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Bought these (retro) hardware today

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Reply 37220 of 47162, by henryVK

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bjwil1991 wrote on 2020-12-11, 05:42:

Bought a new old stock Citizen W1D floppy drive for one of my 486 high end laptops as the 1 has head failures and the other has a bad belt, so I might take the belt out of the broken head drive and replace the belt. Both laptops use the same floppy drive, the boards are similar in functionality, except the Austin TFT has integrated sound and a modem installed and the AMS DSTN has the sound card.

Not to discourage you but even with a new belt I found them to be very unreliable.

Reply 37221 of 47162, by SVD

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Bought a nice AT desktop pc today. It got one of those 386/486 VLB motherboards to my surprise. A dx2 66 OD. It also came with a soundcard i never heard about, a Mediavision Jazz 16, with a OPL ymf262 chip.

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Reply 37223 of 47162, by Dmetsys

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Nice, very nice. One of these days, I'll have to look for one of these to replace my CT4520 Value version.

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P5A-B | K6-2 300 (100x3) | 256MB | GeForce 2 MX
ECS UM4980 | 5x86-P75 | 32MB | 90C33-ZZ (In progress..)
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Reply 37226 of 47162, by SVD

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AWE 64 is only OK in my book. Definately overhyped and over piced. I sold mine and bought an EWS 64 XL for the money i got for it, it is a lot better card in every way IMHO.
But if one wants one i dont see why not tho.

Reply 37227 of 47162, by Dmetsys

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Bought a Goldstar Prime 2 C VLB I/O controller card to replace the Prime 2 ISA controller in my 486 build. Slowly on my path to making it a bit faster, with slowly being the operative word due to Canada Post. 😁

BE6-II 1.0 | PIII-500 | 320MB | GeForce 2 MX400
P5A-B | K6-2 300 (100x3) | 256MB | GeForce 2 MX
ECS UM4980 | 5x86-P75 | 32MB | 90C33-ZZ (In progress..)
Toshiba Satellite Pro T2155CDS | Compaq Contura 400C
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Reply 37228 of 47162, by Joseph_Joestar

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Tom85 wrote on 2020-12-11, 17:29:

Got a AWE64 for my slot A build I'm working on. Sadly no box.

Great to see one with a full set of accessories and disks.

Could you possibly image the floppies and the CD and upload them to archive.org or someplace else? My own AWE64 gold should be arriving sometime next week but I got it loose, without any extras.

PC#1: Pentium MMX 166 / Soyo SY-5BT / S3 Trio64V+ / Voodoo1 / OPTi 82C930 / AWE64 Gold / SC-155
PC#2: AthlonXP 1700+ / Abit KT7A / Voodoo3 / Audigy1 / Vortex2
PC#3: Athlon64 3400+ / Asus K8V-MX / 5900XT / Audigy1
PC#4: i5-3550P / MSI Z77A-G43 / GTX 650Ti / X-Fi

Reply 37229 of 47162, by Dmetsys

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Joseph_Joestar wrote on 2020-12-11, 19:27:
Tom85 wrote on 2020-12-11, 17:29:

Got a AWE64 for my slot A build I'm working on. Sadly no box.

Great to see one with a full set of accessories and disks.

Could you possibly image the floppies and the CD and upload them to archive.org or someplace else? My own AWE64 gold should be arriving sometime next week but I got it loose, without any extras.

Aren't the drivers already on vogondrivers' website?

BE6-II 1.0 | PIII-500 | 320MB | GeForce 2 MX400
P5A-B | K6-2 300 (100x3) | 256MB | GeForce 2 MX
ECS UM4980 | 5x86-P75 | 32MB | 90C33-ZZ (In progress..)
Toshiba Satellite Pro T2155CDS | Compaq Contura 400C
Macintosh Plus

Reply 37230 of 47162, by Joseph_Joestar

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Dmetsys wrote on 2020-12-11, 19:29:

Aren't the drivers already on vogondrivers' website?

The CD is, but I don't think the floppies are.

PC#1: Pentium MMX 166 / Soyo SY-5BT / S3 Trio64V+ / Voodoo1 / OPTi 82C930 / AWE64 Gold / SC-155
PC#2: AthlonXP 1700+ / Abit KT7A / Voodoo3 / Audigy1 / Vortex2
PC#3: Athlon64 3400+ / Asus K8V-MX / 5900XT / Audigy1
PC#4: i5-3550P / MSI Z77A-G43 / GTX 650Ti / X-Fi

Reply 37231 of 47162, by Dmetsys

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Joseph_Joestar wrote on 2020-12-11, 19:35:
Dmetsys wrote on 2020-12-11, 19:29:

Aren't the drivers already on vogondrivers' website?

The CD is, but I don't think the floppies are.

I think the floppies are for the DOS drivers, CTCM, and the sound files for the DOS applications. PhilsComputerLab has those files available.

BE6-II 1.0 | PIII-500 | 320MB | GeForce 2 MX400
P5A-B | K6-2 300 (100x3) | 256MB | GeForce 2 MX
ECS UM4980 | 5x86-P75 | 32MB | 90C33-ZZ (In progress..)
Toshiba Satellite Pro T2155CDS | Compaq Contura 400C
Macintosh Plus

Reply 37233 of 47162, by TheMobRules

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Dmetsys wrote on 2020-12-11, 21:12:

I think the floppies are for the DOS drivers, CTCM, and the sound files for the DOS applications. PhilsComputerLab has those files available.

Still, it would be nice to have untouched images of the floppies, at least for archival purposes. I don't think there are any for the AWE64 disks.

The AWE64 Gold CD ISO is in vogonsdrivers though.

Reply 37234 of 47162, by darry

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BetaC wrote on 2020-12-11, 03:25:
darry wrote on 2020-12-11, 02:53:
I just managed to buy an SC-55 with control firmware 1.10 in a local pawn shop . […]
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I just managed to buy an SC-55 with control firmware 1.10 in a local pawn shop .

- Display backlight is OK, but LCD text is rather pale
- 1 or 2 of the front buttons don't work
- Battery was still in but had not leaked (removed it).
- it was covered in stickers and adhesive velcro pads
- it was filthy

Otherwise everything works fine in terms of MIDI and audio out .

I don't plan on replacing the micro-switches for the bad buttons (as long as power works, I'm happy), but I might end up trying to determine why the LCD text is so pale (not that I really care that much either, TBH ) .

At first listen, it is quite similar to my SC-88VL in SC-55 mode, at least in Duke Nukem 3D .

Anyway, for 80 CAN$ , I think it was quite reasonable . I can't realistically expect perfection for a nearly 30-year old piece of hardware and at that price .

Is it pale when you look at it from a slightly above angle? The 1.0.0 that I have is best viewed from above.
Also, did it come with the front plastic bit for the big LED buttons? I'm still trying to figure out just how easy to break those are, since that is all I'm missing on my own.

It is indeed fine when I look at it from slightly above or higher, rather pale when looking straight on and practically unreadable from below . I was comparing to my SC-88, which looks fine straight on, even better from above but still very readable from below .

Either this is normal for the SC-55 , or something in the LCD driving circuit in both yours and mine has degraded over time . With a sampling of only 2 units, it is hard to say which it is . Maybe other SC-55 mark 1 owners will chime in about this as well .

Reply 37235 of 47162, by cyclone3d

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Pretty sure those sc-55 issues have to do with either capacitors or the voltage not being quite correct.
It should be pretty easy to mod the display to adjust the contrast... but figure out the problem first.

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Reply 37236 of 47162, by Joseph_Joestar

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Dmetsys wrote on 2020-12-11, 21:12:

I think the floppies are for the DOS drivers, CTCM, and the sound files for the DOS applications. PhilsComputerLab has those files available.

Phil has sbbasic.exe and ctcmbbs.exe. Both of those are from Creative's website and are indeed used as DOS 6.22 drivers.

What I'm saying is, there are no actual images of the three floppies that originally came with the card. They probably do the same thing as the web drivers, but it would still be nice to have them imaged. I'm asking because it's rare to find an AWE64 Gold with the original disks nowadays. Despite the availability of the web-based downloadable drivers, it would still be useful to have an image of the original disks for archival purposes.

PC#1: Pentium MMX 166 / Soyo SY-5BT / S3 Trio64V+ / Voodoo1 / OPTi 82C930 / AWE64 Gold / SC-155
PC#2: AthlonXP 1700+ / Abit KT7A / Voodoo3 / Audigy1 / Vortex2
PC#3: Athlon64 3400+ / Asus K8V-MX / 5900XT / Audigy1
PC#4: i5-3550P / MSI Z77A-G43 / GTX 650Ti / X-Fi

Reply 37237 of 47162, by BetaC

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I managed to snag myself a GTX 280 for the grand total of $25, and it even came with drivers For a completely different in every way card!

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I will test it out and ,at some point in the future, put it in to a system. I was originally going to put it in the HP workstation that I have so it could be the "ultimate" Vista machine, but as it turnbs out, HP used proprietary power supplies for it that are both larger physically than standard, but also have an apple-like power connector that appears to be ATX, but has pins mixed around. Still, I'm happy to have something new.

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Reply 37238 of 47162, by Joseph_Joestar

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My AWE64 Gold just arrived! And I didn't even expect it until Monday.

I was very lucky to find one for just 45 EUR on the local classifieds. To be fair, it was sold in "unknown condition" since the seller no longer had an "old computer" to test it and the last time he used it was "in high school" by his own admission. Visually, the card looked great, aside from being a bit dusty, so I took the plunge. Installing the drivers under DOS 6.22 and running DIAGNOSE.EXE confirmed that this CT4390 is indeed fully functional. Also, soundfonts load just fine under Win98 and every game that I've tested so far has worked perfectly. Very happy with this!

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PC#1: Pentium MMX 166 / Soyo SY-5BT / S3 Trio64V+ / Voodoo1 / OPTi 82C930 / AWE64 Gold / SC-155
PC#2: AthlonXP 1700+ / Abit KT7A / Voodoo3 / Audigy1 / Vortex2
PC#3: Athlon64 3400+ / Asus K8V-MX / 5900XT / Audigy1
PC#4: i5-3550P / MSI Z77A-G43 / GTX 650Ti / X-Fi