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acad_2k

here are my options

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acad_2k

I tried option 6 which got me to the drawing editor but the text was garbled. I then tried 2, now I can't open autocad due to a display error.

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RetroCAD

My apologies, I had forgotten that stock AutoCAD R13 for DOS has relatively few drivers. Give me a moment here and I will send you a proper driver.

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RetroCAD

This is a legacy Vibrant Graphics driver for R13. Copy it to your DRV folder (which for you is probably C:\ACADR13\DRV).

 

After doing this, a new option should appear in the video selections. The first time you choose it, the driver will complain about not having a config (CFG) file, but carry on and use the default setting which is 640x480 VGA. If the future you can go back into the config and choose a more specific setting within this driver (based on your graphics card) and run at very high resolutions.

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acad_2k

Thanks! Will give it a try

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acad_2k

I didn't read your post carefully the first time. Will copy it.

 

Thanks

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RetroCAD

Copy it into your C:\ACADR13\DRV folder.

 

Then go back into AutoCAD, type config and choose a new video display. You should see a new option.

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RetroCAD

The new option will look like #2 shown here.

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acad_2k

okay, here are the options...

 

 

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RetroCAD

Well, these are certainly different than your previous screenshot. For now, I would select number eight (8) "IBM Video Graphics Array".

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RetroCAD

For real, I wish I could teleport there for a few minutes and sort this out for you! 🧙‍♂️

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acad_2k

SUCCESS!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

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acad_2k

I can't thank you enough for walking me through this.

 

Now I have to get the mouse driver installed.

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acad_2k

Mouse is working, thanks again for all of your help. This has been bugging me for years.

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RetroCAD

Hit me up if you want to get that R12 working!

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acad_2k

That's what I've been working on. I started with  R13 earlier in the week but decided to get this old 486 running and I thought R12 would be more appropriate. It's been almost 20 years since I had this system running. Not sure what to do with it yet, but I'm glad it works.

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Oh gosh, I just realized that you are running R12! I though we were working on R13 😀  Good on you man, it is super fun to have a vintage CAD station. If you need some period drawing files, I have a substantial collection of Architectural/Engineering files.

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acad_2k

Thanks, I may take you up on the offer. The bulk of my drawings were done in AutoCAD 2000. I'm going to save a few in R12 format to see how they look in a DOS machine.

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Jack_O'neill

You guys have have brought back some memories with this discussion. My first turn and being a cad admin was during a transition from R12 dos to R12 windows.  We were running NT in those days. If I recall, there were 14  floppies involved in the thing. I did a dual install on my machine so I could work out the bugs (many of which you guys mentioned here) and get some stuff done too.  Those were the good old days. Right?

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