Reconfiguring my retro machines to remove OS redundancy…

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Re: Reconfiguring my retro machines to remove OS redundancy…

Postby voodoo5_6k » 2017-11-14 @ 08:58

I have added a Table of Contents to the initial post to allow for easier navigation through the thread, at least to the posts that contain the hardware configurations. I will update this (and expand with new sections and the respective links) as the thread grows in length.

Yesterday, I played The Dig for a few minutes and it seems to run fine! I tested with slightly increasing the CPU cycles to 22,500. The game runs smoothly, but occasionally, there is crackling audio. 20,000 really seems to be the sweet spot for running The Dig on this system. I also launched some of the other games to check whether their configuration files needed some updates but everything seems to work OK. Testing is of course far from being finished, and I don't even have any of Windows based games installed. I'm planning on doing some further testing on the weekend.
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My retro systems:
1: P3 1.1, 512MB, Voodoo5, AWE64G, MPU-401AT (CM-32L+SC-55)
2: P3-S 1.4, 512MB, Voodoo5 (6000), Audigy2 ZS
3: P4 3.4EE, 4GB, FX 5900 Ultra (Ti 4600), X-Fi Fatal1ty Pro
4: X5470 3.33, 8GB, GTX 580 3G, X-Fi Ti Fatal1ty Pro
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Re: Reconfiguring my retro machines to remove OS redundancy…

Postby voodoo5_6k » 2017-11-19 @ 09:15

One short update... I couldn't resist the temptation to purchase a new Intel 60GB SSD for a very good price... So, I tested the configuration with another SATA SSD using a converter (SATA 300 to IDE), and the CUBX-E correctly identified the test SSD and tried to boot. Then I put in the Intel SSD, after partitioning, formatting and preloading it under Windows 7, booted via floppy and installed Win98SE directly from the SSD. I spent an hour setting everything up again and now everything's running like nothing ever happened ;)
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This Intel SSD can't be compared to other SSDs I've seen, especially not newer ones with cheap plastic cases... This one has a solid aluminum case and overall a very high quality look & feel. And it is fast, really fast, especially compared to the Transcend IDE SSD. Great piece of hardware!

I have updated the hardware configuration posts of Retro 1 respectively.

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- Corrected typo
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My retro systems:
1: P3 1.1, 512MB, Voodoo5, AWE64G, MPU-401AT (CM-32L+SC-55)
2: P3-S 1.4, 512MB, Voodoo5 (6000), Audigy2 ZS
3: P4 3.4EE, 4GB, FX 5900 Ultra (Ti 4600), X-Fi Fatal1ty Pro
4: X5470 3.33, 8GB, GTX 580 3G, X-Fi Ti Fatal1ty Pro
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Re: Reconfiguring my retro machines to remove OS redundancy…

Postby Srandista » 2017-11-19 @ 20:49

voodoo5_6k wrote:This Intel SSD can't be compared to other SSDs I've seen, especially not newer ones with cheap plastic cases... This one has a solid aluminum case and overall a very high quality look & feel.

I know, what you're talking about! I have successor of your disk (Intel 530 180GB), and as you said, case it's aluminum and quite nice to feel and look at. My first SSD and still work like clockwork. Good ol' MLC disks...
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Re: Reconfiguring my retro machines to remove OS redundancy…

Postby voodoo5_6k » 2017-11-20 @ 08:30

Srandista wrote:I know, what you're talking about! I have successor of your disk (Intel 530 180GB), and as you said, case it's aluminum and quite nice to feel and look at. My first SSD and still work like clockwork. Good ol' MLC disks...

Oh yes! And the 5 year warranty isn't too bad either...

Now, all games are installed.
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    Retro 1 Desktop (Windows 98SE)

For DOSBox, I'll have to test the configurations to check whether everything's still working OK. The games do work flawlessly, I have played them countless times on a separate machine in DOSBox. That machine, however, is FAR more powerful than this one here. So, I'm basically verifying that the configurations yield the same result on Retro 1. For most games, I've already done that and adapted accordingly (e.g. the cycle setting for Full Throttle and The Dig, deactivating emulations not needed for the specific game etc.pp.).

The three Windows based adventure games are installed too and running without their CDs. I had minor issues with The Curse Of Monkey Island and Grim Fandango, both complaining about missing files or similar things. After double-checking everything I identified that the desktop shortcuts were missing entries in the field where you would specifiy the directory for running the executable. After populating this field with the respective game's directory, everything worked.

Basically, I'm about done with Retro 1. Again. Third time lucky... :cool:
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My retro systems:
1: P3 1.1, 512MB, Voodoo5, AWE64G, MPU-401AT (CM-32L+SC-55)
2: P3-S 1.4, 512MB, Voodoo5 (6000), Audigy2 ZS
3: P4 3.4EE, 4GB, FX 5900 Ultra (Ti 4600), X-Fi Fatal1ty Pro
4: X5470 3.33, 8GB, GTX 580 3G, X-Fi Ti Fatal1ty Pro
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Re: Reconfiguring my retro machines to remove OS redundancy…

Postby voodoo5_6k » 2017-12-01 @ 08:42

Another update, possibly the last one for Retro 1 for while. All that's left for it is testing all the games which means playing through them all. This'll obviously take a while...

I have found my English version of Windows 98SE and installed that on Retro 1. My other license will be used on Retro 2. Played around a little with the desktop icon configuration (horizontal and vertical distance) to have the shortcut names displayed in their entirety and the shortcut icons closer to the right and lower edges of the screen.

All drivers are installed and working, there are no resource conflicts or whatsoever. The Voodoo5 is running with 4x RGSSAA for Grim Fandango and Escape From Monkey Island. When I'm playing through those two games I'll capture screenshots to highlight the exceptional quality and superiority of the 3dfx FSAA implementation and the huge difference it makes for such low-res games (640x480). The only additional software/drivers needed for Retro 1 (on top of the Windows 98SE installation) were:
    - 3dfx Voodoo5 driver 1.04.00
    - 7-Zip 9.20
    - ASUS Probe V2.23.04
    - DAEMON Tools 3.47 (for installing the Windows based games)
    - DOSBox 0.74
    - EIZO F520 inf files
    - V.Control
    - Windows Installer 2.0 (for DAEMON Tools 3.47)

Games currently installed (* DOSBox):
    - The Secret Of Monkey Island (EGA, English)*
    - The Secret Of Monkey Island (CD-ROM, English)*
    - Monkey Island 2 - LeChuck's Revenge (English)*
    - Indiana Jones And The Fate Of Atlantis (CD-ROM/Talkie, English)*
    - Day Of The Tentacle (CD-ROM/Talkie, English)*
    - Sam & Max - Hit The Road (CD-ROM/Talkie, English)*
    - Full Throttle (English)*
    - The Dig (English)*
    - The Curse Of Monkey Island (English)
    - Grim Fandango (English)
    - Escape From Monkey Island (English)

Screenshots:
    retro1_desktop.jpg
    Retro 1 Desktop (Windows 98SE)
    retro1_system_properties.jpg
    Retro 1 System Properties
    retro1_device_manager.jpg
    Retro 1 Device Manager
    retro1_installed_software.jpg
    Retro 1 Installed Software
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My retro systems:
1: P3 1.1, 512MB, Voodoo5, AWE64G, MPU-401AT (CM-32L+SC-55)
2: P3-S 1.4, 512MB, Voodoo5 (6000), Audigy2 ZS
3: P4 3.4EE, 4GB, FX 5900 Ultra (Ti 4600), X-Fi Fatal1ty Pro
4: X5470 3.33, 8GB, GTX 580 3G, X-Fi Ti Fatal1ty Pro
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