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- Tuesday, October 24th, 2000 Like Share


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dave Oct 24, 00
Guillemot makes a card with an optical output - the Maxisound Fortissimo, which you can find in stores for around 40-50 dollars.

They seem like the same soundcard except for that difference.
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Ether Oct 24, 00
actually the Fortissimo is a higher end card based on the Yamaha YMF744 chip engine. But you're right, the only real difference on paper is that the MUSE is missing the SPDIF, but I would venture to say that the Fortissimo has better MIDI and 3D API support.
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LiquidIQ Oct 24, 00
The MUSE doesn't have the EAX2.0 support that the Fortissimo does. Plus, the MUSE has 4 speaker output all the time, you can't turn it off, which I find a little annoying.
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bigedmustafa Oct 24, 00
My experience with the Muse has been a little frustrating. I found the sound quality to be very good and was surprised at how well made this card seems to be considering the pricetag.

I can't get the card to take any IRQ other than 11, which is also required by my Voodoo 5 5500. I've tried moving slots and reinstalling. I've disabled everything I could and I have 3 other IRQs open, but the Muse keeps sharing #11. It seems to play fine while sharing the same IRQ with the Voodoo 5 card, but I can't get the duplexing to work. The card has proven incompatible thus far when I try to use it with Microsoft GameVoice.

The other weird thing is that inserting or removing the Muse card while my system is off causes the ATX power to turn on all by itself! I haven't seen a card do this before.

I really want to like the Maxi Sound Muse. The sound quality and fit-&-finish of the product are an outstanding value. I can't explain the duplexing problem or the power-related issues when changing out the card. A call to Guillemot's technical support line yeilded 55 minutes on hold before I hung up without speaking to anyone.

If anyone has used the Muse with GameVoice successfully, please e-mail me or post it here. I'd love to know. Thanks.
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Redemption Oct 25, 00
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The MUSE doesn't have the EAX2.0 support that the Fortissimo does. Plus, the MUSE has 4 speaker output all the time, you can't turn it off, which I find a little annoying.
Does this mean that the card is using 4 speaker mode even when you set it to 2 speaker mode? Cuz there is clearly a performance difference between the two modes so I assume that something is different.
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vegan29 Oct 25, 00
hey bigedmustafa! my vortex 2 oem card also does the very same thing! I take it out, and sometimes when I plug it back into the motherboard the whole thing starts to power up. it is some weird voodoo scare I tell you!!!
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LiquidIQ Oct 25, 00
Redemption, am I missing something or where are you able to change the speaker setting? I know in the reference C-Media drivers you are able to, but I don't think with the drivers that Guillemot ship you can.

And the whole IRQ11 thing and power, make sure in the BIOS you have your Slots turned to "Auto". Plus, at work I've seen something like the power happen also, it does this because the ATX spec still has like 5V going while the power is off, thus when you plug/unplug a card it senses a voltage change and turns the power on, at least that's what I am thinking.
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Redemption Oct 25, 00
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I know in the reference C-Media drivers you are able to, but I don't think with the drivers that Guillemot ship you can.
I just booted the system up, slapped in the card again. We're using the shipping drivers on the MUSE (CD ver1.0) and it has an advanced button under multimedia, which pops up a screen that let's you switch between speaker types. TOTALLY unintuitive, compared to what VideoLogic does for instance, but definitely there. The only thing that is weird, is that the settings get saved, (performance wise), but everytime you open up that panel it says you are using 2 speakers.

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Plus, at work I've seen something like the power happen also, it does this because the ATX spec still has like 5V going while the power is off, thus when you plug/unplug a card it senses a voltage change and turns the power on, at least that's what I am thinking.
Sounds reasonable to me. The spec should be modified to detect specific changes. Is this for some weird wake-on-LAN type thing?
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LiquidIQ Oct 25, 00
Wake on Lan, Wake on Ring, Keyboard power-on, and other cool little features that I've never used

One cool thing about the MUSE that it works in Windows, Linux, and even BeOS! I've tried them all
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lostprophetsfan Jul 14, 04
is this the first thread??...im growing 4 years in this thread
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