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by tk421
Thu 25 Jan, 2024 5:55 am
Forum: General
Topic: Windows XP no sound
Replies: 12
Views: 5536

Re: Windows XP no sound

I got sound working in XP without 3rd party drivers. XP comes with the drivers for those old sound cards. XP even comes with the Voodoo 3 drivers. Whether games will work in XP with such old emulated hardware, that is a different matter. Win 2000 is definitely not the first choice for games, but som...
by tk421
Sat 30 Dec, 2023 8:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: PCem's biggest limitation for 3D accelerted games
Replies: 7
Views: 2481

Re: PCem's biggest limitation for 3D accelerted games

PCem is one of the best programs out there for win95/98 compatibility. In so many cases it is the best, indeed the only PC emulation solution. If you need more emulated PC power, then you can try VMWare, which is good for most programs that would need a Pentium 3 or Pentium 4. The need for emulated ...
by tk421
Tue 21 Nov, 2023 8:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Akte Europa optimisation
Replies: 6
Views: 1734

Re: Akte Europa optimisation

Hi, My PCem VM for Star Wars Rebellion uses the Virge DX. I did not include the Voodoo 2 at all. I use the S3 Trio 64 for Jazz Jackrabbit. Sometimes the S3 Trio 64 is the best way to go. It all depends on what works best with your program or game. My last Star Wars Rebellion test went really well. I...
by tk421
Mon 20 Nov, 2023 6:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Akte Europa optimisation
Replies: 6
Views: 1734

Re: Akte Europa optimisation

I am not familiar with this program, but the system requirements are similar to games like TIE Fighter and Jedi Knight. I recommend using an older video card like the Virge/DX or the S3 Trio 64. Try to make sure you max out the video RAM for the video card you are using, or performance in-game might...
by tk421
Thu 12 Oct, 2023 5:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: PCEM emulation of Dell Latitude C640 Pentium 4 Win 98
Replies: 21
Views: 3787

Re: PCEM emulation of Dell Latitude C640 Pentium 4 Win 98

Ugh. Man I was hoping this was going to be the ticket to being able to play these games. Turns out my Latitude C640 decided to crap out too (the lcd inverter is dead so I can see a screen, it just has no brightness whatsoever), so that is no longer an option. There are just a handful of games that ...
by tk421
Sat 07 Oct, 2023 7:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: PCEM emulation of Dell Latitude C640 Pentium 4 Win 98
Replies: 21
Views: 3787

Re: PCEM emulation of Dell Latitude C640 Pentium 4 Win 98

Virtual CDs typically work better with the BIN/CUE format rather than the ISO format. ISO does not typically produce a perfect 1:1 copy of a game CD from the mid-late 90s as the older games often use RedBook Audio (ie. CD audio) or some other audio system that does not get copied with ISO. A program...
by tk421
Fri 06 Oct, 2023 5:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: PCEM emulation of Dell Latitude C640 Pentium 4 Win 98
Replies: 21
Views: 3787

Re: PCEM emulation of Dell Latitude C640 Pentium 4 Win 98

Welcome JP. PCem can help you run Bridge Commander (BC). I never tried Jane's USAF, but its release date of 1999 suggests PCem is a good fit for that one too. The Pentium II and Voodoo 3 work very well with BC. You can use VMWare for Bridge Commander if you want to use mods with the game. You need W...
by tk421
Thu 31 Aug, 2023 9:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: PCem v18 News (Was v17 Notice)
Replies: 101
Views: 101818

Re: PCem v18 News (Was v17 Notice)

One game that always ran better in PCem than any other compatibility solution was Dominion Wars. It is a 2001 era game that runs ok using the Voodoo 2. Before PCem v17 it was the best way to run that old game. I find the Voodoo 3 emulation to be so good in PCem v17 that it is by far the best way to ...
by tk421
Tue 29 Aug, 2023 8:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: PCem v18 News (Was v17 Notice)
Replies: 101
Views: 101818

Re: PCem v18 News (Was v17 Notice)

Sometimes it really is easier to run certain games native on Win10. Both Rome Total War and Medieval 2 Total War come to mind. Unless you want to run a music mod for RTW, even a modest one, Steam is not enough. Most of the time, and for a lot of us this meant years, PC compatibility issues necessita...
by tk421
Mon 28 Aug, 2023 10:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: PCem v18 News (Was v17 Notice)
Replies: 101
Views: 101818

Re: PCem v18 News (Was v17 Notice)

Thank you for your advice.

I really hope the 13th gen Intel laptop CPUs can do the job. Unreal Tournament (1999) is always fun to play, but it would be nice to get it running at 100% in PCem. VMWare runs the game fine, but PCem is so cool.
by tk421
Mon 28 Aug, 2023 10:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: PCem windows 95 not detecting CD for certain games
Replies: 7
Views: 1879

Re: PCem windows 95 not detecting CD for certain games

I highly recommend using the bin/cue format for your virtual CDs. ISO usually fails to produce a 1:1 copy of your actual game CD, especially for games like Jedi Knight or X-Wing vs TIE Fighter with the redbook audio technology used to give you such great CD music in-game. Newer games like Jedi Outca...
by tk421
Thu 10 Aug, 2023 8:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: is pcem v18 cancelled?
Replies: 13
Views: 6108

Re: is pcem v18 cancelled?

I think Michael is doing a good job. Until he has something to announce or release to the public, it makes no sense to just add whimsical or half-finished features to PCem. No one likes a half-finished program in need of constant fixes, patches and updates. When was the last time PCem crashed? In my...
by tk421
Mon 07 Aug, 2023 6:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: TIE Fighter CD DOS Version Works
Replies: 3
Views: 3005

Re: TIE Fighter CD DOS Version Works

I can confirm that the game TIE Fighter DOS for CD-ROM edition works fine in DOS on an emulated 486 PC in PCem v17. My emulated PC specs: AMI 486 Clone - DX4 100Mhz no dynamic recompiler needed 16mb RAM S3 Trio32, 2mb VRAM, Speed default Sound Blaster 1.0 4x CD-ROM drive, PCemCD 3.5 inch floppy disk...
by tk421
Mon 07 Aug, 2023 6:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: Star Trek 25th Anniversary CD-ROM - Runs fine on DOS
Replies: 3
Views: 1310

Re: Star Trek 25th Anniversary CD-ROM - Runs fine on DOS

I will test Judgement Rites when I get the chance. Obviously I need to test cutemouse when I get the chance. win3.1 takes up quite a bit of memory. I have just tested TIE Fighter DOS CD-ROM version. I was never able to get this working before, and in years past I was not the only one. Some time ago ...
by tk421
Sun 06 Aug, 2023 8:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Star Trek 25th Anniversary CD-ROM - Runs fine on DOS
Replies: 3
Views: 1310

Star Trek 25th Anniversary CD-ROM - Runs fine on DOS

I can confirm that the game Star Trek 25th Anniversary CD-ROM edition works fine in DOS on an emulated 486 PC in PCem. My emulated PC specs: AMI 486 Clone - DX4 100Mhz no dynamic recompiler needed 8mb RAM S3 Trio32, 2mb VRAM, Speed default Sound Blaster 1.0 4x CD-ROM drive, PCemCD 3.5 inch floppy di...
by tk421
Fri 30 Jun, 2023 8:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: what is the best cpu that can emulator the pentium 2 450 with voodoo 3 3000 at 100% at it full speed
Replies: 7
Views: 2479

Re: what is the best cpu that can emulator the pentium 2 450 with voodoo 3 3000 at 100% at it full speed

I still use a WinXP PC. It is perfect for my gaming needs.

Vintage hardware is the best. For everything else, I use PCem.
by tk421
Fri 02 Jun, 2023 9:05 pm
Forum: Development
Topic: New hardware for PCem v18?
Replies: 6
Views: 8825

Re: New hardware for PCem v18?

The issue of adding newer PC hardware to PCem is not only getting it done right, but also optimizing PCem so that such newer emulated hardware can be used on existing PCs, laptop and desktop computers. If the Pentium 3 or 4 is added, it is not just the CPU, it is also the much newer motherboards, DD...
by tk421
Fri 02 Jun, 2023 8:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: PCem v18 News (Was v17 Notice)
Replies: 101
Views: 101818

Re: PCem v18 News (Was v17 Notice)

PCem is a great program, and a great project. If I buy a new PC, it has to be able to run PCem at full specs. I do not know if the new CPUs are able to do that. With Pentium 2 emulation and Voodoo 3 emulation, there are very few, if any, Windows 98 tasks that cannot be done in PCem today. For budget...
by tk421
Tue 21 Mar, 2023 7:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: PCem in Linus Tech Tips
Replies: 7
Views: 4254

Re: PCem in Linus Tech Tips

Before yesterday I had not used PCem for months. PCem is still amazing. This video covers PCem fairly well, and serves as a good intro to one of the best virtualization/emulation solutions out there.
by tk421
Sat 25 Feb, 2023 9:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Wont boot
Replies: 4
Views: 1515

Re: Wont boot

One option would be to use DOS as a means to install Win98 without a boot disk, unless you have one handy. If you have DOS, you can install that on a 2gb VM in PCem. Once DOS is installed, you need to install CD-ROM drivers, preferably from the 1996-1998 era. If you have an old CD-ROM driver CD or d...
by tk421
Fri 17 Feb, 2023 9:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: My goal = 200 MHz
Replies: 5
Views: 2266

Re: My goal = 200 MHz

3.2 Ghz was typically enough for a Pentium 90 or Pentium 100, but that was 5 years ago. If you can run a Pentium 133 on 3.2 Ghz today then that would be really good. I agree with leilei, you will need a CPU with an all-core turbo speed of at least 4 Ghz to get a Pentium 200. Today you should aim hig...
by tk421
Fri 17 Feb, 2023 8:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Playing games to completion
Replies: 5
Views: 2733

Re: Playing games to completion

I recently played through Dark Forces on a 486-DX2 for the first time in 25 years. Still fun, but the lack of saving within levels was a bit of a surprise. From a design perspective I guess it forces the player to avoid save scumming, which is nice, but... All of this was keyboard only with the def...
by tk421
Sun 12 Feb, 2023 6:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: noob question - pcem process not being more than 10% in task manager when struggling to emulate even a 150mhz pentium
Replies: 9
Views: 2273

Re: noob question - pcem process not being more than 10% in task manager when struggling to emulate even a 150mhz pentiu

PCem typically needs an all-core turbo 4.0 Ghz+ CPU to run Pentium tasks with reasonable performance. If you run PCem on a system that fast with a single-core turbo speed of 4.5 Ghz+ then you should get much better performance. My 9750h-based laptop can run PCem with the emulated Pentium II 300 and ...
by tk421
Sat 11 Feb, 2023 6:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: cd-rom drive
Replies: 14
Views: 5028

Re: cd-rom drive

Running Daemon Tools within a PCem VM is the best way to fix these virtual CD errors. You need to use BIN/CUE format instead of ISO format for your virtual CDs otherwise your old game, now virtualized CDs might not have audio music, ie redbook audio for games like TIE Fighter or Jedi Knight. To run ...
by tk421
Tue 07 Feb, 2023 8:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: PCem in Linus Tech Tips
Replies: 7
Views: 4254

Re: PCem in Linus Tech Tips

Nice video!

Only thing missing for the young people watching today,

"This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down."

Fun times.
by tk421
Wed 01 Feb, 2023 7:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Tips and tricks for using PCem
Replies: 10
Views: 9909

Re: Tips and tricks for using PCem

I wonder if the new 13th gen intel core i7/i9 laptop CPUs will fix many if not all of these slowdown issues? Obviously it depends on which program or game you are trying to run, but in my experience it is a question of having a fast enough PC to run PCem without these slowdown issues. Apart from the...
by tk421
Tue 31 Jan, 2023 8:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: invalid drive specification when trying to mount windows 95 iso using PCEM v17
Replies: 2
Views: 1575

Re: invalid drive specification when trying to mount windows 95 iso using PCEM v17

My recommendation would also give preference to Windows 98 SE over Windows 95. Win98 SE is typically easier to get working and is the better OS in my opinion. Some people like Win95 better and that is fine. I use it too. If you have a bootable CD for Win95 or Win98 SE, then you should be able to get...
by tk421
Thu 19 Jan, 2023 9:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: windows 98 monitor resoulution and frequency problem
Replies: 7
Views: 3211

Re: windows 98 monitor resoulution and frequency problem

Unless I am using a program that needs a screen resolution higher than 640x480, I rarely go above that. My laptop has a 1080p screen and video card, but the screen resolution is only set at 1366x768. That way, I get a screen that is much more compatible with win95/98 era programs run on VMs I run in...
by tk421
Sat 17 Dec, 2022 4:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: suitable machie to emulate Pentium II 500Mhz + Voodoo 3 3000
Replies: 10
Views: 5986

Re: suitable machie to emulate Pentium II 500Mhz + Voodoo 3 3000

It would be amazing to run the Pentium II 450 on my laptop without the performance dropping below 100%. It would be incredible, amazing and simply great. In the meantime, I am not far from getting the chance to run some of my favorite games with PCem v13.1 through 17. Perhaps I will play TIE Fighter...
by tk421
Tue 06 Dec, 2022 7:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: PCem v18 News (Was v17 Notice)
Replies: 101
Views: 101818

Re: PCem v18 News (Was v17 Notice)

I have not used PCem for a while now, but I have been very impressed with the program, and the project. The PCem devs, Michael, Sarah, leilei, and the others, have done a wonderful job making PCem one of the best programs out there. I am also thankful that this forum is so well run and that we can g...