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Re: Happy Birthday, 80286!

It was about 1998. I was 7 years old and our family's financial situation was not the best, to be honest. (So no computery things at home! Too expensive!) ... A year or two later, we got 386sx-20 with ~100MB hdd and the 286 was then history. I'm glad that your family was able to put a 386sx-20 to …

Re: Yamaha YMF-752 (AC-XG) pure DOS driver?

I suppose the only thing it does offer, is allowing the use of the XG software emulation synthesizer? I don't know if Yamaha restricted the use of its synthesizers with hardware checks or merely by only licensing it to OEMs that incorporated their chips. At least it's usually better than the …

Re: Yamaha YMF-752 (AC-XG) pure DOS driver?

The YMF-752 is an AC'97 codec, not a full PCI Sound chip. Like any AC'97 codec, it relies on the AC'97 digital controller on the motherboard, usually in the southbridge, and any compliant codec from any manufacturer is supposed to work with any compliant controller, versions of the standard …

Re: What is your unconscious motive for retro hardware ?

I've reached a point in my life where even the nostalgia isn't a huge factor in my interest in retro tech. Now, I'm most interested in the puzzle solving and problem solving of selecting, configuring, and using old tech. That means I keep devising side projects for myself with new puzzles to solve; …

Re: EXCELGRAPH - ISA Video Display Controller

If superfury manages to correctly emulate the ET4000/W32i chip in software, then there is a good possibility of translating all that implementation into a couple of CPLDs (Verilog most probably) or better an FPGA. That would make for a nice project. I think an FPGA core implementation of the Tseng …

Re: EXCELGRAPH - ISA Video Display Controller

I know that eBay prices are particularly high for ET4000/W32i cards. I don't think there were that many made (at least not like Trident cards) and they offer great ISA performance. I think only one other card based on a variant of Cirrus Logic GD series chip is on par with the Tseng models. However …

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