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Bought these (retro) hardware today

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Reply 41320 of 44724, by HanJammer

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This set of 2 Forte VFX1 headsets... One seems to be in perfect condition, and one is just a husk which I can use for parts, try to repair it or use it for some project (I already think about using it as an enclosure for some DIY modern hmd). I already had working VFX1 (missing some accesories though) but I couldn't pass on purchasing this set...

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Reply 41321 of 44724, by TrashPanda

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Just bought a GPU lot with

9 Matrox G450 Dualhead 16Mb GPUs
1 Geforce FX5200 AGP
1 ATI 128 Rage Pro AGP
1 ATI 3d Rage Pro Turbo AGP
1 Matrox G45 AGP

They all appear to be working, so now I just have to figure out what to do with 8 Dualhead G450s

Im crazy not stupid, well not stupid enough to make claims that are total nonsense.

Reply 41322 of 44724, by cyclone3d

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This weird little card - sound + gameport + VGA to composite video - seller's pics.

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I don't think it actually needs a driver.
Looks to me like the VGA to RCA will always be active. One end of the cable goes to the video card, one to this weird little card, and the other to a monitor.

Has OPL2 for FM, but I am guessing it also supports Sound Blaster as there are IRQ jumpers and one other jumper.

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Reply 41323 of 44724, by keropi

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^ I don't see anything on that card that would indicate SB support - not enough chips 🤣
the vga->cvbs converter is a cool addition I guess for back then... still on the weird side though

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Reply 41324 of 44724, by bjwil1991

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cyclone3d wrote on 2021-12-04, 07:24:
This weird little card - sound + gameport + VGA to composite video - seller's pics. card.jpg ports.jpg card_and_cables.jpg […]
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I don't think it actually needs a driver.
Looks to me like the VGA to RCA will always be active. One end of the cable goes to the video card, one to this weird little card, and the other to a monitor.

Has OPL2 for FM, but I am guessing it also supports Sound Blaster as there are IRQ jumpers and one other jumper.

Oddware card.

Whoever made that probably wanted to make an AIO card so that you don't have to use 2 slots and only use 1 slot.

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Reply 41325 of 44724, by debs3759

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luckybob wrote on 2021-12-04, 00:05:

I remember making folders in win9x dos mode using ALT+255. Windows 9x couldn't handle it in the GUI, but had no problems in CLI. Teachers shit bricks when they tried to open the "test answers" folder that had nothing in it.

The entire school district admins knew who I was and was seriously tired of my shit.

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Reply 41326 of 44724, by BitWrangler

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TrashPanda wrote on 2021-12-04, 07:10:

They all appear to be working, so now I just have to figure out what to do with 8 Dualhead G450s

Well now you only need 16x 50" panels and an airtime expired helicopter for the cockpit.

Unicorn herding operations are proceeding, but all the totes of hens teeth and barrels of rocking horse poop give them plenty of hiding spots.

Reply 41327 of 44724, by TrashPanda

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BitWrangler wrote on 2021-12-04, 14:35:
TrashPanda wrote on 2021-12-04, 07:10:

They all appear to be working, so now I just have to figure out what to do with 8 Dualhead G450s

Well now you only need 16x 50" panels and an airtime expired helicopter for the cockpit.

Oh Shit

Now you done it

BRB checking prices, I gotta build my own flight simulator with retro parts!

Im crazy not stupid, well not stupid enough to make claims that are total nonsense.

Reply 41328 of 44724, by HanJammer

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bjwil1991 wrote on 2021-12-04, 08:59:

Whoever made that probably wanted to make an AIO card so that you don't have to use 2 slots and only use 1 slot.

You still need two slots - one for soundcard and one for VGA. This one is just vga to composite + adlib compatibility. I like how odd it is.

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Reply 41329 of 44724, by BitWrangler

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Needs to be installed alongside two Voodoo2, the actual VGA card and an MPEG-1 card for maximum splitter and passthrough chaos.

Unicorn herding operations are proceeding, but all the totes of hens teeth and barrels of rocking horse poop give them plenty of hiding spots.

Reply 41330 of 44724, by HanJammer

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Some more trashy motherboards I just got from a local electro-trash supplier met at electronics flee market here. Of course none of these are tested but the price was adequate... hopefully some of them work.

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Reply 41331 of 44724, by cyclone3d

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BitWrangler wrote on 2021-12-04, 20:08:

Needs to be installed alongside two Voodoo2, the actual VGA card and an MPEG-1 card for maximum splitter and passthrough chaos.

Ewww... I can only imagine the video quality reduction. I might have to do that.

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Reply 41332 of 44724, by luckybob

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@cyclone3d

Thats NEAT!! I love one-off cards like that.

I thought at first it just injected adlib audio into the same svga cable to a special monitor like those Apple AudioVision monitors: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_AudioVision_14_Display I really want to get one or two of those monitors. I remember looking at those with pre-teen envy, as they came out with the original PPC macs.

with a cursory google search, there exists(ed) a chip called the AD724 https://www.analog.com/media/en/technical-doc … heets/AD724.pdf it looks very simple, and only requires a few passives. I don't know WHY you need this, unless you wanted a cheap and crappy way to record your computer screen to VHS.

It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.

Reply 41333 of 44724, by TrashPanda

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cyclone3d wrote on 2021-12-04, 07:24:
This weird little card - sound + gameport + VGA to composite video - seller's pics. card.jpg ports.jpg card_and_cables.jpg […]
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This weird little card - sound + gameport + VGA to composite video - seller's pics.
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I don't think it actually needs a driver.
Looks to me like the VGA to RCA will always be active. One end of the cable goes to the video card, one to this weird little card, and the other to a monitor.

Has OPL2 for FM, but I am guessing it also supports Sound Blaster as there are IRQ jumpers and one other jumper.

Having thought about this odd card .. is it possible its a form of capture card that is outputting both Audio and Video to external capture hardware ?

Im crazy not stupid, well not stupid enough to make claims that are total nonsense.

Reply 41334 of 44724, by BitWrangler

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Well it hasn't got the RAM for a single frame capture and if you paused the source it would have to do it with the host CPU bitbanging, and it doesn't have as much as an op amp for a ramp generator for a crude ADC, so max depth of 1 bit per pixel? ... so it's either an extremely crappy capture card.. the kind of thing you'd do for robot vision experiments in 1968... or it's not one.

Unicorn herding operations are proceeding, but all the totes of hens teeth and barrels of rocking horse poop give them plenty of hiding spots.

Reply 41336 of 44724, by mpe

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I bought this gorgeous Pentium IV era fully transparent acrylic case. Incl. transparent ATX PSU with -5V rail and decent +5V power...

I don't usually work with 2000+ era retro hardware. But this case made me think about doing a Socket 423 build.

However, I have another plan for a very special rare build using the case (more to come).

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Reply 41339 of 44724, by PcBytes

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That's an Apevia OEM'd PSU. Recap it (the caps are downright atrocious on these) and it should live another century.

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