What retro activity did you get up to today?

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

Postby Solarstorm » 2014-8-10 @ 19:08

Today i recorded a video for Youtube where i show how to update the Firmware of one of my CM-32L.
But since CamStudio is a pain in the ass and i lost the programming part i don't have a complete video.
Now i will record it next saturday... perhaps. -_-
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby AlphaWing » 2014-8-10 @ 20:25

Sorta retro since the mobo has a post date of 2004, but testing it today, and simply amazed at how well, my freshly restored Socket 939 a64 machine is running modern games under Steam os beta.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby PeterLI » 2014-8-11 @ 11:37

I played Age of Empires II HD - The Forgotten again yesterday. Kind of retro as it is the Steam re-release of the classic. I love that game. :)
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Mau1wurf1977 » 2014-8-11 @ 11:47

Recorded all the sound menu songs from the PC version of Turrican II: http://www.philscomputerlab.com/turrican-ii.html

At least with Chrome it will play them straight away, no need for download.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby tayyare » 2014-8-12 @ 11:01

Called my mother using my antique Nokia..:-D
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby elianda » 2014-8-12 @ 11:32

Tested an old Sanyo 2x and Teac 4x SCSI CD-ROM drive from 1994. The drives are able to read current CD-Rs with the latest AZO layers which were somewhat surprising since most old drives do not.
Retested a 5.25" SCSI Fujitsu M2266S-A and a Fujitsu M2266S-B HDD drive. One works flawless, the other one reports media defects.
Just to give an impression:
The drive is from 1992 and was produced since 1990. There is some blog where it was covered recently:
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby jwt27 » 2014-8-12 @ 21:18

My two younger cousins from Canada came over and stayed here last week. We've been gaming most of all, I showed them some older games and cool hardware and they introduced me to some new stuff (like Nitronic Rush, which is an AWESOME freeware game)
They seemed most impressed by the 160Hz CRT I use. Actual quote: "OMG this is like real life!" XD
I could finally practice my English speaking skills too :)
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby leileilol » 2014-8-12 @ 22:23

Plowed through this while I still could before it detects the cybersquatters' robots.txt file again. Sadly its early days in 2000 aren't that well preserved.
Voodoo2s aren't 100mhz stock
Geforce256 isn't released as a beta on New Years '99 under the Quadro brand
DOS gaming isn't a bilinear 320x200 16:10
DOS PCs aren't better than the Macintosh
DOSBox is not for running Windows 9x
SGL != Glide
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Mau1wurf1977 » 2014-8-12 @ 22:49

Played around with the GOG.com version of Privateer 2 and got it going on my Pentium time machine. Details in the DOS section :)
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby tincup » 2014-8-12 @ 22:59

Received 4 old floppy drives off bBay. One will replace an FDD that went bad last month, the other 3 will comprise the reserve.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby joacim » 2014-8-13 @ 18:36

You can never have enough floppy drives. I have only one, and I suspect it is kinda bad. I thought it would be a good idea to throw out all my old floppy drives (and AT power supplies) 5 years ago.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby AidanExamineer » 2014-8-13 @ 19:03

I've been having trouble making a 5.25" drive work. Could be it's just bad. Never can have enough!
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby King_Corduroy » 2014-8-13 @ 19:05

Always try blowing them out with an air compressor, oil up the worm gear and clean the read write heads. I've fixed drives I had assumed dead before by doing this.
Check me out at Transcendental Airwaves on Youtube! Also wtf, why are whoppers so good?!
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby mwenek » 2014-8-13 @ 20:53

Bought this to straighten the pins on my next project.

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

Postby Sammy » 2014-8-13 @ 22:08

Not Hardware, only Software, but Retro:

Installed Win95C on various Dosbox versions, with 3DFX, Network, etc...

Now i found a combination to play Colin McRae Rally with Hardware Acceleration,no Graphic Bugs and Networkplay, between to Virtual Machines in Dosbox.

Tomorrow i will test if i can connect the Game running in Dosbox with a Game running on real Hardware.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Sammy » 2014-8-15 @ 10:48

Test successfull :-) It is possible to play a Game that running in Dosbox with a Game running on real Hardware in Multiplayer :-)
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Mau1wurf1977 » 2014-8-15 @ 11:16

Long overdue so finally I got around to testing my Gigabyte 586ATX Socket 7 motherboard.

Tested with a Pentium 200 at 100 MHz to compare it with Vetz's results:

viewtopic.php?f=46&t=39258&start=40

Right up there with the top motherboard :)
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby JaNoZ » 2014-8-15 @ 12:35

mwenek wrote:Bought this to straighten the pins on my next project.


Use a Potato knife, much cheaper, very effective.

Btw what overdrive is that, Socket 4 to ? P133?
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Stiletto » 2014-8-15 @ 14:03

JaNoZ wrote:
mwenek wrote:Bought this to straighten the pins on my next project.


Use a Potato knife, much cheaper, very effective.


Depending on the CPU, a mechanical pencil with the "lead" removed, and steady hands. Even cheaper. However, works better for P4 and above though (maybe P3) depending on the gauge wire used for the CPU.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Logistics » 2014-8-15 @ 17:40

Realizing I still have an empty Redline Networks T|X 2U chassis, which I should convert to a home-theater system as it would look beautiful amongst the stereo equipment.
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