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Reply 16280 of 22815, by kolderman

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pentiumspeed wrote on 2020-07-24, 21:46:
buckeye wrote on 2020-07-24, 15:28:
kolderman wrote on 2020-07-23, 22:15:
Built a little humble quiet DOS pc in a modern mATX case. […]
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Built a little humble quiet DOS pc in a modern mATX case.

440LX matx mobo
via c3 500mhz (passive cooling)
S3 Trio 64 agp
ESS audodrive with inbuilt Wavetable midi
Gotek floppy
IDE dvd drive
8gb CF hdd
Dos6. 22 w/- jemm386

One nice thing about modern PSUs is the ATX plug can be split to support both 20 and 24 pin boards. There was a long time when this wasn't the case. This PSU came with the case and is very quiet. Only other fan also came with the case and is the front 120mm fan.

Nice to have another DOS pc when I need a sound card with better sb pro support than the awe32 in my main dos PC. And the on board midi of this card isn't half bad either.

Nice case! Is that a Coolermaster?

His nice new case is indeed Coolermaster but model don't know.

Cooler Master Elite 344 USB 3.0 Silver with 420w PSU

Reply 16281 of 22815, by kolderman

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Joseph_Joestar wrote on 2020-07-24, 14:02:
kolderman wrote on 2020-07-24, 13:08:

I am not sure but I can try tomorrow. I think cards with WSS usually have a second chip like a Crystal or Analog Devices chip.

Cheers!

Some games that can be used for WSS testing: Descent, Aladdin, Daggerfall, WarCraft 2 and Heroes of Might and Magic 2.

It appears it does not. Which does not really surprise me as I have never heard of an Audiodrive that does. I happen to have a very similar Opti card with onboard midi that I believe does support WSS though.

Reply 16282 of 22815, by Joseph_Joestar

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kolderman wrote on 2020-07-25, 00:11:

It appears it does not. Which does not really surprise me as I have never heard of an Audiodrive that does. I happen to have a very similar Opti card with onboard midi that I believe does support WSS though.

Thanks for checking! I was wondering because I kept seeing WSS compatibility listed in the PDFs for various ESS cards, such as this one.

I'm guessing this refers to its Windows 3.1 driver or something, rather than the ability to run DOS games in WSS mode as OPTi and Crystal cards can do.

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 16283 of 22815, by SodaSuccubus

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Been fiddling with a 286H-12MHZ board all day, spent most of this morning cleaning up its horrible corrosion. The worst iv seen yet. Thankfully it looks like it didn't eat too far.
Got it for a really sweet price online of only $50 CAD from someone local. I honestly didn't think i needed a 286 after putting together a nice 486, but now im just so enticed by them!

Still looking for a 20/25 mhz board 🙁

That being said though. Does anyone else feel bad when you make a post here and then forget to respond to it? 😜

Reply 16284 of 22815, by creepingnet

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Messing around with DOS HX Extender tonight on my 486s. Seeing what crazy stuff I can get running, 🤣.

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Reply 16285 of 22815, by Bancho

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Today I've been testing out my Compaq Armada 7792 DMT Laptop. I've found that unfortunately the in-built speakers don't work, so in the mean time i have these cool battery powered Sound Blaster speakers so I am using those. This laptop has a ESS 1878 sound chip with wavetable and sounds pretty good. Sound appears to work natively in dos along with the wavetable. I can't seen any loading of drivers at start up. The screen moves nicely with no perceived blurring or ghosting. It doesn't handle scaling very and doesn't fill the screen but its usable.

I need to fix the FDD Drive (Citizen W1D) which i suspect the belt has gone in it and i would like to get the speakers working again. I'm also preparing to try a fresh install of Win 95 as this has what looks to be the original install! If anyone could offer help I have a thread in software Compaq 7792 DMT - Installing WIndows 95 without working media drives. Advice please

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Reply 16286 of 22815, by Horun

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SodaSuccubus wrote on 2020-07-25, 03:25:
Been fiddling with a 286H-12MHZ board all day, spent most of this morning cleaning up its horrible corrosion. The worst iv seen […]
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Been fiddling with a 286H-12MHZ board all day, spent most of this morning cleaning up its horrible corrosion. The worst iv seen yet. Thankfully it looks like it didn't eat too far.
Got it for a really sweet price online of only $50 CAD from someone local. I honestly didn't think i needed a 286 after putting together a nice 486, but now im just so enticed by them!

Still looking for a 20/25 mhz board 🙁

That being said though. Does anyone else feel bad when you make a post here and then forget to respond to it? 😜

Nice ! I like the small sized 286-12 and 286-16 motherboards, have 2 that run very well thanks to help from members here.
I forget to check posts all the time, good thing the notifications tell me when I been quoted 😉

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

Reply 16287 of 22815, by gex85

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Yesterday I quickly slammed together a build with my repaired MS-5169 mainboard. Turned out pretty well, actually. Specs:

- MSI MS-5169 Ver. 2.1 Super Socket 7 board
- AMD K6-2+ 550@600 MHz
- Voodoo 3 2000
- SB Live
- Opti ISA sound card with genuine OPL3
- 3Com Ethernet Adapter
- WD 6.4GB drive
- some random CD-ROM drive
- InWin S500 case

Basic Windows 98SE installation went finde, looks like this machine will be great fun!

Now I'm on two weeks vacation however, so not much retro activity...

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Reply 16289 of 22815, by Joseph_Joestar

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gex85 wrote on 2020-07-25, 19:29:

- SB Live
- Opti ISA sound card with genuine OPL3

Excellent combo.

SBLive gives you soundfont-based General MIDI and SB16 compatibility, while the OPTi card provides SBPro and Windows Sound System compatibility as well as genuine OPL3 for FM synth. You have a lot of options covered with just two cards.

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 16290 of 22815, by creepingnet

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It came in.......the Versa M75 that is.....

So here's the assessment

Working/Good
- CMOS battery is good
- runs NESticle at full frame rate
- runs most DOS games perfectly
- came with 2 batteries (no floppy)
- the batteries are the newer smart batteries
- looks to have latest BIOS (1997)
- original NEC NL6448ac30 panel is not cracked

Broken/Missing
- digitizer is cracked and not working, plus blurry (hard to see through).
- can't figure out the words+ thing yet
- need to change driver setup in FreeDOS for sound and wifi
- missing the pen for touch screen (1/8" phono connector)
- have not figured out words+ thing yet
- lots of adhesive to remove (words+ was velcroed to bottom)
- no smartbay floppy (my other might work).
- doors for pcmcia, rear ports, and Dock gone
- hinge casing BADLY cracked

My plans.....
- replace digitizer, get pinout for pen and make my own if I can't find one.
- hinge cover rebuild
- replace doors
- get proper Floppy drive

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Reply 16292 of 22815, by PTherapist

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Been tinkering with my 8088/XT PC for most of the day. I was running out of HDD space on the installed 20MB MFM HDD, so I decided to add a 30MB virtual D: drive via XTIDE's Serial Drive capability. I would have added an additional 30MB E: drive, but DOS 3.30 doesn't like more than 2 drives and I don't fancy upgrading to DOS 5. I reconfigured the XTIDE ROM to automatically scan the COM ports & mount the virtual D: drive at boot. This setup will suffice for the time being, eventually I'll probably buy one of those XTIDE IDE 8-Bit ISA cards.

Added a bunch more games to the new 30MB drive and have been testing them out and playing some stuff. Just had to see what Lemmings was like on 4.77MHz + CGA, it's slow & monochrome but I'd consider it playable. Also installed GEM Desktop 3.13 and a bunch of GEM apps that I used to use back in the day.

Additionally I did some web browsing using this PC. Ok, well I cheated - used mTCP's TELNET client to login to my Ubuntu server and run Links. 🤣

Reply 16293 of 22815, by Horun

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Played around with one of my 386DX-40 boards, a C3404 Rev B (MH2212, TH99 32212) found the ext. battery uses pin 4 for + and pin 1 for -, opposite of most 286/386 boards.
Also figured out some jumpers on my Holtek LCMEIO-2A (Holtek EIO-2 v1.1) ISA IDE/Floppy/multi card based on Holtek HT6550A. Found the datasheet and J10 needs to be on 1-2 or else the card does not work proper. There is good silk screening on the card for most jumpers but not J10 and nothing anywhere on the net mentions it (I could find nothing). Also the datasheet has jumper settings if the chip is a HT6552. Included a picture of card and of the jumper settings.

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Reply 16294 of 22815, by aha2940

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Helped my sister's boyfriend to replace the old 10GB HDD on his OG xbox with a newer SATA 120GB one. We spend almost all day on that (had to read a lot of documentation / do many testing) but in the end it worked fine.

Reply 16295 of 22815, by BetaC

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aha2940 wrote on 2020-07-26, 04:49:

Helped my sister's boyfriend to replace the old 10GB HDD on his OG xbox with a newer SATA 120GB one. We spend almost all day on that (had to read a lot of documentation / do many testing) but in the end it worked fine.

It'll be easier in time, and if they eventually get to the point of installing BIOS Mods, it becomes even easier.

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Reply 16296 of 22815, by LewisRaz

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I got time to test my pc chips m912 and VLB I/O controller that both arrived from different sellers but packed the same way.

1 layer of bubble wrap and then wrapped in paper...

Incredibly they both still work.

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Reply 16297 of 22815, by wiretap

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Got the A2000 yesterday. It has a GVP SCSI card with 4MB RAM. Battery leakage will need to be cleaned up, along with a socket/CPU replacement which I have on order. PSU is dead, so I'll refurb that as well. Traces seem to have continuity still, just the solder mask is discolored and makes it look like traces are eaten away. I'll take out the removable disc and probably add a SCSI CD-ROM, as well as convert the SCSI HDD on the GVP card to PCMCIA-->CF since I already have an adapter.

I'll be removing the battery and taking the whole motherboard out for a full cleaning and cap replacement soon. I have an ATX PSU adapter on the way so I can thoroughly test the unit.

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Reply 16298 of 22815, by wiretap

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Soldered a QFP ultra fine pitch Trident TVGA9000i-3 chip for my ISA Super VGA. Used hot air and solder paste. It turned out pretty good, but I need some higher quality paste.

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Reply 16299 of 22815, by mrau

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Horun wrote on 2020-07-26, 02:27:

Also figured out some jumpers on my Holtek LCMEIO-2A (Holtek EIO-2 v1.1) ISA IDE/Floppy/multi card based on Holtek HT6550A.

this thing has 16 data bits but only 11 address bits on isa connector - how come?