First post, by Dosboxxer
Hey Everyone! Just joined the forum and looking forward to spending time here talking all things DOS!
I've been gaming in DOS since the late 90s when I was young and the first game I think I ever played was Commander Keen 1! I was a NES kid then so being able to play a game on a computer was pretty memorable for me. By the time I was about 11ish my parents bought a brand new Pentium 120 with 16mb ram and a whole new world of gaming possibilities opened up for me! Most of the DOS stuff was over my head at this time as I mostly just used DOS programs through Win95 or 98. As I got a bit older I did dabble in DOS stuff but never really realized how awesome it was until I became an adult.
So like my title states, I did go ahead and buy a used IBM 300GL (Tower version) on eBay along with a SB16 ISA (CT2770) and a S3 Trio 64 2MB Expertcolour (DSP3364P) PCI Card. I was originally going to buy a Pentium 120 like I had as a kid but the prices are outrageous, and I was concerned about aging components and stuff so I wanted a happy medium and went with a Pentium II system.
Forgot to mention I also bought a IBM E74 Monitor! I have a high refresh LCD for my other system but kind of miss the old 4:3 retro monitors.
So this IBM Computer is running a Pentium II (400mhz) and has 80GB of space on the drive, it came pre-installed with Win98 and everything booted up and worked just fine. I installed both the Add-on cards and had no issues except finding drivers, but thankfully Vogons saved the day!
So the first thing I did was hit up Archive.org and hunt down the original IBM restore CDS for the 300GL. Once these were downloaded and burned onto a CD-rom I booted up into DOS and ran the lovely "Format C:" option and waited until the HD was wiped.
After this I popped the CD in and began to reinstall everything. After it was all said and done, everything worked pretty well except I found I had a few issues due to lack of drivers. So I went to Vogons and other sites and hunted down drivers for the Add-on cards I bought and installed them.
Once the drivers were installed I was able to use 16bit colour and hear sound! However looking at the device section it showed there were problems as I had two Video cards and two Sound cards installed. Well as it turns out, the motherboard has on-board stuff which I kind of knew from prior research while waiting for my stuff to deliver.
Going into the BIOS I was able to disable the onboard Sound which eliminated the onboard sound card, but I didn't find a way to disable onboard video. I basically just disabled that in the device manager and everything seems good.
I found a copy of the Yamaha S-YXG100Plus with 4Mb wavetables that I happily installed along with about 1gb of Midi files. Honestly It's kind of too bad I didn't keep the original installers that my mom paid for way back in the day when I convinced her to buy this via Dialup.
Once this was setup I updated the Win98 FE to SE via a Archive copy of the upgrade version. After this I installed the unofficial SP3 pack and then the USB drivers.
It's running! Everything works except DOS apps won't run in true DOS mode! Also I noticed that when I run DOS Apps in Win98 they show different Soundblaster device settings than what shows in the Diagnose app while running in DOS.
So I'm trying to get to the bottom of this which I figure is a driver conflict in Win98.
I'm also having a problem running Duke 3D Atomics Setup.exe program in True Dos mode. It just freezes my computer, but when I run it in Win98 it runs just fine.
Anyhow! Glad to be here and hope to hang around and contribute to this great place.
My RetroRig: IBM 300gl, Pentium II 400, 192mb Ram, S3 Trio64 2mb, SB16 Value
Win98 SE 4.10.22222 A