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Re: new Nova drivers

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The two extra Ramchips in the Sockets are the right ones?

256kbx16 or 512kbx8 !?!
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If I knew how to tell... Manufacturers seem to have agreed on never printing the exact memory size on chips and instead use cryptic numbers. :-)

The chips say:
HY514260B
JC-70
9525A KOREA
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Seems to be 256kbx16.

What should be the correct size for this card?
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Are the original two Ramchips and the two extra all the same?

Look at the Datasheets, there are FPM or EDO ...
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No they are not the same.

This is what I have found about the socketed chips: https://www.digchip.com/datasheets/part ... 14260B.php

If I read correctly they are FPM.

The soldered chips are two HM514170JP8. Couldn't find a data sheet for them but I believe they are also FPM..
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HM514170 are also 256kBx16

Google for "datasheet HM514170"
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OK, but for what purpose should I research the RAM? Can you be more specific?

Idek thinks it's a timing issue with the DAC.
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Ram is fine. I test my cards in a old PC ISA Pentium Mainboard with the ATI Testutil under MSDOS.
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Yes, I haven't found anything that says they are different types of RAM chips. Unfortunately, I don't have any such old PC to test the card with. I'm stuck with the Atari :-)

I'm happy the card supports 1024x768 with a good picture so I can run Cubase with more screen estate. But it would of course be nice to be able to use the highest resolution as well, with that lovely pixel perfect sharpness.
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Re: new Nova drivers

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I have a very similar card, but it has the BFN DAC (I guess this is 135MHz).
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When I find some time, I will test my card with the drivers again. Maybe there is a general problem with the DAC programming. Right now, I am very busy with other cards and setups.
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Alright, it will be done when it will be done. At least my card is usable as it is right now.
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Re: new Nova drivers

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Hades PCI version online (thx TheNameOfTheGame & Kroll)
TT CrazyDots version online (thx Highspeed)
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Thank you for all the work and patience getting the driver working on the PCI bus for Hades!
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Idek Tramielski wrote:Hades PCI version online (thx TheNameOfTheGame & Kroll)
TT CrazyDots version online (thx Highspeed)
Wow! Great work!
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Re: new Nova drivers

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Good news everyone: I was able to add full support for the Mach64 card with STG1702 DAC. Currently only for the the Falcon, since I am working on the new Falcon drivers. Is there anybody with a Mach64/STG1702 card willing to test the drivers?
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Good work!
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Re: new Nova drivers

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Good news everyone!
I wanted to do this for quite some time now...got it done eventually: The first ever ET4000 driver for Falcon/NOVA is online!
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Nice work!
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Awesome, great work!
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Re: new Nova drivers

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I discovered a slight problem with the Falcon/ET4000 driver. The 16 color resolutions are not cache save, i.e. when the cache is active and a 16 color resolution is selected, the driver won't work correctly. By investigating this further, I discovered that this is also the case for the MegaSTE drivers.
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Re: new Nova drivers

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STGA drivers online
VoFa drivers online
Ask frank.lukas if you are interested in those cards.

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Re: new Nova drivers

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I am looking for 5 beta testers for my next gen Nova driver. The new driver attempts to be a unified driver for all ET4000 and ET4000W32 setups. The new nVMG program will enable you to configure the setup according to your personal hardware.
nvmg3.jpg
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Anybody who is willing to test nVMG should be aware of its beta status. I can't take responsibility for any damage caused by the drivers.
If you want to participate as beta tester, I ask you not to distribute the beta drivers. I will release the drivers to the public as soon as I feel comfortable about their stability.

So if you are interested to participate, please contact me by PM with a description of your setup. :D

I want to thank frank.lukas for helping test the drivers during their alpha phase. Frank is always a big help when it comes to anything Nova related and he keeps me busy by building new hardware setups that need support. :wink:
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Re: new Nova drivers

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already tested setups:

- MegaST + STGA + ET4000 + W32C490 (24bit)
- MegaST + VoFa + ET4000 + W32C490 (24bit)
- MegaSTE + ET4000 + W32C490 (24bit)
- TT + ET4000 + W32C490 (24bit)

I am still looking for beta testers!
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