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Reply 2580 of 2588, by MJay99

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shock__ wrote on 2021-03-21, 10:20:

EDIT: Also works with 512k InterWave cards.

Indeed, with the 30pin SIMMs removed from the original PnP, it instantly works.

shock__ wrote on 2021-03-21, 14:04:

... I wouldn't have to adapt the layout of the ARGUS which is final anyways and could fix the issue for all other cards without having to fiddle with (solder)-jumpers, SIMMs, DRAM ICs or the like.

I'm also not sure if 'fixing' the card for a buggy game should be the way... maybe someone more knowledeable than me could debug and patch this broken thing to work with more RAM?

If it's any help, I could post three exceptions thrown by QEMM, as soon as the SIMMs are added. I'll also go through my other PCs and see if there are any 256K SIMMs I could add, in order to check if e.g. 768K still do work, or if 512K is the absolute limit.

On a similar note: I did also check the original PnP with Cubic: same broken samples with a single 30pin 4MB SIMM plus the onboard 512K. With 2,5MB (1x 512K, plus 2x 1MB SIMM) it's still working.
So, indeed, version 2.00a++ seems to be broken to some extend with more than 4MB.

Edit:
One more idea: maybe it could be possible for someone to realize a startup wrapper around the setup.exe and abs.exe which hijacks the memory detection and only reports back 512K to the application? I'm thinking about the FixMPU approach by NewRisingSun here: FixMPU: Software solution for "hanging note bug" on SB16 with DSP >v4.06 <v4.16

Edit2: Here are two crashes of the abs.exe, as reported by qemm - in case it might help someone see a picture there or debug it:

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Reply 2581 of 2588, by shock__

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Yup, adapting the hardware would be a last resort (especially since support is already there). Either fixing the program(s) in question or locking the ARGUS by software to a specific amount of RAM would be the way to go til proven impossible/not worth it.

While Absolute Pinball is one case we've found now it's unknown whether there's more software which has the same issue. Said friend who pinpointed the issue also reported various GUS demos not working on his ARGUS setup - but then again that could have a ton of reasons not related to the ARGUS.

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Reply 2582 of 2588, by MJay99

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shock__ wrote on 2021-03-22, 18:22:

Said friend who pinpointed the issue also reported various GUS demos not working on his ARGUS setup - but then again that could have a ton of reasons not related to the ARGUS.

If you want to name one or two, I could try them on a couple of configs.

Apart from Absolute Pinball, Cubic Player 2.00a++ also made the list (with mem>4MB), which also isn't an ARGUS, but a program issue.

Reply 2584 of 2588, by Dr.Yak

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shock__ wrote on 2015-02-18, 21:09:

Current status: {...} More batches/orders will follow within the next weeks/months. Keep watching the thread for updates

Is it enough to follow this thread to get informed about possible future batches?

Reply 2585 of 2588, by shock__

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How would I know what frequency you're reading the thread and what's the possible future demand.
It'll extremely likely be "first come, first serve".

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Reply 2587 of 2588, by elfoam

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Dr.Yak wrote on 2021-04-05, 20:41:

Sorry, I wasn't very clear in my question.
I meant, are you going to announce possible future batches in this thread?

It's not polite of me to post a link in a thread where Shock many or may not decide to sell his stock of parts or PCBs at some point, but other people have made replicas of the GUS, but if you read all this thread you maybe able to find the other guys who have reproduced them and hold stock sometimes , you can get boards and even complete kits, It's been talked about in here previously. I went back and read the thread completely when Shock mentioned I could get one from someone else if I couldn't wait, I had already seen them for sale last year so it was easy for me to find the kits again. I've personally had burnout from a project before and sometimes you just don't want to know about it again especially once other people have replicated what you have done. Still I hope he will get back into it and I'll support his efforts then for sure.

Anyway if you would like to get a GUS, any GUS to hold you over while you wait, then search for the other guys. I already have most of the parts to build 4 cards so I'll take any PCB someone wants to sell. I just thought I'd reply to you to help you out since you seem to really want one and the world surely needs as many Gravis Ultrasounds as can possibly be made with the remaining parts.

Reply 2588 of 2588, by shock__

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Dr.Yak wrote on 2021-04-05, 20:41:

Sorry, I wasn't very clear in my question.
I meant, are you going to announce possible future batches in this thread?

Possibly ...

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