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Re: Aureal Vortex2 Project

Postby squareguy » 2016-11-26 @ 03:20

I for one can wait but I am looking forward to it.

I hope all goes well for you!
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Re: Aureal Vortex2 Project

Postby betamax80 » 2016-11-26 @ 07:16

You probably have everything here but I'm quite good at "curating" files. I've collated absolutely every technical download that I could find with valid links including the technical drawings someone posted years ago.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0ho4 ... 1QyM0xHcGM (about 50mb)

I also found elsewhere an "RPM" linux install of the v1.1.2 Linux driver and thought this could be handy to someone:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0ho4 ... HNUaDFOcFU (250kb)

...I really hope there is something helpful in there for you. It's a bit alien to me but I collected absolutely everything including rediscovering the sigmatel 701 + 708 docs.
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Re: Aureal Vortex2 Project

Postby ZanQuance » 2016-11-27 @ 17:46

betamax80 wrote:I've collated absolutely every technical download that I could find with valid links including the technical drawings someone posted years ago.

Yeah Manuel Janders efforts were really great back on 03. However his documentation was less than exact and contained many Many errors, but was definitely a best effort given the major lack of documentation.

Thanks for keeping interested in the project guys, these cards are majorly fun to play around with so far.
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Re: Aureal Vortex2 Project

Postby hard1k » 2016-11-27 @ 17:50

Just curious - is it possible that re-opening donations could help you with the project? :)
If so, I'm willing to make one!
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Re: Aureal Vortex2 Project

Postby ZanQuance » 2016-11-27 @ 18:55

Thanks, but for now I want everyone to just hold on a bit, I'm fervently trying to improve many personal matters and I simply can't spend time on the project just yet.
I do make really quick progress when I am working on it, so I'm confident on releasing something before I re-open the donations.
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Re: Aureal Vortex2 Project

Postby hard1k » 2016-11-27 @ 19:12

Great, crossing fingers for you! :)
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Re: Aureal Vortex2 Project

Postby betamax80 » 2016-12-01 @ 16:34

Hello ZanQuance. I've actually had a bit of a similar time, having had an interruption in studies. My retro computer interest is very much my hobby though. I understand how tough it is to motivate yourself through depression, and am so happy to hear that you have found your soulmate thats wonderful!

I'm so interested to learn something about driver development. I haven't been a programmer before but I am motivated enough - can you recommend any books which would be a crash course in driver development? Now I have my SQ2500 I wan't to help you!

By the way my findings under windows xp - the VERY BEST driver for reliability seems to be the final official Win2k driver 5.12.2559 (more than the "beta" driver which seems to be these exact same 08/08/2000 drivers with an "inf" mod - and isn't good). I do not know if DS3D or actual A3D 2.0 are being used but I'm finding about 90% compatibility with games. I've also successfully connected a "Saitek Cyborg 3D Digital" joystick to the gamepad - minus the "F" buttons (so effectively a "Cyborg 2000" - I would say thats about as extreme a joystick as the built-in windows driver supports and I am impressed! NO SUCCESS with original Sidewinder Force Feedback Pro - I've learnt the hard way to avoid any sticks with seperate power as they seem to have unconventional gameport settings.

I've found a new old stock Logitech Wingman Exteme Digital 3D which has that memorable "look" to it - I hope that maybe some wingman profiles work, or at least it's good with the XP driver, as this saitek is sadly a bit "well used" in many ways, but was a great £3 proof of concept. I'm looking forware to my dreamblaster s1 "black" on the way so I can look as your DOS app, maybe in dosbox?

Thanks for keeping an interest in the project through everything.

BTW my CD was v4.021 with Voyetra Audiostation32 - Lucky me eh! I've made an ISO on my google drive - not sure but think it's 1 point release newer than whats out there.
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Re: Aureal Vortex2 Project

Postby betamax80 » 2016-12-01 @ 16:43

Forgot to say in terms of configuring, I found the Quantex Zone XP Patch + Control Panel update to work pretty much flawlessly - and I like these because they are carefully modified original Aureal apps rather than a hack-in. I think files would be perfect to integrate into any new windows driver build if the "hooks" still work. "au30patch.exe" and "au30xp.exe" from 2003 vintage.
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Re: Aureal Vortex2 Project

Postby betamax80 » 2016-12-01 @ 22:05

I didn't see your site when it was active. You can count on some kind of donation from me too.
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Re: Aureal Vortex2 Project

Postby betamax80 » 2016-12-02 @ 08:45

Well I've caught the bug, even without the room. I've got 3 Socket A motherboards on ebay-watch due to good pricing, for Windows 98 SE goodness. A Biostar VIA KM266 model, a PC Chips VIA KT266A system (a retail PC Chips board - this will bring back memories!) and fingers crossed an ASRock SiS 741GX based board which I understand could be the more compatible option. I think the 74x series were pretty much the last retail channel SiS chipset, and after using so many PC Chips Socket 7 boards with their earlier designs could be interesting! My biggest barrier at the moment seems to be an appropriate case and power supply, I'm looking down both barrels of £45 for a full-desktop type case (seems to be whats left!) of appropriate era with correct PSU connections.
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Re: Aureal Vortex2 Project

Postby PARUS » 2017-3-20 @ 11:13

ZanQuance, tell please is spdif IN working with your mod?
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Re: Aureal Vortex2 Project

Postby hard1k » 2017-6-21 @ 18:02

Any news so far?
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Re: Aureal Vortex2 Project

Postby hard1k » 2017-7-02 @ 14:06

Hey guys, sorry for the question that might be slightly off topic, but do you have ANY Aureal/A3D/Vortex-related artwork? Logos (especially in vector), box art, etc. would be very much appreciated!
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Re: Aureal Vortex2 Project

Postby villeneuve » 2017-7-04 @ 13:24

Do you mean self-made artwork or original stuff from the 90s grabbed from the internet?
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Re: Aureal Vortex2 Project

Postby hard1k » 2017-7-04 @ 13:26

Both, but would very much prefer the original stuff.
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Re: Aureal Vortex2 Project

Postby ZanQuance » 2017-7-18 @ 18:21

I've been absent due to personal matters and will return when I can, I'm not living in an area that is conducive to this hobbyist project.
I'll get things up and going again when I can, all I can do is apologize for not getting back to everyone sooner on this. I had a major anxiety attack yesterday that is really messing everything up for me mentally, so I'll post again when I am feeling better and back to work on this again.

Until then the project is on pause still.
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Re: Aureal Vortex2 Project

Postby villeneuve » 2017-7-19 @ 14:33

Get well soon regardless of this project!!! I can relate to feelings like that from the past and it's certainly not fun.
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Re: Aureal Vortex2 Project

Postby Lifeisstrange74 » 2018-2-17 @ 00:26

ZanQuance wrote:I've been absent due to personal matters and will return when I can, I'm not living in an area that is conducive to this hobbyist project.
I'll get things up and going again when I can, all I can do is apologize for not getting back to everyone sooner on this. I had a major anxiety attack yesterday that is really messing everything up for me mentally, so I'll post again when I am feeling better and back to work on this again.

Until then the project is on pause still.

Hey ZanQuance, you doing ok?
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Re: Aureal Project 2015 [on hiatus]

Postby ZanQuance » 2018-2-17 @ 02:39

Yeah actually, thanks for checking in on me. I'm getting married Tues and have been busy getting all that prepared.
I will be making a progress update on the project here afterwards ;)
Till then ttfn
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Re: Aureal Project 2015 [on hiatus]

Postby Ozzuneoj » 2018-2-17 @ 07:03

ZanQuance wrote:Yeah actually, thanks for checking in on me. I'm getting married Tues and have been busy getting all that prepared.
I will be making a progress update on the project here afterwards ;)
Till then ttfn

Congratulations! I sincerely hope she supports your computing projects! :lol:

(Seriously though, be happy, don't worry about this stuff. :))
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