First post, by radiance32
I'm new here, a friend suggested I create an account here and show some of my recent exploits regarding old MS-DOS games and my favorite portable platform of all time,
the venerable HP 200LX Palmtop PC, released in 1994.
For those who don't know, it's a small palmtop PC, it's an IBM PC compatible with an Intel 80186 compatible embedded central processing unit named "Hornet" (it's a system on a chip), which runs at ~7.91 megahertz (which can be upgraded or overclocked to up to 15.8 MHz) and 1, 2 or 4 MB of memory. It sports CGA 640x200 2 color or 320x200 4 color graphics using 4 grey levels on a typical early 90's LCD 😉
I purchased an OPL3LPT from Serdaco a while ago, and recently acquired a PCMCIA to parallel port adapter that works with the HP200LX, and I managed to get some games running using adlib sound.
I made a few videos of it, I think this is true "nerd heaven". 😉 It's a bit limited as it can't run the OPL3LPT TSR (as it's for 386 or higher CPUs), so I have to manage with the adpatch patching utility...
Here's some videos I uploaded to youtube:
Planet X3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k56E4bNhNVU
Commander Keen 4 demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AULkiSM7Dco
Leisure Suit Larry 3 demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYJ6Ny4AXDM
Police Quest 2 demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW--zmcYdX0
Kings Quest 4 demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xFIFwM1cuU
Next, I'm gonna wait a bit until the serdaco S2P patching utility is a bit work fleshed out,
then see if I can make some videos with proper MT32-like sound on the little 200LX, that would be truly nerd-heaven 😉
Seeing as I played some of these games with an LAPC1 board (a roland mt32 and MPU401 on an ISA board) in my PC back when I was 8-9 years old,
all of this brings back so many memories and nostalgia, especially the sierra adventure games 😀
Have fun watching them 😀