Alvarez's Voodoo2 SLi Build

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  1. alvarez

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    Or: How I regret selling my BP6 and learned to love the Slot 1.
    When I was a dumb teenager I was into modding. I first joined OCAU because the PCDB was a great place to show off mods.
    I embarked upon an IDE fileserver build and was given a very cheap BP6 and an assortment of heat-sinks. I later sold the lot for $50 :upset:
    Here is some of the story, amazingly the pics are still up.

    Recently while cleaning out my Girlfriends parents garage I found an old slot 1 Celeron 300A. Which re kindled my passion for Old machines.

    Specs for those playing at home.

    • Celeron 300a/66
    • Legend QDI P61440EX mobo (With speedeasy BIOS hopefully for OC)
    • 256mb 133mhz ram (Slowest part of the boot is the memory check)
    • SLi Voodoo2 (running with fast voodoo drivers)
    • s3 virge 2d/3d card
    • soundblaster 16 ct4170
    • Original 8GB hdd
    • 130GB HDD (limited to 30ish GB untill I can work out the BIOS)

    I've spent the last week tinkering with it. After a trip to the computer recylcers I Came away with an MS basic keyboard.
    an intelli mouse 1.2 (one I had back in the day)
    A logitech optical Ps2 mouse for when I get sick of the ball.
    a 160gb Maxtor IDE hdd
    and a random 533eb PIII that was in a box of heatsinks.

    I paid $15 for this. Probably too much but ther are a charity and I once got a boxed Amiga, C64 8 Drives and a ton of software for $20 from them. So I'm way ahead.

    Anyway I got 98se setup tonight. (I had forgotten the gui setup cant setup partition tables :Paranoid:) So expect some benchmarks soon.

    Here are some pictures so you can see what Im working with:

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  2. philscomputerlab

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    That is a mint setup!

    It will run a very wide range of games, ranging from late / demanding MS-DOS games to early Windows games.

    Intel, S3, 3dfX Voodoo 2 and Sound Blaster all equal one thing: Fantastic compatibility and an stress free retro life :thumbup:

    If you want to unlock the capacity on that 130 GB drive, stay tuned for a video I'm working on. What manufacturer is it? If it's Seagate you're in luck as that's what I'm covering in the video.

    Maximum Windows 98 supports without mods / hacked drivers is 128 GiB.

    Yes GiB or Gibibyte. Sounds silly but with drive capacities growing and the difference between using base2 and base10 systems growing as well, I'm starting to make a point of using these "new" units :D

    You can grab a USB storage driver from here: http://www.philscomputerlab.com/usb-storage-driver.html

    Lets you load games with, well you guess it, a USB stick :)
     
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    alvarez

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    Ive already grabbed a load of stuff from your site, including the USB driver and benchmarks. Great work.

    So many dodgy sites. I thought driver guide was legit back in the day?
     
  4. jmannik

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    Nice one, its similar to my 3dfx Voodoo 2 SLI setup.
    My specs are:

    - AOpen AX6BC 440BX chipset board
    - Intel Pentium 2 350MHz
    - 512MB PC133 SDRAM
    - S3 Trio64 2d Card
    - 2x 3dfx Voodoo 2 12mb cards in SLI
    - Creative Labs Vibra 16 (CT2501)
    - 20GB Maxtor Hard drive
    - 3com Etherlink 10/100 network card
    - Benq 52x CDROM
    - Windows 98SE

    I should take lots of pics and benchmark it to hell for comparison to your beasty.
     
  5. philscomputerlab

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    Cool!

    I got so much more to add, time is my enemy #1. Let me know if there is anything that's particularly important / useful, I'll make it a priority.
     
  6. BuuBox

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    Bet you wish you still had the Abit BP6... :p

    Looks great.
     
  7. atmo

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    Nice setup. :thumbup:
     
  8. Kafoopsy

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    I used Windows 98 up till about then end of 2009. Ran it on a Pentium 4 3Ghz with 1GB RAM and 640GB hdd. The hard drive was divided into 200GB partitions. I used Partition Magic to make them and I can't recall having to use any hacks to get Windows 98 to work with them. Couldn't convince Partition Magic to make them bigger though. The only thing I had to do was get scandisk from Windows ME, which could scan drives bigger than 128GB.
     
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    alvarez

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    Not dead yet,

    DX diag
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    3dmark benchmark, apparently i need the pro version to do 1024x768. there was lots of artifacting in the tests too:confused:
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    looking for recomendations for glide games, had a quick play of HL1 with no slowdown so feeling pretty good.
     
  10. zebu

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    UT99 was great with glide
     
  11. jmannik

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    GLQuake, Quake 2, Carmageddon 1, Forsaken, Unreal, and many others...

    There is a list on vogons.org http://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?t=534 of windows based glide games
     
  12. adz

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    Awesome SLI build, case has a great retro vibe too :thumbup:
     
  13. RaZ

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    Just coz I gotta ask... Why?
    Why bother setting up all that old kit?

    Dont get me wrong - back in the day this was awesome stuff and setting it up for people and for myself back then was good fun. Just wondering why now tho?
    :cool:
     

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