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  1. Black Panther

    Black Panther Senior Moderator™ Staff Member

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    I suspect it's the oldest bit of hardware I have in the house.

    My guess is that it's a graphics card with 512K of vram, manufactured in 1989...

    Am I right? Is Phoebes the brand name of the card? Was it a high-end card in its days?

    Unfortunately googling isn't leading me anywhere, perhaps I'm googling the wrong words..

    Can you tell me what you can see from the picture please?
    If you find any interesting links on the net please let me know.
    Thanks!

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    Black Panther Senior Moderator™ Staff Member

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    Thanks for the link W1zzard.

    I still can't find out what PHVGA means..

    But no I won't throw it away, it's too old and cute to be thrown away :D
     
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    Nah, keep it. Something like this is always good as a museum piece. Heck, perhaps donate it to a computer museum?

    And you never know, keep it a bit longer and it might be worth something as a collector's item.
     
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    Trident Microsystems Dual SVGA Card TVGA 8800CS

    TRIDENT TVGA (16-BIT)
    Category: Video
    Video Types Supported XVGA
    Video Processor TVGA 8800CS
    Highest Resolution Supported 1024 x768
    Data Bus Type 16-bit ISA
    Memory Type DRAM
    Maximum Onboard Memory 512KB

    CONNECTIONS
    15-pin analog video port - CN1
    VGA feature connector - CN3
    9-pin TTL video port - CN2

    MONITOR TYPE SELECTION
    J1 SW1/1 SW1/2 SW1/3 SW1/4

    DRAM CONFIGURATION
    256KB
    Bank 0 (8) 41256
    Bank 1 None

    512KB
    Bank 0 (8) 41256
    Bank 1 (8) 41256
     
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    damn thats even before i was born!
     
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    Black Panther Senior Moderator™ Staff Member

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    I have a working pc with ISA slots (if it still works because it's some time since I powered it on now), but since it also has an AGP slots I had put in a Nvidia Vanta 16MB which I guess is like 32x more powerful than the card pictured above :).

    I had muddled up something with the fonts of the OS so it's not very clear:
    Processor: Celeron 334Mhz Mendocino
    Ram: 128MB DDR SDRAM PC100
    Graphics: Nvidia Vanta 16MB (AGP)
    Motherboard: Soltek SL-62C
    Sound Card: Aztech AZT 2320 (ISA)
    HDD: Samsung 5400rpm 6GB.

    [​IMG]

    I don't think the above card works but I might try to test it on the PII.
     
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    qubit Overclocked quantum bit

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    This looks like Windows 98? That takes me back...
     
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    Yes 98 SE
     
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    :wtf: Looking at the top connector...
    i wonder how it scales when we throw multi GPU setup on it
     
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    Probably PHoebes VGA like TVGA likely is short for Trident VGA. SVGA is Super VGA (aka 800x600). XGA (or XVGA) is eXtended Graphics Array (aka 1024x768).

    I concur with W1zzard, 1989 = belongs in a museum.
     
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    Actually it was me that said that. ;) Definitely a museum piece and shouldn't be thrown away.
     
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    does it work?
     
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    I would have loved this card a couple years ago when I did an all-ISA 386 build with 8MB 36pin SIMMs, SCSI CD-ROM and IDE HDD via addon controller. All I had was an old ATi Mach 16 and the little yellow capacitors next to each RAM chip caught on fire after using it for a while (did I mention it ran epically hot?).
     
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    I wonder ,if any, what kinds of games you could play with on that?
     
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    Text adventures or any game using ASCI art and a limited set of colors.
     
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    98 SE haha, I was use it since my age 8 year old.
     
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