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Life & Death 2: The Brain - Software Toolworks (1990)
Tested By: LateBlt

runnable  -  playable  -  supported
100% (supported)
  DOSBox version: 0.73 (supported)

runnable  -  playable  -  supported
95% (supported)
  DOSBox version: 0.65 (supported)


Manually editing CONFIG.DAT fixes sound problems (2021-10-08 22:46) LateBlt
Now, more than 14 years later, it occurred to me to try manually editing the game's CONFIG.DAT file, and it turns out that this works perfectly. The game's sound configuration is stored in byte 2 (the third byte, since they're numbered starting from 0) of the CONFIG.DAT file, and most copies of the game seem to have that byte set to a value of 2, which makes the game use AdLib sound, which sounds horrible when it tries to do speech synthesis. A value of 1 will make the game use the PC speaker, but the value you actually want to have there is 4, which makes the game produce perfect digitized speech. So just set the third byte of CONFIG.DAT to a value of 4, and boom, the problem with the game's speech is fixed.
Note: (2007-06-15 00:56) LateBlt
The game seems to run just fine. Note that like most other games by The Software Toolworks, there's no way to configure the game's system settings after you install, meaning if you use a pre-installed package, you'll have no way to set the game's sound settings. The only way to do so is with an installable package containing the files from the original disks. For some reason, I wasn't able to get Sound Blaster sound working, just the terrible PC speaker sound. Everything else works great.



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DOSBox 0.74-3 (1239) 18 (1.45%) 43 (3.47%) 46 (3.71%) 1132 (91.36%)
DOSBox 0.73 (643) 16 (2.49%) 23 (3.58%) 17 (2.64%) 587 (91.29%)
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DOSBox 0.70 (952) 23 (2.42%) 17 (1.79%) 29 (3.05%) 883 (92.75%)
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DOSBox 0.58 (1149) 266 (23.15%) 15 (1.31%) 20 (1.74%) 848 (73.80%)






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