What retro activity did you get up to today?

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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby derSammler » 2019-8-24 @ 20:45

Designed an enclosure for a PC Engine AV booster clone, now printing the final part (and hoping that it fits :D )
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Mister Xiado » 2019-8-24 @ 21:18

I gave up on such a project after being unable to source a proper connector for the back port. That was some years ago, though, and while I could have just used individual leads, I wanted something that could be attached and removed as a whole, not something requiring individual connections to be performed one at a time.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby derSammler » 2019-8-24 @ 21:53

You can buy these for cheap:

https://www.ebay.de/itm/113807582426
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby derSammler » 2019-8-25 @ 07:45

Fits nicely. :)

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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby bjwil1991 » 2019-8-25 @ 14:51

SCART?
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby bjwil1991 » 2019-8-25 @ 14:54

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bjwil1991 wrote:Did some further diagnostics with the ASUS P2B-F board issues and it throws 1 long beep, pause, repeat. It stopped beeping after that and still nothing. The other 512MB (2x 256MB SD-RAM) works in my Socket 370 board so I think it's either the CPU or RAM slots that are acting strange. I will find replacements ones on the bay soon and attempt to replace the non-working ones. The caps are still good.


Have you tried flashing the BIOS? That's how I recently fixed my P3B-F.

Did that, still nothing. Must be the flash ROM that's acting up. I have another one, but it's 70ns and the one in the system is either 12ns or 120ns. It's a Winbond W29C020-12 P-DIP 32.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby derSammler » 2019-8-25 @ 15:47

bjwil1991 wrote:SCART?

Possible via the MD2 compatible mini DIN connector.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby dionb » 2019-8-25 @ 17:51

bjwil1991 wrote:SCART?

SCART's just a connector, if you have audio, composite and (S-Video or RGB), you can route it over SCART in both directions.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby WinSxS » 2019-8-25 @ 19:22

I brought old LG T710BH from my dad's house.
My very first monitor ever, it can support 1152x864@75Hz.
Adequate to retro P4 3.0 HT/GF6600.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby cyclone3d » 2019-8-25 @ 20:02

Tested a YMF744 card on an ASUS CUSL2-C motherboard. This motherboard came with a lot of other hardware I bought a while ago. Glad to see it works fine.

The YMF744 card works fine with the DSDMA TSR though I did have to change the default SET BLASTER statement in LOADTSR.BAT from T4 to T3 as Major Stryker did not like the T4 setting.

Took a while to get the thing to boot from the HDD as the drive I was using has apparent compatibility issues with this motherboard.

Testing this motherboard also allowed me to make sure the PIII-1.1Ghz CPU I have is working. If I actually build a system with this board I will most likely use a Tualatin PIII 1.4Ghz CPU cause why not?
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby SpectriaForce » 2019-8-25 @ 20:51

bjwil1991 wrote:SCART?


That's euro babble :happy: It's a French invention and is sometimes called EUROSCART. While Americans were using S-video (mini DIN) or component video (RCA jacks), in Europe we used SCART to connect VCR, DVD, computer and game console to a tv. A SCART cable could send composite, RGB, S-video as well as stereo audio all through one cable.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Mister Xiado » 2019-8-25 @ 21:40

derSammler wrote:You can buy these for cheap:

https://www.ebay.de/itm/113807582426
Thanks. Added to my "mebbe" list. Shame there isn't an option for separate luma and chroma signals, but such is an issue with the Genesis video encoder as well. Ah well.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby bjwil1991 » 2019-8-25 @ 22:00

Powered on the Compaq Armada M700 I bought yesterday and it lives. Need to do an OS refresh and finding drivers is hard to do.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Mister Xiado » 2019-8-25 @ 22:18

Don't you just hate driver sites? Driverguide used to be reliable...
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby bjwil1991 » 2019-8-25 @ 22:42

Missing key components for certain drivers, like control panel applets for the video card.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Mister Xiado » 2019-8-26 @ 01:03

I just chanced across a site last updated in 1999 that covers my Shuttle HOT-569 board in excruciating detail, and ONLY that motherboard. It outlined the issue I was having with Win95 not recognizing stuff in the chipset, and provided the filename for Shuttle's patch to fix it in Win95. I then used THAT to find Shuttle's European site for downloads, from 2004, and made a backup copy of everything on it, including the patch I needed. Unless Win98's CD can be used as a source for drivers in Win95. It's been forever since I messed with that stuff.

For the record, these are the pages. God knows how much I hate finding forum posts from ages ago, with people never even leaving breadcrumbs for future researchers. "lol i'l pm u the fix" and "n/m i fixed it"....
The site containing the guide for the board: http://www.pchardwarelinks.com/main.htm
Shuttle's file archive: https://download.shuttle.eu/Archive_2004/Utilities/

It's possible there might be a similar solution for your video card woes, but that may be like tracking a unicorn through Brigadoon. I'm sure you've already tried, but I would search various IDs on the card, its retail name, and have whatever search site you use, perhaps limit the searches to archive.org to find old pages that may have the driver packs, or at least more filenames to go off of.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby kolderman » 2019-8-26 @ 02:58

Mister Xiado wrote:Don't you just hate driver sites? Driverguide used to be reliable...


Does archive.org count a driver site? Because I find it works very well most of the time and I like it a lot.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby badmojo » 2019-8-26 @ 03:12

kolderman wrote:Does archive.org count a driver site? Because I find it works very well most of the time and I like it a lot.


Does it? I was trying to use it recently to track down some HP Vectra drivers that I know were available on their site up until 2011 or so, and archive.org was just throwing up a whole lot of deal links. Maybe I wasn't doing it right.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby gotohell » 2019-8-26 @ 04:56

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Trying to FIX J530BF S7 MOBO (POST C4-C4, dont start w ATX POW), but i don have DIN5 MOBO / necessary adapter.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby janskjaer » 2019-8-26 @ 07:46

Enjoying the long summer nights and excellent weather at the moment so I decided to give the DELL XPS M200s a quick dust out in the garden whilst having a cup of tea. Again, it didn't really need it (this case is so good at keeping dust out). 'Quick' turned into taking the original Dell PSU apart to clean the whole inside - something not done since 2006, but it was surprisingly clean.

Removed all my 3dfx parts from this system now, reverting back to its original Matrox products and the venerable AWE32 daughterboard.
The Dell XPS will now be packed away while I try to find time to concentrate on my Chaintech 7VJL APOGEE system.

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