Reply 20 of 56, by BitWrangler
Currently investigating possibilities for two boards, D101GGC and P4M890M, both 775. The 890 apparently has 98 drivers for SATA. Audio for DOS looks iffy unless one of the older ones of these work... https://drivers.eu/Chipset/VIA/Audio ... note, older Via P4 chipsets may have more luck
Then the ATI board has realtek which might need some hoop jumping .. https://msfn.org/board/topic/178295-audio-dri … comment-1161697
However, I have a CT4810 that should work out if those don't. I had/have ALS4000s somewhere which I remember playing DN3D and Quake fine on in DOS and some Glide stuff, but those require a hunt.
Onboard graphics on the D101 might be good enough, as the ati x200 up are based on 9600 cores and have win98 drivers and good enough retro applications unless you wanna whine about table fog etc that 80% of 3D cards from the era didn't find it worth the bother of supporting either. Not sure about the Unichrome on the Via though, even if it's "fully compatible" with older Savage... that doesn't really get you great compatibility 3d wise, some stuff will be okay. It has PCIe not AGP, but in the stash there are further x??? series ATI cards, x600, x1300 that may pan out better, or I can whack a PCI GF6200 in it, which won't be spectacular, but will function.
CPU, not much P4 selection in 775, got a 2.6 and a PentiumD 945, which is maybe a little much, and Celerons breeding like cockroaches... think there's a 3.2 in a Dell somewhere. (Dell has a lot of wifeys old stuff on and needs to remain fairly unmolested "for reasons"... maybe could get away with swapping CPU out)
Though also maybe I should consider the MS7005, which needs it's heatsink retention crap fixing, s478.. AC97 sound so might end up screwing with http://www.georgpotthast.de/dossound/ or similar solutions, if manufacturer drivers not available (realtek?) AGP, for which I might not have anything very good immediately available, maybe a 9250 or a GF3... gf4x00s are hiding on me.
Edit: The MSI P4M890M I am going to remove from consideration upon review of data included in the thread elcrys posted below. It's younger sibling, the MSI P4M900M which is gonna be highly similar, appears to respond poorly to throttling. Whether this is MSI or VIA's fault is not yet clear, other VIA P4Mxxx based boards should be tested.
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