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Vinnie
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Posted - 09/11/2003 :  22:04:33  Show Profile  Visit Vinnie's Homepage  Send Vinnie an AOL message  Send Vinnie an ICQ Message  Click to see Vinnie's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
This is perhaps a luxery problem, but oh well

I have the following system:

Gigabyte GA-586-DX (Dual Pentium)
2x Intel Pentium 200MMX
4x16MB EDO RAM (64MB total)
4GB Seagate IDE disk
4x4GB IBM DDRS-3456 SCSI (50-pin)
CD-ROM drive
1.44MB FDD
S3 ViRGE ?MB PCI (86C325)
2x Diamond Monster 3D II (Voodoo2 12MB PCI)
Creative Labs Sound Blaster AWE64 ISA PnP
3Com Etherlink III (3C509)

MS-DOS.
MS-DOS is cool and is installed at the moment, for the very old DOS games before the 3Dfx time ;)
(Yeah, kick those bastards from hell in DooM! )


Windows 95,98,ME
I originally wanted Windows 9x for the Windows game applications, the Voodoo2 (SLI) is very good for games in this OS, but since Windows 9x does not support dualcpu systems (it uses only 1 CPU) it's a bit 'bummer'.

Windows NT4.0
Not so heavy on resources (only got 64MB of EDO RAM), and quite stable. But it does not support DOS applications that well and DirectX does not seem to be working for the Voodoo2's. Also seen this problem under Windows 2000.

Also lot's of Windows games refuses to work under NT4.0 It requires Windows 95/98 or sometimes Windows 2000/XP.

Windows 2000(/XP)
Windows 2000 seems like a good choice for Windows games, but because this system just has 64MB of RAM, it will swap a lot and this is not really good for optimal performance.
And also under Windows 2000, DirectX does not work with these Voodoo2's.

UNIX,Linux,BSD etc
Well, this is not really something I want but still maybe something worth to write down.
I'm not a big fan of these operating systems, because it needs quite some work to get it working smoothly and not really the best OS for games. And emulating under Wine doesn't get the peformance high.

This system had been used as an server, but because I have a better one now which is also running much smoother (Windows 2000AS is quite heavy on just 64MB ) this system was 'free'.
And because I had those two Diamond Monster 3D II cards in their boxes... I'd like to use them once again!

But it seems there are more problems then I first thought

I hope you guys can give me some advice of what I can do best.

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Suomi on upea!

Manuelson
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Italy


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Posted - 09/11/2003 :  23:02:11  Show Profile  Visit Manuelson's Homepage  Reply with Quote
i don't know what to say..howewer is normal that voodoo 2 on direct-x doesn't run under win2000 - xp - nt.. i suggest you to use windows 2000 with the fastvoodoo 2 3.5 for windows xp..nothing (for now...) direct-x but pretty glide support..good luck!

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Vinnie
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Posted - 10/11/2003 :  17:23:41  Show Profile  Visit Vinnie's Homepage  Send Vinnie an AOL message  Send Vinnie an ICQ Message  Click to see Vinnie's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Manuelson

i don't know what to say..howewer is normal that voodoo 2 on direct-x doesn't run under win2000 - xp - nt.. i suggest you to use windows 2000 with the fastvoodoo 2 3.5 for windows xp..nothing (for now...) direct-x but pretty glide support..good luck!

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Quite a Mission Impossible ain't it

Okay, I can always give it a try! :)
Windows '95 for DOS/Win9x games and Windows 2000 for the rest would be a good alternative aswell I think.

I'll keep you all updated! :)

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Manuelson
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Posted - 10/11/2003 :  18:53:56  Show Profile  Visit Manuelson's Homepage  Reply with Quote
yeah..good idea.. :)

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Vinnie
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Netherlands


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Posted - 15/11/2003 :  19:15:59  Show Profile  Visit Vinnie's Homepage  Send Vinnie an AOL message  Send Vinnie an ICQ Message  Click to see Vinnie's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Well, ive tried to install Windows 2000 on this machine. But as I've though, it's swaps like hell and even explorer tends to hang for a few milliseconds every time I do something.

And games even worse

Arghhhh...

Edited by - Vinnie on 15/11/2003 19:17:02
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Manuelson
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Posted - 15/11/2003 :  19:21:24  Show Profile  Visit Manuelson's Homepage  Reply with Quote
sorry for you..the way is to use only win 98..

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