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Looking for drivers for Prisma EGAMAX 860

Postby Deksor » 2017-11-15 @ 21:29

Hi folks !

My 286 came with a Prisma EGAMAX video card and I discovered that it had several interesting features. I also have its manual explaining how to use that card. But unfortunately, I don't have the most important thing : the floppy disk.

Does anybody knows where I could find it ? the specific program I'm looking for is called "860EGA.EXE" by the way.

I know that this guy on ebay https://www.ebay.fr/itm/Prisma-EGAMAX-8 ... Sw9ZNZjI2k has this disk, but I asked him if he could dump it for me but he doesn't want to open the factory sealed paper retaining the floppy disk. That's fair, but I won't pay the same amount I paid to get the whole computer + monitor and manuals just to get the exact same card I've got to finally have the drivers I want ...

Can anybody help me ?
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Re: Looking for drivers for Prisma EGAMAX 860

Postby Jo22 » 2017-11-16 @ 04:07

Hi, that's what I found so far -

The card seems to be based around the "GN006001 B" chip by Genoa.
http://www.vgamuseum.info/index.php/news/item/161-genoa-gn006001-b

And that's how the utility disk supposed to look like:
http://bbelmix.is-best.net/kod/SW-EGAMAX-UTIL?i=1

Some Genoa drivers are available there, though they are for VGA probably:
ftp://ftp.mpoli.fi/hardware/DISPLAY/GENOA/


Also, Genoa Systems had a website at http://genoasys.com :

https://web.archive.org/web/19961015000000*/http://genoasys.com/


I'm afraid that's all I can find so far, sorry. :(

EGA really had it's prime in the 80s, before the usual FTP servers appeared.

Maybe some old shareware disks include a copy of Genoa's BBS archive.
Some of them are archived at archive.org.

Edit: User jheronimus had got a Prisma EGAMAX 860, too..
viewtopic.php?f=25&t=56639
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Re: Looking for drivers for Prisma EGAMAX 860

Postby Deksor » 2017-11-16 @ 13:12

Thanks !

By looking at the website hosting the photo of the floppy disk, they seem to sell it for 1€ ! If I manage to buy it (I don't speak slovak unfortunately, understanding how that site works is hard XD) I'll dump it right away.

If there are slovak people here, would you like to help me ? :)
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Re: Looking for drivers for Prisma EGAMAX 860

Postby keropi » 2018-1-20 @ 15:45

I am attaching in this post the full set of driver disks for the card - 4x360kb floppies in both IMG and plain files format :blush:
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Re: Looking for drivers for Prisma EGAMAX 860

Postby Deksor » 2018-1-20 @ 17:04

Oh, thank you very much !! I'll try them very soon.

If I had a scanner, I could also scan the manual of the card, but at the moment I don't :(
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Re: Looking for drivers for Prisma EGAMAX 860

Postby keropi » 2018-1-20 @ 17:36

I guess the only real info in it is the jumper settings...

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Re: Looking for drivers for Prisma EGAMAX 860

Postby Deksor » 2018-1-20 @ 18:30

Just tested : the 860EGA.exe program works like a charm, just look at this !

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HD EGA x) (sorry for the blurry pictures, it's night and the CRT has some issues at the moment)

Edit : according to my manual, the card can even emulate some VGA modes ! :o

It's not documented in the program, but you can still use the modes' codes and that seems to work properly.
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Re: Looking for drivers for Prisma EGAMAX 860

Postby Deksor » 2019-1-03 @ 00:55

So I managed to order the disks @Jo22 has found, they match what my manual refers to, and it brings some other stuff in it. If you want them, you can download it from here : http://www.win3x.org/win3board/viewtopi ... =8&t=25830
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