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moijk
May 9th, 2017, 03:03 PM
Is there a particular VGA card that is more fitting for a 286 than others? That does CGA/EGA and other modes better given the kind of software I'll run. ? The computer has currently an ATI ega wonder

Xacalite
May 10th, 2017, 12:23 AM
If that 286 is IBM 5170 and you want to keep it pure IBM, then yes, use the original IBM VGA card - "IBM Personal System/2 Display Adapter".
Otherwise, you can install (almost) any ISA VGA.
Yes, CGA compatibility would be nice, but probably not crucial, you aren't going to play all those 4.77MHz/CGA games on a 286, are you?
All those late-ISA accelerator/coprocessor cards seem inappropriate, as they are mostly for 386+ software, and some may even have BIOS with 386+ instructions.

FWIW, I'm going to build a 286 machine myself, probably with a 1MB ET4000AX card - good, but not too modern.

Anonymous Coward
May 11th, 2017, 12:16 AM
Cirrus Logic 5422.

fritzeflink
May 11th, 2017, 12:45 AM
Thanks for the Link to https://sites.google.com/site/misterzeropage/.

I got me a coffee and it was more than a smile in my face reading your long text. Now I have new inspirations. :-)

Xacalite
May 11th, 2017, 02:13 AM
Cirrus Logic 5422.
Good, as it supports up to 24bpp.
Bad, as it lacks register-level CGA compatibility mode.

Anonymous Coward
May 12th, 2017, 11:40 PM
Thanks for the Link to https://sites.google.com/site/misterzeropage/.

I got me a coffee and it was more than a smile in my face reading your long text. Now I have new inspirations. :-)

Thanks. I'm sure there are probably a few sections that are a bit out of date by now though. I should really update it when I have time.
Also, I really need to get a 230V converter so I can get this machine up and running again. It hasn't been turned on for a few years :(

As for the OP, I would just stick with the EGA wonder. That's a really nice card.