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  1. That type of 5 pin DIN connector is dirt common...

    That type of 5 pin DIN connector is dirt common (it's the same one used for MIDI cables) so you should be able to make a finished adapter pigtail you can plug the unmodified monitor into easily...
  2. I'll definitely keep an ear to the ground for...

    I'll definitely keep an ear to the ground for either that or the aforementioned ESS card, it looks like either might be a good way to get rid of the requirement for the software layer.

    For laughs...
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    Definitely document the whole thing if you get it...

    Definitely document the whole thing if you get it working. Other than the tantalizing snatches here and there it almost seems like a feat accomplished only during The Time of Legends.

    You won't...
  4. Both the 8-bit guy and LGR have done Tandy 1000...

    Both the 8-bit guy and LGR have done Tandy 1000 related videos pretty recently, that alone might explain it. The 1000 series is certainly a "worthwhile" purchase for a collector of DOS oddities but,...
  5. Rummaging through the scrapheap I've managed to...

    Rummaging through the scrapheap I've managed to turn up a Sound Blaster Live CT4830 (looks like that translates to the "Value" skew) and an Aureal Vortex 2. The latter looks like it's probably a...
  6. Indeed. Used to be they were the bottom of the...

    Indeed. Used to be they were the bottom of the barrel in collecting circles and people couldn't give them away, but of course it would turn out right around the time I get a nostalgia itch to play...
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    FWIW, extensions like VT-x are a patch around the...

    FWIW, extensions like VT-x are a patch around the fact that as initially designed by Intel the x86 ISA had user-mode instructions that could change the processor state in ways that could break...
  8. According to this page: ...

    According to this page:

    https://victor-notes.com/qppro/

    That device uses the VG-330 SoC, which has a built-in video controller that supports a number of "CGA-like" monochrome display modes....
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    It’s been on my to-do list to see if that “native...

    It’s been on my to-do list to see if that “native execution” mode of BasiliskII actually works on NetBSD but circumstances have inevitably kept me from having both a suitable working 68k Mac and the...
  10. Digging around it looks like DOS drivers exist...

    Digging around it looks like DOS drivers exist for the Sound Blaster Live! Series of cards. I think I have a couple different variants of those in the junk box. Would that be any improvement over the...
  11. This PXE code targets the onboard Via Rhine II...

    This PXE code targets the onboard Via Rhine II Ethernet. I guess it might be interesting to see if the ROM signature goes away if I disable the port. (There's no utility I see for disabling just the...
  12. I wasn't saying they were right, just noting that...

    I wasn't saying they were right, just noting that I'm not the first person to inaccurately refer to 2000 as being a minor point release of PC-DOS 7. But if hairs must be split 100% correctly I'll...
  13. Bingo. The byte there is 60, so it's 48k long. ...

    Bingo. The byte there is 60, so it's 48k long.

    Dumping at CC00 the first three bytes are 55 AA 4C, so apparently there's another option ROM that's 38k long immediately after the video bios....
  14. I did some PEEKs from BASIC and there does seem...

    I did some PEEKs from BASIC and there does seem to be “data” in these locations, or at least they definitely aren’t all zeros. My hope was there might be some kind of mapping/profiling utility to run...
  15. I guess I should find some software that hits...

    I guess I should find some software that hits VESA extended modes and try to trip it up. I doubt there’s any native DOS drivers specifically for this card.
  16. Video is the shared-memory Trident Blade 3D...

    Video is the shared-memory Trident Blade 3D derivative they built into the chipset. Again, maybe I’m just out of touch thinking 96k is big for a video BIOS? Since the board does support some optional...
  17. Via Mini-ITX EPIA as a retro DOS machine: setting up UMBs?

    Inspired by a recent thread on the worst x86 CPUs ever made I've dusted off an old mini-ITX thin client I've had untouched in my garage for at least a decade and decided to see how well it works as a...
  18. I'd love to know what's on that white EPROM chip...

    I'd love to know what's on that white EPROM chip bodged onto the middle of the board. It looks like it's a 2kx8 2716-equivalent; if you PEEK around over the 12k mark (where ROM usually ends in a...
  19. Just eyeballing it I'd guess the DB9 connector is...

    Just eyeballing it I'd guess the DB9 connector is for an Atari 2600-style joystick. (Looks to me like they soldered it so it'd actuate the directional arrows and the button is the spacebar.)
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    Oh, I'm not expecting it to be great, I'm mostly...

    Oh, I'm not expecting it to be great, I'm mostly just curious if driving the board meaningfully from DOS works at all.

    (It looks like I *may* have the correct board for the DOS Soundblaster...
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    I hope my particular board supports the DOS...

    I hope my particular board supports the DOS soundblaster driver that’s apparently floating around for older EPIA platforms. If I can make that and mTCP work I may suddenly like it. Having a Tandy...
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    As an aside, this thread about the C3 just hit...

    As an aside, this thread about the C3 just hit the magic point where it’s motivated me to dig out the fanless Eden ITX box from the junk shelf to play with. I thought of the thing as an utter waste...
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    About the AIS? Have you actually found any...

    About the AIS? Have you actually found any compilers or public command references for it? I dug around and it seems like Via hasn’t done much more than publicly acknowledge it exists and that it’s...
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    ... In any case, there's no way the C3 does any...

    ... In any case, there's no way the C3 does any sort of dynamic, optimizing translation like the Transmeta did, unless there's benchmarks I don't know about it that show it. The Transmeta CPUs were...
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    Transmeta definitely was. This paper about the...

    Transmeta definitely was.

    This paper about the "God Mode" exploit for the C3 chip is certainly interesting reading. The "Alternate Instruction Set" for these CPUs (which is what they apparently...
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