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Reply 17860 of 19182, by newtmonkey

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I swapped my standard Compact Flash card out for an "industrial" model on my DOS gaming PC. I was getting read errors now and then when installing larger games on the old card, and had read somewhere that the industrial models were better suited for this. So far so good, but we'll see!

Reply 17861 of 19182, by Munx

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xcomcmdr wrote on 2021-01-15, 10:16:
Depending on the hardware, and assuming that you have Windows 7 or later, Red Alert 2 works : CnCNet/CnC-ddraw OR Aqrit's DDRAW […]
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Depending on the hardware, and assuming that you have Windows 7 or later, Red Alert 2 works :
CnCNet/CnC-ddraw
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Aqrit's DDRAW

CnCNet/CnC-ddraw contains more recent code than TS-DDRAW, and is a fork of the old hifi/cnc-ddraw.
With it, you can also change between GDI and OpenGL mode, but you should not have to.
I also have to use Windows XP Pro SP2 compatibility mode on top, even if the authors of CncNet/CnC-ddraw are against it.
Otherwise, I just get an error message box (at least on the first start).

CnC-ddraw fixed it! Thanks for the suggestion.

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Reply 17862 of 19182, by PTherapist

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I bought a matching pair of GeForce 8800 GT graphics cards recently and so today I did a quick power on test of each card on a spare Socket AM2 motherboard from my collection (Asus M2N-VM/S with Athlon 64 X2 6400+ CPU).

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Both cards seem to be ok, at least up to the point of the BIOS. Further testing to be done this coming week, when I'll install 1 of them into an existing Socket AM2+ Snow Leopard Hackintosh build.

Also tested a recently purchased AMD Phenom X4 9650 CPU in this same Asus motherboard. It didn't POST, which to be fair was expected as the CPU isn't on the supported list. The CPU is intended also for the AM2+ Hackintosh build, which is going to become a dual boot 2007 gaming PC/Mac.

Reply 17863 of 19182, by duga3

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Testing Geforce 980 Ti under Windows XP and making screenshots with FPS counters, more info in the build thread:

Re: Win98/XP multi-boot on "modern" P55 chipset (BUILD LOG)

98/XP multi-boot system with P55 chipset (build log)
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Reply 17864 of 19182, by Almoststew1990

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Are all memtest86 errors "very bad" and likely to cause crashes when using a PC?

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Error confidence value 163
Lowest to highest address 518.9MB to 601.9MB

1 bit in error.

I have 4x 512mb DDR1 installed. That makes me think it's stick 2. It's a dual channel board So I am not sure how that affects it...

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Reply 17865 of 19182, by assasincz

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Digging around in my "box of memories", I found a combination of 2x 8MB SIMM sticks that work in my otherwise picky Compaq Presario 460 all-in-one 486, so now I am running it 20MB total memory. And I identified 2x 4MB SIMM sticks that also work, as a backup. Glad I did that. As a final touch, I labelled them with labels made by my label maker labelled "label maker", what a neat x-mas present 😁

Reply 17866 of 19182, by Salient

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Modding/Refurbishing OG Xboxes counts too, right ?

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(Always) looking for: Any Wavetable daughterboard, MIDI Module (GM/GS/XG)

Reply 17867 of 19182, by Robin4

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Working on restoring motherboards. Clean them, make them working again. If needed do some upgrades as well.

~ At least it can do black and white~

Reply 17868 of 19182, by chrismeyer6

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Salient wrote on 2021-01-15, 15:48:

Modding/Refurbishing OG Xboxes counts too, right ?

I would say it counts since there basically just a P3 733 with a GeForce 3.

Reply 17869 of 19182, by vutt

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Things are starting to shape up with my mt-32 pi project. DAC and lcd added...
...however our Chinese friends managed to send me 4x20 instead of 2x20 lcd. This one is bigger and will not fit into my planned case...

Oh well. Here we go another 2-3 weeks waiting cycle added to project timelines...

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Reply 17870 of 19182, by RetroLizard

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Shreddoc wrote on 2021-01-14, 03:15:
RetroLizard wrote on 2021-01-13, 14:45:

I imagine some people here know more about MIDI then I do.

I'm planning on getting a MIDI device eventually, for connecting a MIDI keyboard up to my old computer, but does it matter which one I get, or will any of them work for that?

Question The First: Define "old computer", please.

A 486/586 PC

Reply 17871 of 19182, by SteveC

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Decided to put my AST Bravo desktop back to the original P75 CPU - I had replaced the faulty motherboard with one that took a P200 MMX but with no extra graphics cards (I can't put any ISA or PCI cards in as I don't have a riser card)! it's a poor Windows gaming box (1Mb ATI Mach64) and too much for a DOS gaming machine, so back to stock P75 it goes. It is destined to be my DOS gaming machine - playing up to generally the last DOS games with its real SB16 onboard and I'll have another PC which handles Win98 gaming better (a PII or PIII).

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Reply 17872 of 19182, by Duouk2000

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My 21"Dell Trinitron is starting to go I think. Looks blury in the centre of the screen and there's some ghosting like artifact on some desktop items. Not sure if it can be saved (I don't have the skills at any rate).
I also broke the one of the pins on my trusty 120GB Maxtor HDD. Little sad about that, I've had it since new and still remember being amazed at just how much space I had (I could easily do a full install for Baldur's Gate I AND II!)

Reply 17873 of 19182, by ODwilly

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Duouk2000 wrote on 2021-01-16, 02:32:

My 21"Dell Trinitron is starting to go I think. Looks blury in the centre of the screen and there's some ghosting like artifact on some desktop items. Not sure if it can be saved (I don't have the skills at any rate).
I also broke the one of the pins on my trusty 120GB Maxtor HDD. Little sad about that, I've had it since new and still remember being amazed at just how much space I had (I could easily do a full install for Baldur's Gate I AND II!)

You could try taking a pin of a dead drive and soldering it. Or do what I did and just shove it in the corresponding hole on your IDE cable xD

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Reply 17874 of 19182, by Shreddoc

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RetroLizard wrote on 2021-01-15, 18:36:
Shreddoc wrote on 2021-01-14, 03:15:
RetroLizard wrote on 2021-01-13, 14:45:

I imagine some people here know more about MIDI then I do.

I'm planning on getting a MIDI device eventually, for connecting a MIDI keyboard up to my old computer, but does it matter which one I get, or will any of them work for that?

Question The First: Define "old computer", please.

A 486/586 PC

Good choice.

Does the PC have a sound card? Tell us what you know of it.

Reply 17876 of 19182, by TechieDude

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Does compiling Super Mario 64 for PSP and playing it there natively count? I had quite a bit of trouble getting the PSP toolchain to compile and install on my laptop for the last 3 days but I finally found a (surprisingly) working guide from 2011. I only needed to add a few lines to my login scripts on my Mint install after all. The PSP port needs some more work to be stable and perform decently, but come on, the fact it plays natively on PSP is kinda impressive as is.

Other than that, nothing much, just playing games on PSP (both PSP games and emulated) and enabling homebrew on my PS3 Slim. Admittedly, I'm not that impressed with PS3 homebrew so far. If only I could get OtherOS++ or something on it, but I had already updated it to 4.87 HFW. Anyway, the PS2 impressed me more back in 2014, but I gave it away. I think I might get myself a PS2 Fat and an HDD adapter for it one of these days...

There was also that Reel-to-Reel tape deck from the 60's that I found in the attic while putting the Christmas decorations back in storage. My dad had found that thing ~25 years ago after a HEAVY rain, cleaned it, relubed it and tested it with borrowed tapes, but it had no sound, so he returned the tapes and put it in storage... It's a Sony TC-200 suitcase style with tubes and included speakers (it's also stereo). It only has belts for the counter, everything else uses idler wheels. Those things really were built to last after all. We had a blast relubing it once more and testing it. If you set it to record, it also outputs to the speakers, so at least we could test the tube amp and speakers (very handy because I don't have any open reel tapes, not yet anyway). One of them plays fine, but the other is much quieter and distorting, same thing happens if I swap them, so it's not an amplifier issue. There is also an issue with stereo separation (left plays louder on right 😮). That one could be an amp issue or a grounding problem. The counter belts and the pinch roller have kinda hardened, so I'll probably boil them. It worked on my KX-3030 cassette deck (even though I've already ordered replacements from Aliexpress), so it will probably work on this too. Well, it has to, because I doubt I'll be able to find a replacement pinch roller for a tape deck that's older than my parents. Maybe for the belts...

EDIT: Surprisingly, the service manual for the TC-200 is very easy to find, unlike the KX-3030. You would think it should be the other way around, but whatever, go figure...

Reply 17877 of 19182, by the_ultra_code

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Almoststew1990 wrote on 2021-01-15, 13:50:
Are all memtest86 errors "very bad" and likely to cause crashes when using a PC? […]
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Are all memtest86 errors "very bad" and likely to cause crashes when using a PC?

Test 7
Error confidence value 163
Lowest to highest address 518.9MB to 601.9MB

1 bit in error.

I have 4x 512mb DDR1 installed. That makes me think it's stick 2. It's a dual channel board So I am not sure how that affects it...

I'd say find the bad stick and get rid of it. I mean, it might work just fine 90% of the time, but who knows what will happen.

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Reply 17878 of 19182, by CMB75

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Tried to hook up my 1977 Pong clone console to an older generation LED TV ... didn't work that well. I guess I'll have to search the storage for some older CRT style TVs.

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On the bright side - convinced my daughter to play some ATARI 2600 games with me. We had a lot of fun for a couple of hours. Never underestimate the generation z...

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Reply 17879 of 19182, by heretic

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Tried to get Microsoft Sidewinder 3D Pro to work in Dos 6.22 on sb16 gameport with no success. Next step to check if gameport is working on this card at all... but only Joystick i have is same Sidewinder.