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Discussion in 'Retro & Arcade' started by Cannula, Jul 23, 2015.

  1. BuuBox

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    Potentially lots of value, especially for $20 - most likely an ISA sound card, sounds like the motherboard POSTs, CPU will be fine, some 72 pin RAM, slow CD-ROM can be handy, VGA could be interesting, etc etc.

    At worst, it's an AT case to test out retrobrite on. :D
     
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    This laptop might be worth a gamble for $50 posted, despite looking a little rough: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/401813138066

    Why you ask? It should have a ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 GPU. :leet:

    Edit: Did someone from here buy the laptop? Would be cool to see it in action if it works. :thumbup:
     
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    I brought it, boots into Windows just fine but don't have time at present to test more
     
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    Wow! I'm the highest bidder lol won't last, just checked my email I had that card under a saved search for "ct6200" that should go for at least $1,000AUD.
     
  7. sammy_b0i

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    For the uneducated... why so much?
     
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    Just very rare I think, it doesn't do anything particularly impressive from memory. That seller has some other nice stuffs too.
     
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    Early 3d accelerator, and it's the only 3D accelerator for VESA local bus. There's about a dozen games it supports (stolen from vogons):

    • Actua Soccer - Support included in version3 of the retail release. Unofficial PCI & VLB patch available.
    • Battle Arena Toshinden - Retail release PCI patch available.
      Youtube Video: [ Comparison CGL / other APIs ] [ 2 ]
    • Battlerace - Retail release. Only VLB support.
      Screenshot: [ 1 ] [Patch 1.01 including new CGL render]
    • Euro 96 - Retail release PCI patch available.
    • Fatal Racing - Retail support in 2.0 release. Patch available for 1.0. VLB support, unofficial PCI support.
    • Flight Unlimited - Bundled with both VLB and PCI versions.
    • Hi-Octane - Part of the bundle with VLB version. Beta PCI patch.
    • Magic Carpet Plus - Part of the bundle with VLB version. Only VLB support.
    • NASCAR Racing - Part of the bundle with VLB version. Retail release with CD-ROM version of the game. Only VLB support.
    • Rebel Moon - Exclusive bundled with both VLB and PCI versions.
    • Screamer II - Patch available for retail release. Only PCI support.
    • Screamer Rally - Retail release. Only PCI support.
    • Whiplash - Retail support in 2.0 release. Patch available for 1.0. VLB support, unofficial PCI support.

    As badmofo said... nothing really impressive, apart from the curiosity value. Collectors go nuts for that sort of shit.
     
  10. BuuBox

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    It has all the attributes of a collectable retro PC gaming item... Being very rare and utterly useless. :p

    It came out right at the end of the VLB era, and was stuck with 486 class CPUs that weren't fast enough (except for maybe the Cyrix Cx5x86, if you could get a VLB motherboard that supported the Cyrix).

    Cool nevertheless.
     
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    Another vaguely interesting laptop from that seller: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/273963934392

    It's a Toshiba Qosmio F10 which should mean a Pentium M 735 or 745, and more importantly, Nvidia Geforce FX Go 5700 graphics.

    $85 posted probably a little rich, but a mid range AGP Nvidia FX card seems to go for at least half that... Definitely some value in looking for a Windows XP gaming laptop.
     
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    I believe there were some early VL bus pentium boards. 60Mhz and 66Mhz.
    It has a whopping 1Mb of texture memory.


    Its a rare item. people tend to go a bit nuts for wacky 486 era stuff, particularly VL bus stuff. I don't get it.. Get a 486 PCI board and you can drop in $20 cards that are *much* better.
     
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    I have a 486/586 board that is both pci and vlbus. Last time I tried the vl bus didn't actually work. lol.
     
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    Did you try a vlb card while had another card on pci? Vlb and pci don't work well together
     
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    Pretty sure I tried bare board with just a vlb video card. I might dig deeper one day, may have to turn off the onboard drive controllers first too. Otherwise works just fine and is better with the pci options anyway.
     
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    They were patchy. It is apparently possible. They sold VLB pentiums back in the day.

    But when you go PCI, basically everything is cheap and easy. You can grab a Voodoo1 or 2, or even more modern stuff and bang, have something a lot more appealing.
    But odd is attractive... Its rare and odd.
    I would love a mobo and graphics board based around the Chips bus and chipsets. They were some of the first accelerated graphics cards on the planet. Also some of the oddities on the EISA and microchannel and other odd buses are interesting. Many were basically programmable microprocessors with their own ram and a dac to output. But I never see these going around ebay. I imagine they are pretty specialised kit.
     
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    You feel the same way about AGP & PCI-E?

    The VL-BUS was the first attempt at raising the bus speed dedicated for the 486 platform from ISA(8mhz), PCI runs at 33mhz VLB at 40mhz.

    To me the "ultimate" 486 build is the Am5x86 @ 160mhz running at the VLB spec of 40mhz fsb, its generally faster than the Cyrix 5x86 @120mhz but thats more a PCI platform which typically gimps the FSB to 33mhz.

    To me the VL-Bus is a special interface for an enthusiast, I agree that PCI is simple and cheap but their is so much satisfaction when you get a problematic setup like a VL BUS 486 running optimally it will fight you all the way:upset:(Mine is not running yet havent got a working VL board:upset:).
     
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