First post, by 386SX
I bought this genuine disks/manual package of Windows 3.1 and installed into a 386DX40/IIT NPU, UMC481/482 mobo, 16MB 60ns, 256KB L2, 520MB Seagate disk self built machine. Back in those times I didn't even know about drivers or whatever so I usually used the default config for it. Nowdays I'd like to optimize it as much as possible.
1) VGA: Resolution loading in Win was solved reinstalling the drivers but their h/v frequencies are different from the LCD so I've to change them but there're no tools to do that officially; about vga problems remains that every VESA cards having it on bios, seems to make the system unstable.
I got four vga isa card for this machine: an ATI 28800-5 1MB FPM (Wonder+/XL I'm not sure), GD5429 1MB DRAM, Trident TVGA 9000A 512Kb FPM, OAK OTI077 512Kb FPM. I started with the ATI cause in Dos I found the system being unstable with the GD5429 even if I'd be quite sure the card is ok. Anyway I used the ATi drivers with this list:
I also got the vga vvinstall to test the card and is ok. But in Win 3.10 it seems the only monitor config that load correctly is the "VGA 1024x768/256colors" while the lower higher colors ones seems to crash the boot process of Win with a w31-72b.drv or w31-75b.drv error. I'd be ok with this mode but I'm not sure my LCD monitor can handle the freqs correctly (I got flickering depending on the background color example a full red background seems to show much higher noise and I don't know how to change config as the EDID of the monitor).
Any opinions about this? Also this card in Win is comparable to the GD5429 that if I recall should have a better hw acceleration? I don't know why but it looks like the card seems a bit unstable on dos I suppose it might have something to do with the VESA support (cause also the ATi ones seems a bit problematic when loading at boot the VVESA exe).
2) I understand the 3.11 WFW version would be better for network but does an upgrade patch exist or it was a whole different commercial product? and would you suggest the upgrade?
3)EDIT: found that Win3.1 drivers, the card works good and with its tools in Win3.1. 😀
I'm using a YMF719 audio card and in dos I load the setupsa.exe autoinstaller in the autoexec.bat and everything works. What about Win? Do I've to install something also there? Cause Midi files seems to work but I'd like to have the best config and not some generic audio drivers.
4) I know this machine is too slow for multimedia stuff but I was trying some players that tells me that I've no DCI support for video rendering. What was that? Do I've to install some patch to enable it or is a video card related support?