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Re: Do you even need a vintage machine?

in Milliways
In contrast, I'd like to see a modern GPU or chipset or CPU last as long - most of these are now consumable silicone parts, made on too small of a process node. Basically, they are guaranteed to burn out after XX amount of hours of heavy use (or XX more hours if used less intensely.) How do you …

Re: Do you even need a vintage machine?

in Milliways
I grew up with vintage computers (late 90s/ early 00s), they were all heap of junk. Failing motherboards, failing hard drives, unexplainable oddities. Didn't take long for some hardware failure to occur. That's around the time of the capacitor plague. Probably not coincidental. I thought it was …

Re: Do you even need a vintage machine?

in Milliways
I grew up with vintage computers (late 90s/ early 00s), they were all heap of junk. Failing motherboards, failing hard drives, unexplainable oddities. Didn't take long for some hardware failure to occur. This will probably be the strangest thing you've ever heard, but back then I was a sucker for …

Re: capacitor plague finally struck home

in Milliways
Some will find recapping much more challenging than others. Especially if you have clumsiness in your genes / are slow learner. There's really a lot of variables, the soldering iron you have, the temperature, the tip shape and size, on which spot you're applying the heat, how long you're applying it …

Re: intel is back!

in Milliways
So AMD still lags behind in single-threaded performance? My Phenom II X4 920 probably still classifies as slow space heater compared to today's 65W Ryzens. I was a bit surprised several years back when I tried Drakan with modded levels to double drawing distance, otherwise a 1999 game on a slightly …

Re: What do you drive?

in Milliways
I once had a Suzuki motorcycle do this repeatedly - quit on the highway only for me to come back later and it would start right up. The failing component was one of the crank trigger ignitors which would only fail when the engine was hot. That bike was a 1984 model, and it had several electronic …

Re: What do you drive?

in Milliways
2022 VW Polo Replaced a 2001 model I drove before when engine started glitching to the point that it just shutdown on a motorway and shot my anxiety through the roof, could be restarted at least. I had it at the service before for the symptoms, but they didn't find anything and it dying on the …

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

in Milliways
I'm not sure what else is even left out there for us Chromium haters. Firefox doesn't count, too much Google's influence. I have Chromium on Android because nothing else works on Android as well, technically, I use Via which uses WebView, the only way to keep resource usage down as it forces it to …

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

in Milliways
roytam1 still publishes updated backports of Pale Moon and Basilisk compatible down to Windows XP under the generic unbranded names New Moon and Serpent, which seems to have become synonyms for his builds for Windows XP. Shame these browsers struggle with many sites, but modern web has become a …

Re: 2004 Condition Zero resolution limit?

in Windows
What about OpenGL mode? I remember old versions of the engine having issues with strange (for the time) resolutions in software mode. Not sure about -heapsize, but I'm sure there was a lot of advice written for games in general regarding various tweaks by people that didn't have the actual technical …

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