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Reply 21820 of 23272, by pan069

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GigAHerZ wrote on 2022-05-24, 09:20:
After years of trying to fix it, i now got it into a full setup condition, all cleaned and configured. :) Infinity Multipro-9000 […]
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After years of trying to fix it, i now got it into a full setup condition, all cleaned and configured. 😀
Infinity Multipro-9000

Intel 386DX 33MHz / 256kB cache!
8x1MB 30pin SIMM RAM
Maxtor 7120A 124MB HDD
1.44MB FDD
CD-ROM
Trident TVGA 8900C 1MB VGA
ESS ES1869F Sound (100% SoundBlaster Pro compatible)
3Com 3C509B-TPO LAN

I really hope i'll get a nice new home for this.

(Can't link the auction link, as it is currently active and therefore against the rules)

Premature congrats to the new owner then. Its a beauty. 😀

Reply 21821 of 23272, by Sphere478

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Bought me a new peocessor! 266gp 2.0v (433gp core)

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Reply 21822 of 23272, by RandomStranger

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TechieDude wrote on 2022-05-22, 23:16:
RandomStranger wrote on 2022-05-21, 15:38:
Thanks. Will try the DLL from Porsche Unleashed, though I had no similar issues with TNT2 in NFS4. The omega driver doesn't seem […]
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Thanks. Will try the DLL from Porsche Unleashed, though I had no similar issues with TNT2 in NFS4. The omega driver doesn't seem to support the FX5700. Probably like the driver version (45.23) it's based on, only offically supports early FX cards like the FX5800/5600/5200 series. I don't know if it works if you add the card to the .inf, but I also don't know what differences were made to the second wave cards like the FX5900/5700 series. Did anyone try this?

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This DLL stuff don't seem to work for me. Tried to simply copying over from the NFS5/Drivers folder to NFS4, tried to delet d3da.dll, then tried to rename dx7z.dll to d3da.dll. Also tried similarly replace d3da.dll in NFS4/3dSetup. Also tried some patches (4.42 and 4.50), reinstalled the whole thing. The game cares about nothing.

Then tried 61.76, the earliest 6x driver I found. The menu is all black, I can't navigate it, 3DMark2001SE works, unlike with 66.93, the speed is a little less compared to 56.64 (9561 vs 9910), Hot Pursuit 2 has somewhat better average framerate, but whitin the margin of error (33.9 instead of 32.3 fps), same with all the other games I've tried so far. Only NFS4, the one that matters to me the most has to be the problem child.

I meant specifically the patched dx7za, which I've attached here.
I can't seem to find it online, so I uploaded it here. Hopefully it helps

Thanks!

With NFS5a.dll it's all fixed. Even the frame rate to 65 fps, not ideal for benchmarking, but it's alright. At least it works with a decent frame rate.

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Reply 21823 of 23272, by TechieDude

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RandomStranger wrote on 2022-05-24, 14:46:

Thanks!

With NFS5a.dll it's all fixed. Even the frame rate to 65 fps, not ideal for benchmarking, but it's alright. At least it works with a decent frame rate.

You're welcome 😁 Glad I could help.

Reply 21824 of 23272, by FinalJenemba

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Played my copy of Planetfall I just picked up on my Tandy 1000. Can tell this games gonna be amazing! Now waiting on new blank disks to arrive so I can back it up and be able to save.

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Reply 21825 of 23272, by bofh.fromhell

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Been playing with a rough ABIT NF7-S2 (the non fun version).
After the usual thorough clean (smokers board, yuck) and recap (most caps were fine, but a few smaller ones were really bad).
I dropped in a Barton 2600+, the 166x11.5 version.
And accidentally booted it at 200MHz fsb.
And to my surprise the chip runs rock stable at 2300MHz, it didn't even need a millivolt extra to do it.
Temperatures also barely reach 40 degrees.
I had no idea the last Socket A CPU's were this o'c friendly, or maybe i got a really good chip =)

Reply 21826 of 23272, by Tetrium

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Have been playing around a bit with the map editor for Zod Engine, a remake of Z. I didn't get very far, mostly just trying out stuff and options while figuring out how it all works and also figuring out what I want the map(s) to be like.

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Reply 21827 of 23272, by SteveC

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Just swapped out the very noisy Samsung 2GB HDD from my IBM PC330 for a 2GB CF card. Unfortunately all my other IDE drives are under 1GB or 17GB or higher and it doesn't seem to like them.

Weird though - the HDD activity LED no longer works???

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Reply 21828 of 23272, by GigAHerZ

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As i just got the Infinity Multipro-9000 machine fully cleaned up and working, i took out the next "disaster" from the cellar. This time a known brand machine. 😀

If i remember correctly, many years ago, when i got it, the PSU did start, but nothing came out from the machine itself - was completely dead.
Wish me luck on bringing this machine to life! 😀

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Reply 21829 of 23272, by PcBytes

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bofh.fromhell wrote on 2022-05-24, 22:03:
Been playing with a rough ABIT NF7-S2 (the non fun version). After the usual thorough clean (smokers board, yuck) and recap (mos […]
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Been playing with a rough ABIT NF7-S2 (the non fun version).
After the usual thorough clean (smokers board, yuck) and recap (most caps were fine, but a few smaller ones were really bad).
I dropped in a Barton 2600+, the 166x11.5 version.
And accidentally booted it at 200MHz fsb.
And to my surprise the chip runs rock stable at 2300MHz, it didn't even need a millivolt extra to do it.
Temperatures also barely reach 40 degrees.
I had no idea the last Socket A CPU's were this o'c friendly, or maybe i got a really good chip =)

I suspect everything from 2500+ onwards was OC friendly. I have a 2800 that I might put back into my MSI K7N2-Delta ILSR machine, though not before case swapping it first. (I want to use its actual case for my BE6-II.

Onto the CPU - I have several 2500s (including...a green one, for whatever reason, it's 400FSB as well) and a 2800, both CPUs have gone rather well to 3200 speeds over three different mobos - an ASUS A7N8X-E Dlx, an Epox 8RDA6 Plus and the aforementioned MSI K7N2. The last one's build (K7N2 Delta-ILSR) needs some more finishing touches (especially PSU wise...) but otherwise I'm confident it will OC rather well.

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Reply 21830 of 23272, by gerry

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GigAHerZ wrote on 2022-05-25, 14:18:

As i just got the Infinity Multipro-9000 machine fully cleaned up and working, i took out the next "disaster" from the cellar. This time a known brand machine. 😀

If i remember correctly, many years ago, when i got it, the PSU did start, but nothing came out from the machine itself - was completely dead.
Wish me luck on bringing this machine to life! 😀

a challenge! looks plausible for card to ide and some other 'modernisation' to bring the 486 glory

Reply 21831 of 23272, by PTherapist

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Today I fitted a newly purchased 8MB Fast RAM expansion to my Amiga 1200.

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The one I previously had was causing all kinds of issues due to a poor design not making decent contact with the edge connector on the motherboard. I literally used to have to reseat the card several times and bend down slightly, followed by never ever moving the computer. This obviously had to go! 🤣

The new one pictured slotted straight in and without issue.

Whilst I was working on the computer, I took a look at a software issue that was causing WHDLoad to crash to a black screen after loading a couple of different games. The only change I'd made recently was adding the cover images to Tiny Launcher and sure enough with those removed no more crashes. So I think I'll just leave the cover art off for now, it was only a gimmick anyway.

A nice stable Amiga 1200 finally. This RAM expansion should tide me over until hopefully the PiStorm32 gets released at some point in the future.

Reply 21832 of 23272, by Radical Vision

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Testing the new parts i did acquire, as for me is important to see if i got new stuff or scrap..

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W3680 4.5/ GA-x58 UD7/ R9 280x
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Cmq P2 450/ GA-BX2000/ V2 SLI
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IBM PS/2 Model 56
SPS IntelleXT 8088

Reply 21833 of 23272, by Sphere478

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PTherapist wrote on 2022-05-26, 15:48:
Today I fitted a newly purchased 8MB Fast RAM expansion to my Amiga 1200. […]
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Today I fitted a newly purchased 8MB Fast RAM expansion to my Amiga 1200.

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The one I previously had was causing all kinds of issues due to a poor design not making decent contact with the edge connector on the motherboard. I literally used to have to reseat the card several times and bend down slightly, followed by never ever moving the computer. This obviously had to go! 🤣

The new one pictured slotted straight in and without issue.

Whilst I was working on the computer, I took a look at a software issue that was causing WHDLoad to crash to a black screen after loading a couple of different games. The only change I'd made recently was adding the cover images to Tiny Launcher and sure enough with those removed no more crashes. So I think I'll just leave the cover art off for now, it was only a gimmick anyway.

A nice stable Amiga 1200 finally. This RAM expansion should tide me over until hopefully the PiStorm32 gets released at some point in the future.

Nice!! Was it hard to find? Seems like parts like that might be super rare.

Sphere's PCB projects.
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Sphere’s socket 5/7 cpu collection.
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SUCCESSFUL K6-2+ to K6-3+ Full Cache Enable Mod
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Tyan S1564S to S1564D single to dual processor conversion (also s1563 and s1562)

Reply 21834 of 23272, by TrashPanda

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Had this little number arrive today a Jaton NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 400, nothing super amazing about it other than its a PCI version of the MX400. Going to pull the Zida Tomato board out of storage and run some benchmarks on this to see how it stacks up against a AGP MX400, I'm almost positive that the PCI bus wont hamper it much at all .. if anything the motherboard will be the limiting factor here as the Zida Tomato board is limited to PCI only. Might also test to see if anything changes if I put this PCI card into the AGP board with the 100mhz bus.

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Oh noes, the cap let the shmooo out 😁

Reply 21835 of 23272, by Munx

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TrashPanda wrote on 2022-05-27, 03:34:

I'm almost positive that the PCI bus wont hamper it much at all

From my own tests I found that it depends very much on the game. Some show little difference and some like Quake 3 (and any game using that engine) are very bandwidth hungry and will suffer a big penalty.

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Reply 21836 of 23272, by Byrd

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PTherapist wrote on 2022-05-26, 15:48:

This RAM expansion should tide me over until hopefully the PiStorm32 gets released at some point in the future.

I've a basic A1200 and that's what I've been waiting for too - but I can't see much development of late? I know there are cheap TF030 or even TF060 but the thought of an upgradable, updatable board in an Amiga sound like a lot of fun. I'm currently using an old Apollo LC accelerator max 8MB RAM - it was 25Mhz, but I recently clock chipped it to 33Mhz and it's a good stable board.

Reply 21837 of 23272, by appiah4

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TrashPanda wrote on 2022-05-27, 03:34:

Had this little number arrive today a Jaton NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 400, nothing super amazing about it other than its a PCI version of the MX400. Going to pull the Zida Tomato board out of storage and run some benchmarks on this to see how it stacks up against a AGP MX400, I'm almost positive that the PCI bus wont hamper it much at all .. if anything the motherboard will be the limiting factor here as the Zida Tomato board is limited to PCI only. Might also test to see if anything changes if I put this PCI card into the AGP board with the 100mhz bus.

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I have a similar card and the PCI bus destroys performance. It was a really bad fit for my Socket 7 systems.

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Reply 21838 of 23272, by PTherapist

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Sphere478 wrote on 2022-05-26, 22:42:
PTherapist wrote on 2022-05-26, 15:48:
Today I fitted a newly purchased 8MB Fast RAM expansion to my Amiga 1200. […]
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Today I fitted a newly purchased 8MB Fast RAM expansion to my Amiga 1200.

amiga-ram.jpeg

The one I previously had was causing all kinds of issues due to a poor design not making decent contact with the edge connector on the motherboard. I literally used to have to reseat the card several times and bend down slightly, followed by never ever moving the computer. This obviously had to go! 🤣

The new one pictured slotted straight in and without issue.

Whilst I was working on the computer, I took a look at a software issue that was causing WHDLoad to crash to a black screen after loading a couple of different games. The only change I'd made recently was adding the cover images to Tiny Launcher and sure enough with those removed no more crashes. So I think I'll just leave the cover art off for now, it was only a gimmick anyway.

A nice stable Amiga 1200 finally. This RAM expansion should tide me over until hopefully the PiStorm32 gets released at some point in the future.

Nice!! Was it hard to find? Seems like parts like that might be super rare.

Regular Fast RAM expansions like this are quite common and easy to find, there are loads of different ones available. They're not as sought after, as most people want the more expensive accelerators instead for CPU upgrades & IDE performance boosts etc.

Just have to avoid some of the cheaper hobbyist RAM expansions, as it's a gamble and they can often have poor connectors which wear down quickly and do not make sufficient contact with the edge connector on the motherboard, which was the issue I had with the card I've just replaced.