<CT> Re: calmira_tips Digest V2 #145 / Re: Anyone out there?

  • From: JGrossklass@xxxxxxxxxxx (Stephan Grossklass)
  • To: calmira_tips@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2001 20:06:57 +0200

> From: GLENNRPH@xxxxxxx
> Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2001 13:24:55 EDT
> Subject: <CT> Re: calmira_tips Digest V2 #145
> Yep, the list has been quiet the past week or so.  Don't know about others,
> but for myself I've been busy getting my kids ready for "back to school".

Personally, I'm finished with school now, and I'm going to study at the
local university soon (the army didn't want me - no wonder with my
vision of 20%...).

> Also, the temperature has been above "normal", quite hot in fact, over 100
> degrees Farenheit for some 3 or 4 weeks. 

It has also been pretty warm here - we had up to 32°C here a few days
ago, but today it's a bit cooler due to the rain we had this night.

> But, that's summer in Oklahoma,
> central USA.  I've also been watching the recent worm/virus attacks on Win9X
> systems, namely Code Red and Sircam.  For the systems I use most I haven't
> much cause for alarm, 2 are Windows 3.1, the other is Windows 95 OSR1.
> However, I do scan regularly with F-Prot and Norton as well as other
> antivirus packages.  I've had to notify a couple of family members and online
> friends that their Win98 systems were infected, the most numerous of late is
> the W32Magistr strain.  Doesn't run on my old 486s, but it sure did get one
> of my sisters with Win98 SE. 

All in all, I got three mails from people who were infected with SirCam.
BTW people would be a lot safer if they weren't using Outlook Express -
Netscape, for example, does not hide document extensions.

> Anyhow, thanks for the links to the video apps!
>  You know of any good ones for old Cirrus Logic cards, as in GL-542X line?

MCLK also supports those, along with S3, Tseng and Trident chips.

> Cirrus Logic no longer updates the drivers for the cards, and tells web site
> visitors to see homepage of card manufacturer OEM, as they only supply the
> "chips".

Of course the drivers for such old cards are no longer updated. If you
can't find them with Cirrus Logic, try www.windrivers.com.

> From: "Cristina/Mauricio Zapata O. (Col)" <zapataossa@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: <CT> Re: Anyone out there?
> Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2001 20:36:16 -0500
> [...]
> > S3VBE20 and S3SPDUP are a must when you have a graphics card based on an
> > S3 chip and a VESA 1.2 BIOS only. They can be found here:
> > http://www.biostuning.de/s3vbe318.zip
> > http://www.biostuning.de/s3spd311.zip
> > S3VBE20 adds support for VESA BIOS Extensions 2.0 and thus usage of the
> > linear frame buffer (S3 chips benefit greatly from this), S3SPDUP forces
> > banked modes into the linear frame buffer if applications don't know
> > about VBE 2.0 yet. BTW this only affects DOS performance, not Windows
> > performance.
> [...]
> What about a Diamont Stealth 64, Trio64V+ (86C765) S3 chip ?

Should be supported by all the utilities I mentioned. That should be a
Diamond Stealth 64 Video 2x00 series card BTW.

> This is my
> "new" video card, (just US $ 2, a real gift!).

How much memory does it have? 64 bit chips take a big performance hit
when equipped with just one meg of RAM. US$2 is pretty cheap indeed. I
just bought an ELSA WINNER 2000AVI card with 2 megs via Ebay for about
US$1.5 plus shipping, all in all ca. US$5.5 (DM 11). Also quite a good
deal - it's a VRAM card with S3 968.

> What do you know about it?,
> is it a good chip and s3vbe20 or s3spdup works on it?
> Any performance over W3.1, W95/98/ME, NT4/2000?

Trio64V+ cards were midrange to low-end cards in their day. The S3 Trio
chips were integrated versions (graphics chip plus clock chip plus
RAMDAC) of the Vision864 and 868 chips (both for DRAM), respectively.
Their memory interface was slower compared to 864 and 868, but they were
able to use 24-bit packed-pixel modes for Truecolor instead of 32-bit
ones, which enabled them to run Truecolor modes at reasonable refresh
rates. The video acceleration of the Trio64V+ was nothing to get excited
about, but pretty decent. All in all, not a bad deal for two bucks. What
did you have before?

BTW: Those of you who understand German might find this new page of mine
(The others may want to use babelfish.altavista.com, although its
translations usually aren't that good - Douglas Adams' original
Babelfish would have been far superior, but unfortunately only appears
in the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" ;) [great book BTW].)

Stephan Großklaß (7bit: Grossklass)
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