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Retirement is good, folks! Slowly getting my N3 back in play - and a question


I'm now retired, and after wiping out a slew of "honey-do's" that just never got completed over weekends, this winter I started re-fitting two old 686 machines (OS = Win 98SE) to run N3, NL, DTR2, Powerslide, GPL (maybe), and Grand Prix Racing (maybe v2?), as well as some other old games like Descent and Star Wars Racing, etc.

Several years ago, Mike Frank (MOF of N3 car painting fame) sent me back my 2 Voodoo 5500 cards, and I retro'ed them into these machines. Long story, but I'm glad one was AGP and the other PCI as one of my machines didn't have an AGP slot. Blind hogs find acorns occasionally!

Its been a long slow journey; sometimes I worked on the machines a few hours a day, sometimes an hour a week. I'd forgotten how manual it was to install stuff in Win98; not straight plug and play, for sure.

Its been a bit more expensive than I anticipated (looking at maybe $250 tops to get both up to speed), but I've now got them up and running, each on their own computer stands. Now I just need to figure out the connections to get them to talk to each other.

To that end, does anyone remember how to do IPX? Its something about null modem cables connected to serial/com ports, but you are limited to 9600 baud rates (i.e. early modem speeds), which I guess would be OK for 2 people.

Apparently, I can also do crossover ethernet cables (both machines have network cards). I think this is what I want to do.

I could connect them to the internet; a router is close by. But that would mean running cable across the room to the router when we wanted to play against each other.

Suggestions appreciated.



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Re: Retirement is good, folks! Slowly getting my N3 back in play - and a question


All is good. A crossover cable was all I needed. I have two machines talking to each other.

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Re: Retirement is good, folks! Slowly getting my N3 back in play - and a question


That's great to hear. Have fun now that Your retired!
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Re: Retirement is good, folks! Slowly getting my N3 back in play - and a question


It has been a long time no see Steve. I retired at 61 years old, disabled, full SS benefits at 61. After this I babysat my granddaughter until she started school. She lives with us along with my son. I now babysit my 20 month old grandson full time. My daughter pays me to babysit, money goes to my new computer. Huge toy box in my Florida room now. I change out diapers and make up bottles all day long with my Mr Max. I also call him "number 4". I still have and ride my 2001 Harley. My 2001 jeep still runs great and gets me to my doctor offices when needed. Only place I need to drive to once in awhile. Otherwise, I just let Janie drive me around when she wants. I still have my house, paid for, full of dogs, and new roof. But now have my grandchildren running around all the time. Cartoons on the TV most of the time unless we are watching CNN and what is going on everyday at the white house. No comment about this....

I registered here looking for a download I don't have saved on cd's. 99% of my work was saved on cd's. I see many of your links don't work anymore. Still, I found what I was looking for, sound files.

My machines.....

I still have my ECCI steering wheel and pedals. This wheel will last forever and has proved to be cost effective in these many years. No Force feed back.

Old 16 year old computer, Alienware early 2001, r2 machine with new nVidia GTX 750 ti OC, overclocked from factory, installed. 3.2 cores running at 100% windows7. 800W power pack. Chip is Alienware liquid cooled. This computer still running, I do all my editing with this computer. Mostly Assetto Corsa edits now. Many paid $ for editing tools on this machine. To many to list. Every program you might want for editing, all self taught. Three internal hard drives, 4TB total.

New computer Alienware Aurora R6, 850W liquid cooled. Intel i7-7700k overclocked to [sign in to see URL], 32GB Hyper Fury DDR4 at 2667MHz. Yes 2667MHz. Dual nVidia GeForce GTX 1080s with 8GB GDDR5X each, nVidia SLI connected and windows10. Partition section of hard drive for windows10, Virus scanners and full install of office 2006, ect. D drive for everything else. 3TB hard drive. Killer fast machine...
A little over half full right now.

One large flat screen monitor used by both machines. Monitor at middle of my desk. With Alienware machines on both sides.

Windows 10 more or less sucks until you learn it. I use my D drive just for racing simulations now, no editing. Portable 3TB hard drive to pass data to new machine.

I race many simulations and have just added Nascar 2003 to my [sign in to see URL] is why I'm here today.

GPL
Nascar 2003
GTR
rFactor

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Assetto Corsa...,DX11
Stock Car Extreme
Automobilista

I run rFactor and above outside of Steam. Assetto Corsa and below thru Steam. I found a work around to adjust and play with data in my simulations. I save all steam exe files saved to my desk top. Delete steam exe files and you can edit right in the simulations. Add exe files back in when your done so Steam works again. Found I have to do this because of windows10. Again, it sucks but you have too run it these days with new computers.

I have been in the high 200s FPS with Nascar 2003. Drops to very high 100s racing past the pits with full field of cars all around me.

rFactor2 and Assetto Corosa are running DX11. Other sims running DX9. I also add SweatFX files to adjust graphics. Stock Car Extreme I run 800 FPS to over 1000 FPS. Killer machine.

Never know when I might stop by again, as I found the sound files I wanted. I prefer to run my own edits with Nascar2003 and my other simulations, so no more need for downloading right off hand. I recorded my login name and password in my computer bible in case I want to come back again.

Ok, back to watching Gravity Falls with my grandson, BBQ pork sandwiches for lunch. His half sandwich is all over the floor. He knows the words no and tanks (thanks). He has been saying it to me all week. The kids call me Pop Pop now. Crap, the dogs just ate pork. Not good for dogs..... But floor is clean again.
  
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Steve, I have a collection of sim racing photos I use for my backgrounds. Check out what other people are doing. Photos from many different racing simulations. But mostly from Assetto Corsa and rFactor2. Your members may like these photos also. Just a collection of photos..... safe to download.

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I have two old windows 98 computers stored in my garage if you need parts. I could part them out for $ but not really worth your time messing around with windows 98. Join us running windows 10. Nascar 2003 runs very well with windows 10.

Spend some time updating this old web site maybe. I think you outlasted the us pits. That site pretty much dead. But with so many dead links, your site just about there also.
I have tons of Nascar 2003 stuff on cds. rFactor is a very old simulation at this point.

GTR is worth checking into if you can find it. Racing in the rain is very cool. Racing in the rain at night, super cool.

I got to go back to work now. Taking photos of my grandson play with our dogs. Tough job, I am a lucky grandpa. Both my kids race on my computers they think. I just let the ai run the car. They steer to what they can see. Little Max man likes to run into other cars. Not two years old and knows a telephone and how to get into trouble with a computer very fast. He can turn one on and knows the mouse.
He holds both hands over the keyboard but just bangs away at it. Not two years old yet. They grow up in a world with computers everywhere now. They learn very fast at a very young age now. In kindergarten, Ruby had her password and worked on a computer at school everyday. She had homework that needed to be done on a web site set up for her class. First thing they are taught is there password.

When I was that age, we were taught not to touch your tongue to a frozen objects outside. I saw one kid stuck that way to the schools chain link fence. And don't throw rocks at moving cars.... They had paddles used for punishment in the principals office. They could smack the hell out of your butt.

Point is, times are very much changed, advanced, much faster, join the world with a newer computer.

And check out this collection of photos. Enough photos your computer can look different every day of the calendar. Photos trimmed to fit my monitor.

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Mr. Jay.........

Glad to hear from you. Been thinking a lot about you lately and was going to come see you; bury the old hatchet once and for all.

No, you missed my point........ I got these old machines back up to run old games, not new ones. Things like DTR/Powerslide, N99/N3/NL, Heat, etc.

My old 2007 machine with XP kicks ass with 2k3. No interest in the later games.

Site is too far gone to fix now. I got eaten up with real life and burned out on keeping it up several years ago. Remember, I was doing N1, N2, N99/3, N2k3, Heat and Ratbag here all by myself. Cars, tracks, addons. I had a list for awhile of "updates" to be done. Its way too late now. And I just don't care any more. 2k3 is a 15 yr old game.

Personally, I think this site offers some of the best tracks/carsets around for 2k3 with direct downloads on the site or via this forum. There are still GPL sites with good stuff like GPL Links and Sim Racing Mirror Zone. Otherwise, Google is your friend.

Jay, email me. you know the address; its on the home page.

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