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Reply 14681 of 16096, by EvieSigma

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Worked on some preexisting unfinished projects today.

1. eMachines eTower 366c. Tried to upgrade the RAM to 256MB but couldn't find a compatible second 128MB stick so I had to settle for 192MB. Installed a bunch of 98SE updates and made sure the BIOS was updated as far as it could go.

2. Gateway 2000 P4D-66. Successfully upgraded to a stick of 32MB 60ns RAM. With some BIOS tweaks my boot time seemed to go way down!

Reply 14682 of 16096, by Horun

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Baoran wrote on 2020-04-01, 08:54:
I did bit of upgrading for my compaq prolinea 4/50S. .. .. I installed Sound Blaster AWE64 CT4520 to get sound in dos games. […]
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I did bit of upgrading for my compaq prolinea 4/50S.
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I installed Sound Blaster AWE64 CT4520 to get sound in dos games.

I see the board was made in Ireland, that is cool !. HuH.. is that major dust all over your sound card ?

Hate posting a reply and have to edit it because it made no sense 😁 First computer was an IBM 3270 workstation with CGA monitor. 🤣

Reply 14683 of 16096, by Horun

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derSammler wrote on 2020-04-01, 08:56:

May I suggest some dust-removal on that poor AWE card? 😉

What kind of cache module is needed for it?

Oops I noted and replied similar 🤣

Hate posting a reply and have to edit it because it made no sense 😁 First computer was an IBM 3270 workstation with CGA monitor. 🤣

Reply 14684 of 16096, by Horun

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gex85 wrote on 2020-04-01, 13:47:

I once again tried to resurrect my TMC PCI48AL Socket 3 mainboard, still without success. There has been a little damage from the leaking barrel battery (that I removed of course), but although it doesn't look too bad at all, I suspect this to be the reason why the board is dead. Tried various combinations of CPUs, RAM and graphics cards, double- and triple-checked jumper settings, but it doesn't even beep.
I don't have too much experience with troubleshooting dead mainboards - any advice what I could do? I will try to take some pictures of the corroded areas later today.

Yes please post some good pic of the board and close up of the battery area.

Hate posting a reply and have to edit it because it made no sense 😁 First computer was an IBM 3270 workstation with CGA monitor. 🤣

Reply 14685 of 16096, by ODwilly

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xjas wrote on 2020-03-31, 21:35:

Nice, I'm running an i7/3770 with a 750Ti for my "modern" gaming rig and I still haven't found any reason to want something faster. I mostly don't play the big-budget triple A stuff though.

Nice! Honestly with that i7 3770 a cheap 4gb rx480 or something along those lines would probably enable you to play even the newer triple A stuff. Quad cores are still holding on pretty well as long as you have HT. Its the 4 core chips that are really starting to struggle.

Main pc: AsRock x370 Killer SLI a/c, Ryzen 5 2600, 1tb WD black nvme ssd, 24g ddr4 2400 @2933mhz, rx 480 8gb reference card, 2tb Hitachi Deskstar.
Retro PC: Soyo P4S Dragon, 3gb ddr 266, 120gb Maxtor, Geforce Fx 5950 Ultra, SB Live! 5.1

Reply 14686 of 16096, by bjwil1991

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Repaired yet another Panasonic/Creative Labs/Matsushita CR-563-B CD-ROM drive that had a motor meltdown for the laser head. After freeing the motor and lubricating the bearing, it works. The drive has been installed in my 486 and looks better than the yellowed one (will retrobrite that one for another project computer).

Discord: https://discord.gg/U5dJw7x
Systems from C64 to FX-6300.

Reply 14687 of 16096, by Baoran

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Horun wrote on 2020-04-02, 00:32:
Baoran wrote on 2020-04-01, 08:54:
I did bit of upgrading for my compaq prolinea 4/50S. .. .. I installed Sound Blaster AWE64 CT4520 to get sound in dos games. […]
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I did bit of upgrading for my compaq prolinea 4/50S.
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I installed Sound Blaster AWE64 CT4520 to get sound in dos games.

I see the board was made in Ireland, that is cool !. HuH.. is that major dust all over your sound card ?

I will clean it up before I close the system. The awe64 card is actually my own card that I bought in mid 90s. I was still cleaning up some plastics of the system today.
Nobody has any idea about where I could find a cache module for a compaq system like this?

Reply 14688 of 16096, by Horun

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Baoran wrote on 2020-04-02, 02:30:

Nobody has any idea about where I could find a cache module for a compaq system like this?

I cannot find anything but will keep searching. Some of the older OEM proprietary boards used things that are near impossible to find.

Hate posting a reply and have to edit it because it made no sense 😁 First computer was an IBM 3270 workstation with CGA monitor. 🤣

Reply 14689 of 16096, by pentiumspeed

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CR-563-B of this type and other like it that use same interface uses a toy-like motor DC motor that has commutator gaps (trenchs) get plugged with conductive dirt and can make motor spin very poorly or fail to spin reliably, skips. This is because of the motor driver chip is high impedance which spins the motor quietly, once that happens, not enough current to start well and RPM stability get harder to keep under control. Best way is get same type but new motor and simply replace. Make sure spindle table is at same height.

Back in the day, when CD players was so common as salt, we had to replace those 2 wire DC spindle motors all the time, partially to bearings wear but most of them had commutator gaps shorted.

take note on one type of motor I'm talking about specifically: "Simplest practical commutator"...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commutator_(electric)

When optical drives equipped with brushless DC electric motors came out the problem shifted to laser assembly replacement alone which is much better indeed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brushless_DC_electric_motor

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Great Northern aka Canada.

Reply 14690 of 16096, by bjwil1991

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Had to repair the motor again as the wiring broke off, but after soldering the wires back on and placing the motor in the correct orientation, it's working without issues again. I will keep an eye on it daily to make sure it still works. If not, I can get replacement motors without issues.

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Systems from C64 to FX-6300.

Reply 14691 of 16096, by Bruninho

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Recreated a few Windows 3.11 virtual machines. The one on my iPad Pro is amazing, has networking. Im now definitely spending more time on my iPad than my MacBook Pro.

After setting up my VMs, I will proceed to some proper retro nostalgia. Headphones on, 80s songs playlist set up, lets see some gaming on! First on the list should be FIFA Soccer 😁

"Design isn't just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."
JOBS, Steve.

Reply 14692 of 16096, by dionb

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Baoran wrote on 2020-04-02, 02:30:

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I will clean it up before I close the system. The awe64 card is actually my own card that I bought in mid 90s. I was still cleaning up some plastics of the system today.
Nobody has any idea about where I could find a cache module for a compaq system like this?

I had one a few years ago, but gave it away to someone else in your situation in early 2018. Sorry.

My damned EISA 486 has died on me again. I had weird SCSI stuff which was probably termination-related. So got new terminators yesterday. It was looking good, I was getting DOS running again until on one reboot POST hung on the SCSI controller option ROM. More drive/termination crap? Dead card or ROM on it? Nope, after reboot the whole system failed to POST, looping though error codes 06 (either ROM checksum or system timer OK) and 13 (chipset/interrupt vectors initalized). Stripped the cards, added a simple ISA VGA controller - and still this behaviour. Getting very, very tired of this system. Probably either CPU connection with socket not perfect (literally all contacts on board are bad), something wrong with RTC or the keyboard controller playing up. Not sure if I can be bothered to figure out which right now - I should be receiving a new (yes, NIB) Micronics 486 EISA board today and somehow I feel a lot more inclined to work on that than this frustrating beast.

Reply 14693 of 16096, by xtgold

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On dialup today for internet.
dug out an old US robotics v.90 modem
dell latitude e5500 with a serial port and win 10
aol dialer
fast enough for forum sites and email.
Years ago after a hurricane and power was out for a week, old copper phone lines were still up.
I was able to send email and so forth with a dialup modem.

Reply 14694 of 16096, by Bancho

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With all the COVID-19 Madness going on in the world, and not having to be in work currently... i took the opportunity to work on a new machine.

Been wanting to build a small but powerful Pentium III machine for a while and this is what i Put together. Really happy with the Power and the Size of the machine.

Specs

Pentium III 1400-S @ 1.6Ghz (152x10.5) Cooled by Startech Low Profile Fully Copper Cooler
Gigabyte GA-6OMM7E Rev 3.2 i815 M-ATX motherboard
256 Crucial 133 CAS-2 RAM at 2-2-2
PNY Nvidia FX5900XT With Artic Cooler attached
Aureal Vortex 2 With Yamaha DB50XG
82 Gig Hitachi Hard Disk
Small M-ATX Case With Noctua 120mm Fan Up Front
300 Watt FSP Power supply
LG DVD/CDRW Drive
Mitsumi Floppy with Card Reader (Not Connected)
Win98 SE

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Reply 14695 of 16096, by LewisRaz

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Bancho wrote on 2020-04-02, 15:52:
With all the COVID-19 Madness going on in the world, and not having to be in work currently... i took the opportunity to work on […]
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With all the COVID-19 Madness going on in the world, and not having to be in work currently... i took the opportunity to work on a new machine.

Been wanting to build a small but powerful Pentium III machine for a while and this is what i Put together. Really happy with the Power and the Size of the machine.

Specs

Pentium III 1400-S @ 1.6Ghz (152x10.5) Cooled by Startech Low Profile Fully Copper Cooler
Gigabyte GA-6OMM7E Rev 3.2 i815 M-ATX motherboard
256 Crucial 133 CAS-2 RAM at 2-2-2
PNY Nvidia FX5900XT With Artic Cooler attached
Aureal Vortex 2 With Yamaha DB50XG
82 Gig Hitachi Hard Disk
Small M-ATX Case With Noctua 120mm Fan Up Front
300 Watt FSP Power supply
LG DVD/CDRW Drive
Mitsumi Floppy with Card Reader (Not Connected)
Win98 SE

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What a very nice and compact system!
Great colour match with the drives too.

Reply 14696 of 16096, by liqmat

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Bancho wrote on 2020-04-02, 15:52:
Pentium III 1400-S @ 1.6Ghz (152x10.5) Cooled by Startech Low Profile Fully Copper Cooler Gigabyte GA-6OMM7E Rev 3.2 i815 M-ATX […]
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Pentium III 1400-S @ 1.6Ghz (152x10.5) Cooled by Startech Low Profile Fully Copper Cooler
Gigabyte GA-6OMM7E Rev 3.2 i815 M-ATX motherboard
256 Crucial 133 CAS-2 RAM at 2-2-2
PNY Nvidia FX5900XT With Artic Cooler attached
Aureal Vortex 2 With Yamaha DB50XG
82 Gig Hitachi Hard Disk
Small M-ATX Case With Noctua 120mm Fan Up Front
300 Watt FSP Power supply
LG DVD/CDRW Drive
Mitsumi Floppy with Card Reader (Not Connected)
Win98 SE

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Would you do me a big favor and run 3DMark 2001. I have a very similar system I would like to compare to your results. Thanks!

Reply 14697 of 16096, by aha2940

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xtgold wrote on 2020-04-02, 15:49:
On dialup today for internet. dug out an old US robotics v.90 modem dell latitude e5500 with a serial port and win 10 aol dialer […]
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On dialup today for internet.
dug out an old US robotics v.90 modem
dell latitude e5500 with a serial port and win 10
aol dialer
fast enough for forum sites and email.
Years ago after a hurricane and power was out for a week, old copper phone lines were still up.
I was able to send email and so forth with a dialup modem.

Where did you find an ISP with dialup support?

Reply 14698 of 16096, by xtgold

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originally it was walmart connect for $9.94 a month
they got bought up by netscape connect
they got bought up by AOL
Still $9.94 per month grandfathered in.I believe that is cheaper than AOL is now.