Plus, there's an annoying echo effect that multiplies all those noises like some bad carnival of brain damage.

    If anyone can help me out with this, their help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

  2. Post #2
    Brock Obama's Avatar
    January 2012
    412 Posts
    Is there any way to use your actual soundcard natively like a passthrough, like Ethernet does?

  3. Post #3
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    Colton Rappe's Avatar
    August 2006
    1,038 Posts
    I dont know about Microsoft Virtual PC, but VMWare Player is free, and has passthroughs for GPU, Sound, and Processing Capability just like as if it was natively running. It does consume extra system resources when running, but that is to be expected when virtualizing an operating system.

    Other than that, if you must use Microsoft Virtual PC, I advice you continue googling for answers about a soundcard passthrough.

  4. Post #4
    Brock Obama's Avatar
    January 2012
    412 Posts
    VirtualBox is the best free Virtual-PC clone you could ever ask for. I recommend it over the bloated, limited-functionality VMware.
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  5. Post #5
    Billy2600's Avatar
    August 2009
    689 Posts
    Don't know about VMWare, but with VirtualBox you can even use the virtual hard drive from Virtual PC.

  6. Post #6
    GigaCake's Avatar
    January 2012
    20 Posts
    So would VMWare enable me to choose between different MIDI card emulations or what?

  7. Post #7
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    Colton Rappe's Avatar
    August 2006
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    So would VMWare enable me to choose between different MIDI card emulations or what?
    You can tell it to use either the default Host sound card, which is what you currently have your computer set to to play audio, or, you can set it to a specific card source, from the host, if, for example, you had a dedicated PCI sound card and not a built-in on the motherboard sound card, like many computers come nowadays.

    VirtualBox is the best free Virtual-PC clone you could ever ask for. I recommend it over the bloated, limited-functionality VMware.
    Have you even tried using it longer than 5 minutes?

    Don't know about VMWare, but with VirtualBox you can even use the virtual hard drive from Virtual PC.
    You can network files from the host into the virtualization in VMWare, as well as map the virtual volume (virtual hard drive) to be an accessible drive on the host.



    All in all, if you are looking for functionality, both are about equal. It is a matter of preference. VMWare may take more resources from the host computer to run, than VirtualBox, though. But if resources are not a problem, then again, it's just a matter of choice.

  8. Post #8
    Brock Obama's Avatar
    January 2012
    412 Posts
    All in all, if you are looking for functionality, both are about equal. It is a matter of preference. VMWare may take more resources from the host computer to run, than VirtualBox, though. But if resources are not a problem, then again, it's just a matter of choice.
    And cost. VMware isn't free, only the "Player" is, which makes it lame. It's also closed-source, so forget changing things to your liking.

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    Colton Rappe's Avatar
    August 2006
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    And cost. VMware isn't free, only the "Player" is, which makes it lame. It's also closed-source, so forget changing things to your liking.
    VMWare Player has as much functionality as a person would need, if you are a PROGRAMMER you would probably want VMWare Workstation, and if he wants to use third-party plugins because VirtualBox is open-source, that is his choice.

    How many times must I debate this: Both programs are fine Virtualization Solutions, GigaCake will just have to try them both before coming to his own conclusion on what works best for him; not you, not me, him. He is the ultimate person who says which is better, for him.

    Can someone please close this thread, what has been needed to be said has been said and there is no more pheasible contribution to be given to the Original Poster.
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  10. Post #10
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    bassie12's Avatar
    July 2005
    1,768 Posts
    Virtualbox does not really support Windows 98 and will result in an incredibly sluggish guest OS.

    VMWare and virtual PC might be the only working solution for Windows 98.

  11. Post #11
    GigaCake's Avatar
    January 2012
    20 Posts
    Thanks for all your advice. I suppose I'll just stick with what I got, but I'll see about finding out more about some other programs as well.