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Re: Retro Rig Photo Thread

Postby mothergoose729 » 2019-7-10 @ 17:30

starcube wrote:Here's my triple-box battlestation!

Full station: Image


Middle box:

* Pentium MMX 233MHz running at 166MHz (for compatibility)
* 64MB PC100 SDRAM
* Soyo SY-5BT motherboard
* S3 Virge/GX 4MB PCI 2D graphics
* 3Dfx VooDoo 4MB PCI 3D graphics
* Maxtor DiamondMax 20GB 7200RPM HDD
* Quantum Firbeall 15GB 5400RPM HDD
* NEC CD-3002A 52X CD-ROM drive
* Plextor PX-W2410TA CDRW drive
* Mitsumi 3.5" floppy drive
* Chinon 5.25" floppy drive
* Sound Blaster AWE32 (CT3900) sound card
* Adaptec AHA-2930U SCSI card
* StarTech 300W ATX power supply
* No-name Chinesium case



I love it!

I am building up my own retro rig fleet :). My DOS machine is configured basically the same as your middle box.

Love the retro cases. I decided to go all modern ATX cases for uniformity myself, but there is nothing like a beige beauty with a turbo button :lol:
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Re: Retro Rig Photo Thread

Postby starcube » 2019-7-10 @ 20:13

mothergoose729 wrote:I love it!

I am building up my own retro rig fleet :). My DOS machine is configured basically the same as your middle box.

Love the retro cases. I decided to go all modern ATX cases for uniformity myself, but there is nothing like a beige beauty with a turbo button :lol:


Thanks! What are your specs?

One thing I could not work out in that box is getting a DVD decoder card working.

I have a Monster DVD-1000 card, I connected it to the LPB connector on the S3 Virge card, installed the drivers and player software, and it only plays sound. I get a solid purple screen instead of video. Tried different ribbon cables, refresh rates, color depths, and no dice. Using the last S3 driver released from December 1997 which has DirectDraw.
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Re: Retro Rig Photo Thread

Postby mothergoose729 » 2019-7-10 @ 20:42

starcube wrote:
mothergoose729 wrote:I love it!

I am building up my own retro rig fleet :). My DOS machine is configured basically the same as your middle box.

Love the retro cases. I decided to go all modern ATX cases for uniformity myself, but there is nothing like a beige beauty with a turbo button :lol:


Thanks! What are your specs?

One thing I could not work out in that box is getting a DVD decoder card working.

I have a Monster DVD-1000 card, I connected it to the LPB connector on the S3 Virge card, installed the drivers and player software, and it only plays sound. I get a solid purple screen instead of video. Tried different ribbon cables, refresh rates, color depths, and no dice. Using the last S3 driver released from December 1997 which has DirectDraw.


Mine is an SIS board with a pentium 233mmx, a Cirrus Logic 5446 and a Diamond Voodoo 1 4mb. I haven't spent much time with CD rom games yet. I am currently distracted with my IBM XT clone PC :).
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Re: Retro Rig Photo Thread

Postby wirerogue » 2019-7-11 @ 00:19

starcube wrote:Here's my triple-box battlestation!

i hate to be the bearer of bad news but, it appears you missed one.

the box in the middle still has an available 3.5" bay. :-P
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Re: Retro Rig Photo Thread

Postby starcube » 2019-7-11 @ 00:36

wirerogue wrote:
starcube wrote:Here's my triple-box battlestation!

i hate to be the bearer of bad news but, it appears you missed one.

the box in the middle still has an available 3.5" bay. :-P


If they only had an internal version of the Avatar Shark drive, I'd stick it in there. :-P I don't like ZIP drives or LS-120 drives... not sure what else would go in there.
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Re: Retro Rig Photo Thread

Postby Qjimbo » 2019-7-12 @ 22:19

Caluser2000 wrote:Image

Caluser2000 wrote:Image


Nice to see some love for Acorn! Eventually I hope to import an Acorn Archimedes A5000 to Canada, I grew up in the UK so still have boxes of old Acorn floppy disks, but no system to run them on.
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Re: Retro Rig Photo Thread

Postby appiah4 » 2019-7-16 @ 09:14

And here is my recently completed 386SX build. I will use it as a stand-in 286 for 1987-189 era games, mostly for stuff with SVGA and/or MT-32 support as I have a beefed up Amiga for better graphics and sound for the rest.

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A500:+512K|ACA500+|C1084S
i386:Am386SX-25|4M|TVGA9000B|Gold-16
i486:U5SX-33|8M|GD5428|CT2290/S2
i586:P133|32M|S3T64+/MX2|V1|CT3980/32M
i686:K6-2/400|64M|V2/SLI|CT4500/32M
S370:P3-1200|384M|GF4Ti4200|MX300
S754:A3700+|2G|X1950PRO|SB0350
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