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#1 Mr. Engino

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Posted 04 May 2016 - 04:24 PM

after 'blowing the dust off' my old pc, i was considering using it for some good retrogaming. however, it seems my computer had not been upgraded since it was purchased, save for the sound card. my question is, assuming ebay is my only hope, what/which graphics card should i get for my old machine? upon further inspection, my computer has one free pci slot and a few isa slots.



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Posted 04 May 2016 - 07:32 PM

If it will run on your PC, download Speccy, run it, and post a snapshot. Then post the link to the snapshot here. If that won't work, please try to give us as much info about the PC as possible.

Ninja edit: Programs exist to run old games on modern hardware, DOSBox being an example. You may want to consider them.

Edited by ScathEnfys, 04 May 2016 - 07:33 PM.

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Posted 05 May 2016 - 07:02 AM

If it will run on your PC, download Speccy, run it, and post a snapshot. Then post the link to the snapshot here. If that won't work, please try to give us as much info about the PC as possible.

Ninja edit: Programs exist to run old games on modern hardware, DOSBox being an example. You may want to consider them.

nope, speccy will not work on my pc. therefore, i will attempt to spec it myself:

 

 

model: packard bell pb 2900

motherboard: unknown

processor: intel pentium 1, 100 mhz clock speed

memory: 16 mb ram

os: windows 95

hard drive: 1 gb

3 1/4 floppy drive

cd rom drive

 

2 pci slots

4-6 ISA slots

 

hope i did that right.

 

as for dosbox: why emulate when i got 'genuine hardware'?

 

pirate edit: if this website is correct, then my computer has a pb 680 'orlando' motherboard.


Edited by Mr. Engino, 05 May 2016 - 07:09 AM.


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Posted 05 May 2016 - 08:10 AM

Your CPU is so slow that even very low end PCI video card is enough. Low end PCI video cards are very cheap now, pay at most five bucks.

 

From Ebay something like that http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-PCI-VGA-graphic-Video-Card-2MB-S3-UNION-ViRGE-DX-BIOS-AT27C256R-TESTED-/200925088325


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Posted 05 May 2016 - 12:53 PM

Again, I will suggest a emulator environment over that PC, but if you insist, the GPU @Drillingmachine suggested should do the trick.
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Posted 05 May 2016 - 04:25 PM

emergency update! it turns out one of the pci sockets is faulty, and since my sound card inhabits the other one, I am now down to having to use the ISA slots.



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Posted 05 May 2016 - 04:51 PM

I would suggest that you follow the pattern set by time...and leave the 90s behind when it comes to computer systems and computing.  IMO, fooling around with a system from that era in 2016...is just self-imposed unwillingness to be well.  It doesn't have to be and the daily/momentary odds for frustration...increase second by second.

 

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Posted 05 May 2016 - 07:15 PM

I agree with Louis. If only because there are better options (Virtual Machines, Emulators, etc).
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