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

Postby bfcastello » 2019-9-17 @ 01:57

Today I basically gave up to my plan of trying to make a version of my website to work with vintage browsers (IE5+). Nowadays, is much easier to build a site because HTML5 and CSS3 (and soon, CSS4) are so damn powerful. So why should I limit myself to very old techniques that always ended in pain/headaches back when I was just a rookie in my career? So I gave up...

There is a trend in the future were we will ditch jQuery too (after all we ditched Flash - FINALLY!) and go back to vanilla Javascript. I was never a fan of using heavy libraries, even for simple tasks. Christ, there are some techniques with CSS where we don’t even need JS or jQuery to make it work - these techniques are floating around the web since 2012/2015 and only in 2019 I am aware of them. Amazing. Actually, I think that the current trend will help to make the websites last longer for more browser versions.

But it’s not a complete disaster, I decided to give a treat to my old browsers with the WRP (Web Rendering Proxy) script. I believe the guy behind it is doing a great job on it. Meanwhile, I will just redo my website following the actual trends and lighter than actual version for modern browsers. My plan B was to serve the mobile version to older browsers (Actually it wasn’t a bad plan, just a tough work to make it happen because it needed ECMAScript 2 version of JS)....

Right now I am playing some SimTower classic fun to relax after a decent Monday of work.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby xjas » 2019-9-17 @ 09:07

Did some updates on my *other* Xbox (see previous two pages), which is my original one from a few years ago. Updated the old SID install to Rocky5, backed up the Eeprom (which I never did the first time!), nulled the HDD key, and tweaked the UnleashX settings a bit. This one is going to become my debug kit eventually (once I get good enough at SMD soldering to upgrade the RAM), so I'm not too fussed about what's on there - just wanted to make it recoverable quickly.

Then I noticed Borg Nukem was available to install right off the Rocky5 extras disc. Nice. So I loaded it on and played that for a good hour or so. Honestly, I can't get enough of oldschool mods & total conversions like this; I have more fun playing them than the original games sometimes. It was pretty amusing to play as a Starfleet officer with phasers and exotic sci-fi gadgets, and yet still be able to kick Borg with Duke's boot.

Should we start an Original Xbox megathread? Seems like there's a few of us messing around with these right now.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Murugan » 2019-9-17 @ 09:36

This weekend I tried putting a case in the sun to de-yellow it :)
Nothing changed after quite some hours baking outside.
Ah well I tried...

Currently making a system with Intel 440BX board, slot 1 P3-500, 384MB RAM TNT2 Ultra, SB Live! Value, WD Raptor 36GB + PCI SATA card and W2K. For "fun", I am going to try and install NT4 on a spare HD that I have here. There should be drivers for the SB and TNT2.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Mister Xiado » 2019-9-18 @ 04:53

It takes days, not mere hours.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby GigAHerZ » 2019-9-18 @ 20:30

Got some SOJ packaged dram chips and upgraded my VLB S3 805-P from 1MB to 2MB.
Same card as here: http://www.vgamuseum.info/images/vlask/s3/805-pf.jpg
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Duouk2000 » 2019-9-18 @ 21:57

Using Fraps to test my frame rate on Colin Mcrae Rally 2 with My SLI Voodoo 2s and FX 5200.

Neither of them can even come close to running the game maxed out at 60fps.

I'm not sure if the game is just that demanding (it has always been gorgeous) or maybe it's something wrong with my setup (pcgaming wiki mentions more cpus having an fps drop). I only have my XP2100+ to test it with.

Still, with lowered settings it's been great to play. It's still my favourtite rally game of all time.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Bondi » 2019-9-19 @ 10:48

Finally found DOS PCMCIA drivers for my Hitachi Visionbook pro 6000. It has TI PCI 1131 controller. But I could not find any DOS drivers for it online. So I looked up whether any of Thinkpads had the same controller. Here is the complete list of controllers for ols Thnkpads http://ps-2.kev009.com/pcpartnerinfo/ctstips/caba.htm
And it turned out to be TP 310E/ED. I installed the drivers on my Hitachi and evrything worked.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby PTherapist » 2019-9-19 @ 18:00

Received the Serial SD Card Adapter that I ordered for my Sega Dreamcast today. So I've been playing around with DreamShell on that.

I need to look into it some more tomorrow, as compatibility with games does seem to be horrendous. Got 2 games running via SD Card so far - Resident Evil: Code Veronica & Tokyo Xtreme Racer 2. The serial port adapter is nifty, but not really an ideal solution as the slow Serial port can't keep up and leads to micro stuttering in games, as I fully expected.

To be honest I mostly wanted the adapter for transferring save game files from PC to VMU, which it works very nicely for. Being able to play games from it was just a bonus. I'll probably buy a 2nd Dreamcast at some point and mod it with a GDEMU instead, that way I keep 1 untouched system and have another which will be able to run all my games properly from SD card.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby bjwil1991 » 2019-9-20 @ 06:35

Hooked up my Packard Bell Pack-Mate 28 Plus to play and install DOS games and still runs. Cannot get my 4.3GB HDD to get detected at all, even though, the BIOS is version Micro Firmware 4.05.10 (up to 8GB maximum). Ah, well, the 4GB CF card still works.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby oeuvre » 2019-9-20 @ 12:58

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

Postby bfcastello » 2019-9-20 @ 14:43

My dad and I are thinking about firing up an old small HP laptop this weekend. It has a touch screen and a pen. Last it was working well it had Windows Vista installed.

We seriously have some hate issues with the Vista version, And I doubt this laptop can run Windows 7 with relatively good performance/speed, so we have been thinking about using Windows 2000 or Windows Me. It will not be a daily driver laptop, and will not connect to the internet, he will just use it at home for some programs he has for the ECU of his old motorcycles . Ideas?
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby bjwil1991 » 2019-9-20 @ 15:12

oeuvre wrote:D: packard hell

I get good framerates with Duke Nukem 3D running at 640x480 (VESA mode) and great framerates at 320x200 (normal mode).
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby PTherapist » 2019-9-20 @ 15:21

bfcastello wrote:My dad and I are thinking about firing up an old small HP laptop this weekend. It has a touch screen and a pen. Last it was working well it had Windows Vista installed.

We seriously have some hate issues with the Vista version, And I doubt this laptop can run Windows 7 with relatively good performance/speed, so we have been thinking about using Windows 2000 or Windows Me. It will not be a daily driver laptop, and will not connect to the internet, he will just use it at home for some programs he has for the ECU of his old motorcycles . Ideas?


I've often found that Windows 7 generally runs better than Vista on the same hardware, so you might be very surprised if you try it. Basically, if the laptop can run Vista it should cope with 7 fine.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby looking4awayout » 2019-9-20 @ 16:19

I've been in a Doom resurgence mood these days, so I'm hunting down the latest megaWADs and I'm installing them on the RDD. While some of them run perfectly, some others didn't, requiring me to update GZDoom. Turns out the latest versions no longer support SSE only CPUs, so I had to resort to the last SSE only capable version, and got everything sorted out. Only one megaWAD refused to work, but thankfully, that one has been sorted out as well by using PrBoom+, and despite it has some niggles (you can't see what you are selecting in the options), it works very well and is silky smooth.

Currently looking for new large campaigns for Unreal and Duke Nukem 3D, because in the long term I would really like to play Ion Fury with EDuke32 on the Tualatin... :cool:
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby bfcastello » 2019-9-20 @ 18:56

PTherapist wrote:
bfcastello wrote:My dad and I are thinking about firing up an old small HP laptop this weekend. It has a touch screen and a pen. Last it was working well it had Windows Vista installed.

We seriously have some hate issues with the Vista version, And I doubt this laptop can run Windows 7 with relatively good performance/speed, so we have been thinking about using Windows 2000 or Windows Me. It will not be a daily driver laptop, and will not connect to the internet, he will just use it at home for some programs he has for the ECU of his old motorcycles . Ideas?


I've often found that Windows 7 generally runs better than Vista on the same hardware, so you might be very surprised if you try it. Basically, if the laptop can run Vista it should cope with 7 fine.


HP Pavillion tx1410us, AMD Turion x64 cpu. Last I used I had installed elementaryOS. But he (my dad) needs Windows, so I gave it back to him. I'm thinking more and more that with XP instead of 7 it would be faster.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby bjwil1991 » 2019-9-20 @ 22:23

Linux would work. Make sure you have enough RAM for the laptop as Linux is x86_64 these days.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby xjas » 2019-9-21 @ 00:12

Umm...

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Yeeeeeeepppp.

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Genuine RF out from the Xbox in case you were wondering; these little TVs don't have any kind of composite input (although I bet they can be modded.) Splitting the signal three ways doesn't quite degrade it beyond usability.

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I should probably not be allowed to get bored.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby bfcastello » 2019-9-21 @ 01:38

bjwil1991 wrote:Linux would work. Make sure you have enough RAM for the laptop as Linux is x86_64 these days.


Linux works, I had installed and used elementaryOS before I returned it to my dad. But needs Windows, his motorcycle apps are for Windows. So he ended installing Windows Vista *facepalm*, which was the OS shipped with the device, even though I warned him to try XP or 7, but he is stubborn like me (like father, like son). I even tried to convince him to remove the bloatware that comes with HP after he did a factory restore and to switch to classic theme (thus deactivating Aero theme) for a better performance, but he’s stubborn. Oh dear...
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby PTherapist » 2019-9-21 @ 04:09

bfcastello wrote:
bjwil1991 wrote:Linux would work. Make sure you have enough RAM for the laptop as Linux is x86_64 these days.


Linux works, I had installed and used elementaryOS before I returned it to my dad. But needs Windows, his motorcycle apps are for Windows. So he ended installing Windows Vista *facepalm*, which was the OS shipped with the device, even though I warned him to try XP or 7, but he is stubborn like me (like father, like son). I even tried to convince him to remove the bloatware that comes with HP after he did a factory restore and to switch to classic theme (thus deactivating Aero theme) for a better performance, but he’s stubborn. Oh dear...


Disabling Aero on Vista & 7 actually degrades performance as it switches the GUI rendering from the graphics card and onto your CPU instead and you'd notice things like bad tearing on 3D gaming & video playback. The amount of RAM freed by disabling Aero is negligible too.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby bjwil1991 » 2019-9-21 @ 14:05

Shortened my games.bat file sorting games by either genre or company name and the file calls the genre or company name (8 character+3 file extension limit), which will call the game batch files or for sound comparison (for YouTube), different sounds and music for every game. I need to add the FB01.DRV files to King's Quest 4 and another Sierra game and add that to the game list for the Yamaha FB-01 (not connected as I need a 1/4" to RCA adapter, MIDI cable, and A/V switch box to connect to the existing one so that when I play GM or Roland MT-32 games, it won't throw sound to the speakers.
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