Drobe :: The archives
About Drobe | Contact | RSS | Twitter | Tech docs | Downloads | BBC Micro

Confirm comment report request

Significantly rarer than the R128 version AFAIK (JK would be the definitive source of course!) IIRC, John released a Radeon variant shortly before he stopped supporting the ViewFinder - so logically there shouldn't be many of these around at all!

Each card (Mach64/R128/Radeon) works totally differently to the others, and unhelpfully many different varieties of the same card (eg. different manufacturers of the Rage 128) exist and behave differently too. This is probably why the ROL driver supports only a subset of cards (most R128s) - development time for three drivers and their different card varieties becomes quite prohibitive.

Mach64 support is pointless - a quick trip to EBay or a RISC OS dealer should be able to pick you up a R128 AGP card for very little. An Ebay search just now suggests purchase prices of £5 for these cards. Caveat emptor - note that not all varieties will work, but for that price you can afford to buy an unsupported variety once or twice; RISC OS dealers will no doubt charge more but at least guarantee finding a working variant.

Some people also get utterly confused as to which card is in the machine (assuming R stands for Radeon, or 'It's ATi so it must be a Radeon'), which doesn't help! Generally Mach64s had 8MB RAM, Rage 128s had 32MB RAM, and the Radeon 9200 which I think John supplied at one time has 128MB RAM. I think on the original driver *ViewFinderInfo told you more about the card.

Hope that all helps.

 is a RISC OS Usermd0u80c9 on 24/8/09 3:04PM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

Click on the button below to confirm you wish to flag up this comment to the website's administrators. Abuse of this service will be frowned upon and it should only be used to notify us of comments that are extremely distasteful, indecent or otherwise unlawful. If you disagree with an opinion expressed or fact stated in a comment, please take part in the debate rather than expect it to be removed.

Return to the drobe.co.uk front page


Reporting user / IP: /
Comment GID: 31570
Timestamp: Sat, 19 Oct 2019 23:19:11 +0000

Search the archives

Today's featured article

  • South East 2007 show report
    News, views, gossip and photos
     35 comments, latest by Pete on 06/10/08 10:51AM. Published: 20 Oct 2007

  • Random article

  • Dinosaur software made StrongARM-safe
    Educational and graphical programs back from the digital dead
     7 comments, latest by Jon on 13/3/08 5:30PM. Published: 8 Mar 2008

  • Useful links

    News and media:

    Top developers:
    RISCOS LtdRISC OS OpenMW SoftwareR-CompAdvantage SixVirtualAcorn

    CJE MicrosAPDLCastlea4X-AmpleLiquid SiliconWebmonster


    RISCOS.org.ukRISCOS.orgRISCOS.infoFilebaseChris Why's Acorn/RISC OS collectionNetSurf

    Non-RISC OS:
    The RegisterThe InquirerApple InsiderBBC NewsSky NewsGoogle Newsxkcddiodesign

    © 1999-2009 The Drobe Team. Some rights reserved, click here for more information
    Powered by MiniDrobeCMS, based on J4U | Statistics
    "'Public interest' is what tabloids use to trot out all sorts of tat. It's turned into a meaningless term meaning 'I'm just trying to be sensationalist'"
    Page generated in 0.0507 seconds.