1. Always manual. 2. Simulate soundcards? I dunno about going through all the trouble, but you can just get the mods in LDS format, and the WinAmp extension to play them. 3. Try adjusting your CPU cycles; low cycles is slow, but cycles that are higher than what your system can take is a bad thing. Try to find the perfect cycle. Then, go in game and turn graphic setting to 'Low.'