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Re: Best CGA & Hercules monochrome games

The mode 5 palette was actually not that rare. It seemed particularly common in French games, for some reason (maybe because it's as close as CGA gets to the tricoleur ? 🇫🇷) ;) It was also seen in a lot of earlier games, say pre-1986 or so, which actually used mode 5 for its documented purpose - …

Re: MCGA monitor at 15 KHz?

^ Excellent work! All the information you've presented in this thread could really use being compiled into a document somewhere. Again, I marvel that they went through all the work of implementing extra firmware and hardware support for the lower scan rate, only to keep it completely undocumented. …

Re: Funny commercials

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John Cleese's Compaq commercials are classic: https://youtu.be/RlmzwZXa-Ww ("Portable 2 vs. Dead Fish") https://youtu.be/dPmiC_Zt88I ("32 Bits of a Bus") etc. etc.

Re: Anyone know about this keyboard?

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I just think it's neat and was hoping for stories or info not on wiki When you started the thread, you wrote that you haven't had any luck finding *any* information on it, so that would lead others the wrong way wouldn't it? ;) But yes, it does look neat and the switches probably make it much nicer …

Re: Crystal Caves HD!?

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If you were to see the game, without knowing what engine/toolkit it's built on, would you be able to tell that it's Unity just based on the look and feel? Or do you need to read that bit of information to decide whether you're "saddened and disappointed" or not? This isn't even a rhetorical question …

Re: Crystal Caves HD!?

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I actually do like the look of the remake... simply adding colors does actually make the game look quite attractive, and I definitely prefer this approach over upscaling or even redrawing it in a higher resolution. Agreed. But seeing as they kept the low-res look, I suspect that they're sorta …

Re: What music are you listening to?

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70's rock right here! I was born in mid 1970s, so my exposure to 70s music was fairly limited. But 70s disco was my most favorite genre during early childhood. And in my country, disco continued to be popular until early 80s. It was also the time when we had our first Sony Betamax player, and this …

Re: MCGA monitor at 15 KHz?

So if I understand this correctly, you could hook up an IBM PS/2 model with MCGA graphics to a TV through RGB SCART, with a simple passive adapter cable, provided that the TV supported 60Hz vertical NTSC frequency video? Such as for instance most European Sony TVs? And most 256-color 320x200 DOS …

Re: MCGA monitor at 15 KHz?

Thank ye. For now I've been looking a little deeper into that Model 30-286 (VGA, not MCGA) video BIOS. Mainly to satisfy my own curiosity about whether those character bitmaps at E000:8F00 onwards are ever used at all. I can't find any code with an obvious reference to that data, at least nothing as …

Re: CGA monitor (Samtron SC-452) in need of revival

Appreciate the tips. As mentioned, for now I'm not planning to work on it myself, that's why I mentioned the Arduino gadget in order to provide the TV repair dude with some way to test the colors. ;) BTW, forgot to mention -- this monitor has a seemingly-pointless feature: if you push that little …

Re: CGA monitor (Samtron SC-452) in need of revival

A little news - very little, since I haven't had much time to mess with this. I'm not thrilled about performing invasive procedures, due to the local unobtainium status of these monitors... and in any case, we're in the middle of another lockdown, so no there's no getting parts/tools for another …

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