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Dr. Sbaitso – the Creative Labs Sound Blaster psychiatrist

For some reason or another, certain things from your past pop into your head at the strangest times. Here’s a program that came with my old Sound Blaster (way back in the day of 386’s and 486’s… back when computers didn’t have onboard sound and you had to actually buy a soundcard for $40-60).

It’s called Dr. Sbaitso (although it sounds like Dr Spaitso or Spaitzo). It’s a neat little goodie that Creative Labs included on a disk that came with the sound card. I did a little searching and found it on the web.

If you’ve never used this program, it’s text based and the “artificial intelligence” behind the doctor is… well… lacking. Oh, and you’ll probably find the entire program to be pretty dull.  For those who have used the program, it’s sure to bring back some memories.

To install it:

  • Download it here (drsbaitso.zip)
  • Unzip it
  • Use command prompt to browse to the folder/directory it’s located in
  • Run SBTALK.BAT (this seems to load the speech “driver” – without it, you’ll get text but no sound)
  • Run SBAITSO2.BAT (the actual program)
  • Enjoy!

Update: This was written quite a few years ago. Unless you time travelled back a few years to find an old Windows PC, you’re probably on a newer version of Windows which will likely require you to run it inside DOSBOX (https://www.dosbox.com). On the plus side, DOSBOX also works on Mac and Linux too!

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  1. hahahah, that doc helped me get through some of the toughest times. thanks for bringing back good ol’ memories.. brilliant!

  2. hi

    i am trying to install this, since i had it once long ago and wanted to try it once more.
    but it keeps me getting the same error when running #2 bat file:
    set blaster = (environment) error
    set blaster = environment not set

    i’ve done it in the order you posted but no success for me…
    can you help me out?
    im using xp, i guess it should still work right?

    thanx a milion

  3. @Tania
    Make sure you are running it in a command window and not just clicking the icons. Run “cmd” from the Run dialog and type the commands in after you have navigated to the folder where Sbaizo is unzipped to. It works for me on Vista and it should run under XP.

  4. Is there a 64-bit version? This one won’t run with my PC. 🙁

    • Rayven: Oh, I doubt it. That thing was made back in the 16-bit era!

      You might be able to get it working with DOSBox (free, open source).

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