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Bought these (retro) hardware today

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Reply 24180 of 38282, by wiretap

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SB Live Platinum from a Goodwill auction. Box is in kind of rough shape, but the rest looks good. Hopefully it works. And, missed out on a Voodoo 5 5500 AGP on a Goodwill auction.. I had a bid of 109.99, and someone got the high bid in the last second of $110.99. bah 😢

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Reply 24181 of 38282, by Intel486dx33

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I bet you can’t guess what I bought ?
Here is a Clue.

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Reply 24183 of 38282, by Intel486dx33

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We have a WINNER !

It's not working. Needs work. Most likely the logic board needs re-caps. ( 9-total caps I think ).
But that's half the fun is getting this stuff working again.
Anyways, I have some working logic boards too. So should NOT be a problem getting it working again.
I still need an original Apple TV keyboard and mouse.

Update: It works, Just had to put in NEW battery and reseat the boards.

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Reply 24184 of 38282, by KCompRoom2000

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I don't have any pictures right now (and since most of you know what I'll be talking about, I don't think they're required), but during today's Goodwill trip I bought another original XBOX console for softmodding. I don't want to risk ruining my current XBOX by modding it (since it has sentimental save games and songs) which is why I bought a second one for this purpose in order to play it safe.

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Reply 24185 of 38282, by luckybob

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I've been watching these cards go down in price for a while, finally sprung on getting one: https://www.ebay.com/itm/392073593666

It connects a 3.5" floppy drive to SCSI. The plan is to explore its functions. It might have some undocumented features that might allow use of other floppy disks. Maybe 360k or 1.2mb 5.25 drives. I think it would be really cool if at minimum i could read these disks. Hell, if I could write that would really be the bee's knees.

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Reply 24186 of 38282, by bjwil1991

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That's an odd hardware, yet, can't wait to see the results from you about that device. I wonder what the transfer rate would be with that?

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Reply 24187 of 38282, by SW-SSG

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^the same speed as a regular 34-pin FDD interface, I'm sure. Floppies are inherently *really* slow.

The key here is those possible undocumented functions... as well as the probable novelty of a 100% SCSI machine.

Reply 24188 of 38282, by Anonymous Coward

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I have several of those FDD to SCSI adapters. I only ever tested it with the 1.44MB drive, but I am pretty sure that you can interface it with other drive types as well. There is a PDF manual for it out there somewhere.

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Reply 24189 of 38282, by luckybob

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bjwil1991 wrote:

I wonder what the transfer rate would be with that?

irrelevant. The goal is a jack of all trades machine whose whole purpose is the transfer between mediums.

I made the mistake of putting these functions in my gaming P4 rig. All it did was cause hardware conflicts.

@SW-SSG I do like my scsi.

@AC If you run across that pdf, I'd love a copy. I haven't looked hard for that info yet. Admittantly, it was an inpulse buy along with a usb/adb converter and some 512kb frash chips.

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Reply 24190 of 38282, by dionb

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Wasn't even remotely looking for something like this - but sometimes you stumble across something you really can't let pass:

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Roland MT-100 in very good condition (and demonstrated working), with original PSU, what looks like all original documentation, a modified early 1960s record player case to transport it in - and a pile of SCB-55 docs as well (obvious what the original owner had upgraded to after this one - it cost him DFL 569 according to the receipt).

Now to dig up one of those rare games that actually gives you an audible difference between the MT-32 r0 PCB and the r1 inside this MT-100 and enjoy probably the most marginal of capability upgrades I have ever bought... 😉

Reply 24191 of 38282, by candle_86

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Was a free pickup, now I might just make it a 98se overkill since this chipset supports 98se

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Reply 24192 of 38282, by Gered

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Just got back from picking up a Toshiba Satellite Pro 430CDT. Got it from a guy (now retired) who did a lot of travelling for work and took this with him (company-issued laptop that they let him keep I guess). Came with all the accessories!

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Mostly in great shape, will need a bit of cleaning but nothing too major cosmetically wrong with it. I think these originally came with Windows 95, but this one was upgraded to Windows 98 and has some version of AVG Free installed on it that really bogs down the poor Pentium 120Mhz CPU. Also 1.2GB HD and the full 48 MB RAM.

The floppy drive doesn't seem able to read any disks. The form-factor of the floppy drive looks to be the same as a Teac FD-05HG-4684-U which I have two extras of, so I might try replacing it with one of those.

The CD-ROM drive works, but the mechanism that holds the door closed is a little wonky and needs some fiddling to get it to stay shut.

Otherwise, pretty happy overall!

EDIT: Forgot to say that the battery still works. Unsure how long it will last at a full charge though and obviously not something to be relied on at this age anyway.

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Reply 24193 of 38282, by oeuvre

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Nice, you could also replace the HD with a CF to IDE adapter + 2GB CF card. Should run much nicer. Those old Toshiba laptops are fun and durable.

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Reply 24194 of 38282, by Gered

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If I end up putting MS-DOS / Win 3.1 on it then I'll probably go the CF card route, but if I end up keeping Windows 95 I'll leave the spinning rust HDD in there for now (don't want Windows virtual memory killing the CF card quicker). Whether I go MS-DOS/Win3.1 or not depends on how the VEXP screen scaling utility works in Windows for games like Diablo/Starcraft which run at 640x480 (the readme seems to indicate the mouse coordinates get messed up, but I want to fiddle with it for myself).

I do quite like the sounds of a real spinning rust disk drive. 😀

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Reply 24195 of 38282, by Mut

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Hi Gered,

Great notebook!

Open it up and remove the cmos and the resume battery ASAP. Those batteries tends to leak when get old.

They are located under the keyboard.

I had two of these notebook destroyed by leakage.

Reply 24197 of 38282, by Gered

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Mut wrote:

Open it up and remove the cmos and the resume battery ASAP. Those batteries tends to leak when get old.

Thanks for the tip! I will do just that when I open it all up to clean it.

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Reply 24198 of 38282, by LHN91

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Gered wrote:
Just got back from picking up a Toshiba Satellite Pro 430CDT. Got it from a guy (now retired) who did a lot of travelling for wo […]
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Just got back from picking up a Toshiba Satellite Pro 430CDT. Got it from a guy (now retired) who did a lot of travelling for work and took this with him (company-issued laptop that they let him keep I guess). Came with all the accessories!

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Mostly in great shape, will need a bit of cleaning but nothing too major cosmetically wrong with it. I think these originally came with Windows 95, but this one was upgraded to Windows 98 and has some version of AVG Free installed on it that really bogs down the poor Pentium 120Mhz CPU. Also 1.2GB HD and the full 48 MB RAM.

The floppy drive doesn't seem able to read any disks. The form-factor of the floppy drive looks to be the same as a Teac FD-05HG-4684-U which I have two extras of, so I might try replacing it with one of those.

The CD-ROM drive works, but the mechanism that holds the door closed is a little wonky and needs some fiddling to get it to stay shut.

Otherwise, pretty happy overall!

EDIT: Forgot to say that the battery still works. Unsure how long it will last at a full charge though and obviously not something to be relied on at this age anyway.

I have basically the exact same notebook - yeah, the CMOS/Resume batteries tend to leak. I removed one of mine that was already leaking, the other I left but plan to remove. Mine's a bit temperamental, the headphone output doesn't work on mine, but otherwise they're real nice early Win95/DOS machines. The C&T video is pretty compatible with DOS stuff, and the sound is ESS based and also quite DOS compatible.

Also, I wonder if those floppy drives are just real temperamental. I've got the same external and I've only got a couple floppies that mine will reliably read, and even then sometimes it takes some fiddling to get it to properly engage and read.

Reply 24199 of 38282, by OldCat

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Gered wrote:

Just got back from picking up a Toshiba Satellite Pro 430CDT. Got it from a guy (now retired) who did a lot of travelling for work and took this with him (company-issued laptop that they let him keep I guess). Came with all the accessories!

Congrats, that's a really nice find!

Gered wrote:

If I end up putting MS-DOS / Win 3.1 on it then I'll probably go the CF card route, but if I end up keeping Windows 95 I'll leave the spinning rust HDD in there for now (don't want Windows virtual memory killing the CF card quicker). Whether I go MS-DOS/Win3.1 or not depends on how the VEXP screen scaling utility works in Windows for games like Diablo/Starcraft which run at 640x480 (the readme seems to indicate the mouse coordinates get messed up, but I want to fiddle with it for myself).

Thanks for mentioning VEXP utility, I haven't ever heard about it before. Had I known it, I wouldn't have sold my Tecra 700CT!

Still, do let us know when you try VEXP and Diablo/Starcraft (I love these games myself, would like to revisit them again soon).