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#1 bearwindows

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Posted 05 June 2007 - 05:24 PM

Hi! My name is bearwindows. I'm a developer of 'Universal VESA/VBE Video Driver (for Windows 9x/NT Architecture)' and other cool stuff. :)

For Windows NT "family" -

Latest official driver version released at: July, 09, 2010.
See CHANGELOG for details.
Latest site update at: July, 09, 2010.
In English: http://bearwindows.b...d.net/vbemp.htm Mirror #1
In Russian: http://bearwindows.b...net/vbempru.htm Mirror #1

For Windows 9x "family" -

Latest official driver version released at: June, 01, 2010.
See CHANGELOG for details.
Latest site update at: June, 01, 2010.
In English: http://bearwindows.b...d.net/vbe9x.htm Mirror #1
In Russian: http://bearwindows.b...net/vbe9xru.htm Mirror #1


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Posted 05 June 2007 - 05:36 PM

Welcome to the board BEARWINDOWS.
I think ive heard of this driver before. It was mentioned by jaclaz, I think.
Glad to have a developer on the board. :1st:

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Posted 05 June 2007 - 05:44 PM

Hi bearwindows!
Welcome in our community!

Maybe your project solves a big problem I have:

My PC has OnBoard Intel 82845GL and until now many trials to have more then 16 colors on the burned CD did not have success.

Let's see whether it is possible to put your project into a WinBuilder script!

Peter

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Posted 05 June 2007 - 10:40 PM

Welcome bearwindows! :thumbup:

I've visited your page and read your overall work - very impressive.. :1st:

Hope you keep visiting us - the idea of using an universal video driver seems a very promissing and effective solution for XP/2003 based boot disks, have you also tested under Vista?



Peter - thanks for voluntering and good luck scripting! :thumbup:

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Posted 06 June 2007 - 03:12 AM

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No. I didn't test it on Vista/7 & don't rewrite my driver for Vista/7 support.
I don't like Vista/7.
My MAINSTREAM OS LINE FOR DEVELOPING VBEMP IS NT3/NT4 systems.
XP's support is added by the way.

I have three main goals for developing VBEMP:
1) supporting *OLD* videocards on new systems (2K/XP)
2) supporting *NEW* videocards on old systems (NT3/NT4)
3) writing universal VBE-based light and simple video-driver.

BTW, my other projects are:

OS/2 Bootable Recovery CD: http://bearwindows.b...d.net/os2be.htm
Keeping up-to-date NT 3.1: http://bearwindows.boot-land.net/winnt31x.htm
Keeping up-to-date NT 3.5: http://bearwindows.b...net/winnt35.htm
Keeping up-to-date NT 3.51 (+Windows NT 3.51 SuperPack): http://bearwindows.b...et/winnt351.htm
Keeping up-to-date NT4: http://bearwindows.b....net/winnt4.htm

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Posted 06 June 2007 - 06:58 AM

BEARWINDOWS,
hallo, happy you joined us :1st:.

If you think it fit, I can ask Nuno to open a sub-forum for your app here:
http://www.boot-land...ojects-f57.html
together with the Winbuilder projects, winimize, tftp32 and Imdisk.

Have fun.

jaclaz

P.S.:

I think ive heard of this driver before. It was mentioned by jaclaz, I think.

Yes, WHO else? :thumbup:

The original post is here:
http://www.boot-land...mine-t1697.html
At the time I mailed both Alexander Telyatnikov and BEARWINDOWS to express my appreciation for their great work, inviting them to join us, should they like to.

#7 Nuno Brito

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Posted 06 June 2007 - 12:08 PM

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No. I didn't test it on Vista & don't rewrite my driver for Vista support.
I don't like Vista.
My MAINSTREAM OS LINE FOR DEVELOPING VBEMP IS NT3/NT4 systems.
XP's support is added by the way.

Well, I was also quite happy with XP on my work machine - Vista is a bit sluggier in resources but since you seem to enjoy learning more about OS's then you should quickly find how to tweak it in a way you like or perhaps show others the way to bring a more efficient set of customizations, who knows?


BTW, my other projects are:

OS/2 Bootable Recovery CD: http://www.geocities.com/bearwindows/os2be.htm

Keeping uptodate NT4: http://www.geocities.com/bearwindows/winnt4.htm

Keeping uptodate NT3 (+Windows NT 3.51 SuperPack): http://www.geocities.com/bearwindows/winnt351.htm

Good projects! :1st:

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Posted 06 June 2007 - 12:15 PM

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No. I didn't test it on Vista & don't rewrite my driver for Vista support.
I don't like Vista.


I think I found a friend here! :1st:

Peter :thumbup:

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Posted 06 June 2007 - 12:22 PM

I think I found a friend here! :1st:

Peter :thumbup:


me too!

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Posted 06 June 2007 - 01:16 PM

Resistance is futile :thumbup:

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Nuno, I did not notice so far that you know the German language so perfectly :1st:

Many Greetings
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Posted 06 June 2007 - 01:24 PM

This was also discussed on the 911 forums.
http://www.911cd.net...showtopic=19325
I'm tinkering with your new legacy driver here, haven't had time to give it a proper test on real machines, but it works on my virtual computers.

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Posted 07 June 2007 - 05:03 AM

If you think it fit, I can ask Nuno to open a sub-forum for your app here:
http://www.boot-land...ojects-f57.html
together with the Winbuilder projects, winimize, tftp32 and Imdisk.


ask him, please. it is more convenient to have personal section on this forum.

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Posted 07 June 2007 - 12:37 PM

ask him, please. it is more convenient to have personal section on this forum.


Done. :1st:

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Posted 07 June 2007 - 07:15 PM

Is there a way to reduce flickering that often happens when you resize a window, etc. and video is not fast (for ex. on a virtual machine that uses VESA driver)?

It may be off topic, but anyway...
I compared video speed for Virtual PC and same VPC connected via Remote Descktop.
Remote Descktop was much faster!
Maybe some RDC tech can be used to speedup VESA.

Another (crazy?) idea: when driver initializes it can measure speed of video functions and then do some translation from "slow" to "fast" calls.

:1st:
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Posted 16 June 2007 - 08:34 AM

@bearwindows

Can you check this?:
http://www.boot-land...?...=2348&st=11

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Posted 16 June 2007 - 09:14 AM

@bearwindows

Can you check this?:
http://www.boot-land...?...=2348&st=11

jaclaz

I think, the link points wrong.
More clear is http://www.boot-land...?...ost&p=15969

Peter

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 07:09 PM

2009, AUGUST

1. UPDATED Windows 2000 article page (08.01.2009). Now it is much better organized, since Windows 2000 is my base working system at home/work from year 2004. :ermm:

2. UPDATED Windows NT 4.0 article page (08.26.2009).


VERY good work, expecially on NT 4.00. :rofl:

It seems that people still using it can be counted on fingers :ermm: (without taking one's shoes off) :rofl:

:frusty:

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 07:17 PM

Hi BearWindows!

Reading your post I'm in doubt (or better I'm not in doubt and think that there it is nothing) to include in the current nativeEx UniversalVideoDriver.Script.

I think you know that I'm rather lazy and do not like to browse links.

Therfore here I decided that there is no reason to attach some new files to the my script.

If there is a reason, please for the next time: Give a hint in your post "If wanted, you should update existing scripts with the new version"

Thanks

Peter :ermm:

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 07:24 PM

It seems that people still using it can be counted on fingers :frusty: (without taking one's shoes off) :ermm:

That is life!

BTW: I'm using it SUCCESSFULLY!

The really 'sophisticated' things like this one go into the background, because there are some 'important popular' things like "I want to have a yellow desktop background"

Peter :ermm:

BTW: I got to my knowledge that BearWindows is the third person besides you and me using the 'Blue Ribbon'

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 04:43 AM

Latest news:

2008, OCTOBER

*** VBEMP(NT) ***
1. Hibernation support,
2. _optional_ Non-VESABIOS ModeX (320x240x8) support,
3. miscellaneous fixes.

*** VBEMP(9x) ***
1. ASUS EEE PC 7xx/9xx with Intel91x graphics support (1024x600, 800x480);Installed TSR VBIOS is REQUIRED (included with driver),
2. TSR VBIOS support (i.e. Intel's VBIOS, UniVESA/UniVBE, CLVBETSR...),
3. NOTE: VESA functionality in dos disabled when you start program in windowed mode,
4. NOTE: With some buggy BIOSes screen garbage when starting dos or windows console programs in windowed mode,
5. NOTE: accessible vram limited to 128 mb if it is greater than 128 mb
6. miscellaneous fixes.

2008, NOVEMBER

*** VBEMP(NT) ***
1. Unified h/w accelerated driver project for CirrusLogic 54xx chips (with qemu support) started as a branch of vbemp
2. NOTE: in winnt 4.0 only first ~296-297 enumerated modes are used with ANY videodriver, others are cutted down, no way to fix it
3. NOTE: in winnt 3.51 only first ~310-350 enumerated modes are used with ANY videodriver, others are cutted down, no way to fix it
4. xp_2003 version: vga256.dll and vga64k.dll now not loaded by default in inf-file
5. more strict/accurate vesa (gtf) refresh rate calculation
6. fixed bugs with doublescan (< 640x400) and interlaced modes
7. driver package now including txtsetup.oem for unattended or textmode driver installation
8. broken oemsetup.inf for nt 3.x/3.5x installation corrected
9. framevbe.dll shadow buffering library now supports winnt 3.5x

2008, DECEMBER

*** VBEMP(NT) ***
1. beta driver for CirrusLogic 54xx chips is released on site. with qemu (or with any card that has 2 mb VRAM or more) it provdes 32-bit color modes (see this screenshot - http://savannah.nong...G?file_id=17052 )
2. vbemp.cpl control panel extension now supports Windows xp/2003

2009, JANUARY

*** VBEMP(NT) ***
1. New version of CirrusLogic driver, see my site for details
2. Any mode >= 1024x768 now supports 43, 48 Hz interlaced
3. Owners of nVidia cards connected to LCD display via DVI now can control centering and scaling
4. new version of INFOVBE utility, now it detects VESA states, multidisplay and VBE/SCI interfaces
5. "resurrected" VGA13H driver merged with STDVID driver and now supports EGA/VGA cards in monochrome, 16, 256 colors modes :confused1:

2009, AUGUST

1. UPDATED Windows 2000 article page (08.01.2009). Now it is much better organized, since Windows 2000 is my base working system at home/work from year 2004. :cheers:
Some new detailed stuff about Sun/Innotek VirtualBox and Intel Matrix Storage Manager.
http://bearwindows.b...net/win2000.htm
http://bearwindows.o...com/win2000.htm

2. UPDATED Windows NT 4.0 article page (08.30.2009).
New detailed stuff about UniATA, LAN Adapters and Serial/Parallel Controller compatibility. Uploaded new UniATA version.
http://bearwindows.b....net/winnt4.htm
http://bearwindows.o....com/winnt4.htm

3. UPDATED Windows NT 3.51 article page (08.30.2009).
New detailed stuff about UniATA, LAN Adapters compatibility. Uploaded new UniATA version.
http://bearwindows.b...et/winnt351.htm
http://bearwindows.o...om/winnt351.htm

2009, OCTOBER

1. NEW Windows NT Bug:
http://bearwindows.b...winnt351.htm#18
http://bearwindows.o...winnt351.htm#18

2. UPDATED Windows NT 4.0, NT 3.51 article pages (10.01.2009).
New detailed stuff about SATA/PATA Controller compatibility. See Problem #2
Now SSKIT update method tested with NT 3.51!
http://bearwindows.b...et/winnt4.htm#3
http://bearwindows.o...om/winnt4.htm#3
http://bearwindows.b.../winnt351.htm#5
http://bearwindows.o.../winnt351.htm#5

2009, NOVEMBER

1. UPDATED Windows NT 4.0, NT 3.51 article pages (11.01.2009).
New UniATA version, synchronized with RosTeam SVN.
http://bearwindows.b...t/winnt4.htm#p2
http://bearwindows.o...m/winnt4.htm#p2
http://bearwindows.b...winnt351.htm#p2
http://bearwindows.o...winnt351.htm#p2

*** VBEMP(9x) ***
2. Finally released 'self-debug' version of VBEMP 9x based on 081021.zip. to simplify its troubleshooting process. No second computer required. :) Also provided link for generic source code of VBEMP (98DDK link from MDGX's site).
http://bearwindows.b...d.net/vbe9x.htm
http://bearwindows.o...t.com/vbe9x.htm

2009, DECEMBER

1. UPDATED Windows NT 4.0, NT 3.51 article pages (12.25.2009).
More info and links about non-x86 Windows NT (Alpha, MIPS, PPC). Corrected cdimage.exe command line. Added option to remove Internet Explorer and Microsoft Mail from NT4 distro. New "Problem 12: How to control security patches and critical updates installed in Windows NT/2K/XP/2003?" - article about using MBSA 1.x tool in Windows NT/2K/XP environment to control security patches. :rolleyes:
http://bearwindows.b....net/winnt4.htm
http://bearwindows.o....com/winnt4.htm
http://bearwindows.b...et/winnt351.htm
http://bearwindows.o...om/winnt351.htm

2. UPDATED Windows 2000 article page (12.25.2009).
Changes in articles related qemu and VirtualPC 2007 SP1 emulators. Updated "Problem 8: Hidden control panel items (covers also Windows XP/2003)" - how to run control panel applet "Users and passwords" from everywhere (also useful for XP/2003). New "Problem #10: I want to install Windows 2000 onto hard drive larger than 137 Gb".
http://bearwindows.b...net/win2000.htm
http://bearwindows.o...com/win2000.htm

3. UPDATED Linux/BSD article page (12.25.2009).
Debian 5 (Lenny) quick installation shortlist.
http://bearwindows.b...and.net/lin.htm
http://bearwindows.oxyhost.com/lin.htm

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 05:48 AM

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EARLIER NEWS (2010)

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EARLIER 2010 - 2011 :) :) :)
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2012, APRIL, 13

1. UPDATED Windows NT 3.51 article page (Software Compatibilty List).
http://bearwindows.z.../winnt351.htm#7

2. UPDATED Windows NT 4.00 article page (Software Compatibilty List).
http://bearwindows.z.../winnt4.htm#p13

3. UPDATED Windows 2000 article pages:
Problem 14: I'm experiencing different compatibility problems with UDF-formatted CD/DVD discs
http://bearwindows.z.../win2000.htm#3E
Problem 15: I want to use most recent software in Windows 2000.
http://bearwindows.z.../win2000.htm#3F

4. UPDATED DLL-HELL: Complete listing of Microsoft common control and C/C++ runtime libraries distributed with different Windows's
http://bearwindows.z....au/dllhell.htm

5. NEW Microsoft Visual C/C++, Visual studio timeline (32-bit)
http://bearwindows.zcm.com.au/msvc.htm

6. UPDATED My Projects:
Compatibility table for Windows 3.11 + Win32s 1.30 and Windows NT 3.51 using different Microsoft Compilers & libraries
http://bearwindows.z.../myproj.htm#32s

2012, SUMMER-AUTUMN

1. UPDATED Microsoft Visual C/C++, Visual Studio tips and tricks
Development, compatibility timeline (32-bit compilers)
HOW-TO: Making portable, USB installation

http://bearwindows.zcm.com.au/msvc.htm

2. UPDATED Windows NT 3.51 article page (Recent drivers: (E)IDE/(S)ATA storage controllers).
http://bearwindows.z...winnt351.htm#p2
Setup & Updating Windows NT 3.51 (added 16 new hotfixes)
http://bearwindows.z.../winnt351.htm#8

3. UPDATED Windows NT 4.00 article page (Recent drivers: (E)IDE/(S)ATA storage controllers).
http://bearwindows.z...u/winnt4.htm#p2
Additional (Unsupported) Hotfixes
http://bearwindows.z.../winnt4.htm#p14

4. UPDATED Windows 2000 article pages:
http://bearwindows.z.../win2000.htm#3F
Recent drivers: HPET (High Precision Event Timer)

2012, DECEMBER

 

1. UPDATED Microsoft Visual C/C++, Visual Studio tips and tricks
Debugging Tools Compatibility (cdb, windbg, i386kd, etc.) with NT 4.0, 2000
http://bearwindows.zcm.com.au/msvc.htm

 

2. UPDATED Windows 2000 article pages:
http://bearwindows.z.../win2000.htm#3D
Recent drivers: USB Ethernet (802.3) RNDIS network devices

 

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 05:47 PM

2013, JANUARY   

1. UPDATED Multi-Bootable OS/2 Recovery CD Project

http://bearwindows.z...om.au/os2be.htm

Links updated - new download links for OS/2 Recovery CD & Team BOOT/2 OS/2 recovery boot CD,

 

2014, JANUARY   

1. UPDATED Universal VESA/VBE Video Display Driver for Windows 9x-family operating systems

http://bearwindows.z...om.au/vbe9x.htm

What's new:

1) new videomodes added (mostly widescreen)

2) fixed aspect ratios table
3) support for adding ANY new modes to some Intel chips via patching and running TSR VESA BIOS
4) memory limited versions 32/64/128mb (fixes startup hangs)
5) PCI/AGP/PCIe adapter does not have predefined resources!, vbemp.inf modified

 

2014, FEBRUARY

1. UPDATED Universal VESA/VBE Video Display Driver for Windows 9x-family operating systems

http://bearwindows.z...om.au/vbe9x.htm

What's new:

1) Support for new resolutions 1280,600 1280,720 1280,768 1360,768 1680,1050
2) In some cases deleting VBE.VXD solves garbage problems (FullScreen DOS Session?)
3) patcher: added support for these Intel video chips - HD/HD2000/HD2500/HD3000/HD4000 Graphics
4) patcher: compatible with gcc/djgpp (you must use 1 byte align!)

 

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