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Re: "Bioteq" chipset

I tried the ATROM bios from that, but it still gives me the same symptoms as all the other BIOSes I've tried: on the two VLB VGA cards this board wants to work with, I get characters that "drop" or are not properly updated when the screen scrolls. Fuddling with the jumpers on the cards has no effect …

Re: "Bioteq" chipset

Apologies in advance for reviving this now rather ancient post, but I'm actually inclined to believe the Bioteq 82C4380 is actually a relabeled Acer Labs / ALi chipset, not an FTDI. I did a chip swap on a broken MB1433-AEA-V board to try to fix non-functional VLB slots, and while I removed it I saw …

Re: AWE64 Legacy

If the term 'magic' is meant to imply things like grounding loops, floating sections of op-amps and overly-complicated layouts that are difficult to follow, then I'm personally glad that kind of 'magic' is being removed. Creative cards frequently had some of the worst imaginable layouts that pretty …

Re: I de-CQMed my AWE32 PnP CT3990...!

Alternatively, if ISA slots are not a concern, one could possibly get a ReSound OPL3 card to run alongside with a YMF262, and just yank the CQM chip and its DAC off the SB card in question. Some creative (no pun intended) skullduggery would be required to reroute the ReSound's output to where it …

Re: Sound Blaster: From best to worst

Thanks for the sound clip, I'll use that for the next comparison. Though for the next comparison I'll leave the stock op-amps on there, to eliminate the rolling amps as a cause of additional noise. I'll just need to secure another SB16 (shouldn't be too difficult, almost every single one has …

Re: Sound Blaster: From best to worst

It's entirely possible too that my other modifications are getting in the way of the results, too. I did replace a bunch of MC3403s with TL074/TL084 and some MC33079. The MC33079s actually made things slightly worse in terms of >1kHz noise - which was a result I wasn't expecting. (I do recall that …

Re: Most disappointing games?

in Milliways
Hgrunt AI still does stupid stuff in the PS2 version including grenade seppuku. Note that Half-Life's hype was HIGH at the time of release that some called the AI 'indistinguishable from human deathmatch opponents' One thing I liked to do when three were shooting at me, was try to line them up so …

Re: Most disappointing games?

in Milliways
For me, it's the plethora of hilarious, immersion-breaking bugs and glitches. :laughing: maybe i got lucky with the slightly later half life generation release, don't remember anything too bad in terms of bugs etc My favorites were the chainsaw crowbar glitch, and how unbelievably stupid and poorly …

Re: Most disappointing games?

in Milliways
I got bored watching the long-winded intro scene to HL1, so I shut the game down and never went back to it. I had played the demo, and even then wondered why it was so popular. This was my first experience as well. Why was the intro so long. Why was this thing so popular? Contemporary me never …

Re: Sound Blaster: From best to worst

On a separate note, I am really seeing (and hearing) the effect of the dynamic brickwall filter. This is what I am getting for a spectral graph on Jazz Jackrabbit, SB16 setting. Filename jazz-log.png File size 35.65 KiB Views 1527 views File license Public domain

Re: Sound Blaster: From best to worst

Fixed amps, take 2! Alright, this time around I cleaned up my mod wiring a bit, using shorter wires and not tapping grounds from where I ought not (read: from oscillators :upside_down: ...) Linear Spectrum: silence-fixed-spectrum-linear.png Log Spectrum: silence-fixed-spectrum-log.png Recording: …

Re: Sound Blaster: From best to worst

With floating amps fixed: This is how the card performs after the floating amps were fixed. Notice that the highest peak went from around -69dB to -75dB after the fix, and the overall noise spectrum got much less spiky as well (for a lack of better term). 1000Hz looks like it went up a bit though - …

Re: Sound Blaster: From best to worst

With floating amps: This is (hopefully!) representative of how the card would sound before the floating amps were fixed. Log Spectrum: Filename silence-spectrum-log.png File size 32.47 KiB Views 1575 views File license Public domain Linear Spectrum: Filename silence-spectrum-linear.png File size 31 …

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