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Reply 24061 of 38282, by badmojo

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Got a brand new Roland MPU-401AT today. Almost seemed like a shame to open the sealed bag, but I bought it to use after all.

Bloody hell, nice find! It's never a shame to open 'em up I don't think, it's what they've been waiting for 😀

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Reply 24062 of 38282, by luckybob

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won this ebay auction for a steal: https://www.ebay.com/itm/222969030865

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Reply 24063 of 38282, by Batyra

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Batyra, I am also very happy to see your great photos! Please continue with it! […]
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Ignore them Batyra and keep posting your great pics of great hardware.

ditto , I find the "maybe someone contacts / visit the site" quite a clever thing too 😎

Batyra, I am also very happy to see your great photos! Please continue with it!

But sometimes I am asking myself if your acquirements are really recent ones or if you show items already in your collection since a longer time? 😉 I am also watching the usual sites and never spotted such items you get in regular intervals 😀 But maybe you have much better searching skills then I have.

But it doesnt matter, always nice to see what is out there!

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I use to post theese when I only get theese things shipped. So theese are really recent ones. Sometimes (like this time) I'm puttig something eslse also on photo - like the Audiotrix 3D - that was bought about mont or two ago, but Audiotrix Pro is brand new im my collection. I trade quite a lot and buy a lot. I think I'm just lucky to find many of thees on eBay - like that Audiotrix.

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Reply 24065 of 38282, by gdjacobs

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seanneko wrote:

Got a brand new Roland MPU-401AT today. Almost seemed like a shame to open the sealed bag, but I bought it to use after all.

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Still the best of the original cards. Only Keropi's clone gives it a run for it's money.

Question is, did you have to sell a kidney, a container load of Chinese assault rifles, or something else first? 🤑

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Reply 24066 of 38282, by seanneko

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gdjacobs wrote:

Still the best of the original cards. Only Keropi's clone gives it a run for it's money.

Question is, did you have to sell a kidney, a container load of Chinese assault rifles, or something else first? 🤑

Got it for $125 buy it now on eBay 😀 It was pretty much an impulse purchase. I just happened to be browsing right when it was listed and hadn't been sold yet. I saw a used one which was missing the cables sell for several times more, so I think that confirms that mine was a good buy.

Reply 24067 of 38282, by cyclone3d

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seanneko wrote:
gdjacobs wrote:

Still the best of the original cards. Only Keropi's clone gives it a run for it's money.

Question is, did you have to sell a kidney, a container load of Chinese assault rifles, or something else first? 🤑

Got it for $125 buy it now on eBay 😀 It was pretty much an impulse purchase. I just happened to be browsing right when it was listed and hadn't been sold yet. I saw a used one which was missing the cables sell for several times more, so I think that confirms that mine was a good buy.

That pretty much how I got my Music Quest MPU-401 card... Somebody listed it right when I was browsing for really, really cheap and I snatched it up.

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Reply 24068 of 38282, by gdjacobs

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seanneko wrote:
gdjacobs wrote:

Still the best of the original cards. Only Keropi's clone gives it a run for it's money.

Question is, did you have to sell a kidney, a container load of Chinese assault rifles, or something else first? 🤑

Got it for $125 buy it now on eBay 😀 It was pretty much an impulse purchase. I just happened to be browsing right when it was listed and hadn't been sold yet. I saw a used one which was missing the cables sell for several times more, so I think that confirms that mine was a good buy.

That's a really good price!

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Reply 24069 of 38282, by Unknown_K

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Asus FX5800 with Innovatek water cooler

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Don't the heatsinks over the RAM need some air blowing over them (provided by the GPU cooling fan that is no longer there)?

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Reply 24071 of 38282, by xjas

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Honestly, I'm gonna have to stop thrifting if this keeps up.

I should listen to my past self. 😜

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This time this beige tower caught my eye. I spotted the zip drive & Creative DVD drive on the front, which was enough to make me pull it off the shelf and turn it around. On the back I see serial and parallel ports, a video card with S-video & VGA, an empty slot where it looks like an ISA sound card used to be, and some kind of MPEG card with a second VGA out(!).

Well, let’s open it up:

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Slot 1 system on an Asus P3V133 with a VIA chipset. I can’t remember the last time I encountered that combo, the Slot 1 stuff I find is almost always BX. Three ISA slots is pretty nice.

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Turns out it’s a P3/450 with some other choice goodies. All the caps on the board look totally clean too.

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Yep.

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^^ Somebody really liked Creative Labs, there's at least three Creative products in here including the DVD drive, and I'm willing to bet the ISA slot once held a Sound Blaster 16 or AWE. Surprisingly, the Voodoo card isn't by Creative (it's STB.) This must have been somebody’s LAN party monster rig back in the day, but here it is in bits in my living room 18-ish years later. I wish they’d left the HDD in.

I guess the second VGA out on the MPEG card is for primitive dual-heading? So you can watch DVDs on one monitor while you work on the other?

Anyway, you can see why it followed me home. I needed another beige tower like I need another butthole, but I couldn’t pass up the goods on the inside. That tag on the front is what I paid, so the video card alone was worth the sticker price.

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Reply 24072 of 38282, by xjas

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That all said, I might part this one out and chuck the case. It looks decent in the photos (after I vacuumed it out), but the sides and top are all plastic & pretty warped. A bunch of closure tabs snapped off when I was opening it up and I was being GENTLE.

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...and of course I found somebody’s horrible hack job once I'd disassembled enough. Keep those fingers away from THIS fine craftsmanship, folks:

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I have better cases sitting empty, and some of them haven't been 'modded' with any rusty hacksaws at all.

But do the guts work? Well, I was a bit bummed out as it looked like it was DOA initially, but after I noticed the CPU wasn’t seated fully in its slot, it fired right up. 😜

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Pretty pleased when I saw that screen.

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Reply 24073 of 38282, by TheAbandonwareGuy

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xjas wrote:
That all said, I might part this one out and chuck the case. It looks decent in the photos (after I vacuumed it out), but the si […]
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That all said, I might part this one out and chuck the case. It looks decent in the photos (after I vacuumed it out), but the sides and top are all plastic & pretty warped. A bunch of closure tabs snapped off when I was opening it up and I was being GENTLE.

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...and of course I found somebody’s horrible hack job once I'd disassembled enough. Keep those fingers away from THIS fine craftsmanship, folks:

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I have better cases sitting empty, and some of them haven't been 'modded' with any rusty hacksaws at all.

But do the guts work? Well, I was a bit bummed out as it looked like it was DOA initially, but after I noticed the CPU wasn’t seated fully in its slot, it fired right up. 😜

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Pretty pleased when I saw that screen.

I personally would be keeping any usable biege AT or ATX case right now. AT because they are already becoming somewhat hard to find locally and expensive to acquire online (partly due to increase value, partly due to them being non shipping friendly). In 5 to 10 years time we will have the same issues with ATX cases. Everybody will want multiple cases, and the prices will skyrocket. At least you saved a decent system.

I never have any luck finding PentiumII era stuff around here. I've found multiple S370 PentiumIII systems, and 2 Socket 7 Pentiums but never any SS7 or Slot 1 systems. This sucks too because that era of early 3D is what is interests me most right now.

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Reply 24074 of 38282, by Predator99

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Just rteurned from a flea market around the corner: 2 A500 + Monitor 50€ 😎

Seller had also a 3rd one incl. Monitor. Thinking about returning and also getting this one, but I am rather running out of space... 😢

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Reply 24075 of 38282, by keropi

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^ go get it! maybe the 1084s also have ttl inputs, good for cga!

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Reply 24076 of 38282, by Predator99

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^^
hmm, yes got it 😒 Paid another 40€ for an A500, 1084 Monitor and 2 big boxes with disks.

Quite good price but I am going to sell most of this again. Main reason to get it that I was afraid the seller is going to scrap it when nobody buys it. Was not that interested anymore. He told me that he tried to sell it the 3rd time and nobody was interested...

Reply 24077 of 38282, by liqmat

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Predator99 wrote:

He told me that he tried to sell it the 3rd time and nobody was interested...

I suppose the wrong audience. I see anything Amiga or Atari ST at a decent price locally and it's an automatic purchase for me. That was such an exciting era of computers and I am very glad I got to be part of it. I just wish those systems had been as popular in the States as they were in Europe because it is very rare (at least in my travels) to find them in the wild like that anymore here in the U.S.

Reply 24078 of 38282, by RichB93

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Bought a QDI SynactiX 5EP motherboard from eBay cheaply - Your standard Intel 815 based affair in a full size ATX layout. Came with a Coppermine Celeron 1.1GHz chip too. Sadly it arrived badly packaged (normal bubble wrap!) and is totally unstable. Looking at it I think (hope!) that there are some bad caps that are just beginning to bulge. I've ordered some new caps and I hope that it fixes it because it looks like a really nice board - I just hope the thing hasn't been fried by static damage.

Reply 24079 of 38282, by wiretap

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Bought a PCI --> 2 PCI riser cable so I can hook up two Voodoo 2 12MB in SLI on my next build, based on either the VIA EPIA CN10000EG or a MSI MS-7199 (both VIA C7). I have both motherboards on the way, so hopefully one of them works with the riser. Previous VIA C3 builds work with the riser that I've seen people do with Voodoo 2 SLI. I know both motherboards have all drivers available for Windows 98SE, so I'm hopeful. 😎 This will be going in a Silverstone Raven RVZ02 -- I thought the case was appropriate, since it has a light-up orange "V" on the front. 🤣

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