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NeXT
October 21st, 2008, 07:39 PM
It looked cool when I first bought it for five bucks but I have honestly no idea how good it is.
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a166/ballsandy/artist.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a166/ballsandy/artist6.jpg
As seen, aside from the VGA port it also has a second output using BNC connections. I have no documentation on it or any drivers. Does anyone else have an idea what it is like or where I can get more info on it?

EDIT: Actually, I think this should be in Vintage Computer Hardware and not here. :/

Anonymous Coward
October 21st, 2008, 09:50 PM
I thought I saw a TI chip on it. It might be a TIGA. In that case you can use standard TIGA drivers. Windows 3.1 comes with them.

paul
October 22nd, 2008, 12:02 AM
I think this would have cost at least $1500 new. I remember the "Artist 1" (and possibly "2") cards were the cat's meow for AutoCAD and PCAD well before this model.

We were looking at getting one of these later ones just before the VLB and PCI buses came out, which effectively negated much of the advantge.

NeXT
October 22nd, 2008, 05:54 PM
I think this would have cost at least $1500 new. I remember the "Artist 1" (and possibly "2") cards were the cat's meow for AutoCAD and PCAD well before this model.

We were looking at getting one of these later ones just before the VLB and PCI buses came out, which effectively negated much of the advantge.

How good were they with graphics?
I know it's no IrisVision card set (Still looking for one of those as I am a fan of SGI gear) but how well does it perform in say Windows 3.1?
EIDT: Also, do the two sets of dip switches do anything special?

paul
October 22nd, 2008, 08:18 PM
I really don't know much about this board and a few minutes of googling indicated that there is nothing out there. Even Wiki doesn't mention this company.

All you can do is try it with Win3.1. At least it has a VGA port and almost for sure provides basic boot-level PC video card functionality.

The Artist 1 was a double PCB and had a proprietary video connection with a single-scan output, typical of boards of that vintage, plus it did not provide BIOS level functionality - you still needed a standard MDA, CGA, or VGA card.

NeXT
October 22nd, 2008, 08:32 PM
The Artist 1 was a double PCB and had a proprietary video connection with a single-scan output, typical of boards of that vintage, plus it did not provide BIOS level functionality - you still needed a standard MDA, CGA, or VGA card.

I have a Rubbermaid tub filled to the brim with cards. I'll give one of them a try.

squirrel-steam
November 10th, 2008, 03:44 PM
Wow, is it me or does that have a AMD processor on it? Is it like a early gpu?

paul
November 10th, 2008, 04:18 PM
TIGA was quite a well-known GPU from TI. Look on Wiki, lots of info.

NeXT
November 28th, 2008, 08:10 PM
BuMP.
I'm dropping this card into an AT clone (wish it was a REAL AT) tonight and I'm wondering if there are any drivers for it that will enable/improve how it performs.

Unknown_K
November 28th, 2008, 08:36 PM
What are the pin sockets near the edge connector for, daughter card?

NeXT
November 28th, 2008, 10:23 PM
What are the pin sockets near the edge connector for, daughter card?

It's possible but the traces just lead to the ISA edge connector. I have something similar on my Gravis UltraSound card (gosh, I really have to get that working some day)