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by leilei
Wed 03 Mar, 2021 9:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Shades for authentic crt display?
Replies: 6
Views: 307

Re: Best Shades for authentic crt display?

I'm assuming you don't have the proper video drivers installed as you may lack a OpenGL ICD (i.e. Windows' own WARP GL->D3D wrapper for their stock drivers doesn't implement everything)
by leilei
Tue 02 Mar, 2021 11:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Need suggestions: Best Win98 guest that can run DX9
Replies: 10
Views: 531

Re: Need suggestions: Best Win98 guest that can run DX9

See this thread too http://pcem-emulator.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3499 Satisfying DX9 games often requires at least DX7-baseline level hardware (if the game's generous enough to have safe pixelshader-less paths) and the gamut of that falls outside the realistic hobby-attainable scope regardi...
by leilei
Tue 02 Mar, 2021 10:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Windows 3.1 freezes or hangs when using Logitech mouse drivers
Replies: 3
Views: 200

Re: Windows 3.1 freezes or hangs when using Logitech mouse drivers

PCem doesn't emulate Logitech mice.
by leilei
Sat 27 Feb, 2021 11:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Why is accessing a physical CDrom so slow ?
Replies: 3
Views: 202

Re: Why is accessing a physical CDrom so slow ?

I almost think it's PIO transfer mode on the host machine, which Windows can sometimes inadvertently.turn on when it has trouble reading a cd (which can happen with some protected CDs) and can be very tricky to reverse. I personally use CloneCD/VirtualCloneDrive when dealing with my protected games.
by leilei
Sat 27 Feb, 2021 1:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: Need suggestions: Best Win98 guest that can run DX9
Replies: 10
Views: 531

Re: Need suggestions: Best Win98 guest that can run DX9

3d games in 99 were targeting Voodoos as they were a major part of the market and they were very compatible with problematic Super7 motherboards (a major budget enthusiast part). The only thing you're really missing out on are the very few games that have 24/32-bit textures, very few games that have...
by leilei
Sat 27 Feb, 2021 1:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: Need suggestions: Best Win98 guest that can run DX9
Replies: 10
Views: 531

Re: Need suggestions: Best Win98 guest that can run DX9

I'd also like to point this out My aim is to be able to run 3dMark 2001 (or even 2003) smoothly. The generation of hardware PCem emulates have never run either of those smoothly in the real world (even with HWT&L capable hardware like a Geforce4), so you're setting your expectations (from even the m...
by leilei
Fri 26 Feb, 2021 11:00 am
Forum: General
Topic: Need suggestions: Best Win98 guest that can run DX9
Replies: 10
Views: 531

Re: Need suggestions: Best Win98 guest that can run DX9

Voodoo2/3 drivers new enough (>Nov1999) require a minimum of DirectX 7 installed to work.
by leilei
Fri 26 Feb, 2021 7:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: PCem icon?
Replies: 6
Views: 1329

Re: PCem icon?

Art's my main hobby and even I'm not sure of what the icon could look like (given the broad coverage of 6 computer generations)....

It'd probably have to be a very scaleable SVG for wx theme consistency, which is way out of my familiar comfort zone anyway (32x / 48x @ 256c at best)
by leilei
Sat 06 Feb, 2021 9:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Maximizing PCem performance
Replies: 15
Views: 2503

Re: Maximizing PCem performance

Banshee and Voodoo3 can't SLI.


SLI would come back for the Voodoo5 later on in the form of having more VSA-100s doing the work on a single card.
by leilei
Sat 06 Feb, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Question about emulator security and compatibility
Replies: 3
Views: 382

Re: Question about emulator security and compatibility

If you don't want to take a chance on the internet as a driver source (I don't blame you, there's a LOT of sketchy driver websites that just want to put their 'easy' Windows-based 'updater' to obfuscate actual driver downloads which show up at the top of the searches for about 19 years now), you can...
by leilei
Fri 05 Feb, 2021 7:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: I'm to new for this App ?)
Replies: 3
Views: 424

Re: I'm to new for this App ?)

Make sure a minimum of DirectX 7 is installed prior to using Voodoo2 drivers from November 1999 and later.
by leilei
Wed 03 Feb, 2021 6:43 am
Forum: General
Topic: Yamaha YMF7xx emulation
Replies: 7
Views: 774

Re: Yamaha YMF7xx emulation

by leilei
Mon 01 Feb, 2021 2:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: i7 or i9 for PCem?
Replies: 8
Views: 1269

Re: i7 or i9 for PCem?

IPC is what really counts. More cores however do benefit the Voodoo emulation (especially now that you can use 4 per card, like 8 for a Voodoo2 SLI) IPC's been improving only at a glacial pace in the past decade though (compared to 1996-2006 which were like at least 4 distinct computer eras). Gettin...
by leilei
Sat 30 Jan, 2021 4:04 am
Forum: General
Topic: Random screenshots
Replies: 8
Views: 6160

Re: Random screenshots

One of the big benefits behind the recent Voodoo Banshee emulation is that some games that *almost* work can have fixes made in a more comfortable testing environment (where no hardware is at risk from the scientific process), and as a result, i've almost got Phantasy Star Online (PC) playable (whic...
by leilei
Sun 17 Jan, 2021 12:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: CD-ROM drive not appearing in Windows 95?
Replies: 1
Views: 405

Re: CD-ROM drive not appearing in Windows 95?

This happens when something confuses Win95's IDE controller device drivers (like changing motherboards), try removing them and restarting a couple of times to redetect them. If that doesn't work and you're really desperate, you might want to try a real-mode driver (of the mscdex + oakcdrom/nec_ide.s...
by leilei
Sun 10 Jan, 2021 10:06 am
Forum: General
Topic: PCem v17 running slow/lagging
Replies: 23
Views: 4862

Re: PCem v17 running slow/lagging

The AMD K6-2 has 3Dnow! extensions and 3dfx Voodoo2 and Voodoo3 drivers after 1999 can take advantage of them for performance gains (which can lead to heavier emulation). The achilles' heel is the VIA MVP3 chipset on the actual boards (historically, they'd skew agp compatibility towards 3dfx cards a...
by leilei
Mon 04 Jan, 2021 5:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: Close PCem after Windows Shutdown
Replies: 3
Views: 647

Re: Close PCem after Windows Shutdown

I typoed, I meant ACPI. The FIC VA-503+ should do it at least.
by leilei
Sun 03 Jan, 2021 10:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Close PCem after Windows Shutdown
Replies: 3
Views: 647

Re: Close PCem after Windows Shutdown

If you've started PCem with the --config parameter, and the guest uses a newer APIC supported motherboard and Windows 98+ is configured for that, then it should completely exit.
by leilei
Fri 01 Jan, 2021 8:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Trouble Installing Win98 PCI-128 Drives With Epox P55
Replies: 2
Views: 535

Re: Trouble Installing Win98 PCI-128 Drives With Epox P55

Win98SE doesn't come with any AudioPCI 128/ES1371/ES1373 drivers (win98se drivers are generally current to Dec 1997+DirectX 6.1). They started adding those in Windows 2000 and Me. Also remember, if something's asking for the Win98 cd, you'll want to correct the path to read D:\WIN98 rather than the ...
by leilei
Tue 29 Dec, 2020 1:57 am
Forum: Development
Topic: v17 compatibility & bug list
Replies: 67
Views: 15560

Re: v17 compatibility & bug list

An interesting way to reproduce the Centipede access violation consistently is to use software 320x240 and head straight for the water...
by leilei
Tue 29 Dec, 2020 1:55 am
Forum: General
Topic: Maximizing PCem performance
Replies: 15
Views: 2503

Re: Maximizing PCem performance

When V17 came out with the official tuned build, I made myself a spreadsheet table of all the CPUs I can benchmark for 100% execution with a Voodoo Banshee using the second (visible) half of MDK2's benchmark and standing in place on Q3DM17. This was enough for my general use cases. (My fastest 100%'...
by leilei
Mon 28 Dec, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: Mouse Issues?
Replies: 4
Views: 967

Re: Mouse Issues?

It's in Win9X (HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Mouse\ MouseSpeed). Windows 2000 and Me had options to adjust/disable acceleration (and XP would later jam this into a "Enhance pointer precision" checkbox)
by leilei
Tue 22 Dec, 2020 1:11 am
Forum: Patches
Topic: [Patch] Voodoo 3 WinUAE merge notes/patch
Replies: 5
Views: 1567

Re: [Patch] Voodoo 3 WinUAE merge notes/patch

V4 changes several things: - FXT texture compression (which never really caught on despite 3dfx's best attempts at creating a new open standard, IIRC only Alice and FAKK2 bothered with FXT) - 32-bit rendering (without any screen filtering) - Larger texture size limit - Temporal full scene anti-alias...
by leilei
Mon 21 Dec, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: 486 Windows 95 problem
Replies: 3
Views: 734

Re: 486 Windows 95 problem

On a drive that big, make sure the hard drive is set to LBA in the BIOS.
by leilei
Mon 21 Dec, 2020 6:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: PCem v17 running slow/lagging
Replies: 23
Views: 4862

Re: PCem v17 running slow/lagging

Turning off cache doesn't make performance miracles. Here's a P2 233
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by leilei
Mon 21 Dec, 2020 1:20 am
Forum: Patches
Topic: [Patch] Voodoo 3 WinUAE merge notes/patch
Replies: 5
Views: 1567

Re: [Patch] Voodoo 3 WinUAE merge notes/patch

I wonder if this emulates Amiga's terrible Quake2 performance with one of those (where there's a vertex lighting hack that doesn't really help matters IIRC). I can't imagine the bus being too great for 3d acceleration (akin to using a laptop's docking station)
by leilei
Sun 20 Dec, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: PII 233-300 Mhz runs perfectly except in daggerfall ?
Replies: 16
Views: 2285

Re: PII 233-300 Mhz runs perfectly except in daggerfall ?

I don't have Daggerfall around (yeah I know freewared long ago, I just don't have a habit of installing Bethesda software for many reasons) but I wonder if loading Smartdrv also does anything about it... Windows wasn't mentioned anywhere here and neither were FAT32 partitions.
by leilei
Sun 20 Dec, 2020 3:00 am
Forum: General
Topic: Voodoo 2 Total Memory Size?
Replies: 5
Views: 1002

Re: Voodoo 2 Total Memory Size?

Just know there's many older games that don't understand multitexturing/second TMUs and effectively use the V2 as if it were a 4MB Voodoo1 card. The number is also consistent with driver's control panel itself. There's a checkbox to restrict the texture memory to 2MB (for the 4MB tmem models) to reg...
by leilei
Sun 20 Dec, 2020 1:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: Voodoo 2 Total Memory Size?
Replies: 5
Views: 1002

Re: Voodoo 2 Total Memory Size?

The option's there for curiosity (a 2mb framebuffer Voodoo2 would've been for arcade machines) A Voodoo2 always have two TMUs, and that chosen texture memory will be multiplied by 2 always on the Voodoo2 option. Same goes for the Obsidian SB50 above it. Consumer V2s always had a 4MB framebuffer, and...
by leilei
Sat 19 Dec, 2020 5:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: Voodoo 1 vs. Voodoo 3
Replies: 1
Views: 863

Re: Voodoo 1 vs. Voodoo 3

Even at that speed, there will be performance differences from the multitexturing capabilities and fill rate alone. Also the greater amount of texture memory on the Banshee and Voodoo3 will make for far less thrashing (especially against a "24MB" V2SLI) A good place to show the Voodoo3 off is Quake3...