Virtual PC 2004 SP1 Windows 3.11 Virtual Hardware Drivers

If you are a Virtual PC users, and happen to have DOS lying around, chances are that by now that you have thrown on a copy of MS-DOS, and taken a trip back to that heralded day of PC gaming. Who can deny that some of the best games ever made were made for DOS?

Of course there are other applications that will run under DOS, and one of the most common for the nostalgia seeking Virtual PC user is probably going to be Windows 3.11 for Workgroups.
Wait a minute, didn’t you just call 3.11 a DOS app?… move along. Nothing to see here.

Drivers:

Windows 3.11 was release in 1993, well before the full hardware set in Virtual PC had been created. In order to find basic functionality, you will need to install a few drivers to make the most from the system.

Download Drivers: win311-vpc-drivers.zip

 

S3 Trio64v+ (765)

Under Windows 3.11, the S3 Trio Virtualised Graphics controller can operate up to 1600×1200 @ 256 colour, 1024×768 @ 64K colour and 800×600 at 16.7 million colour. In order to adjust the screen resolution settings under Windows 3.11 you must use Windows Setup from the ‘Main‘ Program Group (winsetup.exe).
Two versions of the S3 display driver are provided below.

Driver Downloads

64E16406.EXE 17/04/1996 632KB
w3117004.zip 22/09/1997 607KB

 

DEC DC21x4

In order to make proper use of the Networking Layer under Windows 3.11, it is recommender that you first install the MS-DOS Virtual PC additions. If you wish to setup your configuration manually, driver downloads for the Network cards under MS-DOS have been provided in addition to the Windows drivers below.
If you wish to connect to a TCP/IP network, a link to the Microsoft 32-bit TCP/IP Stack for Windows 3.11 can be found below.

Driver Downloads

21X4-250.zip 20/06/1998 20KB
nd2_262.zip 12/02/1998 130KB
Nd2_300.zip 26/06/1998 135KB
tcp32b.exe 26/05/1995 674KB

 

Creative Sound Blaster

You do not need additional drivers to make use of the Creative Sound Blaster card being virtualised through VPC2004 unless you want access to the creative software utilities and application suite.

To install the sound card using built-in drivers.

  1. Open the Control Panel
  2. Double Click Drivers
  3. Click Add…
  4. Select Creative Labs Sound Blaster 1.0
  5. Click OK
  6. Select Port 220 and Interrupt 5
  7. Click OK and restart the Virtual PC

Creative Labs Installation under Windows 3.11

Virtual PC 2004 SP1 Windows NT 3.51 Virtual Hardware Drivers

Windows NT 3.51 is like taking a trip back in time to the most scary place you ever read about in history class at school. It is like experiencing deja vu, and is welcome relief when you finally get out of there. However it can be quite fun to sit and tinker, and see what you can get it to do with modern code.

 

Service Pack Requirements :

Unless you have a Service Pack 4 or above Integrated version of NT 3.51, you will encounter problems during the installation.

Installation of SP5 should be performed as soon as the installation has been completed.

Downloads:

Windows NT 3.51 was release in 1995, well before the full hardware set in Virtual PC had been created. In order to find basic functionality, you will need to install a few drivers to make the most from the system.

 

S3 Trio64v+ (765)

Under Windows NT 3.51, the S3 Trio64v is catered for in the driver database as “s3 compatible display adapter”. The maximum supported resolution is 1280×1024 at 64K colour, or 1024×768 at 16.7 million colours.

 

DEC DC21x4

Under Windows NT 3.51, the DEC DC21x4 is catered for in the driver database as “DEC PCI Fast Ethernet DECchip 21140”. All resource configuration is automatic.

 

Creative Sound Blaster

There are no drivers under the Windows NT 3.51 driver database which can provide sound support for the Virtualised Sound Blaster 16 ISA. It too me quite some time to ascertain that there was once a driver release by creative for the adapter, and even longer still to find any further references to the release.

I was eventually successful in locating the driver files, and have created a Virtual PC 2004 Virtual Floppy Disk of the driver files, for download below. File © belongs to Creative Labs, VFD creation by C:Amie.

The driver includes support for wave form playback as well as MIDI wave tables.

Driver Downloads

SB16-ISA-NT3.51.zip 17/04/1996 1.4MB

To install the sound card using the Creative Drivers.

  1. Open the Control Panel
  2. Double Click Drivers
  3. Click Add…
  4. Select Unlisted or Updated Driver
  5. Mount the VFD image using the Virtual PC toolbar
  6. Click OK to accept A:\
  7. Select Creative Tech. Sound Blaster 16 if prompted
  8. After the driver file copy configure the hardware resources as:
    Port: 220
    Interrupt: 5
    DMA Channel: 1
    DMA Channel (16-bit): 5
  9. MPU401 I/O Address: Disable
  10. Click OK and restart the Virtual PC

Soundblaster Configuration Image