What retro activity did you get up to today?

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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Revolter » 2018-7-13 @ 21:38

Almoststew1990 wrote:
Revolter wrote:Unreal and Omikron: The Nomad Soul have actually become playable with this processor!


I have Nomad Soul for the Dreamcast. It looks very interesting (much more interesting than David Cage's later games) but the controls on the Dreamcast are terrible. How does it control with a keyboard?


I bet you have it better on Dreamcast :) For example, if I remember correctly, remapping the "crouch" action to Ctrl key for Fighting and Shooting layouts gets you a blank key map that cannot be changed again - which can only be reversed by defaulting ALL your control settings %) (setting it to C key seems to work, but this is not what I'm used to)

But I still love it :D
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby appiah4 » 2018-7-13 @ 21:50

Almoststew1990 wrote:Gah I'm just trying to install DOS but it seems all my floppies are dead! They'll write fine, copy its contents to the desktop fine, but when I put it in my 386 they will fail halfway through the install :(


That sounds more like a misaligned read head on the 386's floppy drive than all disks being bad..
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Almoststew1990 » 2018-7-13 @ 21:59

appiah4 wrote:That sounds more like a misaligned read head on the 386's floppy drive than all disks being bad..


I swapped the drives over and yup working now :) Tomorrow I will put some games and Phil's benchmark suit on it and have some fun!
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Merovign » 2018-7-13 @ 23:22

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Now a tantalum Cap blew on the 8088 too daaaaaamn. Now I really need to find someone.
Lately I've been looking a lot on the net how-to but I still need to buy some equipment and take the first little step. Changing caps is not what I call little :)


Yeah had older machines I wouldn't dare turn on.

I'll try to get one of those boards on my bench this weekend, I'll post if I get one working. I don't want to promote myself as a repair service for people and break their stuff, but we'll see how it goes with my own stuff first. :)
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby twilliamc » 2018-7-14 @ 01:01

I put on my archivist hat today and digitized the infamous PCChips M919 manual as well as the one for the Number Nine Motion 531. Both are unfortunately too large to upload to the forum at ~8MB. Does anyone have any tips for getthing them on the Driver page?
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby canthearu » 2018-7-14 @ 02:22

I received my first AWE64 value yesterday and was testing it out in a Pentium 200 with windows 3.1. Seems to work nicely.

Decided I will move it to my P-II retro machine, running windows 98 and the voodoo 3 card. The pentium 200 is for older games, might get a Dreamblaster for it's ess audiodrive.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby ssokolow » 2018-7-14 @ 02:29

twilliamc wrote:I put on my archivist hat today and digitized the infamous PCChips M919 manual as well as the one for the Number Nine Motion 531. Both are unfortunately too large to upload to the forum at ~8MB. Does anyone have any tips for getthing them on the Driver page?


Why not upload them to the Internet Archive? I see a lot of other people adding old manuals there.

Here's a collection which mostly lists other, more specific collections of manuals within the Archive's catalogue:
The ARCHIVE.ORG Manual Library
Internet Archive: My Uploads
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I also try to announce anything retro-relevant on on Twitter.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Stiletto » 2018-7-14 @ 05:11

Today I put on my archivist's hat (it's almost never off!) and I had a few idle cycles and I picked up my old project of collecting retro 3D API SDKs (including for proprietary 3D accelerators, and for more generic libraries like Argonaut BRender, Criterion Renderware, Rendermorphics Reality Lab) and went down the "rabbit hole". By the end, I'd come across this: http://forum.xentax.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=10167

After I finished laughing my ass off, I found my copy of Bloody Roar 4 and confirmed that was exactly what happened, and now I have a copy of Criterion RenderWare 3.5 for the Sony PlayStation 2. :)
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Stiletto » 2018-7-14 @ 05:19

twilliamc wrote:Does anyone have any tips for getthing them on the Driver page?


Basically:
1. Private message SquallStrife (memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=19248 ) here at VOGONS to obtain an account on VOGONSDrivers (but expect it to take quite some time, since as far as I know, he is away). He is the only admin there, but he will provide you with a web account and with the FTP login name and password.

2. Have an FTP client installed, like FileZilla.

3. The steps to upload drivers are explained at the VOGONSDrivers website. (Look at the menu on the left.)

4. Contact SquallStrife if you are unsure if the contents can be hosted.

5. Discuss about drivers to upload or on demand-stuff on the VOGONSDrivers sticky thread: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=30649

But if you can't wait for him to respond:

1. Upload to a temp host like sendspace or Mega.nz and the like

2. Drop the file link in the VOGONSDrivers sticky thread (viewtopic.php?f=46&t=30649 ) and eventually someone who currently has an account will upload it on your behalf.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby debs3759 » 2018-7-14 @ 05:42

Stiletto wrote:
twilliamc wrote:Does anyone have any tips for getthing them on the Driver page?


Basically:
1. Private message SquallStrife (memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=19248 ) here at VOGONS to obtain an account on VOGONSDrivers (but expect it to take quite some time, since as far as I know, he is away). He is the only admin there, but he will provide you with a web account and with the FTP login name and password.


I've been waiting over two months for a response from him. He has been online at least once, and he has read my message.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby badmojo » 2018-7-14 @ 06:15

debs3759 wrote:I've been waiting over two months for a response from him. He has been online at least once, and he has read my message.


He was having a hard time IRL last we heard - maybe someone else here who already has an account can help out?
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby debs3759 » 2018-7-14 @ 21:23

badmojo wrote:
debs3759 wrote:I've been waiting over two months for a response from him. He has been online at least once, and he has read my message.


He was having a hard time IRL last we heard - maybe someone else here who already has an account can help out?


Thanks. I suspected something like that with him rarely being online recently.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby psychz » 2018-7-14 @ 21:30

Since the RF adapter which came with my Mega Drive II refused to work, until now I had temporarily soldered a composite cable just to test if the MD was working, and I had no sound. Today I butchered an ethernet cat5 to make a MegaDrive II (9pin) <-> RGB SCART cable so as to enjoy an Everdrive which arrived a couple of days ago... with better video and sound!
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby amadeus777999 » 2018-7-14 @ 21:38

Worked on the C/Assembler Tutorial that I have been planning to do for a long time.

WatcomC + inline + external assembly with TASM.

Nothing too fancy, but should give a nice base for somebody starting his own project. Getting all those little details right is quite a challenge.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Gered » 2018-7-14 @ 23:00

Disassembled the Toshiba 430CDT I picked up a week ago. Removed both the backup and RTC batteries, neither of which had begun leaking... but better safe then sorry. Also wanted to clean the mouse buttons which were dirty and kind of sticky. Had to pretty much disassemble the entire laptop to get at it only to discover that the buttons are actually part of the very same plastic mold as the top part of the laptop's frame (the same frame which the keyboard fits in) and so there's no way to physically detach them. So I had to remove all the metal bits on that end of the frame and try to very carefully run some water over it, take it away, scrub, rinse, and repeat for a bit to get it mostly clean. Not perfect, but clean enough. This was incredibly annoying to do because I wasn't confident that I could detach the LCD hinges without breaking something, so I couldn't just immerse the part of the frame I wanted to clean in water and scrub away because the LCD assembly was still attached to it. Ugh.

amadeus777999 wrote:Worked on the C/Assembler Tutorial that I have been planning to do for a long time.

WatcomC + inline + external assembly with TASM.

Nothing too fancy, but should give a nice base for somebody starting his own project. Getting all those little details right is quite a challenge.


Cool, looking forward to reading it when it's done. :) I wrote a little something along those lines a while back but it is a bit light on details and only focuses on the "Watcom C + external assembly with TASM" aspect. Mainly wrote it for myself because I kept mucking some little detail up with the calling convention and got tired of flipping through pages in the compiler manual to find whatever detail I was forgetting at the time, heh.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Merovign » 2018-7-15 @ 00:30

Spent a couple hours trying to find drivers for an old PPC Matrox Millenium video card from 1996 or so.

Wish I had just checked the Matrox site first, they're still up!

https://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/supp ... rs/latest/

It says "latest" but that's the legacy drivers page, PowerPC, PC/x86, some other oddball stuff.

As soon as I clear my desk I have a motherboard to try to find caps for, and a power supply for an early 90s laptop whose wires were gnawed by rats (sigh).
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby wiretap » 2018-7-15 @ 03:52

Installed a stupid looking Chinese chipset fan on my Voodoo 3 3000, and also got my Voodoo 2 SLI ITX rig w/ 1 --> 2 PCI riser working.

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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby the_ultra_code » 2018-7-15 @ 04:24

wiretap wrote:Installed a stupid looking Chinese chipset fan on my Voodoo 3 3000, and also got my Voodoo 2 SLI ITX rig w/ 1 --> 2 PCI riser working.
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Dude, that's dope! Would you be kind enough to please share with me pics of the rest of the machine? I am truly fascinated and amazed. :)

Also, I just got another hard drive for my PS2, this time a Seagate 7200.10 250GB PATA HDD, and this time, it fits perfectly!

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Sadly, things are now starting to get really crowded with the addition of the PS2 to my setup. *Sigh*, first world problems.

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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby ssokolow » 2018-7-15 @ 04:55

the_ultra_code wrote:
wiretap wrote:Sadly, things are now starting to get really crowded with the addition of the PS2 to my setup. *Sigh*, first world problems.


Whenever I hear that phrase, I can't help but be reminded of the chorus to Weird Al's song. Yet another thing where Al's so good that his creation is trying to become the centre of the semantic network, I guess.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby the_ultra_code » 2018-7-15 @ 06:29

ssokolow wrote:
the_ultra_code wrote:
wiretap wrote:Sadly, things are now starting to get really crowded with the addition of the PS2 to my setup. *Sigh*, first world problems.


Whenever I hear that phrase, I can't help but be reminded of the chorus to Weird Al's song. Yet another thing where Al's so good that his creation is trying to become the centre of the semantic network, I guess.


XD That song perfectly embodies my situation.
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