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  1. I've managed to break my Rocket 25 setup somehow. I have it in a PM 7100/80 running RocketShare. The host OS on the 7100 is a fresh install of 7.6.1, and the OS being used by the Rocket 25 is the version of 7.1 that is on the "My First Rocket HD". This setup worked before I wiped and reinstalled 7.6.1 on the host machine. I think I lost track of whatever fiddling I had to do to the 7.6.1 install to get it to work. Does anyone have any thoughts or tips? I came across some posts on here recently where someone had managed to even use 8.1 as the host OS, but for the life of
  2. I have a Radius Rocket 25 (not 25i, so full 68040 w/ FPU) that's currently in my 7100/80 that I could theoretically try this out with, but I've only ever tried to get the Rocket running in "hardware VM mode" not in "accelerator mode" because my impression has been that the Rocket accelerator software won't work on Nubus Power Macintoshes and/or greater than System 7.1 (the 7100 is currently running 7.6.1 like my 8100 is). It's hard for me to imagine how a Rocket would accelerate video card functions in a way that would actually be useful. I don't think these machines had very sophi
  3. I've been running a bunch of benchmarks with my PicklesXA in my 8100/100. I really wish I had some other accelerated Nubus cards to compare it to. Like a LeMans GT, Horizon 24, or Thunder IV. I've been using MacBench 4.0 on a fresh install of System 7.6.1 Generally speaking the card works great! It's a little bit weird that you can't adjust resolutions via the Monitors control panel. You have to do it through the PicklesXA utility that @t-shinba provided (thank you again ). It also tells you that you have to reboot to change resolutions, but I've found that if you use t
  4. Woohoo! This is awesome! I'll try the drivers out in my 8100/100 this week. I'll be able to compare the PicklesXA to an HPV card, an AV card, and the Radius video card integrated into their VideoVision board.
  5. This would be amazing if it works out. A piece of rare vintage computing history saved and brought back to life.
  6. Ah, I understand. If you have the software on floppy disk, I wonder if one of the other forum members here who lives in Japan may be able to assist in cloning and archiving them? Perhaps @taddy?
  7. Hi @t-shinba , Do you have access to a copy of the PicklesXA software that doesn't have the resource forks stripped from the files? I've been trying many things to see if I can get the previous ones you posted to work using a variety of hacks, but so far I haven't been able to get anything to work. Cheers!
  8. Nubus should be faster than the ISA bus on that thing, especially Nubus90, but who knows what kind of bizarre approach they've taken to writing the 290's framebuffer to local 1MB of VRAM and then mapping it to the Mac's framebuffer? I'm sure it's incredibly hacky. Does the card support directly connecting an external display in any way to bypass the above PiP hackiness to see how it works "natively"? I would generally expect any resolution over 640x480 to be utterly horrible in terms of performance. The "sweet spot" for those kinds of DOS video cards of that era was 640
  9. There were quite a number of ISA cards based on the WD90C30 and 31 back in the day. They were among the faster ISA graphics chips, IIRC. Like all the higher end ISA chips at the time they were limited by the bus (or a bad implementation when they somehow managed not to saturate the ISA bus). I don't know if the '30 was a "Windows Accelerator" or if that was only the '31. I also don't know if whatever counted as a "Windows Accelerator" extended to Windows95 or if that was a Windows 3.1 kind of distinction. According to VGA Museum benchmarks, the WD90C30 should be capable
  10. I have a card based on that chipset. It's much slower than a Rage128 for 3D stuff. It's a great 2D card. Faster than my ix3D card, which is about as fast as my Rage128 card depending on the test. The T2R4 based card falls around the level of a Voodoo2 or RIVA TNT card for some things, but falls well short in others.
  11. It sounds like the drivers posted earlier were a lost cause due to their resource forks being stripped?
  12. Other than the VRAM boards are their other physical hardware differences in the RAMDAC ("pixel") clocks to support those different resolutions, or is that something that's just controlled/configured by the firmware?
  13. Blargh! Womp, womp. Well, I'm glad it's going someplace that isn't the trash bin.
  14. Totally. It's even weirder to me because clearly there's some facility for a daughtercard on those things. I'm not sure what goes there. I think it's maybe for a SoundBlaster + MIDI/Gameport board kind of like some (all?) of the Houdini II cards have? However from looking at the Houdini II card I've got here, it's pretty clear that the little Vibra16 daughtercard isn't mechanically compatible with the sockets on that Reply board. I'm basically praying that the cabling I have for this Houdini II card will incidentally work on a Reply board like @new_user has, but I have no idea if it will actua
  15. Right? How nuts is that? edit: The 7100 version has it running along the bottom so that it has some clearance for the metal drive cage. The 8100 version has it running along the top so it can clear the plastic frame that stabilizes the HPV card.
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