Pentium build in a modern retro case

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  1. Mistikal

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    I am envious! Always liked the Diamondview tubes, excellent bang for buck in their day. Could definitely get superior tubes, but for the price nothing came close.
     
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    Ugh. Someone bought that graphics card before the seller replied.
     
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    I'd probably go for the Virge at $25, then look to expand the VRAM with the optional module; if my memory serves, it is an old SIMM socket for notebook memory, might not be too difficult to locate the upgrade.
     
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    I have a few spare PCI cards, let me know what your chasing, you can have one for free.

    Is it normal lappy sodium/dimm/simm stuff? I have some of that lying around I think. I bought an extra rage 3d card that had the socket populated so i can Rob the VGA ram from it for my Deskpro.
     
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    Incorrect, it needs a specific SGRAM memory module, they're usually available in 1-4MB configurations. Much like how the early Rage128 chipsets had their own memory module which used SGRAM found commonly in Compaq/iMac/PowerMac G3 systems. None of these are interchangeable with SODIMM SDRAM or EDO memory.
     
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    Thx for clearing that up.
     
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    Well that explains that - I remember seeing new cards with it at the time, and always assumed it was just a regular notebook-specific SIMM socket.
     
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    Thanks for that info, it explains a lot.
    Just a few weeks ago I was looking for a 4mb card to put in the video expansion on my Compaq and I was under the same misunderstanding that I needed a sodimm module which wouldnt fit. All is revealed now. :)
     
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    I picked up a bunch of stuff that could go into this build from an old blokes garage yesterday. Nice bloke, if a bit eccentric :)
     
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    Sound Blaster 16

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    S3 Trio 64v+

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    S3 Virge DX

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    Creative 3D Blaster (TNT2)

    Decisions...
     
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    Often par for the course. That's us in a decade or three :D

    Anyway, pretty sweet haul! And you found said man and garage locally? Nice.
     
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    Yeah on Facebook. Out the back of Campbelltown. A bit of a drive for me but it was worth it. He has plenty of other stuff too. I grabbed a Dell Trinitron P1110 but it is missing green :(
     
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    Lol was just thinking the same! Hahaha

    More like next month... Hehehe

    That sound blaster 16 is pretty cool too :D
     
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    Puts hand up, yep, that will be me too!
     
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    Ooooo TNT2... If I didn't have the Voodoo3 I'd be curious to know how much you'd want for it :p

    Of the S3 cards, the Virge is probably the better pick. The Virge DX is the second gen of the Virge chipset, which was the successor to the Trio chipset. The Virge is D3D compatible, so should play the more basic D3D titles relatively easily, whereas the Trio isn't compatible. The Trio is great for DOS gaming, and the Virge is backwards compatible, so you'd get the best of both worlds. Add to that, the Virge you have is fully populated with memory, a nice addition!
     
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    Made some progress this weekend. It's actually running!

    What a journey though. Had issues with shorts in the case (this took me hours to figure out as it manifested as a memory error code).

    Then I had issues with the video and sound cards that I recently acquired. Turns out that the S3 Virge DX is non-functioning, as well as the SB16 having a bunch of issues. It was all very confusing. Ended up using the S3 Trio64V+ and an ESS1869F, and all is well.

    I successfully upgraded the CPU from the Pentium-S 166 to a Pentium 233 MMX, installed Windows 98 SE and all the drivers. Quake runs like a dream on the S3 Trio64V+ :)

    Now, the only thing that is bugging me is why rebooting doesn't work. If I ever reboot the system via reset switch or Ctrl+Alt+Del in DOS it just hangs and never POSTs again. If I reboot from Windows it freezes at the shutting down screen. Any ideas?
     
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    It'll be the ACPI settings in the BIOS, try resetting the BIOS to defaults, or disabling all the different power saving settings in the BIOS and see that that yields.
     
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