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Bought these (retro) hardware today

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Reply 13000 of 47925, by nforce4max

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Kreshna Aryaguna Nurzaman wrote:
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A Diamond Speedstar VGA Tseng ET4000AX ISA VGA card. I've heard these mentioned often and I'm happy to have one available if I e […]
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A Diamond Speedstar VGA Tseng ET4000AX ISA VGA card. I've heard these mentioned often and I'm happy to have one available if I ever put together an all-ISA 386\486 system.

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During my pre-Pentium days, I've heard many times about the Tseng ET4000 as the fastest VGA card for PC. I didn't have one, I had to be content with generic, no-name VGA card. Sure, 320x200, 256 color games like Wing Commander and Star Control II runs fine on my VGA card, but I always wondered what the Tseng could do.

There are some on eBay in the states if you are interested but they are expensive, just avoid the 512kb cards if you don't want to go through the trouble of adding sockets and memory ect. The ET4000 is about as good as it gets for isa.

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Reply 13001 of 47925, by Logistics

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I forget, what was special about the Speedstar 24X? I have one, somewhere with the Western Digital chip on it. It's a 1MB card and can do TrueColor at 640x480 in Windows 3.11.

Reply 13002 of 47925, by foey

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A couple of goodies today for my Athlon XP build.

First off, a CD-RW drive - I have no idea why, but I'm a sucker for these TDK drives being a little different!

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Next up, Hercules 3D Prophet 9800 Pro. something I had back in 2004 - I bought from Overclockers.co.uk when they had a epic sales on. I later sold on when I replaced my rig. I have a real sense of nostalgia with this card. Mainly the countless hours I spent playing UT2004 when I first got broadband. Cost me just £10 including shipping.

Edit - Just fired it up, memory issues, screen looks a mess artifacts all over it. 😒 You win some you lose some.

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Reply 13003 of 47925, by clueless1

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Logistics wrote:

I forget, what was special about the Speedstar 24X? I have one, somewhere with the Western Digital chip on it. It's a 1MB card and can do TrueColor at 640x480 in Windows 3.11.

PC Magazine loved it in September 1991:
https://books.google.com/books?id=6UNWdidjDmI … 0et4000&f=false

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Reply 13004 of 47925, by tikoellner

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Hey there, I would like to show you my today’s purchase I’m really happy with.
It’s IBM Thinkpad 370c. A tiny notebook from 1995 (mine is from November). The machine came without charger, so I could not test it yet, but here are the specs:
Intel 486 DX4 @75Mhz
12MB Ram total – 8 of which are on a cool looking IBM IC DRAM card
385MB hdd in a caddy
FDD
10 inch active TFT display.
I’m not clear about the soundcard yet.
It seems so perfect for DOS games! And I grabbed it just for 5USD equiv.
The computer is in very good condition. External rubber layer is worn here and there, but It's hard to expect it to last better. IBM 760ED which I bought some time ago and gave to my friend was much, much worse in this respect.
It’s not my first vintage Thinkpad. I already have 365ED model (5x86@100mhz), but this 370c just feels superior. It’s rubberized, it has this cool IBM modular design, active TFT (vs. passive on 365ED). Overall, those machines seem to be from the different lines, out of which 370c is the better one.
See the pics:
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(on the left)
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(730c and 365ED open)
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(here is my daily use W530 - great laptop!)
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(370c modular design)
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(system battery and this really cool IBM IC DRAM 8 mb card).

I love Thinkpad design, can't help it.

Reply 13005 of 47925, by stamasd

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Nice find. I have a Thinkpad 755CX (P75) and have the same feeling about it than you do about the 370 - better design. The sound card is likely to be a Mwave as IBM was big in that era about their DSP sound+modem design, despite all the headaches it caused in regular use.

Mine doesn't look that good anymore because I used it extensively in the late 90s (mostly to play X-COM), and in many places the rubberized coating has completely worn off. It has been upgraded at some point to the full 40MB RAM it supports (8MB on-board and a 32MB proprietary card, similar to the one you have). I still have somewhere the original 8MB card that I originally purchased it with (it had 8MB built-in plus 8MB on card). Also, mine came with Li-Ion battery (long dead now), looks like yours but white. Been planning for a while to rebuild it with 18650 cells but never got around to it.

It's a champ in Win95. Still have somewhere all 23 install floppies that came with it.

I also had a 760 at some point about 10 years ago, but it was pretty beat-up when I got it and died completely within 1 year.

At one time I had the opportunity to buy the special docking station for the 755 that provides 2 ISA slots and a SCSI controller and HDD bay, but passed on it. Been kicking myself ever since, as they seem to be impossible to find nowadays. http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/ThinkPad_Dock_II_%283546%29

(edit) here's the IBM hardware manual for several early Thinkpads, including the 370c:
https://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccb … iles/tpvol2.pdf

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I/O, I/O,
It's off to disk I go,
With a bit and a byte
And a read and a write,
I/O, I/O

Reply 13007 of 47925, by clueless1

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Dude. $67 shipped? That's awesome. Congrats! We expect a full report after you have time to play with it!

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Reply 13008 of 47925, by stamasd

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Huh. The above Thinkpad post got me searching again, and I found a Dock II for $75. I grabbed it, can't wait to use it with my 755. This adds 2 full-length ISA slots, SCSI, full-size IDE, internal bays for HDDs etc. Will breathe new life into the old boy.

I/O, I/O,
It's off to disk I go,
With a bit and a byte
And a read and a write,
I/O, I/O

Reply 13010 of 47925, by foey

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Brickpad - Fantastic price for that IBM. I've seen them go for a decent price. Be sure to post up a thread in System Specs.

chose007 - Epic haul! Love the Rage128 MAXX & the SD-150 Ram.

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Reply 13014 of 47925, by Scraphoarder

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chose007 wrote:

Sorry that Iam lazy post info 😀

Its 6800 Ultra for Mac G5 ... not own Mac so onfly for view.

Can they be used in a x86 motherboard with an AGP pro slot? Have my eyes on one of theese, but dont know if i can use one.

Reply 13015 of 47925, by luckybob

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Scraphoarder wrote:
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Sorry that Iam lazy post info 😀

Its 6800 Ultra for Mac G5 ... not own Mac so onfly for view.

Can they be used in a x86 motherboard with an AGP pro slot? Have my eyes on one of theese, but dont know if i can use one.

not likely. It will have a different video bios. Some cards you can flash between pc/mac. I can't be bothered to look this one up to see.

It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.

Reply 13016 of 47925, by Scraphoarder

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luckybob wrote:

not likely. It will have a different video bios. Some cards you can flash between pc/mac. I can't be bothered to look this one up to see.

Thanks 😊 I tried a quick search but nothing came up. No wonder why there seems to be a lot of them on eBay. Poor G5 users.. 🤣

Reply 13017 of 47925, by stamasd

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I have a G5, but frankly the original FX5200 that came with it is enough for anything you'd want to do. I did at one point install a Radeon X850 but it wasn't worth it.

(which frankly these days amounts mostly to loading Linux on it and use as a server)

I/O, I/O,
It's off to disk I go,
With a bit and a byte
And a read and a write,
I/O, I/O

Reply 13018 of 47925, by MrTentacleGuy

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I bought a 486 for $12.99 at a thrift store. It turns out it has a DX4 processor, 32MB of RAM, a VL bus graphics card, and a SB Pro2 CT1600.

Reply 13019 of 47925, by MCGA

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chose007 wrote:
Lot of new HW. Mostly VGAs. http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz23/prospekty7/hwnet5/DSCF3530_resize_zpsvwza7wab.jpg […]
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Lot of new HW. Mostly VGAs.
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What's that IBM? 😲

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LUCKY find!!! 😀