Avance Logic / Realtek

Avance Logic was a sound card and graphics cards manufacturer who got acquired by Realtek, of Taiwan. They also sold their board designs to third parties who rebranded them.

Sound Cards

ALS007 / ALS007SP

Introduced: 1996
FM Synthesizer: LS262 (OPL3 clone)
Bus: 16-bit ISA
CD-ROM Interfaces: IDE
Jacks: Line In, Line Out, Mic, Speaker
Wavetable Header: Yes
Plug & Play: Yes
FCC ID: JQDS007AS9543C, MZY3D007S3 or MA5ASOUND

The ALS007 is a Sound Blaster, Pro and Sound Blaster 16-compatible card. For OPL3 music it has an LS262 chip. The game/MIDI port can be used as an MPU-401 interface (UART only), and the card also gets an IDE interface for a CD-ROM which is initialised using a file called CDSETUP.SYS.

ALS007 is a Plug & Play card, so has no jumpers for I/O port, IRQ, or DMA settings. Instead, the installation disk provides a utility, ALCONFIG.EXE to configure the card's settings. The wavetable header is Creative Wave Blaster-compatible.

This ALS007 card was also sold as the Asonic Asound-007/XX, released in 1996.

I have seen ALS007 cards with the same FCC ID as the ALS100 and ALS100Plus+ (MA5ASOUND), which is odd.

The ALS007SP is very similar to the ALS007 but is not a Plug & Play card. In all other respects it is the same as the ALS007. A file called ALSINIT.EXE is used to initialise the ALS007SP's sound chip.

According to the installation disk readme file, if you have issues installing under Windows, you should try installing the drivers for each device manually. For reference they are:

Logic Device 0 = Wav Audio Device;
Logic Device 1 = Internal Midi (OPL-3) Device;
Logic Device 2 = Joy Stick/Game Port Device;
Logic Device 3 = External Midi (MPU-401) Device;
Logic Device 4 = IDE CD ROM Controller.

Drivers

DOS / Windows 3.1 / 95 (722 KB Windows self-extracting zip file)
DOS / Windows 3.1 / 95 vA1.60 (757 KB Windows self-extracting zip file)
DOS Production Board Test Program v1.0
Windows 98 (910 KB Windows self-extracting zip file)
NT 3.51 / 4.0 (104 KB Windows self-extracting zip file)
OS/2 4.0 (131 KB Windows self-extracting zip file)

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ALS100 / ALS110

Introduced: 1997
FM Synthesizer: LS262 (OPL3 clone)
Bus: 16-bit ISA
CD-ROM Interfaces: IDE
Jacks: Line Out, Mic, Speaker
Wavetable Header: Yes
Plug & Play: No
FCC ID: MGYPRO16PNP, MA5ASOUND

The ALS100 from Avance Logic was a budget 16-bit sound card, and was the last ALS card to contain a dedicated Yamaha OPL3 clone - the LS262. After this, Avance Logic moved to a more tightly integrated chip (the ALS100+) that used what they called "ALSFM" - an embedded FM synth that was OPL3-compatible (though not a direct clone) and DAC.

ALS100 is *not* a Plug & Play card but there are no jumpers for I/O port, IRQ, or DMA settings. Instead, the card's configuration is stored on the ALS100 chip and is configured via the AWCONFIG.EXE utility (very similar to the earlier ALCONFIG.EXE). Run this after you have run DOSINST.EXE to install the software to your hard disk.

The game/MIDI port can be used as an MPU-401 interface (UART only) which is hanging note bug-free, and the card also gets an IDE interface for a CD-ROM which is initialised using a file called CDSETUP.SYS.

What makes this card stand out against its competitors is its support for Sound Blaster 16 in addition to Sound Blaster and Sound Blaster Pro.

This card was also sold as the Asonic Asound Plus 4, released in 1997. It had an FCC ID of MA5ASOUND.

It is sadly known to be quite a noisy card (audio quality-wise). Requires a TSR driver.

As for main ASIC itself, ALS100L chips are low-power versions of the ALS100, and are otherwise identical. ALS100M chips have additional support for multiple CD-ROM interfaces from Mitsumi, Sony and Panasonic.

Manuals

ALS100/ALS100L/ALS100M User Manual
ALS100/ALS100L/ALS100M Design Manual

Drivers

DOS / Windows 3.1 / 95
DOS Production Board Test Program v1.0
Windows 98
NT 3.51 / 4.0
OS/2 4.0

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ALS100Plus / ALS100Plus PnP

Introduced: 1997
FM Synthesizer: Embedded in ALS100Plus+ chip
Bus: 16-bit ISA
CD-ROM Interfaces: IDE
Jacks: Line Out, Mic, Speaker
Wavetable Header: Yes
Plug & Play: Yes
FCC ID: MAA8S280005 or MA5ASOUND
Known Board Revisions: 2.1

The ALS100Plus is a Sound Blaster Pro 2.0 (stereo) and Sound Blaster 16-compatible card.

ALS100Plus is a Plug & Play card, so has no jumpers for I/O port, IRQ, or DMA settings. The game/MIDI port can be used as an MPU-401 interface (UART only) which is hanging note bug-free, and the card also gets an IDE interface for a CD-ROM which is initialised using a file called CDSETUP.SYS.

These cards have very poor OPL3 emulation - the FM synthesizer was embedded into the AL100Plus+ chip, rather than being a dedicated external chip as on the earlier AL007 and AL100 sound cards. This was not a clone of an OPL3, but rather Avance Logic's own FM synthesizer that was compatible with OPL3.

It's possible the ALS100 Plus also lacks the 16-bit DMA ability the ALS100 had. You can only set the low and high DMA channels to 1 or 3, preventing 16-bit sound in BUILD engine games.

These things make the ALS100Plus a worse card than the earlier ALS100.

This card was also sold as the Asonic Asound Gold, released in 1997. It had an FCC ID of MA5ASOUND.

Manuals

ALS100Plus+ User Guide

Drivers

DOS / Windows 3.1 / 95
Windows 98
NT 3.51 / 4.0
Windows 2000
OS/2 4.0

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ALS100Plus Pro16/32 PnP+

Introduced: 1997
FM Synthesizer: Embedded in ALS100Plus+ chip
Bus: 16-bit ISA
CD-ROM Interfaces: IDE
Jacks: Line Out, Mic, Speaker
Wavetable Header: Yes
Plug & Play: Yes
FCC ID: MGYPRO16/32PNP+.
Known Board Revisions: 1A (see image right), 2 (1st below), 4 (2nd onwards below)

Manuals

ALS100Plus+ User Guide

Drivers

DOS / Windows 3.1 / 95
Windows 98
NT 3.51 / 4.0
Windows 2000
OS/2 4.0

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ALS120

Introduced: 1997
FM Synthesizer: Embedded in ALS120 chip
Bus: 16-bit ISA
CD-ROM Interfaces: IDE (some variants)
Jacks: Line In, Line Out, Mic, Speaker
Wavetable Header: Yes
Plug & Play: Yes
FCC ID: LWHA381F20

The ALS120 is a Plug & Play card that provides compatibility with Sound Blaster, Sound Blaster Pro, Sound Blaster 16, and Windows Sound System. It also has a built-in 3D sound effects processor.

The game port can behave as an MPU-401 MIDI controller with FIFO (UART only).

This card was also sold as the Asonic Limbo 50+ and Asonic Asound Gold, both released in 1999.

There have been several recommendations to **avoid** these ALS120 cards completely, as they don't use a real or even unlicenced OPL3 chip, but a rather bad clone.

Manuals

ALS120 User Guide
ALS120 Design Manual

Drivers

DOS / Windows 3.1 / Windows 95 version ALS12.A1.30
Windows 98SE
NT 3.51 / 4.0
Windows 2000
OS/2 3.0
OS/2 4.0

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ALS200

Introduced: 1997
FM Synthesizer: Embedded in ALS200 chip
Bus: 16-bit ISA
CD-ROM Interfaces: IDE
Jacks: Line Out, Mic, Speaker
Wavetable Header: Yes
Plug & Play: Yes
FCC ID: -

The ALS200 Plug & Play card provides compatibility with Sound Blaster, Sound Blaster Pro, Sound Blaster 16, and Windows Sound System.

The game port can behave as an MPU-401 MIDI controller with FIFO (UART only).

Manuals

ALS200 Design Manual
Schematics

DRIVERS

DOS / Windows 3.1 / 95
Windows 98
NT 3.51 / 4.0
OS/2 4.0

 

ALS300 (RL5305)

Introduced: 1999
FM Synthesizer: Embedded
Bus: PCI
CD-ROM Interfaces: None
Jacks: Line Out, Mic, Speaker
Wavetable Header: No
Plug & Play: Yes
FCC ID: -

The ALS300 marks a move away from DOS compatibility being a PCI card. Its ASIC chip, ALS300, emulates Sound Blaster Pro and Sound Blaster 16 and has a built-in FM synthesizer for OPL3 emulation.

The ALS300's primary target was Windows as it was Avance Logic's first card to comply with the AC'97 standard (Audio CODEC '97).

Manuals

ALS300 Technical Reference

DRIVERS

DOS / Windows 3.1 / 95
Windows 95 patch
NT 3.51 / 4.0
Windows 98

 

 

ALS300Plus

Introduced: 1999
Bus: PCI

DOS / Windows 3.1 / 95, Windows 95 patch, NT 3.51 / 4.0, Windows 2000 / XP

 

 

 

ALS4000

Introduced: 1998
FM Synthesizer: Embedded
Bus: PCI
CD-ROM Interfaces: None
Jacks: Line Out, Mic, Speaker
Wavetable Header: No
Plug & Play: Yes
FCC ID: -

The ALS4000 is an integrated chip that includes an "ALSFM" synthesizer as well as an OPL4 wavetable synthesizer, and MIDI controller. This card is built around that single chip solution.

It is compatible with Ad Lib, Sound Blaster Pro, Sound Blaster 16.
Its game/MIDI port supports the MPU-401 UART interface, and is fully compatible with Microsoft's Sidewinder joystick.

Manuals

ALS4000 Technical Reference

Drivers

DOS / Windows 3.1 / 95
NT 3.51 / 4.0
95/98/ME/2000/XP
Windows 98SE/2000 WDM Driver (without game port driver)

A separate DOS driver called ALS4KDOS was compiled back in 2002. Keep interrupt 5 or 7 (or 10, 11) free, and set its IRQ number in ALS4KDOS.CFG. Then just run als4kdos.exe from prompt in pure DOS, or run it from autoexec.bat. This has been tested on the following chipsets: AMD 760, AMD 761 and VIA VT82C686B, Intel 430TX and 440BX, and SiS 630, SiS 730/735/745.

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Graphics Cards

ALG2101

Launched: 1990
Bus: ISA 16-bit
Memory: 1 MB (70ns)
RAMDAC: ALG1101 (16-bit colour depth)
RAMDAC Speed: unknown
VESA Standard: Yes, 1.0
FCC ID: JQDA2101050103C
BIOS Dates: 10/13/90 (Quadtel), 09/28/92 (ALi)
Known BIOS Versions: v2.03.A