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  1. With v4.05 having been released around Halloween - to a few people or to second-hand buyers it'll still be an option. That's about it really. I've still not found any reason to 'upgrade' from the PS3.
  2. Another day, another year old thread resurrected to save making a new one... Fedora is now available for your gimped pc PS4. Try not to get too excited.
  3. I was fond of the arrangement that I had with Windows XP. It did some annoying stuff: there was the bi-weekly bluescreen surprise, a sound card which jumped in and out of existence, and a resource hungriness that could only be satiated if you had the money for upgrades (and I certainly didn't). Apart from all that it was lovely, and life was good. It's hard to adequately describe the extent to which computing deteriorated afterward. The ribbon interface for MSOffice came along. Then came shittier and shittier updates to "Windows Live" that screwed with the software. Microsoft decided that if you wanted to play Halo then you better get Windows Vista. The cost of getting these OSes always seemed a bit of an insult to me as well. I knew being a student I could get them for cheaper, but I also knew that OEMs who had significantly more money than I did were getting the same licensed software for pennies. None of the problems with the operating system were all that severe to be honest. It's just that I started feeling both spied upon and insulted by the things Microsoft were releasing. I'd gone as far as Windows 8.1, and from there I'd absolutely ruled out getting Windows 10. I basically decided that the furthest that I'm willing to go in terms of the Windows software schedule was Windows 7, so I'm basically condemned to the land of the deprecated. Or so I thought. (Is it reading as too preachy? It's more "thems the breaks" to me) So I went through a tonne of Linux distributions and not one of them would do exactly what I want. I've used Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, Debian, Mint, Arch, Alpine, Antergos, LXLE, whichever version of slackware called itself "the lazy version of slack" (I forget)... Basically everything that looked like "it could be for me" I tried. The distributions always lacked something. Lubuntu and Linux Mint were too easy. Arch and Gentoo were too much work. After a couple years trying different things I found one I was happy with: It is called Devuan with LXDE. That's probably enough on the topic for the first post. I'll go into the advantages and the drawbacks of using it in the next couple of posts. Needless to say I'm fairly pleased with the way it works and (if I can figure out how to make the image small enough) I'll post a screenshot of what it looks like on my system:
  4. New hardware contains either Intel's Management Engine or AMD's equivalent of the Management Engine, meaning that you cannot buy your way out of avoiding those future embarrassments. I'm left with old hardware and left scratching my head on what to do about it. None of the reports care to mention what I should be doing. And my vendor's not going to do it; this laptop is from 2007...
  5. If I were the most informed, talented, creative individual this world has ever seen then contributing would of course be a good thing and easily done. Instead, what I expect is for all my contributions to sound as though they are farts being played through an elevator intercom. I'll see if I can pull "creative writing that engages an audience" out of my a**, but I can't promise any of it is going to be good. Or even get read by anybody given this here ghost town. I promise you I'll have a go though. I've gone through a lot of old distros to find my "comfiest", so I can talk about that to begin with.
  6. I know this is a microsoft themed forum but it seems strange to me that, if you're nerdy enough to have declared yourself "a fan of" an OS, that you would then stick to that OS and not then try to push the boat out a little. This subsection of the forum resembles a ghost town, and what for? Are there better places to go or something? This place has people who are interested in the end use of OS'ss's. It seems like an adequate place for discussion. I only know of three things that linux doesn't do: play modern games, invoke nostalgia, or offer the illusion of choice only to then make all the decisions for you... But what it does do is very powerful. While I've never really owned an apple product, OS/X 8 through 11 seemed kind of interesting and it's still based on unix up to today if I recall correctly. By talking here I can share my experiences: entertain, educate and learn. Will there never be anything more than a brief nod to linux in here?
  7. I'm pretty sure my Turion has an in-built flash decoder but none such for html5. Not that it matters anymore. Since it's linux now (and a variant with little to none in the way of proprietary or deprecated software) flash doesn't run at all and html5 requires clearance around the machine to avoid thermal shut-off. It's the price that I'm paying for free beer. I may turn it into a headless firewall and be done with it. Performance matters less to me than choice. What are your options when it comes to 9x? Midori? Otter browser? Palemoon? K-meleon? I'm pretty sure most of these will have dependencies that don't translate well to something so old. I have something in the back of my mind about Chrome v51 working... Is that true?
  8. I know this thread is over a year old... Do you still have it? +1 for Slitaz if you do.
  9. First I've had faulty power buttons, both on the case and at the outlet. It's a bit like finding two spiders in the bathtub: why are they so inconvenient? how did they both get there? So I swapped things around and the test rig now gives 100% gpu rpm and no display out. The board I thought I'd use is an unusual AMD development board, and I suspect it wants me to use the onboard DVI port only. It's one of those ports that's got no holes for the 4 little pins that sit on either side of the big oblong one. I'm going to play around with display adapters and possibly even build a 2nd test rig ~ I don't blame the card yet. Although this card has the most unusual curvature to it that I have ever seen. It's my fault and all, for not understanding the "like new" euphemism in the listing. I was wondering: Can 9x be installed to a SATA hard drive? or to a USB drive? Because otherwise I'm gonna have to buy a special hard drive just for testing 9x
  10. Palemoon has an SSE1 build that works with most websites (but I don't think it'll run on 9x). I used to play games too on a P4 that had 2.6 or 2.8GHz. But for browsing websites that fart javascript all over your PC, I'd guess the old architecture on socket 478 ought to be avoided. Remember as well that any hyper threading on offer is gonna be disabled for 9x.
  11. That res I'm pretty sure is 16:10 ratio. There are some 'affordable' Hanns G panels in the 27"-28" range offering it. We had an early "square faced" model where the capacitors gradually died. Later "smiley faced power light" models seem reliable enough. If I see one for cheap enough I might get one or two again. 16:10 dual monitor setup would be pretty sweet... Replying to the original post, I really don't get what OP is complaining about. I know windows 10 sucks, but I'm on Devuan w/LXDE... I miss having some games and a working copy of Paint.NET, but those two things aside I'm not at a loss at all. If anything whatever you get that's based on debian tends to be rock solid. That said, I'm using old hardware and so I'm not trying "vulcan" or "freesync" or anything.
  12. This is what I'm looking at: Radeon X800 XL Feb. 2, 2005 R430 110nm 256MB 400MHz 980MHz 16:6:16:16 6400 6400 600 31GB/s GDDR3 256 Radeon X1800 XT Oct. 5, 2005 R520 90nm 256MB 625MHz 750MHz 16:8:16:16 10000 10000 1250 48GB/s GDDR3 256 The 90nm cards require even more heat and power than the 130nm cards did. Why is that if it's a more efficient process? Because in spite of "RingMemoryTechnologyTM" and "revolutionary new architecture" all they did was find a way of upping the stable clock speed. You can change the thin film that the transistors are printed on, but what you've got are the same copper traces to the same logic as before. That's not the only speculative reason I've got for trying it. I think Catalyst 6.2 under windows XP might well support the X1800 series, so the card already had support in this version. For one reason or another ATI locked them out, and they did it in a way which was more sophisticated than cutting them from the INI file. Perhaps catastrophic instability is the reason. Perhaps they just didn't want to support 9x and were for reasons unknown to me, thorough in blocking it. Whatever the case you get articles like this one: http://www.hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/3603-ati-radeon-x1800-xt-preview/?page=2 which says: "Outwardly, R520 is essentially, and ATI will hate me for saying so, little more than a highly clocked R480." Good news for me! Except that it also says not long afterwards: "feeding everything with a new memory controller"... A new memory controller which probably doesn't behave the same way an R430's did. Now then, like a christmas pudding, the proof will probably come from the eating. Speaking of which I'll probably have to wait until after christmas before these cards even arrive. So we can argue over whether Bill Gates intended it or not sometime in the new year. I bought the card specifically for this experiment, so it's likely that's what we're going to do.
  13. 9x is a convenient platform that lets me learn what happens if I mess with a vBIOS GPU ID, and it lets me do that using a card that doesn't cost 400 dollars. The result could help to preserve or to improve BillGatesOS and it's residual software, but any of that helpful stuff is academic. Motivations be damned all that I'm hoping for is an interesting result. "Yeah I bricked the card" is the likeliest verdict and then all of the "I told you so"s will come pouring down like tears in rain
  14. The long winded explanation is this: I've ordered both an X850XT and a Connect3d X1800XT (256MB). I'm going to use the X850 to confirm 9x support on the mainboards that I've got. After that I'm swapping out 9x and the X850 for Windows XP and the newer X1800XT. If the newer card proves to be stable and in working order, I'm going to experiment with vBIOS modding using Windows XP. Gpucore @ 650MHz (up from 625), coreV at 1.4V, memcore @ 760MHz (up from 750). The card won't be blazing fast but I'll get a feel for vBIOS mods through this. If everything still works then I can try the risky stuff next and try to make the X1800 identify itself as an R420 or R480 series card. Somewhere in the back of my mind I've heard about this before and it bricked the card But ideally I would like to find a Connect3d vBIOS for an X800XL, so that I can compare the two. If (note: a lot of "ifs" here) it works, then it'll raise the possibility of modifying other R520 & R580 series cards for use in 9x machines. It wouldn't topple the 7900 series crown I don't think, but improved ATI performance and greater parts availability would hopefully be the result. tl;dr A lot of ifs and hopes, and the method is convoluted. I might learn something along the way though. That's the only useful reason to do it.
  15. Right now all I have is a bunch of 780G series mainboards all loaded up with more RAM than 9x can handle. I'm going to get smaller sticks and see if my boards can support 9x and then if that's the case I'll wait for a cheap auction to end on the cards in question. It *probably* won't work. There's probably a reason ATI locked the cards out. Then again, that reason could have been benevolence and marketing mumbo jumbo. Its a long road before I'll get the chance to see for myself. But if you happen to have an X1800XT (256) lying around somewhere then it could be worth a try.
  16. Specifically comparing the X800XL and X1800XT (256mb) models you will notice a lot of parity, along with a small chance that a higher clocked X1800 might be able to masquerade as an older process gpu. I'm yet to compare PCBs or detailed block diagrams (such as this one https://techreport.com/review/8864/ati-radeon-x1000-series-gpus) as there are two other questions that I'm yet to answer; 1. Has the modified vbios idea already been tried? 2. Where could I find the exact x1800XT 256mb model that I want and get it cheaply enough to risk experimenting upon it? It'd be a modified X1800XT bios in function, but it would report an R430 and X800 ID and be treated by the video drivers as such. You'd definitely lose shader model 3 support and possibly fail to utilise the extra shader cores, but you might keep the higher clock rate than the flawed 110nm architecture could reach. If you can attain those clock rates, then you can have ATI hardware that's on par with the 7 series.
  17. Hello, first post here how y'all doing etc.. I'm interested in AMD/ATI hardware and I was wondering; If the last ATI drivers can't be tricked into allowing cards newer than the X800 series, then could you not modify the video BIOS of the R520 based X1800XT and make it pretend to be an R430 series gpu with X800XL hardware ID? I don't care about shader model 3 I just want the core clock speeds. So has anyone here got any experience with vBIOS modding?

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