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Greetings all - 

I am on the hunt for an Nth Engine graphics card. This is a video that provided hardware zooming for AutoCAD 2.5/2.62/9. The model I had connected to the monitor via 5 BNC connectors. If you see or know of one, please let me know!

 

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ReMark

I not only remember the Nth Engine graphics card I had such a card at one time.  The feature you refer to required the use of a dongle as I recall.   You're talking around 1985. 

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RetroCAD

You, that’s what I’m after. I used the Nth cards until SoftEngine was released.

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DavidOBM

david.watterston@cdsurveys.com

 

Hi we have one and the user manual ... what are you offering as they were really expensive in the ‘day’ ... cheers if you give me your email address I’ll send you a photo. We happily used it a number of years ago with Eclipse before we moved to the survey processing suite Geosite and now N4ce..

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BIGAL

What about a Number 9 graphics card pretty sure same era.

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ReMark
On 11/12/2019 at 9:50 AM, RetroCAD said:

You, that’s what I’m after. I used the Nth cards until SoftEngine was released.

As I recall we paid close to $3,000 for the Nth Engine graphics card and SoftEngine.  Probably a quarter of the cost of our "high end" computer at the time.

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23 hours ago, DavidOBM said:

david.watterston@cdsurveys.com

 

Hi we have one and the user manual ... what are you offering as they were really expensive in the ‘day’ ... cheers if you give me your email address I’ll send you a photo. We happily used it a number of years ago with Eclipse before we moved to the survey processing suite Geosite and now N4ce..

 

I would love to see that card! My email is retrocad@facilitynow.com

 

Many thanks!

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RetroCAD

Pretty excited to have not one but two Nth Engine cards. Hopefully I can get these running in the coming months. Hats off to the CADTutor.net Forum!

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f700es

Dang at the size of those! Also...lol ;)

 

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RetroCAD

Very cool! Where did you find this?

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f700es
32 minutes ago, RetroCAD said:

Very cool! Where did you find this?

Just googled Nth Engine cards. I never knew these existed. I love the 1024x768 w/16 colors for $4k :)

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ReMark

Yeah, those cards were massive.  As it turns out I was only 3/4's right on the price.  Since we had the 1024x768 nth Engine card we must have paid the full $4k.  I ran a 21" Viewsonic color monitor using the nth Engine card to display the graphics and a 12" amber monitor for text.  

 

Did you get the dongle as well to run the software?

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2 hours ago, ReMark said:

Yeah, those cards were massive.  As it turns out I was only 3/4's right on the price.  Since we had the 1024x768 nth Engine card we must have paid the full $4k.  I ran a 21" Viewsonic color monitor using the nth Engine card to display the graphics and a 12" amber monitor for text.  

 

Did you get the dongle as well to run the software?


As far as I recall there wasn’t a dongle for the driver software. The card itself is a massive dongle!

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ReMark

I was referring to the program called Soft Engine that came with the car.

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RetroCAD

Fwiw, SoftEngine was made by a different company - Vibrant Graphics. Although in one of the unlocked versions I have, SoftEngine directly supports a few of the later-model Nth cards, such as the Nth/150.

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