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by tk421
Wed 08 Jun, 2022 1:01 am
Forum: General
Topic: Recommendation of laptops
Replies: 8
Views: 706

Re: Recommendation of laptops

I think the CPU for your new laptop will do fine for most PCem tasks. I am sure you will enjoy the Voodoo 3 3000, which runs very well on my laptop thanks to PCem. I don't know if having 6 cores is better than 4, but I do know that having an all core turbo speed of 4.2 Ghz and top turbo speed of 4.5...
by tk421
Wed 25 May, 2022 5:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Recommendation of laptops
Replies: 8
Views: 706

Re: Recommendation of laptops

The I5 10300h should be ok for Pentium MMX emulation. I am fond of the Pentium MMX emulation that comes with PCem, so I recommend it without question. You will still get good performance for the games you mentioned if you use the P166 MMX. You should get good performance for the older video cards th...
by tk421
Sat 07 May, 2022 3:00 am
Forum: Development
Topic: New hardware for PCem v18?
Replies: 2
Views: 845

Re: New hardware for PCem v18?

PCem was the first emulator to come with 3Dfx Voodoo 2, Voodoo 3 and Voodoo Banshee support. Also, Soundblaster AWE64 isn't exactly a "newer" card. It was released in mid-to-late 1996 and was based on an old ISA bus. Since several years ago PCem emulates Sound Blaster 128 which is a PCI b...
by tk421
Mon 02 May, 2022 9:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Lag while playing a game (Mortyr)
Replies: 11
Views: 756

Re: Lag while playing a game (Mortyr)

May I ask which screen resolution you are using in PCem? If you are using 1024x768 you might get better performance by reducing your win98 and PCem game resolution down to 640x480. This always works for me. Your game might work better with the Voodoo 3 instead of the Voodoo 2. leilei's advice here i...
by tk421
Mon 25 Apr, 2022 6:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: PCem performance on AMD laptop APUs
Replies: 5
Views: 751

Re: PCem performance on AMD laptop APUs

PCem depends very heavily on the single-threaded performance of your CPU. The number of cores is not really all that useful for a program like PCem. The key would be to have a CPU that has an all-core turbo speed of at least 4 Ghz, and a strong single-thread turbo speed of at least 4.5 Ghz. That way...
by tk421
Thu 07 Apr, 2022 9:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Diablo II in PCem Mini-Guide
Replies: 4
Views: 745

Re: Diablo II in PCem Mini-Guide

I read your guide to Diablo II. I am glad to see people offering help to those trying to get their old games running on new PCs. PCem is the best way to run many of these games. Pentium 2 emulation is so good that I can run some games well past the Pentium MMX speeds. This is impressive given that m...
by tk421
Thu 07 Apr, 2022 8:56 pm
Forum: Development
Topic: Dynarec issues
Replies: 20
Views: 1300

Re: Dynarec issues

I have just tried Episode 1 Racer using the P2 333 in PCem on my i7 9750h. I admit that there were times when the emulation speed went below 100%, but not while I was playing the game. In-game performance was rock-solid at 100%. Performance only went below 100% when viewing in-game video cutscenes o...
by tk421
Sun 06 Mar, 2022 9:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Windows 2000 in PCem
Replies: 2
Views: 1026

Re: Windows 2000 in PCem

The above configuration is good for Windows 2000. I even have a socket 7 P300 MMX configuration running Windows 2000 and I use it for Star Wars Rebellion. It beats any other alternative for that game. Star Wars Rebellion crashes too often on Win95/98 to be useable, but on Win 2000 it is stable and r...
by tk421
Sun 06 Mar, 2022 9:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Emulating p3 with winxp?
Replies: 10
Views: 1821

Re: Emulating p3 with winxp?

PCem v17 is really good so if your game can run on a Pentium II I recommend it without hesitation. Pentium II emulation is top notch. I am not yet able to run all of my programs on the P2 450, but Jedi Knight and Episode 1 Racer run just fine in-game. Video cutscenes and in-game menus are a differen...
by tk421
Wed 23 Feb, 2022 8:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: TIE Fighter CD DOS Version Works
Replies: 0
Views: 523

TIE Fighter CD DOS Version Works

There has been some effort to get the TIE Fighter CD DOS version to work through DOS, and not Windows 95/98. While my efforts to get this game to work in DOS on a 486 PC were not successful, I did get this game to work using a socket 7 based Pentium 75 PC in PCem. This Pentium 75 was using DOS 6.22 ...
by tk421
Thu 30 Dec, 2021 10:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: MichaelJManley taking over as PCem maintainer
Replies: 57
Views: 15794

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: MichaelJManley taking over as PCem maintainer

Welcome MichaelJManley! Thank you Sarah for making PCem one of the best programs out there. My productivity with computers has improved immensely as a result of using PCem, a valuable tool not only for playing win95/98 games but also for any program compatibility task that uses software from 20-30 y...
by tk421
Wed 02 Jun, 2021 9:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How fast of a PCem CPU?
Replies: 10
Views: 2624

Re: How fast of a PCem CPU?

I agree with the comments made here. I will test out some of the suggestions for improving Pentium 2 performance in PCem. For me, the PII 233 is very fast and reliable. Pentium 2 emulation is very well implemented in v17, so it has become my de facto standard for most win98 tasks. The Voodoo3 is a h...
by tk421
Fri 07 May, 2021 9:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Will having more than 65 gb ram makes pcem faster?
Replies: 3
Views: 1309

Re: Will having more than 65 gb ram makes pcem faster?

PCem is almost completely dependent on your CPU. I am sure having a decent video card helps, but the CPU is by far the most important factor in PCem performance. RAM is not so much an issue as long as you have enough for your PC tasks. May I ask what speed you typically get from your 9900k CPU, espe...
by tk421
Tue 20 Apr, 2021 4:20 am
Forum: General
Topic: Cannot format blank floppy disk ?!
Replies: 11
Views: 2647

Re: Cannot format blank floppy disk ?!

For anyone trying to format a blank floppy disk, or in my case, a virtual floppy disk, I can confirm that this works well with WinImage, but it also works in PCem if you do it from Win 3.1. Your Windows formatted disk should work fine in DOS. I would still have to test it with WordPerfect 5.1 to mak...
by tk421
Wed 24 Mar, 2021 9:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: AMD Ryzen 5000 series.
Replies: 11
Views: 5725

Re: AMD Ryzen 5000 series.

May I ask if you could get games like Jedi Outcast or Jedi Academy to work well with your emulated P2 400 and 450? The Ryzen is a big improvement in CPU performance if it can run those 2 games through PCem at 100% on those 2 emulated CPUs.
by tk421
Wed 17 Feb, 2021 8:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: v17 released!
Replies: 29
Views: 17374

Re: v17 released!

v17 offers so much for people using modern computers that it is as close to perfection as anyone could hope to see on a PC. I have recently begun a new round of PCem testing. I am very impressed with the program's ability to run not only games, but other programs like Visual Studio 6.0. System crash...
by tk421
Sat 06 Feb, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Maximizing PCem performance
Replies: 15
Views: 6986

Re: Maximizing PCem performance

Check the number of rendering threads used in Voodoo 3 settings. If there are 4, set them to 2. This might help solve some of the performance issues you're having. Specifically, you need at least 5 cores to run the main CPU + Voodoo 3 with 4 rendering threads. Leaving aside the issue of not having ...
by tk421
Sat 06 Feb, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Question about emulator security and compatibility
Replies: 3
Views: 1487

Re: Question about emulator security and compatibility

Based on my own PCem experience, a program I am hoping to use again soon, I did not encounter any security problems as a result of using the software.

I think it matters where you got your drivers and other software for PCem, but I have found my experience with PCem to be a very pleasant one.
by tk421
Sun 31 Jan, 2021 3:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: Random screenshots
Replies: 8
Views: 8206

Re: Random screenshots

That is a great screenshot. PCem v17 continues to impress me. The Voodoo 3 is a huge upgrade over the previous technologies. It was impressive back in the day too. The Pentium 2 was amazing back in the day, and today it is perfectly emulated in PCem. Game performance is really, really good. I have n...
by tk421
Sun 24 Jan, 2021 3:55 am
Forum: Merged patches
Topic: [Patch] Epson LX-810 Dot-matrix printer WIP code
Replies: 11
Views: 2534

Re: [Patch] Epson LX-810 Dot-matrix printer WIP code

This is an interesting project. It has great promise. I look forward to seeing the end result.
by tk421
Tue 05 Jan, 2021 7:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: PCem v17 running slow/lagging
Replies: 23
Views: 9306

Re: PCem v17 running slow/lagging

About 1-2 years ago, I tested PCem on an 8th generation Intel core i7 laptop. Performance was better than what many people reported with older PCs in spite of the fact that they were running 6th generation core i7 machines with decent 4-4.2 Ghz speeds. The 8th gen laptops I tested were not fancy ali...
by tk421
Tue 05 Jan, 2021 3:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: PCem v17 running slow/lagging
Replies: 23
Views: 9306

Re: PCem v17 running slow/lagging

I have not noticed any of these issues with the P2 233 or the Voodoo 3. Even the Voodoo 3 3000 runs really well on my PC. I have some occasional graphical problems with the Voodoo 3, but nothing like what I read in this topic. My early P2 450 tests with Jedi Knight last month revealed very promising...
by tk421
Wed 16 Dec, 2020 5:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: v17 released!
Replies: 29
Views: 17374

Re: v17 released!

I was highly surprised by this release too! Sarah should be awarded the Order of the British Empire :mrgreen: I agree. Version 17 of PCem is an amazing achievement. I am still testing the program but so far I am very impressed with how amazing PCem v17 really is. Sarah should indeed be awarded the ...
by tk421
Tue 08 Dec, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Combining Voodoo 3 + Voodoo 2 SLI
Replies: 3
Views: 2066

Re: Combining Voodoo 3 + Voodoo 2 SLI

Thank you for clarifying this matter. I felt the idea was worth investigating, and I am glad both of you clarified this matter as I am sure others would have tried it, or simply asked about it here. PCem was always an exciting program, but v17 has made it much more appealing to Win98 users. Pentium ...
by tk421
Tue 08 Dec, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: Combining Voodoo 3 + Voodoo 2 SLI
Replies: 3
Views: 2066

Combining Voodoo 3 + Voodoo 2 SLI

I am curious, is there a way to combine the Voodoo 3 (or the Banshee) with the Voodoo 2? This would mean two voodoo cards on the same machine with the goal of improving system performance when playing 3D-accelerated games. If so, is there a possibility of adding Voodoo 2 SLI? This would of course me...
by tk421
Tue 08 Dec, 2020 5:10 am
Forum: Development
Topic: v17 compatibility & bug list
Replies: 74
Views: 35823

Re: v17 compatibility & bug list

So far v17 of PCem is a complete success. I have some more testing to do but so far performance of the Pentium 2 and the Voodoo 3 is very promising. For some reason the PII 350 reads as a PII 333 on the boot screen. I do not know if this is easy to fix. Performance of the Pentium 2 350 is pretty goo...
by tk421
Sat 05 Dec, 2020 3:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: v17 released!
Replies: 29
Views: 17374

Re: v17 released!

Thank you Sarah. I am amazed by v17 of PCem. Pentium 2 emulation is very fast, and the Voodoo 3 is impressive. I have been testing this version of PCem in an XP VM on VMware, so this is pretty good. I can confirm that results depend on which game is being run through PCem. I have quite a bit more te...
by tk421
Thu 26 Nov, 2020 5:10 am
Forum: Development
Topic: v17 compatibility & bug list
Replies: 74
Views: 35823

Re: v17 compatibility & bug list

leilei, you found some graphical errors with NHL 99 and I am curious to know if these were related to the in-game text when playing a match, specifically the in-game menus and scoreboards. My NHL 2000 tests sadly report the same graphical issues with the Voodoo 3 as I saw with the Voodoo 2 and the V...
by tk421
Sat 21 Nov, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: General
Topic: What are the ROM files?
Replies: 7
Views: 4514

Re: What are the ROM files?

PCem is the best way to run most Win9x games and programs. The same goes for Win 3.1 and DOS. PCem will run almost any of the old programs for these old operating systems without the need for any compatibility fixes or patches. The Pentium, Pentium MMX, 386, 486, even K6-2 machines can be emulated i...
by tk421
Wed 18 Nov, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Development
Topic: v17 compatibility & bug list
Replies: 74
Views: 35823

Re: v17 compatibility & bug list

While i did mention that Jedi Academy works, It's a little different than Outcast as it lacks overbrights. However there's a very weird bug with the character creation screen that causes the inner 3d viewport to focus above the head when the head is selected, which has me thinking it's a CPU bug. D...