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NeoMagic Drivers in the Works

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 22 May, 2003 @ 10:56 AM

In a post over at BeOSJournal’s forums, Rudolf Cornelissen has posted promising news for all you that have emailed me about NeoMagic video drivers (and no, I don’t have them, nor do the SMLynx drivers work). Read more to see his post, and head over to here to volunteer to test.

BeBox.nu - not nu as in new.

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Posted by:Deej on Sunday, 04 May, 2003 @ 10:54 PM

Andrew (known throughout the community as “atlamp”) recently wrote in with a request for BeBox owners. He’s “spent a heap of time” on a new version of the The BeBox Zone. Head over and check it out, it’s a great peice of Be history!

And to owners of original BeBoxes… atlamp asks that you spare 5 minutes over at The BeBox Registry and enter the details of your BeBox. atlamp has a great site dedicated to the BeBox, and is on his own personal quest to eventually track down all the remaining BeBoxes in existence. If you have one, please go register it.

New BeOS Audio Driver needs testers

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 19 Aug, 2002 @ 3:33 PM

Ok.. so this post at osnews is by a guy working on a driver for BeOS Audio. It supports several chipsets that cover cards such as:

Best Union Miss Melody 4DWave PCI
Warpspeed ONSpeed 4DWave PCI
AzTech PCI 64-Q3D
CHIC True Sound 4Dwave
Shark Predator4D-PCI
Jaton SonicWave 4D.
Hoontech’s Digital-NX
Aztech’s PCI 288-Q3D II
Addonics’ SoundVision 750 and SoundVision 1700.

If you can help the guy out and test his driver, head over there and get in touch with him!

Update: To clarify, here are the actual chipsets the driver is for:

vendor:1039 (Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS))
card_id:7018 (SiS7018 PCI Audio Accelerator - part of sis630 chipset)

vendor:10b9 (Acer Labs Incorporated (ALi))
card_id:5451 (PCI AC-Link Controller Audio Device)

vendor:1023 (Trident Microsystems)
card_id:2001 (4DWave(NX) PCI Audio)

vendor:1023 (Trident Microsystems)
card_id:2000 (4DWave(DX) PCI Audio)

Note: you could have gotten this from clicking the link, but some people seem to think omitting it here is erroneous, so it’s now added. ;P Anyway, Enjoy!

Radeon 8500 Drivers

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 29 Apr, 2002 @ 5:57 AM

Submitted by Scottmc

There is now a hacked Radeon8500 driver avaiable for testing. Thanks once again to Euan Kirkhope. Check this thread in our forums.

Be sure to read Euan’s description/disclaimer in the post as well - these are hacked drivers, meaning that you should expect issues - and Euan provides the disclaimer in case “your house burns down”. :P Standard alpha/test software warning. :)

Scottmc also states that “it would still be nice to get a project started so that we actually have source code to modify for new drivers instead of having to hack binaries to make the old drivers work with the new cards.” I agree fully. Any takers? Hop on the BeDriverTalk mailing list (subscribe link found on BeDrivers) and get started!

Blinkenlights a security hazard!?

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 07 Mar, 2002 @ 6:21 AM

Well, saw the news item on /., but it didn’t really make a connection until I hit the BeBox Zone. Our BeBoxes - the older, authentic BeBoxes - could have a security problem. Seems it may be possible to determine data being processed by watching LEDs. Sound crazy? Well, the BeBox part might be, since it is only processing CPU usage, not data being shot across, say, a network interface. But hit link to the actual paper from the BeBox Zone if you want to see what we are talking about.

Frizbe launches with BeOS Hardware List

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 20 Jun, 2001 @ 8:31 AM

Just a quick note to let everyone know that Frizbe has officially launched it’s Hardware Compatibility Database and BeOS Hardware store. A Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) that covers all the different variations has been needed for a while, since The Be Site seemingly vanished. Hopefully Frizbe will help fill that void. So get over there and help build an important resource by entering your hardware specs.

Internet Appliance field a dead-end?

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 21 Mar, 2001 @ 3:20 PM

Several companies in the internet appliance market are now leaving the market, citing it as an immature market that is “likely to generate losses for the foreseeable future.” Most recently, 3com dropped their device, Audrey, after less than stellar performance. Gateway and Netpliance both stopped their IA plans, and Intel and Compaq have had slow sales. Does this all spell the beginning of the end for BeIA (and possibly Be Inc), or is it just cold feet and growing pains? Perhaps the upcoming e-Villa or the new phillips devices will help us find out. What do you think?

USB drive-bay pulse box

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Posted by:Ryan on Thursday, 25 Jan, 2001 @ 9:31 AM

A member of our forums pointed out this url for a japanese web site with a USB Drive-Bay PulseBox. Needless to say, this is the coolest piece of hardware on the planet for true begeeks. Is there anyone out there who can translate this, has built it, or has a similar project going on?

Sony unveils new IA’s and Qubit has some news

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Posted by:Ryan on Saturday, 06 Jan, 2001 @ 12:34 AM

Lots of new IA’s have been unveiled at CES, including Sony’s eVilla. This is a huge deal for Be Inc, as it is a MAJOR new unannounced partner finally announcing products. Meanwhile Qubit has stated that they are going to announce a few IA’s at CES, and have posted 3 new press releases on their website. Update: you can find some great images of the eVilla here and read the Be press release here. Also, BeDope has announced “eVilla week”, so check them out everyday for updated *ahem* news. :)

Nvidia purchases 3dfx

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Posted by:Ryan on Friday, 15 Dec, 2000 @ 7:00 PM

3dfx has just announced that it will be purchased by Nvidia. 3dfx make the voodoo range of graphics cards, and traditionally have been the best supported cards under BeOS. Nvidia makes the leading windows 3d graphics card, the GeForce2. Nvidia has traditionally declined to provide Be with the information needed to create BeOS drivers. It is not yet known what will happen to the 3dfx product line, or if they will continue to be open with the needed specs for BeOS drivers. Time to support ATI Radeons and Matrox G400s?

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