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First post, by Predator99

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Had some fun with my new TIGA..:
Bought these (retro) hardware today

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I am lucky drivers are still available:
http://files.mpoli.fi/unpacked/drivers_1/mon/ … izotiga/tms340/

Test system is a 286-12. Primary Video is CGA, secondary TIGA:

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First the card was detected but I got errors when starting any app. After some time I had enough and randomly switched the DIPs....then it was working 😀 Working config on the photo above.

Very impressive is the Number Nine TIGA Dance Demo...great performance on a 12MHz machine..!
ftp://retronn.de/driver/NumberNine/ftp/gxi/

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Reply 1 of 11, by Predator99

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Hi-Res Word 5:

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Win 3:

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But there seem to be not many other apps available for TIGA and totally useless for games.

Reply 2 of 11, by gdjacobs

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You need AutoCAD. Also, WP5.1 might work.
https://www.pcorner.com/list/WP/51GRDRV.ZIP/INFO/

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Reply 3 of 11, by 386_junkie

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gdjacobs wrote:

You need AutoCAD. Also, WP5.1 might work.
https://www.pcorner.com/list/WP/51GRDRV.ZIP/INFO/

Yup... AutoCAD 13 was the last I believe for Win 3.1... after this version there is no further support.

Nice card btw!

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Reply 6 of 11, by Predator99

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Sorry, I have no time to get into AutoCAD.. 😉 I can say that the Dance-Demo is on a 286-12 as fast as on a 486-DX2-66

After the success with the EIZO I was also motivated to get my Rasterex LIBERTY II-AT running:
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Found some drivers here
http://ftp.mpoli.fi/pub/hardware/DISPLAY/OTHER/

They are for the correct card, but seem to be incomplete. The TIGACD.EXE seems to be card-specific and this one complains about a missing file. Substituing from other drivers dont work.

Also not sure about my card as one crystal and some memory seem to be missing.

Therefore, seems not be easys to buy a working card with drivers available.

Reply 7 of 11, by kixs

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rasz_pl wrote:

I would love to see the difference in Autocad between software and hardware accelerated modes.
Software is pretty unusable, even on 386 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8-ONga-3BY

Not sure what this guy in the video is doing. Never saw text being show so slow... maybe on a XT 😕

At least with R10 the 386DX with any math coprocesor (x87 is required) it runs pretty good in standard VGA mode.

R11 is 32-bit only and it's exactly twice as fast as R10. With R12 they have done some optimizations as regen/hide/render functions are 5-10X faster as in R11 on the same hardware.

Don't have TIGA card yet... I hope to get one for a good price one day and test it with Autocad.

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Reply 8 of 11, by eisapc

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The Rasterex card is surely missing some zip memory and probably some crystals. Older versions of Autocad are nice to play around with old TIGA boards, but I am still looking for an ancient version of Eagle PCB layout software supporting these tiga boards. Unluckily I do not have any rasterex software in my archives, but software for the following owned TIGA boards is availiable
SPEA Graphiti Hilite (different versions with and without basic VGA owned)
ELSA Gemini (Board owned is MCA)
Artist Graphics XJS
MIRO Tiger
Texas Instruments Tiga series (board is Tigastar)
Matrox PG1281
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Reply 9 of 11, by gfernval

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Hi:

I have the same card EIZO (MB B-12) but without BIOS chips! Could you make a dump of both BIOS chips? Each chip is a 27C512 EPROM.
Would like also like to know the markings of the attached SIMMs (3 DRAM and 2 VRAM)

Reply 10 of 11, by Predator99

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Currently not at home, maybe on the weekend. Not very keen to remove the ROMs as the card is quite valuable. I dont think its possible to read the ROMs from DOS without removing them?
Can you post a photo of your card?

Reply 11 of 11, by gfernval

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The BIOS of the card is OK, but I wonder if the Eizo MD B-12 card is able to work without any SIMMS (DRAM or VRAM), I have checked my card
and does not work (it seems to me that it is missing DRAM simms. Where can I find such SIMMs? Can you let me know what is written in the DRAM/VRAM simms?