Category: Sound and Multimedia
Manufacturer: Fortemedia Inc
Caution Level: Intermediate
Download File Size: 1000 KB
Operating System: Windows 98/2000/XP/NT/ME
Latest Version / Release Date: 5.00.1319.200 / 01 Nov 1999
FM801 PCI Joystick is a sound card produced by Fortemedia Inc. A joystick is an input device which was first used in arcade game equipments, followed by game systems at home then used on all the computers. It comprises any object which is stick like and which is connected to a base and can rotate in at least four directions. On the other hand, the Fortemedia FM801 is a PCI sound card which has several advanced features that make it a product of choice among those who wish to obtain sound cards. Its features include a joystick which operates at MPU 401 mode on a MIDI interface. MPU is an acronym for Midi Processing Unit and the standard was originally developed as a breakout box for the exterior which gave the MIDI connectors and was used with an interface card which was put in the computer. However, it has now become obsolete.
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Other key features of Fortemedia FM801 PCI include a music synthesizer which is AdLib compatible. The Ad Lib music synthesizer card is the most well known product from Ad Lib Inc. It was the first sound card to get widespread acceptance in the area of game developing. Thus it became the first standard of audio-reproduction. Another feature which must be present in Fortemedia FM801 is an analog or digital joystick interface. An analog joystick is one with continuous states, that is, it gives angle measures of movement towards any direction whether it is in space or the plane. On the other hand, digital joysticks will give signals for four directions only as well as the combinations which are mechanically possible such as up-right or down left. Fortemedia FM801 also supports DirectSound, EAX 1.0, DS3D, A3D 1.0. Using the latest driver will ensure that the product functions as efficiently as possible. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and FM801 PCI Joystick errors before installing any driver updates.