What retro activity did you get up to today?

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  1. millsy

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    Dug out my eeepc the other day and it was depressing at how poorly the 'modern' web ran off it. On the other hand windows xp runs great on it and might be a good basis for running older non 3d games
     
  2. badmofo

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    I managed to update the BIOS on one of my Matrox Millennium's today, a first for me. It's a pretty easy process, latest BIOS' here:

    ftp://ftp.matrox.com/pub/mga/bios/

    Flip a switch on the card to disable the BIOS protection, and then run the provided progbios.exe program on the DOS command line, specifying the relevant BIOS file with -i param.

    No speed improvement (I went from 2.1 to 3.0) but it corrected an issue where one of the SVGA modes couldn't quite be 100% fitted to my Philips CRT - that was really bothering me :lol:
     
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  3. Boneman

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    Played some FreeDoom on my iRiver H320.

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  4. elvis

    elvis Old school old fool

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    If you have cards where SVGA modes suck and you can't flash the BIOS, you can sometimes work around them in software. Both the full Scitech Display Doctor suite and the standalone UniVBE can be loaded in DOS as a TSR (there was another one too, but I forget its name).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UniVBE

    I was rocking an S3 ViRGE around the time that was prevalent, and I remember quite a few games that either wanted weird modes, or were painfully slow without the VBE.
     
  5. badmofo

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    Yes UniVbe is great but doesn't do much for the Matrox Millennium in my experience - it came to the scene a bit later so had good VESA support out of the box.

    As part of the package I linked to above there is an interesting TSR that - on some monitors - allows the card to run at refresh rates higher than 60Hz in DOS. Mine does 85Hz now for example - doesn't make any difference to most games I've tried by Pete Sampras Tennis, which has a SVGA mode, runs crazy fast. By default I find the 'slow' and 'medium' gamespeeds (the game's equivalent of difficulty level) too slow so it's opened up my options a bit if I ever master the 'fast' speed mode :lol:
     
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  6. iMic

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    A super small retro project - I repaired a portable composite monitor.

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    It wasn't producing a picture, and the heater filament wasn't glowing. The problem was a factory-bodged connection on the board that had cracked over time.

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    Soldered in some jumper wires to bypass the damaged traces...

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    ...and it works.

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    Here's a bonus shot of the pocket-sized Samsung CRT, which is about the same length and width as an average sized hand.

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  7. WuZMoT

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    being able to lift a CRT with 1 hand must be a nice change!
     
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    The handle on the back makes it even easier. It's similar in size and shape to an Eveready Dolphin torch, and about as easy to carry. The picture is nothing impressive at that size, but there's something really cool about it.

    I'm planning to redo those jumper wires soon, since my soldering station started to fail while I was working on it, and it was difficult to maintain a steady temperature while soldering the ends. They're mechanically strong and not bridged, but I think I can do better.

    (Also, replacement iron and tips no longer available. Screw Jaycar. Going Hakko next time around.)
     
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  9. elvis

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    Helped save a big Sony 32" CRT TV with an AA member at one of the local tips (totally at random). Only been sitting in the rain for the past 3 days. Guys at the shop refused to help (took 4 of them to get off the truck). The 2 of us got it into the car, my first major weight test of my shoulder since I broke my collarbone 16 months ago. It didnt hurt, but I didnt risk getting it out of the car, twitched after getting it in. edit: that thing could be 70kg
     
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  11. elvis

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    Reasons I go to the gym: I lift these things solo. :)

    Glad the clavicle survived though. You don't want to wreck that again. Looking forward to seeing pictures of the CRT in action.
     
  12. Daft_Munt

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    The clavicle needs a rebuild, fussed badly while OS (that was one shitty holiday, broken bones within 36 hours of touch down and unable to go diving for the next 3 weeks). That thing weighted more than I do.

    CRT will be drying out over the next month before it gets looked at. I will see if the AA member signs up here. He had 2 MAME and 2 driving cabs
     
  13. elvis

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    Ah man that sucks. Hope there's some light at the end of that tunnel soon.
     
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    Yeah that holiday started badly, idiot driver left my carry on (laptop, duty free, car keys etc) at the airport and I only found out when I got to my accommodation, 2 hours later. The next night I managed to finally break a bone in my body after 40 years (collar, cracked ribs and wrist on the other side of the body). Funniest part was being fed by the local priest (also a friend) at a restaurant, drank beer with a straw after getting back from the hospital. Yesterday was the first time in a year that it was sore, went away fairly quickly. Then I did a few hours on the whipper snipper today, not the smartest move, but it is fine. I need to see a specialist about it.

    Will try and get pics of the CRT in action.

    Edit; it was one of these.
     
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  15. elvis

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    Pretty massive news for game perseveration: the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia is finally making formal efforts to preserve and display Australian made video games as a part of their works.

    https://www.nfsa.gov.au/nfsa-collect-and-preserve-australian-video-games

    A major milestone for a country that has, up until now, all but abandoned video games as a valid creative industry, especially at a federal level when compared to music and film.
     
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  16. BuuBox

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    Opened a sealed OEM copy of Windows 95 I bought when Elvis posted about the 24th anniversary last month.

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    Might send in the product registration card on the 25th anniversary. ;)
     
  17. FIREWIRE1394

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    That’s gonna be pretty easy... Dark Reign, Trainz and Le Mans 24 hours.
    Maybe Ty, if they can be arsed.
    Pretty easy to preserve 5 games.:lol:
     
  18. elvis

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    I know you're taking the piss, but honestly that attitude is precisely why we need to celebrate, preserve and document Australian-developed games. And there's a shitload of them:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Video_games_developed_in_Australia

    That list isn't even close to complete (my very small part of the preservation world has a dozen more not on that list, and I'm a spec of dust in a universe of bigger efforts).

    Preservation is about much more than just keeping something on a disk or tape in a cold archive somewhere. It's about availability and interpretation too. People need to see these games in action, play them, read the manuals, see the marketing material, read/watch developer diaries.

    This has been a passion of mine for a long time, and I know some really amazing people working on much bigger projects. Like any history project, it's as much about looking to the future as it is looking to the past. When people see what we've already done, it shows that we're capable of so much more. A booming, modern games dev industry here in Australia would be a magical thing.
     
  19. FIREWIRE1394

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    Calm down, I was just highlighting how small the industry is here compared to. Well any other medium.
     
  20. elvis

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    Yeah I know. As I said, I know you were taking the piss, and that's fine. I'm not upset, and perfectly calm. Don't misconstrue my natural logorrhoea for anger.

    The games industry is huge - far bigger today than Hollywood. Australian attitudes to it are still largely stuck in the "silly kids stuff" world, particularly when it comes to funding. No wonder so much of our awesome creative talent head overseas for better opportunities.

    My passion for game history and preservation goes back a long way. I could talk/write forever about this stuff. To see it cemented further by something like the NFSA is pretty bloody exciting. Don't be surprised if you see more lengthy posts/threads on the topic from me. :)
     
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