I like to record video footage for Let's Plays and recently, I have wanted to do recordings of some games I grew up with, such as Star Wars Droidworks, Star Wars Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight, Star Wars Racer, etc.
Problem is that these old games just don't work right on new computers, even new computers with XP installed (I know, I have tried). They just don't recognize the hardware like they should.
Luckily, I happen to have an old Gateway 300SE desktop which I grabbed and tried Droidworks on. Works. Perfectly. I could not be happier!
Now, how to record? Since it's an old Celeron processor at 1.2Ghz and with 128Mb of 133Mhz SDRAM, it would be tough to record with FRAPs or Camtasia, even if it is running pretty well with XP. I decided that I would purchase a Dazzle capture card (typically used for recording Xbox/Playstation/other footage/audio). Dazzles require RCA input.
Now, I happen to have a 4-port DVI switch from IOGEAR (love it) and I would really like to be able to switch quickly to the Gateway to play a game, then switch quickly back to my main computer to check on the recording and begin the encoding. Problem is that my old Gateway 300SE only has onboard VGA video, and converting from VGA to DVI is no easy matter. Plus, I need it to output RCA as well.
I was hoping that I could purchase a video card for the Gateway 300SE that would output DVI and VGA or S-Video (to be converted to RCA for the Dazzle). Here's the problem:
The Gateway only has 3 PCI ports and 1 PCI Express x4 port (see picture).
Now, I need a video card that's new enough to support DVI output, but old enough that it will be compatible with games like Star Wars Racer, Star Wars Jedi Knight, and Star Wars Droidworks. There is the complication/balancing act.
For reference, these are 32-bit PCI ports, which is a shame. If they were 64-bit, it would be no problem because there are plenty of fantastic 64-bit PCI cards (like the Radeon 7000) which would do everything I need, but alas.
From what I understand, PCI Express x1 cards WILL work in a PCI Express x4 slot. Problem is that almost all PCI Express x1 cards seem like they may be too new for what I want. There's a gap between the PCI 64-bit and the PCI Express cards where AGP ruled, and I don't have any ports for AGP.
Please someone offer me a card that will magically do everything I need! I need it to be old enough for older games to support it without complications, but new enough to have DVI output. A single DVI output is fine, since I can split it and convert with adapters, but an output of DVI and something else like S-Video or VGA would be ideal.
I would prefer to get the card from NewEgg or Amazon, but if I must, elsewhere is fine.
P.S. Can anyone identify what socket the Celeron processor is? I'm thinking in some ways it may be easier to just replace the motherboard with one that supports the same memory, processor, but has the PCI 64-bit architecture that I want. This does not nullify the questions above, but it's a second potential route.
Edited by CerebralStasis, 22 April 2012 - 01:22 AM.