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    Unhappy Dell Dimension SMP fails to support any 3D Action Games

    I am having extreme frustration with Linux on Dell Dimension Dual Core Pentium. Since I got this Dell machine few months ago that came with Windows XP (I declined Vista since I am minimalist on Microsoft platform), I replaced hard disk with two Western Digital VelociRapter 300GB (279GiB) and I added a Sound Blaster EMU10K card.

    I have nostalgic craving for old games like Abuse and Doom, I could not make any of them work on this Dell Dimension. I tried Suse Linux 11 and Debian Etch 4.05. At first I blamed on Suse and tried Debian Etch 4.05. But all caused segmentation fault. I successfully run these games on SCO Unix Open Server 5.6. Even compiled on Solaris 8 both back in 2000 on simpler home built machine with single 1.4GHz Tualatin processor, only 512MB memory and 4 each 72GB SCSI disks. It has been really an excellent make platform with near perfect compilation success rate. I now really come to think the problem is the dual core processor on this Dell. What else can I blame for. NVidia PCI Express card maybe? Or 2GB memory? There is no separate edition of Linux and games I know of out there for Dual Core or SMP, or is there such editions?

    As I come to think about it more rationally it is not simply Linice or Unice problem. A lot of games in Windows also refused to run on this Dell Dimension SMP. At least half of 3D games that use openGL or DirectX in particular.

    WindowsXP itself installs OK on this machine but not Windows98 which does not support SMP nor WindowsNT which only support SMP on earlier processors such as Pentium Pro, Pentium III, Tualatin and Xeon. But these legacy OS can be initiated with minimal drivers on older machine and grafted as cloned partition and added full driver set to run in single processor mode. I have been able to make Windows NT 4.0 to support SATA Disks, PCI Express Video and USB II to almost full extent. But Windows 98 has been difficult to run on SATA Disks. I had also modify system.ini file not to make full memory available after 512MB. Windows95 would not boot processor over 1.5GHz on Phoenix ar Award BIOS and 450MHz other BIOS brands, as well as causing segmentation fault around 412MB on Phoenix or Award BIOS and 256MB with most other BIOS brand. Linice and Unice seem to have no problem except for 3D action games. OpenGL based modern 3D planetary viewer programmes such as Celestia and Stellarium run OK but not as smoothly as on single processor machine.

    Contrarily to common knowledge, Windows 3.1 installs and run quite well using VESA LCD display driver ported by a french individual but no sound except internal speaker. There are a few source code available for Sound Blaster EMU10K to support Windows 3.1 but no binary and I have never compiled anything on Windows platform which is far more difficult than on Solaris or BSDI Unix.

    Early 3D Crytek factory-compiled games on Windows also fails to run on this Dell Dual Core 3GHz machine. I reinstalled Crytek game on 1.4GHz single processor machine and verified it running well. But the machine already has 5 OS and lacks space to create additional Linux partitions unless I replace with newer SCSI U320 disks. Should I just rebuild my circa 2000 machine with newer SCSI disks that I stock for future spares parts since Seagate ceased manufacturing conventional SCSI U320 disks? Please advise me. Any comment or suggestion will be very much appreciated.

    pinecloud,

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    Unhappy Dell Dimension SMP fails to support any 3D Action Games

    I am having extreme frustration with Linux on Dell Dimension Dual Core Pentium. Since I got this Dell machine few months ago that came with Windows XP (I declined Vista since I am minimalist on Microsoft platform), I replaced hard disk with two Western Digital VelociRapter 300GB (279GiB) and I added a Sound Blaster EMU10K card.

    I have nostalgic craving for old games like Abuse and Doom, I could not make any of them work on this Dell Dimension. I tried Suse Linux 11 and Debian Etch 4.05. At first I blamed on Suse and tried Debian Etch 4.05. But all caused segmentation fault. I successfully run these games on SCO Unix Open Server 5.6. Even compiled on Solaris 8 both back in 2000 on simpler home built machine with single 1.4GHz Tualatin processor, only 512MB memory and 4 each 72GB SCSI disks. It has been really an excellent make platform with near perfect compilation success rate. I now really come to think the problem is the dual core processor on this Dell. What else can I blame for. NVidia PCI Express card maybe? Or 2GB memory? There is no separate edition of Linux and games I know of out there for Dual Core or SMP, or is there such editions?

    As I come to think about it more rationally it is not simply Linice or Unice problem. A lot of games in Windows also refused to run on this Dell Dimension SMP. At least half of 3D games that use openGL or DirectX in particular.

    WindowsXP itself installs OK on this machine but not Windows98 which does not support SMP nor WindowsNT which only support SMP on earlier processors such as Pentium Pro, Pentium III, Tualatin and Xeon. But these legacy OS can be initiated with minimal drivers on older machine and grafted as cloned partition and added full driver set to run in single processor mode. I have been able to make Windows NT 4.0 to support SATA Disks, PCI Express Video and USB II to almost full extent. But Windows 98 has been difficult to run on SATA Disks. I had also modify system.ini file not to make full memory available after 512MB. Windows95 would not boot processor over 1.5GHz on Phoenix ar Award BIOS and 450MHz other BIOS brands, as well as causing segmentation fault around 412MB on Phoenix or Award BIOS and 256MB with most other BIOS brand. Linice and Unice seem to have no problem except for 3D action games. OpenGL based modern 3D planetary viewer programmes such as Celestia and Stellarium run OK but not as smoothly as on single processor machine.

    Contrarily to common knowledge, Windows 3.1 installs and run quite well using VESA LCD display driver ported by a french individual but no sound except internal speaker. There are a few source code available for Sound Blaster EMU10K to support Windows 3.1 but no binary and I have never compiled anything on Windows platform which is far more difficult than on Solaris or BSDI Unix.

    Early 3D Crytek factory-compiled games on Windows also fails to run on this Dell Dual Core 3GHz machine. I reinstalled Crytek game on 1.4GHz single processor machine and verified it running well. But the machine already has 5 OS and lacks space to create additional Linux partitions unless I replace with newer SCSI U320 disks. Should I just rebuild my circa 2000 machine with newer SCSI disks that I stock for future spares parts since Seagate ceased manufacturing conventional SCSI U320 disks? Please advise me. Any comment or suggestion will be very much appreciated.

    pinecloud,

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    Default Re: Dell Dimension SMP fails to support any 3D Action Games

    Did you install the NVIDIA drivers for your card?

    If not, start up YaST software management and go to
    Configuration > Repositories

    Then click add and select community repositories, next, select the NVIDIA repository and confirm the choice by clicking ok

    That should take you back to the software screen.. click OK and it should install the drivers for you. When you're done, reboot the computer and if the console comes up instead of a GUI do:

    su (fill in password)
    nvidia-xconfig
    sax2 -r

    That should configure your card for you, and with the NVIDIA drivers your situation may improve.
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