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Basic question about videocards.
« on: August 07, 2013, 04:35:14 am »
As of recently I got my hands on an abandon computer that, initially I had no idea what to do with it, but then an idea struck.  Why not build a MAME like system to replace an ailing Pentium II laptop that was doing the same thing.

I don't want to deal with Windows so having it run XP was out, but I got hit with a one two punch.

The computer in question is an HP 5700 slimline desktop with, a useless ADD2 16x E-PCI slot on a half height card cage.

Front Panel, not much exciting here.

Back panel:  The fact this computer has PS/2 ports makes me quite happy.  I'll be using them.

Smidge on the dusty side in there, but I'll be cleaning it out good, the previous owner did smoke around it.  And the USELESS ADD2 slot.

What I'm asking is will the Intel integrated graphics chipset be suitable for 16 bit and up, or should I sink a little cash in and buy a PCI half height card?

The systems I'm seeking to emulate are: NES, SNES, N64, PS1 and if I can get away with it DOS 6.2 (that one is easy :P)


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Re: Basic question about videocards.
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2013, 03:27:12 am »
You won't get reliable PS1 nor N64 out of the onboard graphics. The others should be ok depending on system specs
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Re: Basic question about videocards.
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2013, 02:52:35 pm »
You may have issues getting Xorg to run with that Intel chip too. I had a real nightmare trying to get a machine of a similar age/spec to work nicely. I probably would have just board a e-PCI card, had they not been so difficult to find cheaply