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Re: Reasons to hate modern games

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I don't really hate modern games per-se, I just ignore them most of the time because they just don't fit my lifestyle. #3 I'm old - I'm almost 40, I'm pretty set in my ways. I like 8-bit sprite, grindy, RPGs where all I need to do is cast a spell or use some item to "warp" back to the castle and …

Re: Windows 11 - MS wants to get rid of HDDs for drive C:

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Conventional mechanical Hard drives performed fine up until WIndows-7 from my recollection. Win-10 made Hard drives run slow because of the all the bloatware ( Onedrive, Google Drive, iTunes, constant updates, backups, etc. ) Very true. The real elephant in the room right now with mechanical drives …

Re: Windows 11 - MS wants to get rid of HDDs for drive C:

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(My 8tb SSD cost 2k mid last year I bet its more now with shortages and such) Now that I think about it, I would hate to actually own a 25tb HDD ..imagine losing that much data. Even an 8tb SSD is pushing it for "too much data in one basket." Must be nice. What use do you put your 8tb SSD to? …

Re: Windows 11 - MS wants to get rid of HDDs for drive C:

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Windows will still support mechanical drives. You'll almost certainly still be able to install windows on mechanical drives if you want awful performance for some reason. OEMs just won't be allowed to sell such garbage to customers who don't know better. If the consumer wants to replace the SSD …

Re: DOS on a modern PC

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The moral of the story is: Don't settle for getting less for more if buying a new system, and expecting any dos or legacy support at all. Broadwell seems to be the last "good" modern CPU which is usable in DOS, bare metal. The Intel (IHD) onboard sound and the Intel VGA BIOS all work well, and …

Re: Windows 11 - MS wants to get rid of HDDs for drive C:

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Given windows will still support booting for SATA SSDs I'd be a little surprised if they actually wrote code to try and detect the type of hard disk and output an error message if it wasn't an SSD. The problem is an ideological one; the OS shouldn't care which type of storage is being used. A user …

Re: Windows 11 - MS wants to get rid of HDDs for drive C:

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If programs were "optimized" to reduce random reads they would need to have everything in one huge file. Every update would have to modify this huge file and then the OS would need to defragment said file and make sure that the file was not fragmented at all. This scenario is just no feasible and …

Re: Windows 11 - MS wants to get rid of HDDs for drive C:

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SSDs must be available to OEMs for extremely cheap these days. The one issue I see is that the ubiquitous 1TB HDD is probably going to be hard to replace in those budget machines with 1TB SSDs and I am sure a lot of people judge a PC by storage capacity. And what is the lowest most terrible custom …

Re: DOS on a modern PC

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There is really no reason to even run bare metal DOS on new systems when VM is available along with perfectly functioning older systems that can provide a far better DOS experience than new systems will ever be able to. Although true, there is one very good reason still to run bare metal on modern …

Re: DOS on a modern PC

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The problem with running baremetal DOS on a new system is that, even if the system has a non-UEFI "legacy" mode for a real MBR / BIOS bootmode, the video is likely to be so crippled as to not even run most DOS games. Systems newer than 8th gen core i3/i5/i7 with onboard video (intel UHD?) have been …

Re: Super Mario 64 for MS-DOS

I found a pre-compiled version, and finally got to play this wonderful game in real baremetal DOS: LINK REMOVED Thank, you Internet Archive, and thanks to the wonderful people who compiled this "impossible" version of a classic. Next up might be Legend of Zelda, for it's recently been completely …

Re: I miss the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s

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I refuse to set foot in a self driving EV, especially if it's sold by snake oil salesman Elon Musk. Everything that guy is involved in is not all that innovative or an outright scam. Only the technologically ignorant think that guy is the second coming of Steve Jabs (another overrated con artist). …

Re: Market value for popular or rare classic computer hardware

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The above post is a ridiculous testament to people who have way, way too much money on their hands and are ruining the hobby, playing like putty into evil scalpers' free enterprise insanity. "Read it and weep" doesn't even begin to convey the absurdity of the spectacle. Many to most hobbies are no …

Re: Technological critique

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I feel the same. And what's even more irrational is that most of these "web apps" look worse than simple HTML pages. I find it funny, not to say confusing, that all those modern and minimalistic sites look almost like a blank HTML site, but require several megabytes (almost) worth of scripted code. …

Re: DOS file size limit

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Note that the Interrupt List for the seek function says for FAT32 drives, the file must have been opened with AX=6C00h with the "extended size" flag in order to expand the file beyond 2GB https://fd.lod.bz/rbil/interrup/dos_kernel/2142.html And the 6C00h function is called "EXTENDED OPEN/CREATE" …

Re: DOS file size limit

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I've been confused by, and trying to solve this problem for years now. It seems the DOS 7.1 Kernel does not support 4GB-1 (long. unsigned files), but it will support both FAT32 partitions (max filesize 4GB -1) and also 64-kb cluster sizes on FAT16 partitions which means those partitions can also ( …

Re: Any notable unofficial DOS conversions of games?

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Joselkiller - Metal Slug (DOS version not found yet) Great links, but man, I'd love to find that Metal Slug for DOS. It was called Josel Killer, and apparently was completed for DOS, as version 1.35 shows in your link above. All I could find (for *DOS*) was an old, incomplete demo version of …

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