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[#] Tue May 07 2019 10:31:27 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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The image Josh tried to attach was broken - but how does an attachment work? 

 



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[#] Tue May 07 2019 10:32:27 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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When I try to view it it doesn't work. Looks like this could be used to attach files and documents to a post, though. 



[#] Tue May 07 2019 10:33:44 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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Nope. The image gets corrupted as soon as you upload it - the download doesn't work, either. 

 

 



[#] Wed May 08 2019 21:49:30 MST from TheDave

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i am 12 and what is this



[#] Wed May 08 2019 22:15:36 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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I don't respond to anyone who self identifies as "12" online. You'll have to find a nu start. 

 



[#] Thu May 09 2019 16:16:33 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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Well, that is a meme that can only lead to bad places on the Internet. 

 

 



[#] Sat May 11 2019 00:19:21 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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Mist or MiSTer or Collectorvision Phoenix? Which is your favorite FPGA? If you don't know what FPGA is.... ask me. I'll tell you. It was awesome, and retro. 

 



[#] Sat May 11 2019 21:14:30 MST from TheDave

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I have no idea what you're talking about, but something makes me think that I wish I did.



[#] Sat May 11 2019 21:40:21 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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I suppose I should clarify. I'm going to bed early tonight... but I'll try and follow up tomorrow with a low down of all the goodness that is FPGA platforms for retrogaming. 

 



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[#] Mon Aug 05 2019 05:45:37 MST from IGnatius T Foobar

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(still waiting...)



[#] Thu Aug 08 2019 11:06:24 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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Been super busy. Trip to L.A. to drive down 7th Street and marvel at the decay of society into the vision of Ayn Rand. 

FPGA is Field Programmable Gate Array - modern hardware boards that can reprogram their gate arrays into discreet circuits, on the fly. They're not emulation. They're bare metal synthesis of the actual gate logic of the original retro machine "core" that you load into them. So, the device becomes a C-64, or Amiga. My MiSTer can become a 486SX25 running Windows 3.11. 

https://github.com/MiSTer-devel/Main_MiSTer/wiki

T
hey tend to be cycle accurate, and because each circuit exists as a discreet, parallel subsystem they tend to run exactly like the original hardware. There is no abstraction layer, no translation from native to the host system - access to I/O is generally direct. They're popular with builders and DIYers for projects, too. 




[#] Sun Oct 20 2019 16:17:20 MST from New User

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The Best Free MS-DOS Games Now Available From the Internet Archive

The Internet Archive website is very slow.

http://lifehacker.com/the-best-free-ms-dos-games-now-available-from-the-inter-1839083458



[#] Sat Oct 26 2019 22:39:07 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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Wow... I've never left a Citadel on autopilot for this long and came back to find it still more or less operating. 

 



[#] Fri Nov 29 2019 21:43:54 MST from TheDave

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Nice lol



[#] Mon Dec 23 2019 13:28:13 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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Really. Every time I log back into it, I expect it to be down or dead or kernel panic-ed... but it is still here doing exactly what it is supposed to do. 

Even if it is just a medium for you and I to send PMs to one another in various different rooms, at this point. :) 

 



[#] Mon Mar 23 2020 00:11:03 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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Field Gate Programmable Array computers are the future of reliving 35 year old machines. They're cheap, reliable, authentic, and evolving. Emulation sucks. MiSTer - based on the DE10 Nano FPGA card, is the best thing to happen to 50 year old gamers since the Amiga 500/2000. Buy one, now. 



[#] Tue Jul 28 2020 15:26:20 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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I also took the time to build a nice new MiSTer using parts from Misteraddons.com - including a PCB case. I really like it. The first one, the I/O card on it sucked in fibers from the 3D printed case I made and the fan makes a terrible noise, and is not easily user replacable. The MisterAddOns I/O board has a much quieter fan, and it can be swapped out and replaced. I'd avoid the CBMSTUFF.COM Mister stuff - he does his own non standard things and it ends up being a headache, and highly recommend MisterAddOns - although CBMSTUFF tends to be a little less expensive.

[#] Wed Aug 19 2020 12:08:17 MST from ParanoidDelusions

Subject: ao486 MiSTer FPGA setup.

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So, the MiSTer FPGA project just released an update for the ao486 FPGA core. This core replicates an x86 i32 486SX running fast enough to handle many early Windows 3.x, Win 9x and most DOS titles. It has Sound Blaster, Tseng 5000 SVGA, mouse and PPP LAN/Internet (via null modem) support. This gives you a pretty robust DOSbox type of system with typical FPGA authenticity compared to emulation. 

It is a wicked blast of nostalgia installing and configuring - but there are some caveats. 

Initial setup can be a steep learning curve, especially if you're out of practice with Windows legacy platforms - which 25 years later, you probably are out of practice. 

There is no optical drive support as of now, nor can you mount an .iso CD image from the MiSTer file system as an optical drive image. 

Additionally, modern VM software like Oracle Virtual box is starting to have significant issues running 16 and 32 bit Operating Systems because 32 bit windows will choke on x64 processors, even with an emulated abstraction layer running as a VM between the code and the physical 64 bit processor. 

The best option is to use an older Core Duo or Centrino based physical machine to create a virtual machine on an older version of Virtual Box. Which you can find here: 

https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Download_Old_Builds

Create a fixed size .vhd hard drive image (might as well go for the Max size of 8GB supported by Windows 98SE), install and configure your Windows build there in Virtual Box, and here is my advice...

with the cd .iso mounted in Virtual Box and the VHD set up - copy the ENTIRE Windows install CD to a folder on the .VHD you've created. 


In my case, because I am using Windows 98 OSR 2, I've created a folder C:/Win98 on my .vhd drive and copied the entire Windows CD into that directory. 

This will save you time and effort. In fact, if you have any problems with the VM Windows image booting when you move it to the ao486 core, just boot from a dos .img file, rename the Windows directory windows.old, load a boot floppy image in ao486, and rerun SETUP from this directory on the hard drive. Also, if you uninstall or reinstall components or add Windows components or otherwise need the original Windows disk during a software install - it will just look to this directory on the hard drive to extract the necessary Windows files. 

With Windows 98 OSR 2, everything should autoconfigure correctly during setup - although I haven't been able to get the built in Microsoft TCP/IP stack and null modem driver to work correctly. I've been using Trumpet Winsock 3.x for network connectivity. This won't allow you to map file shares and copy directly from your PC Lan to ao486, but gives you basic network connectivity for FTP and simple web browsing, telnet and other IP based applications. 

I'll post documentation with more detailed information, probably even step by step install instructions with screen shots, and links to useful sites where you can find boot image floppies and CD .iso images, later. 










[#] Wed Aug 19 2020 21:29:32 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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Get your old PC games, categorized by year, which gives a decent idea what will run on ao486, here: 

https://gamesnostalgia.com/games/platform/dos

 



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