Preventing CGA revisionist history
trixter at oldskool.org
Thu Jan 19 15:02:06 CST 2006
Stan Barr wrote:
> I thought that was only on the PCJr. Anyway my notes say it's video
> mode 8.
On the PCjr, it is mode 8. On the PC, you had to go through the
textmode trickery I explained in my last post.
The advantage of the PCjr mode (and composite color mode on stock CGA,
another 160x200 mode) is that there is no character/attribute waste: A
single byte holds 2 pixels. It was a great mode for games because the
simplicity of pixel packing was fast:
Only MCGA 320x200x256 was faster.
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