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    Default Programs that use Plantronics Graphics??

    Hello,
    In my XT clone I have the Tandy "dual-video" card that is configurable for either mono or CGA. The unusual thing about this card is that it supports the Plantronics Colorplus 16 color modes on the CGA side. (why they include Colorplus support and not T1000 graphics, I have no idea)

    Thant's neat and all but I don't seem to have any software on hand that uses that mode. Do you guys know of any software that takes advantage of this mode? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shawn510 View Post
    Hello,
    In my XT clone I have the Tandy "dual-video" card that is configurable for either mono or CGA. The unusual thing about this card is that it supports the Plantronics Colorplus 16 color modes on the CGA side. (why they include Colorplus support and not T1000 graphics, I have no idea)

    Thant's neat and all but I don't seem to have any software on hand that uses that mode. Do you guys know of any software that takes advantage of this mode? Thanks!
    You have the demos that came with the actual Plantonics Colour+, but finding some of those may be a little difficult.
    Current systems owned by me:
    Vintage:IBM PC/XT submodel 087 ( 1983 ), [Kon]tiki-100 rev. C (1983), Compaq Portable I ( 1984 ), IBM PC/XT submodel 078 ( 1985 ), IBM PC/XT286 ( ~1986 ), 3x Nintendo Entertainement Systems ( 1987 ).
    Obsolete:Commodore A500 ( ~1990 ), IBM PS/2 model 70/386 type 8570-161 ( 1991 ), Atari Lynx II ( ~1992 ), Generic Intel 486SX PC ( ~1993 ), AT/T Globalyst Pentium w/FDIV bug MB ( 1994 ), Compaq 486DX4 laptop ( ~1995 ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by per View Post
    You have the demos that came with the actual Plantonics Colour+, but finding some of those may be a little difficult.
    Kinda what I thought. It seems that the Colorplus card didn't get much support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shawn510 View Post
    Kinda what I thought. It seems that the Colorplus card didn't get much support.
    I had some contact with one guy with the demo disks, but he don't got the ability to transfer them to a recent computer. He is in the US, so i haven't asked him if he could send them over and let me copy the files to more recent computers.

    Maybe I should try to contact him about it?
    Current systems owned by me:
    Vintage:IBM PC/XT submodel 087 ( 1983 ), [Kon]tiki-100 rev. C (1983), Compaq Portable I ( 1984 ), IBM PC/XT submodel 078 ( 1985 ), IBM PC/XT286 ( ~1986 ), 3x Nintendo Entertainement Systems ( 1987 ).
    Obsolete:Commodore A500 ( ~1990 ), IBM PS/2 model 70/386 type 8570-161 ( 1991 ), Atari Lynx II ( ~1992 ), Generic Intel 486SX PC ( ~1993 ), AT/T Globalyst Pentium w/FDIV bug MB ( 1994 ), Compaq 486DX4 laptop ( ~1995 ).

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    ISTR that ZSoft's PC Paintbrush supported the plantronics modes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shawn510 View Post
    In my XT clone I have the Tandy "dual-video" card that is configurable for either mono or CGA. The unusual thing about this card is that it supports the Plantronics Colorplus 16 color modes on the CGA side. (why they include Colorplus support and not T1000 graphics, I have no idea)
    Because emulating the Tandy modes would necessitate taking some of the main system memory for the video. The Colorplus doesn't have the 160x200x16 mode, either.

    Quote Originally Posted by bear View Post
    ISTR that ZSoft's PC Paintbrush supported the plantronics modes.
    Lotus 123 also supports it. I believe Wordperfect might, but I can't remember for sure.

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    I've written a GEM driver for it, so any GEM programs can use the 640x200x4 mode.

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    Thanks all! Downloading GEM, and I'll be on the lookout for more. I didn't realize how much different it is from T1k graphics.
    Last edited by shawn510; October 27th, 2009 at 05:35 AM.

  9. Default Oldest ATI GraphicsWonder might do the same too

    If I remember correctly, the oldest ATI GraphicsWonder CGA card, with the connector for piggy-backing the Game/Parallel/Serial option, also did the Plantronics modes.

    It could also do composite (via a Phono-Plug to 9-Pin-D connector).

    It could also do Mono and grey-scale graphics on monochrome monitors - using switches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueofRainbow View Post
    If I remember correctly, the oldest ATI GraphicsWonder CGA card, with the connector for piggy-backing the Game/Parallel/Serial option, also did the Plantronics modes.

    It could also do composite (via a Phono-Plug to 9-Pin-D connector).

    It could also do Mono and grey-scale graphics on monochrome monitors - using switches.
    That's correct, but in fact, all versions of the ATI "Small Wonder" Graphics Solution cards supports all of that.

    I got a Version 2, and it does say it's plantonics color+ compatible.
    Current systems owned by me:
    Vintage:IBM PC/XT submodel 087 ( 1983 ), [Kon]tiki-100 rev. C (1983), Compaq Portable I ( 1984 ), IBM PC/XT submodel 078 ( 1985 ), IBM PC/XT286 ( ~1986 ), 3x Nintendo Entertainement Systems ( 1987 ).
    Obsolete:Commodore A500 ( ~1990 ), IBM PS/2 model 70/386 type 8570-161 ( 1991 ), Atari Lynx II ( ~1992 ), Generic Intel 486SX PC ( ~1993 ), AT/T Globalyst Pentium w/FDIV bug MB ( 1994 ), Compaq 486DX4 laptop ( ~1995 ).

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