I installed a 10 gig harddrive, with Windows ME on it, that hadn't been used
in years and found it contains *LOTS OF GAMES*, so i've been playing old
games all evening.
Clydes Adventure is a great game, difficult, but great.
Has anyone even heard of it? I bought it way back in the late 80's as I
recall. Then theres Cosmo, Duke Nukem, Descent, Catacomb Abyss, Wolf 3D, and
Windows ME was a pretty good operating system.
I'm using Dosbox to make everything run with sound.
There's two programs called PCUSA and PCGLOBE that were two of the first
programs I ever bought that work great in Dosbox, but not in Windows, or
even dos anymore. I guess it's because of the newer CPU archeticture.
This harddrive was going to be formated and used for other things, but now
I'm going to keep it. I ordered a new maxtor 250gig harddrive today from
Ebay, for $20.00 w/ free shipping. I remember when those were $300.00.
I also found an old external Western Digital harddrive, 1.6 gigs. It had to
be formated. All the games are backed up to it now.
Windows ME coundn't install the drivers for the onboard network card in this
modern computer, so I had to dig out the old Netgear wireless cards, that
only use WEP. The drivers were already installed. My new router doesn't even
do WEP, so I had to make a hidden SSID, with no security, to get network
running. With the hidden SSID no one should be able to even know it's there,
Time to hit the hay. Five o'clock comes early.
ME was not one of Microsoft's great operating systems but if your
favorite games work in it, then who cares.
The only game I play is the old win3x version of Tetris.
I run it under WINE in Linux from time to time.
I have a friend who's an avid gamer who always has to have the latest
and greatest games and some very expensive hardware.
One day I decided to have a look at one of his fancy games only to find
out they were little more than those old dos games other than fancy
graphics and sound. IMHO: a total waste.
As far as hard drives go, I recently bought a 3TB external for under
$100....I recall when an 850 meg drive was twice that much or more,
I've got a parallel port around here someplace. The last time I tried to
use the IDE it sounded like the head was trying to seek to the outer
ring of Jupiter. That was another one of those 'How will I ever use 100
MB' steps on the path from 90 KB floppies to multi terabyte platters.
I've got a Win 2000 box at work but I powered it down a couple of years
ago. There was just too much stuff I couldn't install without looking in
the way back machine for old binaries. It certainly was better than NT.
And 10 is 8 is 7 is Vista is XP is 2000. Your point? NT 4.0 was the
last version to call itself NT although iirc, XP said something about
being built on NT technology. 8.1 was the NT 6.3 kernel. 10 went to a 10
major number for its kernel after confusing people for 20 years.
I was very familiar with the BSOD on NT 4.0, not so much on NT 5.0.
On Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:50:52 -0600, rbowman wrote:
I am guessing that his point is that from NT 3.1 onwards, the processor
memory access method of 16-bit unprotected 'real' DOS mode is *never* used.
This closed a multitude of possibilities for rogue applications to render
the PC inoperable.
Yes. Nowadays it is almost always due to a poorly-written driver or a
hardware problem. The system is much more robust against poorly-written
Wed, 19 Apr 2017
09:38:02 GMT in alt.home.repair, wrote:
yay! Do you have any of the wolf3d patches? Barney the purple
dinosaur, naked chicks on the walls, weapons conversion? etc?
Depends on your POV. :)
Rockin! Hey, if you're interested, I wrote a saved game editor for
Duke Nukem. It supports episodes 1 thru 3. You're welcome to a copy
of it if you'd like. The exe is 5.2kilobytes in size. The entire zip
is 7.6kilobytes in size.
I wrote one for Commander Keen v4 Goodbye Galaxy around the same
time, and, secret agent. You just copy the DNHACK.EXE file into the
same folder as you've got Duke Nukem, and run it. It's self
explanatory. It'll ask for the episode, choose it. Then, it'll ask
for the saved game (1-9) and you'll be presented with the options of
things you can change. You can give yourself near unlimited health,
the claw, the boots, mod your firepower, change the last level you
completed, even change your score. All upto you.
DNHACK is not for the 3d version of Duke, so, if that's what you
have, this won't work. I wrote them back in 1997...Yea, I know..
but, I was really bored at the time, too.
Since the drive is so old, I'd suggest you backup the stuff you want
to keep onto a cdr/dvdr, usb stick, and/or newer hard disk. Bit rott
is a real thing.
I'd suggest you back those games up on other media for the above
stated reason. Those drives are very old.
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