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Reply 45960 of 46520, by Thermalwrong

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I got some cool looking 'ears' for my laptop 😁

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It's an IBM Portable Stereo 20x CD-Rom drive - a PCMCIA CD-ROM with an integrated ES1688 soundcard. It came boxed and accessories are all there although it's clearly used, lots of cables to connect up the power and the speakers all at once.

The sound is working in Windows with the original driver disk and it sounds pretty good! Sadly the support for games is pretty abysmal in my experience so far:
- It has a DMA emulation driver in Windows, so sound works in Windows and it can play wave files.
- It can and midis in Windows 95, nice! ESFM sounds pretty good on these speakers.
- But it doesn't map the FM 0x388 port at all so there's no real adlib / fm support in games. Maybe general midi could work but I haven't got that working with anything yet.
- And I haven't yet been able to get digital audio working in any games yet, but that might be dos4gw and Windows games could work

Has anyone else tried out the soundcard features on the 1969-111/011 or 1969-109/009?

edit: ah, the readme files clears it up, at least they were honest:

8. Sound with the 20X Max Portable Stereo CD ROM Drive is
supported in a native Windows 95 environment. Sound is
not supported in a DOS application within Windows 95.

Reply 45961 of 46520, by Ydee

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Meatball wrote on 2022-08-14, 14:00:
Ydee wrote on 2022-08-14, 07:02:
Meatball wrote on 2022-08-14, 00:15:

I recently snapped up this Montego II Quadzilla (Vortex 2) still sealed. The wrap is pretty loose, though. I'm curious to see all that's inside, but I don't know if I'll open it.

Nice shot, but I don't think it's originally packaged - it seems to me that the box has chipped corners and has been wrapped in foil as an afterthought.

It's understandable to suggest since I wasn't clear with my wording.

It's original, the wrap is loose because it has a T-split and rip at the entire seam of the bottom, and the entire length of the box has somewhere between minor and middling concave crush damage. It has the same consistency as the wrap of the box on the right and the corners are tight. It's because of the size of the split and the big chunk missing off of the front which makes me think I might as well open it. Then I can straighten out the box (crushed boxes bother me to no end...)

Ah, it's clearly visible now from this angle that it's an original foil. Thanks for the clarification.

Reply 45962 of 46520, by Ydee

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Thermalwrong wrote on 2022-08-14, 22:02:
I got some cool looking 'ears' for my laptop :D […]
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I got some cool looking 'ears' for my laptop 😁

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It's an IBM Portable Stereo 20x CD-Rom drive - a PCMCIA CD-ROM with an integrated ES1688 soundcard. It came boxed and accessories are all there although it's clearly used, lots of cables to connect up the power and the speakers all at once.

The sound is working in Windows with the original driver disk and it sounds pretty good! Sadly the support for games is pretty abysmal in my experience so far:
- It has a DMA emulation driver in Windows, so sound works in Windows and it can play wave files.
- It can and midis in Windows 95, nice! ESFM sounds pretty good on these speakers.
- But it doesn't map the FM 0x388 port at all so there's no real adlib / fm support in games. Maybe general midi could work but I haven't got that working with anything yet.
- And I haven't yet been able to get digital audio working in any games yet, but that might be dos4gw and Windows games could work

Has anyone else tried out the soundcard features on the 1969-111/011 or 1969-109/009?

edit: ah, the readme files clears it up, at least they were honest:

8. Sound with the 20X Max Portable Stereo CD ROM Drive is
supported in a native Windows 95 environment. Sound is
not supported in a DOS application within Windows 95.

That reminds me of something:)

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Reply 45963 of 46520, by SteveC

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Just won this Matrox RT2500 on eBay for £15 - complete with a G550 AGP card. I actually own Adobe Premier legally now then 😀 Was $1000 when new 20 years ago!

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Reply 45964 of 46520, by SteveC

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And staying on the Matrox theme, picked this DualHead2Go (VGA) up for a tenner from eBay too - I always wondered how these work

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Reply 45965 of 46520, by Kahenraz

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I looked up what this does, and it appears to be a display resolution doubler that allows you to connect two monitors to a single output. Does this mean that the two monitors appear to the device as a single monitor?

This sound awkward if you wanted to maximize a window on one of the two attached displays. Would it then maximize across both screens, since the operating system it sees only a single display from this device?

Reply 45966 of 46520, by Unknown_K

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SteveC wrote on 2022-08-15, 13:51:

Just won this Matrox RT2500 on eBay for £15 - complete with a G550 AGP card. I actually own Adobe Premier legally now then 😀 Was $1000 when new 20 years ago!

You are lucky since most of the RT2500 series sold now has premiere stripped out for upgrades.

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Reply 45967 of 46520, by Jed118

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thecheese2022 wrote on 2022-08-13, 19:53:

could you extract bios dump using rom reader and upload?

I don't have a ROM reader, but if you want the BIOS chips, they're yours for the shipping fee 😉 If you're truly interested, PM me and I'll send you pics. Absolutely no guarantee they work, I pulled them from a computer in 1996 😜

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Reply 45968 of 46520, by TrashPanda

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Snagged a motherboard today that I have been wanting for the test bench, a Asrock 939Dual-SATA2 Motherboard! also comes with an Athlon X2 3800+ and 4gb of DDR400, this one has also had its VRM recapped with Rubycons but ill examine the others on the board too.

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It'll be setup along side the 4CoreDual-Sata2 Rev 2 I got a few months back, hopefully I can eventually find the AM2 upgrade board for it but that board is exceptionally rare.

Oh noes, the cap let the shmooo out 😁

Reply 45969 of 46520, by meljor

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It is rare, never seen one!

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Reply 45970 of 46520, by TrashPanda

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meljor wrote on 2022-08-16, 07:50:

It is rare, never seen one!

I have just once, a Vogons member has one but its for the 775 version of this board turning it into an AM2 board IIRC, but I believe the board doesnt care which mainboard type its put into. (That Yellow PCIe looking slot is where the upgrade board goes)

Im happy I got this, as these dual AGP/PCie boards are hard to get in working condition, the 939 version is the hardest as the caps on it were from the Capacitor Plague era, the 775 versions stand a little better but they too need a recap, all I need now is the Asrock 775Dual-VSTA to have the set 🤣

Oh noes, the cap let the shmooo out 😁

Reply 45971 of 46520, by H3nrik V!

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TrashPanda wrote on 2022-08-16, 07:56:
meljor wrote on 2022-08-16, 07:50:

It is rare, never seen one!

I have just once, a Vogons member has one but its for the 775 version of this board turning it into an AM2 board IIRC, but I believe the board doesnt care which mainboard type its put into. (That Yellow PCIe looking slot is where the upgrade board goes)

Im happy I got this, as these dual AGP/PCie boards are hard to get in working condition, the 939 version is the hardest as the caps on it were from the Capacitor Plague era, the 775 versions stand a little better but they too need a recap, all I need now is the Asrock 775Dual-VSTA to have the set 🤣

I would be very surprised if an s775 board could be made into an AM2 board by an adaptor, unless the slot also contains a chipset?

Please use the "quote" option if asking questions to what I write - it will really up the chances of me noticing 😀

Reply 45972 of 46520, by TrashPanda

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H3nrik V! wrote on 2022-08-16, 09:11:
TrashPanda wrote on 2022-08-16, 07:56:
meljor wrote on 2022-08-16, 07:50:

It is rare, never seen one!

I have just once, a Vogons member has one but its for the 775 version of this board turning it into an AM2 board IIRC, but I believe the board doesnt care which mainboard type its put into. (That Yellow PCIe looking slot is where the upgrade board goes)

Im happy I got this, as these dual AGP/PCie boards are hard to get in working condition, the 939 version is the hardest as the caps on it were from the Capacitor Plague era, the 775 versions stand a little better but they too need a recap, all I need now is the Asrock 775Dual-VSTA to have the set 🤣

I would be very surprised if an s775 board could be made into an AM2 board by an adaptor, unless the slot also contains a chipset?

The Upgrade board contains essentially an entire AM2 setup on it (CPU, Ram and Chipset) excluding the IO which the mainboard has, you plug the card in and it disables the mainboard CPU and chipset including the ram and the upgrade board just uses the mainboard PCIe/AGP and PCi slots along with the other IO.

You can see the Jumper Bank for it just above the Yellow slot, I have never had one so I can only go by the small amount of information about it on the web. Id love to have one just so I can play around with it.

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This is the version of the upgrade board for this motherboard, it doesnt have the chipset as the one on the motherboard is used.

Edit - Im wrong about the 775 to AM2 one ..got my wires crossed due to the little information there is on this.

Oh noes, the cap let the shmooo out 😁

Reply 45973 of 46520, by DerBaum

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I already have a Soundblaster X-Fi Platinum... but its in the original box and i dont want to take it out of its box.
So i got another one without box. It arrived 3 days early and the seller threw in some random RAM wich is nice.
The price was pretty good too with 25 Euros + 5 Euro shipping.

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Reply 45974 of 46520, by ltning

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Okay... Bit ugly picture, but the focus should be that huge blue card there.
Ladies & gents - a 3Com 3c500-based card from 1984. It's honkin' big, heavy, and so clean and unspoilt I really do think it has never seen an ISA slot.

And the colour! I mean .. I could have gotten a green variant, but why would I ever?
Looks good next to that GUS, methinks.
(Anyone got ideas for other cards in funky colors I should have in this 286?)

This chip, and the successor 3c501 can best be described as lessons in how not to design an Ethernet controller. The author of the Linux driver stresses that one should not purchase one, even as a joke. The driver also has other very amusing observations throughout.
Even so, using a regular AUI-TP transceiver, I've been IRCjr-ing using it over the weekend, after transferring some 700MB of MOD+S3M files to it using FileZilla -> FTPSRV.EXE. Not fast, but once I tuned down TCP and file buffers in mTCP (4K seems to be just fine for both) it worked splendidly. Also stable, deals nicely with link loss (rebooted the switch last night).
It has a ROM socket which can fit a 4Kbyte ROM, which is just enough for XTIDE-tiny.

Behold.

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286-24/4MB/ET4kW32/GUS+SBPro2
386DX-40/20MB/CL5434 ISA/GUSExtreme
486DX-50/64MB/S3-928 EISA/GUSPnP+OPL3SA
486BL-100/32MB/ET4kW32p VLB/AWELegacy
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Reply 45976 of 46520, by ltning

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kixs wrote on 2022-08-16, 13:57:

Well that's something you don't see every day :)

Isn't that the case for most things posted here? ;)

286-24/4MB/ET4kW32/GUS+SBPro2
386DX-40/20MB/CL5434 ISA/GUSExtreme
486DX-50/64MB/S3-928 EISA/GUSPnP+OPL3SA
486BL-100/32MB/ET4kW32p VLB/AWELegacy
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Reply 45978 of 46520, by Toriessian

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I got this wonderful looking AGP video card.
Does anybody know what video card this is?

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Reply 45979 of 46520, by Meatball

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Toriessian wrote on 2022-08-16, 14:57:

I got this wonderful looking AGP video card.
Does anybody know what video card this is?

Some kind of SiS video card based on the "SiS003" marking. I bet someone here will get it quick but turn it for another shot at identification.

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