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Re: S3D GLQuake - any real value in it?

Think of it as a slower Matrox Mystique. For earlier Directx 5 and earlier games, and 1994/5 games. I remember early tests of the Virge, Mystique, Voodoo, and other early attempts at 3D and the one thing that the Virge always had going for it was that the 3D actually looked good. In fact, I …

Re: Advice about retro speakers

I've been using the same pair of Bose Roommates since I bought them in 1994. My ex and I had them strapped to our Packard Bell Legend 2000 Multimedia 486, then I ran the PC through my DJ mixer with a Yamaha MU-5 which I used for music composition as well as a GM soundsource for Doom, Tempest 2000, …

Re: Matrox Mistique - Win98 = NO GO

Its a software issue.. to BE more exact, is a driver issue. I installed a virge graphic card, ati Rage II+ , ati Rage vt4, even a S3 trio64.. no issues of every kind.. I put the mistique , the Windows detects correctly the card, tries to install the drivers. Asks me for the win98 install CD. Its …

Re: Best hardware for Matrox m3D (PowerVR 2)?

I always wondered how far these things would scale. I remember either an Anandtech or Tom's Hardware article about it that showed that the PCX2 ran faster with faster processors. I also remember an article on the M3D, specifically, that showed ever so slightly better framerates when paired with a …

Re: Microwave oven interferes with CRT?!

Many, many years ago I worked in a car audio shop and my manager brought in a PC running DOS and Blaubox for us to use when designing custom subwoofer enclosures. I had completed inputting the Thiel-Small parameters for every single sub we sold when he brought in an old microwave for us to use at …

Re: 90’s graphics cards

From what I understand Win98 can’t support two different GPU simultaneously. Best case scenario, you will be disabling one in Device Manager and rebooting to switch active GPUs. I can imagine headaches with driver issues and the bios needing to a identifying primary GPU (are both cards PCI?). …

Re: Recommend best OpenGL for Pentium 4-era PC?

I have a 512MB Geforce 8400GS PCI card that I was using in an old Gateway P4 (e4000 IIRC) that had nothing but PCI slots and a 2GHz processor. The only change I made was to bump up the PSU to a 400W unit because the OEM 235W PSU simply couldn't cut it. I used the same card with a 2.8GHz Northwood P4 …

Re: Is this an interesting graphics card

Permedia 2 is NOT a workstation card, I think. I had it back in the late 90s as a standard desktop/gaming card. Decent, but not stellar performance. They were most definitely entry level "Prosumer" workstation cards but they had passable 3D performance so some (i.e. Creative) were marketed more or …

Re: Radeon 7000 PCI vs Nvidia Fx 5500 PCI?

Have a look at this thread: https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=56986 In it I posted my results for a G450 PCI versus a Radeon 7000 and a Radeon 7200 SDR running Quake 3. The 7000 is going to be faster than a G450, but if you can find a 32mb 7200 SDR for cheap get that instead. An FX5500 is …

Re: Mixer for sound cards and midi modules.

I just hate how they all use those big connectors. It becomes more expensive when you have to buy new cables for all the inputs too. They use RCA or 1/4" connectors because that's the standard for studio use. More so 1/4" than RCA, but that's the reason. While the MT32 was a favorite for PC music, …

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