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...my motherboard has just died...The voltage regulator is dead. It's going to be a while before I can enjoy PP99 in all it's 3dfx glory!! I need a new mobo, processor, case and memory now.Blow it!Chris E ( The angry PP99 :-newbie :-fume )http://website.lineone.net/~flightsimukAvoid AGP texturing = Better Performance ;)

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Chris:At least you can take comfort in the fact that hardware prices are reasonable, especially for the power you can purchase. But I can understand you being chapped. Just when you were really going to get some time in with Pro Pilot.I placed an order yesterday for an Atlon XP with 512 meg of ram and a 40 gig hard drive. I would imagine that it will end up costing around $1000. I have a local fellow assemble it to my specifications as it gives me more value than buying from Gateway, Dell or HP.And when you have gotten everything sorted out, you will be really pleased with what PP99 can do on a machine more powerful than what most of us here considered adequate. I ran Pro Pilot on a P2-233 and was pleased no end.Doc Bryant

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Doc,I'm wondering if I should go 'cutting edge', or save some wedge and go a few 'generations' behind (say Athlon 1.4 or something).It would be nice to have a 2.2 Ghz Athlon XP (or whatever the latest is) but is the extra dosh really worth it ?...considering I have had my current system (which just died) for almost 5 years (yes, I know) although it has some recent components (like sound card, video card, hard drive, 256mb etc) the motherboard is still an old Socket 7 system with a k6-2 550 in it... - and the only reason it died is through stupidity on my part (I should know better!).Bye for now.Chris Ehttp://website.lineone.net/~flightsimukAvoid AGP texturing = Better Performance ;)

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Just got my new bits to build a new system, basically an Athlon XP 1800+ (seems to be the best price/performance ratio) and 512mb DDR RAM. Oh, and a nice Gigabyte mobo to suit...Nice....Chris Ehttp://website.lineone.net/~flightsimukAvoid AGP texturing = Better Performance ;)

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Chris:I think you have chosen your parts wisely. You should be tickled pink with the results.Doc Bryant

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Thanks guys,Just got it up and running for the first time, and have just set up my internet connections (not that I was blind before).Lots of work still to do, so thats all for now...Chris Ehttp://website.lineone.net/~flightsimukAvoid AGP texturing = Better Performance ;)

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Have you got a Voodoo card of some sort running in that speed machine? We are all waiting to hear your first 3dFX experience with ProPilot 99!Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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I just put a Chaintech GeForce G4 Ti4600 (hell of a long name there) in the Electron Leviathan. No more bumpy ride in MS train sim. But train sim still looks awful. Oh well. I tried.Doc Bryant

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Jerry,Not yet, but I will eventually put in my Voodoo 5. I am currently running with a Geforce2 GTS AGP, and will put the V5 in a PCI slot. I have to sort a lot out yet so it will be a while (maybe by the end of the week) as I have little time to build this machine. Work keeps getting in the way damn it!Chris Ehttp://website.lineone.net/~flightsimukAvoid AGP texturing = Better Performance ;)

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Chris,You better check you Voodoo 5 again, I think you will find it is an AGP card, not a PCI. But then again, they may have made them both ways, I know the I have had both kinds of Banshee video cards in the past. The V5 I have today is the AGP style.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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Jerry,It's definately a PCI card, I had it working before in my old motherboard with the GTS in the AGP slot. I use two hardware profiles in Win98SE to decide which card I use as primary device.They did make both PCI and AGP V5's, but the AGP version was basically a PCI card with an AGP interface. ie. it did not support AGP texturing (so you could not use system ram over the AGP bus for texture storage).Besides, the PCI and AGP V5's benchmarked practically the same, with very little between them. I even heard some reports that benchmarked the PCI version faster than the AGP one. 3dfx never did get a true AGP card from what I have read....Chris Ehttp://website.lineone.net/~flightsimukAvoid AGP texturing = Better Performance ;)

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Chris,How do you hook up a monitor when you have two primary video cards? An A/B selector box?I used to have a Matrox Millenium as my primary card, with two Voodoo 2s in SLI as secondary. But they were all hooked up to one another through internal and external jumper cables, with the monitor plugged into the downstream V2. But I wouldn't think there'd be any jumping between two primary adapters.I have an AGP V5, but sure wish I had bought a PCI version. I wrongly assumed I had to use it in the AGP slot to get FSAA and such. I may eventually have a 2-card system, and I'm helping a friend with the same possible project, so I'm trying to find out what I'm doing before I actually do it. :-)Thanks,~Bob~http://www.avsim.com/other/usaribbon.gif

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Robert,>>How do you hook up a monitor when you have two primary video cards? An A/B selector box?<http://website.lineone.net/~flightsimukAvoid AGP texturing = Better Performance ;)

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Forgot to mention, when I broke my old motherboard, I also broke the Voodoo5 by the looks of it, I can't boot using the V5 now. I tried it in three different systems and each time I get the same beep code (one long, two short beeps) which means video error.Looks like I'll be looking for a new V5 aswell. This is real torture, I've had PP99 for about 3 weeks now and still have not run it in anything but software mode.Chris Ehttp://website.lineone.net/~flightsimukAvoid AGP texturing = Better Performance ;)

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...oops, sorry, fixed it now, had to re-flash the BIOS using the 3dfx utility. Works again, I hope I'm in for a treat. It must have got currupted somehow when the mobo went down...Chris Ehttp://website.lineone.net/~flightsimukAvoid AGP texturing = Better Performance ;)

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I remember my first ProPilot 99 experience with the Banshee. Now to hear your first impressions...Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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Jerry (or anyone else who might have any help),The plot thickens, see this post I put over at Voodoofiles forum :->>I bit long this story, but any help appreciated :-Upgraded my old mobo (a PCChips M577 with k6-2 550) to a new Gigabyte 7ZXE (with an Athlon XP 1800+ CPU). I had my Voodoo 5500 PCI in the old system and it worked well.I put the V5 into the new system, boot, and I get nothing, it shows nothing on screen, I get no beep codes from the new mobo. I try a GF2 GTS AGP in the new mobo (and take out the V5) and everything is fine. I set the 'VGA to boot' to PCI with the V5 and it still does not work. Even if this is set to PCI, the system WILL boot from the AGP slot with the GF2.So, I try the V5 in another older mobo (a P200MMX system). It does not work. Nothing on screen, but this time a get a beep code, one long and two short beeps (which means video error). So I put two PCI video cards into this P200MMX system, and it boots from the old S3 card it had as before. I flash the V5 with 1.16 BIOS and it flashes OK. I take out the S3 card, and leave the V5 in. I boot, and the V5 is detected, so now I know that the V5 is working and will POST OK.I take the V5 out and try it again in my new system, and exactly the same thing happens, it won't POST, nothing on screen, no beep codes. I take out the V5 and try again in the oldler system, same thing as before, I have to flash the V5.It seems like the new board is corrupting the V5 BIOS or something. Anyone know what the #### is going on please ?Thanks<http://website.lineone.net/~flightsimukAvoid AGP texturing = Better Performance ;)

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