December 1999

BeOS Audio Driver for Sony N505VE

Putting BeOS on a machine that had previously run only Windows was a revelation. Elegant, efficient, and the rarely needed reboots took only seconds. But Be had a small team and their hardware support was focused on the standard modes of common hardware. Laptop hardware tends to be anything but standard. The Sony N505VE was a very lightweight laptop with a good sized screen. Its sound hardware was powerful, but unique and at the time undocumented, and so was entirely unsupported by BeOS. I wrote and open sourced a BeOS audio driver that used the YMF-744B's legacy SoundBlaster emulation to provide 8 bit audio output.

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