VOGONS


First post, by Almoststew1990

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Both my partner and I have started working from home and as a result, so my man cave needs to become more of a grown-up office! As such I took the opportunity to shrink down my Windows 98 PC.

It used to be fairly standard:

Slot 1 650MHz (oc to 726MHz)
256MB RAM
GeForce MX440 128bit
SB Live!
8GB CF Card for C:

This was in a modern ATX case with loads of room and a modular power supply. This case (and the power supply) has quickly been re-purposed into a modern PC for my partner to do work on via Office 365.

I therefore shrunk my Windows 98 PC using this:

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VIA 800MHz C3 SoC
Built-in VT1617A audio (sadly no proper DOS support)
Voodoo 3 2000 PCI
Carry over the CF card
ITX Case

I wanted to grab my game saves off the CF card before wiping it for a clean install, considering I was going from a 440BX chipset to a VIA 4 in 1 (and about 5 years newer), so I tried loading Windows on the new system using the old install. However, it loaded up just fine, after a few restarts and installing the via drivers from a USB stick. After swapping the video and sound drivers to the correct ones it's now working flawlessly without doing a clean install, although I do feel quite dirty about it!

The end result is my Windows 98 PC now happily sits in my cupboards and my desk can house the modern PC for work.
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It's certainly no powerhouse but it's good enough for those early 3D games and I think the CPU and GPU are quite well matched.
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The voodoo was getting exceptionally hot, even with the case open, so I tried to mount a fan to it with no success. Then I thought... why not mount a fan to the case adjacent to the Voodoo?

It came out pretty close! I put a Noctua speed reduce-y thing on it to make it quiet too. Now I might overclock my card it to 3000 speeds unless this is a terrible idea.
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I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. The DOS games I wanted to play (mostly Doom 2, Duke 3D, Quake) run OK from Command in windows with "General Midi" music - not sure how Windows handles that but it sounds it sounds like Fm Synthesis to me?

Ryzen 3700X 4.4-ish GHz | 16GB DDR4 3600MHz | Nvidia 1070ti | 750GB NVMe
AM1 x4 3820 APU Thing | 6GB DDR1 | iGPU or GTX 650
Slot 1 PIII 450MHz | 256MB PC100 | Nvidia MX440 | AWE32 CT3910

Reply 2 of 2, by nathanieltolbert

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Curious about the performance on that C3 800MHz chip. I would love to get some more microATX boards and the small AT boards to reduce case sizes. I very much like the old school LPX cases used by various manufacturers in the late 80's and early 90's.