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by unreal9010
Tue 13 Feb, 2024 6:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: 120 games tested (1995 to 2001 era)
Replies: 12
Views: 15776

Re: 120 games tested (1995 to 2001 era)

I've tested over 250 games so far on my emulated Pentium II 350, 64 MB RAM, ViRGE/DX (using Diamond Stealth 2000 Pro v3.04 Bios and July 1998 drivers), Voodoo 2 (Non-SLI, October 1998 drivers), SoundBlaster 128, Windows 95B, Direct X6 machine and noticed certain differences regarding the list above:...
by unreal9010
Mon 29 Jan, 2024 10:14 pm
Forum: Development
Topic: Dynarec regressions are related to page flipping
Replies: 4
Views: 2407

Re: Dynarec regressions are related to page flipping

Just tried v14, the last version of PCem that included the old dynamic recompiler.
I'm testing Mobile Pentium 300 MMX (my host CPU is i9 12900KF). No regressions so far and no dips below 100% even on Future Shock and SkyNet.
by unreal9010
Mon 29 Jan, 2024 3:19 pm
Forum: Development
Topic: Dynarec regressions are related to page flipping
Replies: 4
Views: 2407

Re: Dynarec regressions are related to page flipping

No, it's about emulator's speed (and therefore its capability to properly handle processors at certain frequencies in specific cases) being dropped due to faults in its code and not fps.
by unreal9010
Sat 30 Dec, 2023 9:20 pm
Forum: Development
Topic: Dynarec regressions are related to page flipping
Replies: 4
Views: 2407

Dynarec regressions are related to page flipping

Like I previously suspected, dynarec regressions are indeed related to page flipping. Earlier today I experimented a bit with my custom PCem build which had the unfinished Matrox Mystique emulation enabled. I tested the old freeware game called Bubble Puzzle '97 to see how it would work with this ca...
by unreal9010
Thu 07 Dec, 2023 2:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Cat amongst the pigeons
Replies: 7
Views: 1837

Re: Cat amongst the pigeons

Turion II P520 is not suitable for emulation of the Gigabyte motherboard-based configurations since it's waaay too slow. I wouldn't go above 486 with this system.
by unreal9010
Mon 20 Nov, 2023 4:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Akte Europa optimisation
Replies: 6
Views: 1795

Re: Akte Europa optimisation

What emulated graphics card are you using? I would recommend Virge here since it's fast and known for having a good compatibility. Back in the day, minimum requirements usually meant that the game would be at least runnable or barely playable on such configuration (we usually considered recommended ...
by unreal9010
Fri 23 Jun, 2023 9:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Is there a way to increase the CD Audio volume?
Replies: 1
Views: 1013

Re: Is there a way to increase the CD Audio volume?

Currently, there are some CD audio issues in PCem. In Screamer 2, for example, CD audio is so quiet that you can barely hear it even when you set the PCem's sound output and host computer volume level to the max. On the other hand, in a number of games that I've tried CD audio and MIDI were consider...
by unreal9010
Thu 06 Apr, 2023 9:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Voodoo2 texture problem
Replies: 5
Views: 1629

Re: Voodoo2 texture problem

I believe it's similar to what I reported earlier: https://github.com/sarah-walker-pcem/pcem/issues/25 Happens only in D3D and with Voodoo 2 not Voodoo 3, Voodoo Banshee or Voodoo Graphics, regardless of which driver version is used. I think it's due to bug in Voodoo 2 emulation. I noticed issues in...
by unreal9010
Thu 02 Mar, 2023 7:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: which is the best way benchmarking different cpus?
Replies: 11
Views: 3186

Re: which is the best way benchmarking different cpus?

However, it seems a bit arbitrary to limit PCem performance based on a subset of software that the dynamic recompiler handles poorly. I specifically took that into account while testing. There are currently dynarec-related regressions that happen regardless of the guest CPU speed. This is a differe...
by unreal9010
Wed 01 Mar, 2023 4:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: which is the best way benchmarking different cpus?
Replies: 11
Views: 3186

Re: which is the best way benchmarking different cpus?

I tried different benchmarking tools, however, the problem was that some of them caused regressions and some gave inaccurate results. For example, 3D Mark 99 reports 78 fps as the average during the first test (a racing game). This is simply not true as the actual rendering speed feels slower than w...
by unreal9010
Wed 01 Mar, 2023 1:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: which is the best way benchmarking different cpus?
Replies: 11
Views: 3186

Re: which is the best way benchmarking different cpus?

It might seem a bit awkward that a 1996 or 1998 adventure that requires no more than P75 is more difficult to emulate at 100% speed than System Shock 2, Quake 3 Arena or 3D Mark 2000 given the system requirements, but that's how it is. Apparently, something is making host CPUs to struggle more when ...
by unreal9010
Wed 01 Mar, 2023 1:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: which is the best way benchmarking different cpus?
Replies: 11
Views: 3186

Re: which is the best way benchmarking different cpus?

Indeed, it's impossible to benchmark PCem performance based on how single application behaves. However, there are certain applications that are significantly more demanding than others (such as the ones mentioned above) and being able to run them at 100% indicates that you will be able to run other ...
by unreal9010
Sun 26 Feb, 2023 12:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: which is the best way benchmarking different cpus?
Replies: 11
Views: 3186

Re: which is the best way benchmarking different cpus?

The best way to benchmark capabilities of the host CPU would be to run more demanding SVGA games such as Journeyman Project III and Zork Grand Inquisitor. 3D Mark 2000 isn't the best way to measure how far can you push your host CPU since Voodoo card emulation can take the advantage of up to 4 rende...
by unreal9010
Sun 19 Feb, 2023 4:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Gigabyte GA-686BX don't recognize SB AWE32
Replies: 5
Views: 2424

Re: Gigabyte GA-686BX don't recognize SB AWE32

Have you tried adding the card by selecting Add New Hardware Wizard in Control Panel?
I've just tried this. I'm running Windows 95 on Gigabyte board and was able to get the card working without issues.
by unreal9010
Sat 18 Feb, 2023 10:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: Future graphics card emulation
Replies: 112
Views: 224858

Re: Future graphics card emulation

It's a disassembler. Might be of use to those willing to write the code of Rendition Verite-based cards in the future. Not that it would be much needed since PCem already emulates better 2D and 3D solutions. The first Rendition chip (the V1000) that was released in the Fall of 1996 was famous for be...
by unreal9010
Fri 17 Feb, 2023 3:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Playing games to completion
Replies: 5
Views: 2797

Re: Playing games to completion

So far, I managed to play the following games to completion on my emulated Pentium II 350, 64 MB RAM, Diamond Stealth 2000 Pro (4MB), Voodoo II (12 MB), SoundBlaster 64V, 6.4 GB HDD, 36X BTC CD-ROM Drive, Windows 95 OSR2 PCem virtual machine: Agony (HDF version under WinUAE 0.8.8. - any floppy versi...
by unreal9010
Thu 16 Feb, 2023 8:25 am
Forum: General
Topic: Future graphics card emulation
Replies: 112
Views: 224858

Re: Future graphics card emulation

I know. Still interesting, though.
by unreal9010
Tue 14 Feb, 2023 8:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: cd-rom drive
Replies: 14
Views: 5350

Re: cd-rom drive

In that case you'll need to download a crack file for that game. Ask Google for more details. I cannot post any links here, unfortunately.
by unreal9010
Tue 14 Feb, 2023 3:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: cd-rom drive
Replies: 14
Views: 5350

Re: cd-rom drive

Is this game copy protected? If it is, then the only way to get it working under PCem might be to obtain a cracked .exe file.
by unreal9010
Mon 13 Feb, 2023 5:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: cd-rom drive
Replies: 14
Views: 5350

Re: cd-rom drive

What game are you trying to run?
by unreal9010
Sun 12 Feb, 2023 6:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: [Bug] PCem running on Gnome Shell Wayland doesn't display menu on right click (Linux)
Replies: 3
Views: 4547

Re: [Bug] PCem running on Gnome Shell Wayland doesn't display menu on right click (Linux)

Please use v17. v15 and v16 are outdated and no longer maintained or supported.
by unreal9010
Sat 11 Feb, 2023 3:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: cd-rom drive
Replies: 14
Views: 5350

Re: cd-rom drive

Using host machine's optical drives under PCem is not recommended. Instead, you should create backup copies of your discs with software like Daemon Tools, Clone CD, Alcohol 120%, UltraISO or similar. If the disc you wish to use is a data CD then saving it as .iso is enough. If it's a mixed mode CD ...
by unreal9010
Fri 10 Feb, 2023 4:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: cd-rom drive
Replies: 14
Views: 5350

Re: cd-rom drive

Using host machine's optical drives under PCem is not recommended. Instead, you should create backup copies of your discs with software like Daemon Tools, Clone CD, Alcohol 120%, UltraISO or similar. If the disc you wish to use is a data CD then saving it as .iso is enough. If it's a mixed mode CD (...
by unreal9010
Wed 08 Feb, 2023 12:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Windows 95 on ASUS P/I-P55TVP4 Unable to Install: Disk-Cache Utility Found?
Replies: 15
Views: 3851

Re: Windows 95 on ASUS P/I-P55TVP4 Unable to Install: Disk-Cache Utility Found?

Ah, I see now he was trying to install a pre-OSR 2 version. In that case, using a bootdisk compatible with earlier Win95 releases might solve the problem here. If not, then something else is to blame.
by unreal9010
Wed 08 Feb, 2023 8:46 am
Forum: General
Topic: PCem v18 News (Was v17 Notice)
Replies: 101
Views: 104078

Re: PCem v18 News (Was v17 Notice)

Yeah, he's constantly spamming here. I actually wanted to go with a really harsh approach two posts ago but then I realized it would probably trigger the same question one more time (and it probably would in any case). He's not spamming because he is waiting patiently is the waiting for the new ver...
by unreal9010
Wed 08 Feb, 2023 8:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: Windows 95 on ASUS P/I-P55TVP4 Unable to Install: Disk-Cache Utility Found?
Replies: 15
Views: 3851

Re: Windows 95 on ASUS P/I-P55TVP4 Unable to Install: Disk-Cache Utility Found?

I'm not sure why you still get the warnings about disk compression. Probably related to using a newer version of fdisk from a boot disk for Win95 OSR2 or Win98. Definitely not the case here. I've been using my old Win 95 OSR 2 bootdisk from back in the day and the 98 bootdisk for Windows 98 SE inst...
by unreal9010
Sun 05 Feb, 2023 9:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: Windows 95 on ASUS P/I-P55TVP4 Unable to Install: Disk-Cache Utility Found?
Replies: 15
Views: 3851

Re: Windows 95 on ASUS P/I-P55TVP4 Unable to Install: Disk-Cache Utility Found?

sberancolodivalle wrote: Sun 05 Feb, 2023 9:08 am Hi Bart!
Try using MSDOS 6.22
Won't help here. Besides, OEM discs were intended to be used in brand new PCs (meaning PCs with no operating systems installed).
by unreal9010
Sun 05 Feb, 2023 8:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: Windows 95 on ASUS P/I-P55TVP4 Unable to Install: Disk-Cache Utility Found?
Replies: 15
Views: 3851

Re: Windows 95 on ASUS P/I-P55TVP4 Unable to Install: Disk-Cache Utility Found?

I see you actually formatted the drive already. Just in case, here's how to do the whole process: Using Windows 95 bootdisk, you first enter fdisk command at the command prompt. Select option 1. The computer will then ask you if you wish to enable support for large drives. Select "yes" sin...