First post, by Pulseczar
I have recently recovered my old childhood desktop PC. It was originally a 486 IBM clone with Windows 3.1. However, it was upgraded in the late 90s. Basically everything was changed, besides the peripherals, the case and the power supply. The current specs are:
- Shuttle (Holco) HOT-591P mobo
AMD K6-2 400 MHz
S3 Trio 3d/2x video card
ALS 120 sound card
4GB Samsung IDE HDD
The PC had Windows 98 SE installed, but I replaced that with MS-DOS 6.22 + Windows 3.11 so I could play my old childhood games, and keep it as a nostalgia item.
I have also replaced the 4GB Samsung IDE HDD with a "new" Maxtor 80GB 7200rpm IDE HDD, as the old one was dying.
After installing all drivers and games, almost everything seems to be working normally.
However, some games just run really slow and have random glitches (short black horizontal lines that flash in random parts of the screen).
Games that are working well:
- Duck Tales
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Kings of the Beach
Games that run really slow:
- Indianapolis 500
After playing one of these games, all the other ones run really slow as well. After a reboot, all is fine again.
These games play fine under DOS too.
Also, Psycho Pinball and The Lost Vikings won't even get past the initial black screen with a cursor, and I'm not sure if it's due to the same problem.
My questions are:
- 1. Are there any known problems with the S3 Trio 3d/2x drivers for Windows 3.11? I am using version v2.00.02, and I tried searching for other versions but I couldn't find any.
2. Could the 3d/2x be just failing on me? It's a 20 year old video card anyway. I'm not opposed to buying another one if it's not too expensive. I've seen some cards on eBay (for instance the ATi Rage 128) which are really cheap and apparently work well with Windows 3.11.
I realize I could just keep Windows 98 SE or just have DOS and avoid all this hassle, but I'd really like to have Windows 3.11 on it because it was its original OS and it's extremely nostalgic to me. 😢