First post, by RayeR
Hi, I saved this PCI VGA from a scrap because seemed to me interesting when I recall old reviews from '90 it was some kind of Pro card for 3D/CAD apps and quite high priced so I never touched this till now. I found an old site with drivers collection that is really amazing that it supported a lot of DOS SW and even it has NT4 drivers for DEC Alpha64...
BUT I was very disappointed when seen really the worst VESA VBE support - or is it a bug just on my card?
It reports VBE has only 512kB available and only 2 VESA modes: 640x400, 640x480/8bpp. And this modes seems to work only bank-switching. When I loaded UniVBE/SDD it recognized the card and added total 33 VESA modes up to 1600x1200/16bpp that seems to work in LFB. Also reported VRAM size has increased to 8MB as expected. I flashed the latest VBIOS 7.03 but any change. VMT with loaded UniVBE passed the VRAM test without any error. Also the DOS setup utility was able to set any graphics mode and draw a test screen so it seems my card is OK. But I wondered about this because other VGAs from this age had already decent VBE 2.0 or 3.0 support with tens of modes.
So I'd like to see experiences of other owners how about their VBE. There was VGAs with Permedia 2 chip from different manufacturers like Diamond and Creative so there may be chance they did a better job on VBIOS than ELSA did.
Gigabyte GA-P67-DS3-B3, Core i7-2600K @4,5GHz, 8GB DDR3, 128GB SSD, GTX670(GF7900GT), SB Audigy + YMF724F + DreamBlaster combo