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 PostPost subject: Suggestions for the DirectX builds listed in BA Screenshots        Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 12:09 am 
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A couple of years ago I was enthusiastic enough to browse through 99%
of the current MS technet & whatever other CD's I had, in the effort of
finding, installing & documenting every build of DirectX MS had ever distributed
or included with an operating system...
I chose Win95B for the early builds, using the DirectX un-installer then
installing every build from the 1st, then used Millennium for the later
builds...
I recently added 4 reference pages in the DirectX folder in the
BA Screenshots section which gives references & data related to the
builds, but I'm thinking it's a little daggy looking, & was hoping someone
had a suggestion or two as to how I could make it a little more professional
looking...
Of all the DirectX references I found on the web, they were either
incomplete, mis-informed or both, so I set out to find the facts for
myself, & in doing so attempted to help some peoples sights hosting the
said mis-informed references, but unfortunately my attempts fell on deaf
ears...

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Could try putting it into an Excel/Calc spreadsheet so that the formatting looks more consistent, and perhaps having one large image rather than 4? Print the document using PDFCreator (OSS) and have it produce nicely rendered PNGs. Other than that, I don't know.

While looking at those build #s and dates I had a hunch and went to check the DirectX version on my "Surface Tension" game CD. I found DirectX 4.03.00.1097, dated around May/June 1996. It's not clear from your list whether DX2 @ 4.03.00.1096 was *only* integrated into Win95B/C, or also released separately. If not, I'm guessing 4.03.00.1097 was the official "installable" DX2. Should I upload?


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 12:23 pm 
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Could try putting it into an Excel/Calc spreadsheet so that the formatting looks more consistent, and perhaps having one large image rather than 4? Print the document using PDFCreator (OSS) and have it produce nicely rendered PNGs. Other than that, I don't know.

While looking at those build #s and dates I had a hunch and went to check the DirectX version on my "Surface Tension" game CD. I found DirectX 4.03.00.1097, dated around May/June 1996. It's not clear from your list whether DX2 @ 4.03.00.1096 was *only* integrated into Win95B/C, or also released separately. If not, I'm guessing 4.03.00.1097 was the official "installable" DX2. Should I upload?

Is it the package itself who's build number your'e talking about.?
Extract the contents of the package & check the file versions of dsetup16
& dsetup32.dll, I found it was the most reliable source for reflecting the
build version in the earlier builds...
I never made a list of the compressed packages as there were so many
different versions of packaging used, whilst the build of DirectX still
remained the same...


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 4:28 pm 
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KenOath wrote:
Is it the package itself who's build number your'e talking about.?
Extract the contents of the package & check the file versions of dsetup16
& dsetup32.dll, I found it was the most reliable source for reflecting the
build version in the earlier builds...
I never made a list of the compressed packages as there were so many
different versions of packaging used, whilst the build of DirectX still
remained the same...


There is no package :) Just files. There's no dsetup16.dll or dsetup32.dll. Previously, I found the 4.3.0.1097 inside MSDDRAW.INF. All the other files weren't reading properly from the CD, but after a lot of effort at copying them... turns out all the DLLs have 4.3.0.1096 as their build number.

I think this demonstrates that the most useful thing that one could add to that list of DX builds is a date range :) If I saw that DX2 was released May/June 1996, I could have saved myself 30minutes :P


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