[vcf-midatlantic] VME Graphics Cards

Dave Wade dave.g4ugm at gmail.com
Wed Jun 21 17:57:09 EDT 2017



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> Subject: Re: [vcf-midatlantic] VME Graphics Cards
> 
> > Has anyone ever come across any VME graphics cards?
> > I have an Atari Mega STE with an unused VME slot, and would love to
> > have some higher resolution output for that machine than what the
> > stock ST chips provide..
> > Just figure I'd ask..
> 

Yes, my TT030had a VME card inside. I think these were always rare and
expensive. Some (old) discussion here:-

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/77307-vme-graphic-cardswhats-the-deal/


> The Atari VME slot is a single connector I'd guess, given the size of the
> machine. There were frames to put SGI desktop video boards in the larger
> deskside and full rack SGIs via the VME slot side... but they were usually
> 2 connectors I think, and the video card set (ELAN from Indigo?) wouldn't
fit.
> 
> Plus you'd have to write all the software to make it work.
> 
> No idea if there were VME accessories ever produced for the Atari ST
> computers.
> 

Some info on the slot here:-

http://dev-docs.atariforge.org/files/VME_Spec_7-19-1991.pdf

> Probably would be easier to go VME to PCI and use a WinTel graphics card
> after writing software to drive it.
> 
> (I actually have a TT030 and I think it has a VME slot as well, but it's
> empty.)
> 

There were VME to ISA adaptors that allowed an ETI4000 card to be used iin
the TT...

http://thebigconsultant.com/probe/hw-nova-tt.html


Dave Wade





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