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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby gdjacobs » 2017-8-25 @ 04:08

I totally want to see KaneCVR running Blood or Shadow Warrior. In DOS. On some ridiculous rig with the beating heart of a V5-5500 rescued from the jaws of the smashers.
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby Biggie Z » 2017-8-27 @ 02:41

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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby Groovy » 2017-9-07 @ 00:32

My home work area.
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby Jed118 » 2017-9-10 @ 05:10

Cleaned it up a little today:

General link, desc in pictures: http://imgur.com/a/Wc7Ox

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And finally, nice and clean: From left top across, then CRLF: 286-16 (DOS/WIN 3.0 - now with Soundblaster!), 386SX-16 (DOS/WIN3.11 - now with Soundblaster!) KVM input/output, P133 Toshiba Laptop (Win98), 486 Compaq LTE/25 (Win 3.1), HP 200LX (186 based, 4MB RAM), Lower level - Dimension XPS Pro200n (Win 95), clone P166 (Win 98SE), Raven PR2417 24 pin printer, My SAN running OpenFiler (with UPS), and the DLC (non-working, needs CACHE chip/CF card rework - Graphics card also died earlier this year). Not pictured - two 386DX/40s that are for sale-ish.

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My other computers are in other rooms - A Samsung N130 Netbook, an X230 Lenovo, a Dell Precision 7500 (Xeon), and some older Toshiba Satellite I am reworking for my brother in law. Also my dad's Thinkcentre (HT 3.0) from 2004 or so under a tarp somewhere.
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby King_Corduroy » 2017-9-10 @ 06:29

In the process of reorganizing my Computering area personally. Thinking of getting rid of my 80's machines and sticking to collecting just 90's stuff since that's really what I'm nostalgic for. Dragged out my Packard Bell's and set them all up as well as went through my boxed games and pulled all the ones that wouldn't run on these computers off the wall and am probably going to box them up. Also stacked my other Packard Bell's neatly under the counter area so I can swap these anytime I want. All the other 80's machines and one mid 90's compaq are up in the attic just above this room. :D

Not done yet, still have to finish setting up the LAN and maybe setting up a jewel case rack but this is the rough up so far. lol

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The Packard reserve...

I'll post more images of better quality when the room is actually closer to finished but just thought I'd make a little update. lol
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby Jed118 » 2017-9-10 @ 20:13

So many Packard Bell machines... I see some 2x CR-563s there that I could use ;)
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby King_Corduroy » 2017-9-10 @ 22:26

Check again cause there isn't a single creative drive in any of those. lol
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby xplus93 » 2017-9-10 @ 23:57

Finally got a shelf made for by boxed stuff and set up my retro corner.
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby Jed118 » 2017-9-11 @ 04:03

King_Corduroy wrote:Check again cause there isn't a single creative drive in any of those. lol


Second from left bottom row standing up - Tell me that's not a Panasonic drive. 5th also. Possibly second horizontal computer on top with the less-yellowed monitor on top of it.
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby Jed118 » 2017-9-11 @ 04:04

xplus93 wrote:Finally got a shelf made for by boxed stuff and set up my retro corner.


The one with the tinted plastic cover, is that one of those EVEREX systems or whatever it was that you can swap out the CPU on a separate daughter card?
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby King_Corduroy » 2017-9-11 @ 06:41

I think they are Masuchita or something however you say that. But I think it may be that model number, I'd have to pop one open to check but I don't feel like it.
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby gdjacobs » 2017-9-11 @ 07:34

Matsushita was Panasonic's parent label, named for the company's founder.
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby King_Corduroy » 2017-9-11 @ 07:54

Huh didn't actually know that. Learn something new every day.
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby Jed118 » 2017-9-12 @ 01:14

King_Corduroy wrote:I think they are Masuchita or something however you say that. But I think it may be that model number, I'd have to pop one open to check but I don't feel like it.


That's exactly what I'm looking for. If you want, I can send you a 4x IDE and swap you for one of those 2x ;)
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby King_Corduroy » 2017-9-12 @ 01:46

Why so much interest in these CD drives? I just pulled another computer out of the garbage with an SB16 and Creative CD drive also lol.

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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby TheAbandonwareGuy » 2017-9-12 @ 02:03

King_Corduroy wrote:Why so much interest in these CD drives? I just pulled another computer out of the garbage with an SB16 and Creative CD drive also lol.

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How many Packard's do you have?
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby King_Corduroy » 2017-9-12 @ 03:52

15 Packard Bell computers at the moment, 14 work and one needs a new PSU but I shouldn't have too much trouble getting one when I finally get around to it thanks to the fact that Packard used pretty generic PSUs. I have four monitors (one is a bit iffy, needs some work), 5 mice, 2 custom Packard Bell mouse pads (I'm gonna get more printed up), one media remote, two microphones, and an innumerable amount of keyboards. lol

I know they aren't what many would consider valuable or even interesting but honestly they make me very happy and I'm very very proud of my collection. I can say without a doubt that I derive more pleasure from owning these lowly Packard Bell computers than any of the more valuable and sought after computers I have owned or still own. I've been pretty lucky in that I got to zip through my want list of "rare" computers fairly quickly (matter of five years or less) and spend almost no money whatsoever. Every time I took my Packard Bell off my desk and put whatever the computer was at the time I found that the community considered rare and exciting, I found that I got bored of it rather quickly and returned to my lowly Packard Bell. I've come to realize that maybe I shouldn't be collecting things for impressing other people and instead collect things because I actually enjoy them. lol

The last thing that actually made me realize this was my Amiga 1000. I got a great example expanded ram, tons of extras and software all in it's original boxes with the monitor and honestly after years of wanting one I played with it a bit and well... lets just say I wasn't impressed. lol And this is coming from a guy who has used TONS of retro computers! I've owned Tandy machines, Sun Machines, Apple machines, IBM machines I own four Commodore 64 computers (Best computer of the 80's imo) and I've owned an Atari ST (which I did enjoy) but for some reason the Amiga, the one computer I thought I really wanted. The computer with legendary graphics and sound, insanely positive reviews from the community and a giant cult following - and when I fired it up and played around with it I just felt blah about the whole thing. lol I almost quit the whole hobby right then and there. It was at that point I realized maybe I shouldn't be collecting "Legendary" computers but instead just stick to the one computer I keep going back to and that's just a boring old mid 90's Packard Bell. :P
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby TheAbandonwareGuy » 2017-9-12 @ 06:22

King_Corduroy wrote:15 Packard Bell computers at the moment, 14 work and one needs a new PSU but I shouldn't have too much trouble getting one when I finally get around to it thanks to the fact that Packard used pretty generic PSUs. I have four monitors (one is a bit iffy, needs some work), 5 mice, 2 custom Packard Bell mouse pads (I'm gonna get more printed up), one media remote, two microphones, and an innumerable amount of keyboards. lol

I know they aren't what many would consider valuable or even interesting but honestly they make me very happy and I'm very very proud of my collection. I can say without a doubt that I derive more pleasure from owning these lowly Packard Bell computers than any of the more valuable and sought after computers I have owned or still own. I've been pretty lucky in that I got to zip through my want list of "rare" computers fairly quickly (matter of five years or less) and spend almost no money whatsoever. Every time I took my Packard Bell off my desk and put whatever the computer was at the time I found that the community considered rare and exciting, I found that I got bored of it rather quickly and returned to my lowly Packard Bell. I've come to realize that maybe I shouldn't be collecting things for impressing other people and instead collect things because I actually enjoy them. lol

The last thing that actually made me realize this was my Amiga 1000. I got a great example expanded ram, tons of extras and software all in it's original boxes with the monitor and honestly after years of wanting one I played with it a bit and well... lets just say I wasn't impressed. lol And this is coming from a guy who has used TONS of retro computers! I've owned Tandy machines, Sun Machines, Apple machines, IBM machines I own four Commodore 64 computers (Best computer of the 80's imo) and I've owned an Atari ST (which I did enjoy) but for some reason the Amiga, the one computer I thought I really wanted. The computer with legendary graphics and sound, insanely positive reviews from the community and a giant cult following - and when I fired it up and played around with it I just felt blah about the whole thing. lol I almost quit the whole hobby right then and there. It was at that point I realized maybe I shouldn't be collecting "Legendary" computers but instead just stick to the one computer I keep going back to and that's just a boring old mid 90's Packard Bell. :P


14 working. That's crazy considering Packard had a 25% DOA rate from the factory if my memory serves me. Yeah, what you call legendary collecting I call shelf collecting. As in I buy something rare and valuable to look at it on a shelf. Even some games that I wanted very badly during my childhood get this effect such as Pokemon SoulSilver.

Buying what I enjoy though isn't easy for me. There are some things I'll get very excited about (and pour money into) just to discover I hate them. My DOS machine initially was an example of this (though I did initially find a niche of DOS games that I enjoy; namely the various IDSoft games). I do find I buy a lot of stuff just for my YT channel though and I have plenty of games and parts I hate for the sake of compatibility testing and benchmarking.

I do plan to get into 80s computing but I don't want to do that before i have a proper and steady income that yields at least $500 in spending cash per month. I aim for neae 100 percent compatibility in any field I enter. 8 bit machines are going to be a nightmare as even basic compatibility requires I locate and Apple II, A Commodore 128, an Atari 800, and a ZX Spectrum. It took me 2 years just to get 95% compatibility with X86 stuff and even then I certainly don't have the capability to try every sound and graphics option which is when I need to pull a Batarya and buy every sound card ever sold.
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby King_Corduroy » 2017-9-12 @ 07:32

Yeah the compatibility thing is what really makes me hate everything older than a 486 now, I mean I started out all starry eyed but four years later and I want absolutely nothing to do with 80's machines anymore. XD
I was also collecting for my youtube, I'll probably keep doing the youtube but shy more and more from really retro tech and just stick to the 90's gear and games.

As for the failure rate, I just can't believe that. Most of the machines I've come across and the one I personally had as a family PC from 1996 - 2008 have been absolute tanks. I mean seriously the most i've ever had to do to fix one was swap power supplies and most of these were trash picked! lol The monitors on the other hand are another story (which is why I'm always looking for more!). I've also upgraded a few of these and with some common sense and trouble shooting skills it's a piece of cake.
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Re: post up pics of your "computing area"

Postby Jade Falcon » 2017-9-19 @ 17:11

25%?
No way, Packard's were one of the most reliable systems out there. There was a reason NASA used them back in the day.

Now the new stuff is just re banded Acer stuff so 25% would make since.
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