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  1. Good to know. May do that when the times comes and projects require it. (I use KernelEx tricks sometimes, but I find them a solution of last resort. It makes the kernelEx-ed software XP only, the software crashes when starting them from Windows 7 in a multiboot)
  2. Bit of necro, So I just found VLC 3(.0.3) crashes when trying to play a H265 encoded video. libx265_plugin.dll contains NT6-specific kernel32.dll calls. The program crashes whenever that plugin dll is loaded on demand. Here is a great summery by gho421 on this particular issue, with XP API-tests for the other plugins as well. Showing these for version 2.2.2 up to 3.0.10. https://code.videolan.org/videolan/vlc/-/issues/24858 Now I can imagine tricks like: plugin re-compiles, kernel-ex wrappers, mix-and-match of files of different VLC versions. But for the time being the safest bet is to stick with VLC v2.2.1 on Windows XP. Yes it plays H265 without crashing. EDIT: below a copy of gho421's report on v.3.0.10
  3. When I see some interesting hobby projects on github, it is fun to try and build a Windows XP compatible version from the sources. Preferably by building on Windows XP itself. For that one needs a somewhat recent version of CMake. https://cmake.org/ Official CMAKE packages dropped windows XP compatibility after this one: cmake-3.13.5-win32-x86.zip from 2019-05-14, last in 3.13 serie. ReactOS Build Environment package RosBE-2.2.1.exe includes an XP compatible CMake: cmake-3.17.2 (without GUI) By comparing and selecting MSYS2 packages, I assembled an XP compatible version of CMake v3.20 (08-07-2021). Available on my website in the back-ports section. http://www.gb-homepage.nl/index.htm
  4. At work I need to put Windows 10 on some older Hardware. Z68 Chipset based. BIOS and MBR config. SATA SSD 500 or 1000 GB. 8 to 16GB RAM. I already had a test setup for it, from 2020 already, with Windows 10 installed from CD with some unfinished SysPrep intentions. Decided to connect it to the internet and let Windows Update run. Unfortunately, The 21H2 Feature update repeatedly failed. It is detailed as error 0xc1900200, Which may mean that the system requirements are not met. Now I suspect it is because back in 2020 I did not let it create a "System Reserved Partition". Thinking; Such dependency would just complicate the backup and imaging of the OS. I am not sure though if that is the sole reason. Windows recovery "bootcfg" failed too, saying "access denied". So instead I made a 22H2 install media on USB stick, and installed it like that. This works and runs, but the partitions are unchanged afterwards. so again no System Reserved Partition. No complaints from Windows setup about that (just the usual Windows 10 silly questions and remarks, styled as if the computer is a person now). On one hand I think I should retry and make such a partition in some way. On the other hand I read here that 22H2 is the last feature update, in which case I don't really need to ever do a feature update again, and I can just as well leave it alone.
  5. Just tested a rapidgator download, and it works fine here. The captcha is to fill in a bunch of words. It passes. Roytam's Newmoon Version 28/10.6a1 (32-bit) (2023-01-13) Useragent switcher fake ID; Firefox 105 (Win10 64-bit) Ublock origin running
  6. U-Bahn (Metro) Duesseldorf, Germany, Last week. Cannot identify the OS exactly. But it has the classic theme and icons.
  7. IMO Freakin file explorer "auto-sort" makes it annoying in day-to-day functionality. https://superuser.com/questions/279200/how-can-i-disable-windows-vista-7-explorers-auto-sort-after-file-copying
  8. Well, II suppose if the admin or someone is annoyed they can move the MAME posts to a new thread. If you want to talk about MAME in general this may be a good place. Vogons: Console & Arcade Emulation https://www.vogons.org/viewforum.php?f=11 As for me, I don't really have more to say about it, I am afraid. I don't have actual arcade nostalgia. Just that some old games were told to have their best version on some arcade platform, whilst the DOS/Sega/Nintendo versions were inferior ports.
  9. Thanks for updating this Chrome package. This time I took the unGoogled version. Then copied over the user data folder from my previous regular version, with addons and all. That seems to work. Appreciate the choice of an alternate skin besides the Windows XP Luna Blue one. I will have to decide which one I like best.
  10. Thanks for the list. With software of that kind, combined with an older OS, and particular use cases, versions matter a lot. As for HqMame. I noticed some other versions gave stuttering audio on a Sandy bridge laptop. And from 2012 to 2016 executable size grew from 60MB to a whopping 120 MB.
  11. Six months ago I was curious about some old arcade games. Which, as usual, got me tinkering with software without playing much I found it preferable to use the HqMAME fork, because it can smoothen the pixelation out nicely, and it does it internally to the sprites or layers for better effect. This one: HqMAME v2.2 based on MAME v0.147u3, dated 11-12-2012. Modded with HqMAME v2.16 scaler dlls, which seem to work fine. On Windows XP SP3 x86 that is.
  12. In the linked post at vogons.org Falcosoft added screenshots to illustrate things. In that quoted bit, I am also wondering what Falcosoft meant with the term "PC resolution", I don't know...
  13. Coincidentally, Falcosoft at vogons just posted a good summary of NVidia/WinXP custom resolution support. I already intended to append it here. QUOTED, from https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=92849&p=1143505#p1143505 Falcosoft Posted on 25-2-2023 The last XP driver that has working GPU scaling option is 355.98. Also you should use VGA or DVI instead of HDMI. Important! Under XP do not use HDMI since: - You will not get scaling options. - You cannot set the dynamic range to Full RGB so you will always get limited RGB. This results in incorrect black levels in case of PC monitors. Important! In order to get these options you have to switch to a PC or non-native based resolution. After you selected the desired option it also applies to native based resolutions or non-PC resolutions. (The below examples show what is possible with DVI) 1. Use Nvidia scaling: In this case the display always stays in its native resolution but no aspect ratio correction is applied by the GPU so you will always get a full screen image. This case is trivial so I do not attach a screenshot. 2. Use Nvidia scaling with fixed aspect ratio: In this case the display always stays in its native resolution but the GPU also applies aspect ratio correction: Nvidia_aspect.jpg 3. Use my displays built-in scaling: In this case the display is switched for the given resolution and no aspect ratio adjustment is applied by the GPU. Your display has to correct aspect ratio either automatically or manually. 4. Do not scale: In this case the display always stays in its native resolution but the GPU not only corrects aspect ratio but draws a centered pixel perfect screen inside the native resolution (so in case of smaller resolutions you can get a tiny image) Also: https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?p=899374#p899374
  14. Thanks a lot!, I can also confirm this rebased dll cuts chrome360 memory allocation to about a quarter compared to the original dll.
  15. ctfmon.exe is a useless and stubborn MS Office 2003 related service. I remove it sometimes, sometimes I forget. Then alg.exe, I am not sure. It is a manually started MS service, the question is what starts it? Windows XP Firewall maybe? https://www.auditmypc.com/alg.asp
  16. Oh look! This system is quite similar to the main i5-3550 above, also a GigaByte 6-series motherboard. Except it has an i3-3220 with 2 real cores and 2 HT. It has nVidia GT 710 graphics instead of AMD Radeon 7750. Now I just went into the BIOS and disabled the two HyperThreading cores. Run the test again: Taskmanager shows now 2 threads instead of 4, and the 360chrome memory allocation is quite the same (=low) so I did not bother to make a screen shot again.
  17. I tested Chrome360 v13.5 on three systems with Windows XP x86 prof (PosReady), just the single empty startup tab: 1) Clean Chrome360 on an eee-PC 1000HE with intel Atom N280 single real core + HyperThreading core, 2GB RAM. 360chrome.exe shown 4x around 125MB allocated + 1x a smaller entry. See image. 2) Clean Chrome360 on a AMD E-350 APU nettop with 2 cores and no HT, 4GB RAM. 360chrome.exe shown 5x each around 125MB allocated. 3a) Clean Chrome360 on my main i5-3550 with 4 cores and no HT, 4GB RAM: 360chrome.exe shown 5x each around 125MB allocated. 3b) Slightly customized Chrome360 on my main i5-3550 with 4 cores and no HT, 4GB RAM: 360chrome.exe shown 5x around 125MB allocated + 1x a smaller entry.
  18. Darn, I see that now. That is a big difference between one GT 730 and the other. GT 710, GK208 (28nm), 192 : 16 : 4, DDR3 on 64bit-bus, 19 W TDP GT 710, GK208 (28nm), 192 : 16 : 4, GDDR5 on 64bit-bus, 19 W TDP GT 730, GK208 (28nm), 384 : 16 : 8, DDR3 on 64bit-bus, 23 W TDP or 38 W ? GT 730, GK208 (28nm), 384 : 16 : 8, GDDR5 on 64bit-bus, 25 W TDP or 38 W ? GT 730, GF108 (40nm), 96 : 16 : 4, DDR3 on 128bit-bus, 49 W TDP GTX 950, GM206 (28nm), 768 : 48 :32, GDDR5 on 128bit-bus, 90 W TDP I compiled that list above, from different sources, because none of them show the complete lineup. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce_700_series https://www.techpowerup.com https://videocardz.net/nvidia-geforce-gt-730-gk208
  19. From the name GT 730, one would expect it to offer more then a GT 710. But when I compare the data below (basic DDR3 models), I cannot find much in favor of the GT 730. It says it uses more watt, whilst performing about the same as GT 710, or slightly less. GT 730 core is on an older 40 nm process. https://www.techpowerup.com/gpu-specs/msi-gt-710-low-profile-2-gb.b4101 https://www.techpowerup.com/gpu-specs/gainward-gt-730.b3008 EDIT, I think the theoretical performance in the links above, does not properly consider the memory bandwidth difference, and find this more realistic: https://www.quora.com/Is-a-GT-710-2GB-DDR5-better-than-a-GT-730-2GB-DDR3?share=1 "The GT 730 is about 30% better than the GT 710" Where "better" is only meaning a higher frame-rate, I recon, because it is not better in the subject of features or power usage.
  20. My Windows 95 on a 486 Vesa local bus system is still perfectly usable, for playing MP3s (at 22kHz max) and playing Freecell. I expect it to remain usable for such until the capacitors die of old age. Then I will recap it, making it usable for another 20 years. Just a silly remark, for the vague statement of 'usable'.
  21. When I look at images of GTX 950 and 960, they do appear more like mid-range GPUs. Besides my main PC, I am working with two Lian Li PC-Q07B cases for Mini-ITX. They offer just one PCIe expansion slot at the bottom. Airflow is very limited there. Power supply can be ATX-size, but preferably the smaller SFX size. See attached example image, which is lacking a GPU there. Any GT 710 will work in that spot, but I don't see a match for a GTX 950/960. I tested this one "With v347.09 brief testing, I have seen one hang with 3Dmark2001SE. Showing a benchmark intro screen, about to fade in, but it remains very dark forever. Two other runs; no problem." So for a GT 710 on Windows XP I am a bit suspect about any driver v347.09 or later. I will have to check if my current v344.75 driver has the custom resolution support...
  22. PS. The systems I use are based on intel 6-series 2011/2012 motherboards with at least 4GB of RAM. Which is around the maximum for Windows XP x86 anyways. No worries.
  23. Thanks for explaining. I am not complaining, was just wondering for a moment. I almost never used chrome before, so I am just a rookie considering chrome's methods. And for the most part I can only solve that by trying and reading myself, and not wasting too much of your time. Of course there are technically good things about chrome, similar to how I expect there to be technically good things in Windows 10/11. (Even though the latter p***es me off in many other aspects.) This chrome install already succeeded in one scenario, where Newmoon 28 was failing recently with endless loops of cloudflare checks. So there it saves me a reboot into Linux. Much appreciated!
  24. Yes. And as for new GT 710 cards, it seems retailers are phasing them out now. And I don't see another low-end card taking its place. There will always be loads of second hand of course, but you are right, it will be hard to find or identify GDDR5 ones. In my initial post is a reading of the effects of the PCIe v1.1 link width: at 1x link width: 24160 points 3DMark2001 at 8x link width: 30554 points 3DMark2001 So for that setup 1x link gives a noticeable performance decrease. Not that severe, but still a bit worrisome.
  25. Thanks, indeed I initially used the "ungoogled" version. Thinking less google equals better? Now with the normal edition, I could easily add extensions and also added Draker's two parameters. Good te see all three extensions work. That is Dark Reader / change all UI fonts / uBlock origin. The program UI is still ugly luna/white, but that is just 10% of what I am looking at. MSFN forum looks very nice now, in my taste. Posting this from Chrome too. I notice in the task manager, 360chrome.exe is spawned six times, for a single tab. Then additional single entries spawn for each tab?

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