This past weekend was a vintage Mac hardware weekend for me.
Many months ago I picked up a Paintboard Prism NuBus video card capable of 1024x768. Made in the US back in 1993, I purchased it from someone in Australia. Then procrastination set in as Amiga projects took my attention.
My goal was to use my same beautiful 4:3 LCD monitor that looks insane with my Amiga 3000 & zz9000 card (using the same resolution, which is native). My Quadra 700’s built-in video offers 640x480 and 8x6 in millions of colors razor sharp. I wanted 1024x768 edge to edge.
No matter what I tried or drivers I installed the card would only ever show the default 640x480 option. It made no sense. But then a friend asked me about the VGA adapter I was using. “Same one I always do,” I said. He said to try the one with the dip switches he knew I had.
After an hour of trying a bunch of combinations and countless reboots, I finally got close to glory. New resolutions finally appeared! The screen had Jail Bars and the colors were washed out, but this was progress.
Took another hour of monitor menu settings I’d never even heard of: Phase, Clock, as well as H shift, brightness, contrast, etc. Even a driver program to Pan the screen. Then… success! Text so sharp and beautiful it puts my CRT to shame.
The crispness and perfection I see via the A3000/zz9000 looks equally as good as with the Quadra. Granted the Q can pump out millions of colors and I don't notice any kind of slowdowns (I need to do more testing with Photoshop, etc.). So far so good.
I love my original little m1212 CRT monitor, but this is gorgeous. All the extra space feels so... roomy! Really nice when things fall into place like this.