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Reply 16721 of 17280, by creepingnet

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imi wrote on 2020-09-20, 19:13:

that looks almost like the monitor stand on the toshiba dock... if it didn't look like wood on the first thumbnail you'd almost assume it's stock ^^

Thx. I'm glad it has that effect.

I'm actually using it with three laptops - right now I'm rebuilding my NEC Versa 40EC with the 540MB drive out of a NEC Versa P/75 (DOS, WFW311), my Versa M/75 is almost a daily driver running FreeDOS 2.1, and I'm building up the P/75 (Pentium 75Mhz - and last model to use this case design with the removable screen) for Win9x gaming and apps once I get my 80GB HDD in.

I'm planning to use clear shellac on it, which might give it a more yellowed tint when that's done. Right now I'm running it bare just to find any anomalies and fine tune. I basically built it like I do the guitars I build (like those pictured below). I tend to prefer natural finishes, they show damage less (I used to gig a LOT, up until COVID-19), and they just look cool. Note, on the Jazzmaster it has a Fender Decal on the headstock because at the time I built it was I a serious Fender fanboy - I'm taking it off before too long and putting my own Logo on there (it's just a basic Waterslide Decal)

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Reply 16722 of 17280, by BetaC

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the_ultra_code wrote on 2020-09-20, 08:40:
BetaC wrote on 2020-09-20, 07:13:

I managed most of the cabling within my general purpose 98SE/Late-DOS/W2k system, freeing up some extra resources that can eventually find their way in to a Pentium/S7 build I want to eventually do. I can still work a little more to make it completely clean, but I'm good for now.

A little messy. Could use some additional cable management perhaps.

Have you thought about Socket 370, or is there a specific reason you're sticking to Slot 1?

Yeah, it's far from a final pass, but I have other things I need to do. I've stuck with Slot 1 because I like it, and I don't run anything on here that requires more than a 700MHz P3.

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Reply 16723 of 17280, by bjwil1991

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Dusted, cleaned, and lubricated a Sony MPF920 3.5" floppy drive from September of 2004 (about 16 years old today) so that I can place that in my 386DX/486DLC machine sometime this week in place of the other one as it's having a bit of motor craziness. I'd do that right now, but I have work in the morning.

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Reply 16724 of 17280, by wiretap

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Planning a trip for this weekend to pickup "a lot" of Commodore related items. Earlier this year or maybe even last year my wife mentioned her uncle had a ton of Commodore stuff that he wanted to get rid because it was taking up too much space in his house. It's about a 4 hour drive, so I never made it up there due to being busy with work, wife's health problems, then COVID hit. Well, my wife was just up there last weekend and talked to him and he said he still has it and to make a trip soon to come get it. I guess there are multiple computers, tons of software, peripherals, drives, etc. I tried to get her to take pictures while she was there, but it was all boxed up at the back of a closet and she couldn't get to it. I'll be sure to post pics when I get it. Should be interesting, because it hasn't been touched since the early 90's. 😁

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Reply 16725 of 17280, by chinny22

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Tested my newly acquired HD7990 last night.
That card needs 8pin PCI-E connectors x2
My test PC's PSU only had a 6 pin connectesr x2

Opened the adapters that came with my 2 GF 590's that converts 2x 6 pin to a single 8 pin, half way there.
Had to use raid my other machines for Molex splitters to be able to convert 2 molex connectors to 2x 6 pin PCI-E which I could then convert to a 8pin with the 2nd adapter from the 590.
1 Molex to 3, back to 1 PCI-E, not pretty!
Card tested ok and it all got undone! It'll get a proper PSU in its final build

Reply 16726 of 17280, by appiah4

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chinny22 wrote on 2020-09-21, 13:16:
Tested my newly acquired HD7990 last night. That card needs 8pin PCI-E connectors x2 My test PC's PSU only had a 6 pin connectes […]
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Tested my newly acquired HD7990 last night.
That card needs 8pin PCI-E connectors x2
My test PC's PSU only had a 6 pin connectesr x2

Opened the adapters that came with my 2 GF 590's that converts 2x 6 pin to a single 8 pin, half way there.
Had to use raid my other machines for Molex splitters to be able to convert 2 molex connectors to 2x 6 pin PCI-E which I could then convert to a 8pin with the 2nd adapter from the 590.
1 Molex to 3, back to 1 PCI-E, not pretty!
Card tested ok and it all got undone! It'll get a proper PSU in its final build

That's a fire hazard to be sure, make sure to buy a more modern PSU for that card..

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Reply 16727 of 17280, by chinny22

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appiah4 wrote on 2020-09-21, 13:36:

That's a fire hazard to be sure, make sure to buy a more modern PSU for that card..

yeh the whole process took longer then the actual testing.
worse then been a fire hazard it looked terrible 😉

Reply 16728 of 17280, by PTherapist

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Today I finally gave up on my 2nd 2000 PC build for the time being. The first motherboard was picky with CPUs and wouldn't work with much over 450MHz and the 2nd worked fine with a 1.1GHz Celeron but had terrible performance that I was never able to resolve. The 3rd worked great and would have been ideal, but needs recapping. I have other motherboards in my collection that may very well work, but they all lack AGP.

As I want 2 systems from roughly the same era for LAN gaming purposes, I'm going to have to cheat slightly and make the 2nd PC a 2001-based Tualatin Celeron 1.2GHz PC instead, with a PCI GeForce FX 5500. Already have that set up, so not going to cost me anymore money importantly.

Aside from that, just been installing games for most of the day to the 2000 PC that is working. At least that is coming along quite nicely.

Reply 16729 of 17280, by Almoststew1990

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The other day I picked up two enourmous Fujitsu Siemans Socket 603 dual CPU PCs. One PC is being "improved" but keeping the original motherboard etc. The other, I decided to covert so that I can put any motherboard in there. It started out like this:

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  • Removed the various metal framework - the RAM card front bumper thing, the lower card protection door thingy, the lower front fan cover
  • Removed the old part-working CD Drives including their rail thingies
  • Remove floppy drive from the other PC and install in this one, so it has two (the other PC now has both green front panel blank plates things, so it doesn't need the HDD cage at all)
  • I have 6 drive bays to fill (two cases). I have rails for four drives and I have two faceplates. One build however will use both a faceplate and the a rail (mounting a 3.5" bay in the 5.25" bay) so I electrical tape one of the dead drives in place!
  • Remove heatsinks and mounting plate so I can remove the the old motherboard
  • Remove the Socket 603 heatsink mounting holes that are part of the chassis and stick out as much or more than the standoffs
  • relocate standoffs
  • (re)install front and rear 120mm fans
  • Remove PSU (it's enormous!)
  • Put ATX bracket onto SFF PSU
  • Put AT bracket on ATX bracket onto SFF PSU
  • Install SFF PSU (It's tiny!)
  • Realise the power button connector is all one blob and is non standard. Separate out the power button using stanley knife
  • Realise the power switch is not long enough to reach the motherboard, order a new one (and pwr and HDD LEDS) from eBay.
  • Mount motherboard, GPU etc
  • Faff about with poorly seated RAM and the PC remembering its overclock (despite clearing the CMOS twice) that I was very keen to avoid given the SFF PSU is not that powerful

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I used my 1156 board as it's the biggest (to see how well it fitted) and probably the most reliable board I have but I'm thinking of getting a Socket 754 board and putting it in there.

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Reply 16730 of 17280, by appiah4

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I love that TINY Pentium II PC in the background. Post about that one instead if you ask me 🤣.

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Reply 16731 of 17280, by bjwil1991

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Swapped the floppy drive in my 386DX/486DLC and the system needs new AA batteries for the CMOS/RTC. Also attempted to use the XT-IDE Universal BIOS on the Promise EIDE Pro Super I/O controller card, but I need to set the BIOS address to the specific address space the card is set to (c8000h).

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Reply 16732 of 17280, by Bondi

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I was trying to get online with a 486 notebook + W98 using this Etherent XIrcom CEM33. For sme reason it did not work.
But the funny thing is that whem I plugged in this 25 y.o. card to my Tinkpad X60s with WinXP - worked right away, without any drivers or so, and I could get online. 😀 It's just a 10Mbit card, as I understand.

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Reply 16733 of 17280, by Almoststew1990

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appiah4 wrote on 2020-09-22, 11:27:

I love that TINY Pentium II PC in the background. Post about that one instead if you ask me 🤣.

It was new unopened. I wrote about it ages ago on another forum:

https://www.overclockers.co.uk/forums/threads … 98-pc.18839073/

Right now it's got a Pentium 4 in it

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Reply 16734 of 17280, by bjwil1991

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Attempting to get an XT-IDE Universal BIOS chip to work on my Promise EIDE Pro ISA card and nothing. Reason for switching the BIOS is because the Promise EIDE BIOS takes a chunk of conventional RAM and once it's low, certain games never work.

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Reply 16735 of 17280, by bofh.fromhell

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Cleaned an absolutely filthy (but cheap!) ASUS A7M266-D.
Looked like its been up a chimney for a year or so.
Soap and water then dried in oven (60-70C or so) for a few hours.
Looks great now.
Also recapped it while i was at it.
Havn't tried it yet tho, giving it a few days in case there's some moisture hiding somewhere.
Looking forward to adding another dual to the collection!

Reply 16736 of 17280, by gex85

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Today I reconfigured and reinstalled a Socket 7 machine that I rarely use.

Specs are now:
- Asus TXP4 (430TX chipset)
- AMD K6 233MHz
- 32MB SD-RAM
- S3 Virge/DX 4MB
- Diamond Monster 3D (Voodoo 1 card from a scrap lot, working but shows artifacts, I'll swap it for a working card)
- Aztech 2320 ISA sound card
- 2 GB Fujitsu HDD
- Creative DVD2240E DVD-ROM (Dxr2 decoder card will go in there, too)

I installed a fresh copy of Windows 95 and all the drivers and did some basic testing.

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Because the system hasn't seen much use in the last years (due to redundancy with other two Socket 7 rigs) I might sell it some time soon, probably keeping the Creative DVD drive for one of the other systems.

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Reply 16737 of 17280, by assasincz

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Just finished recapping a S370 Gigabyte GA-6VA7+ mainboard. Not that the board did not work, or the caps were bad, I just like to do it on stuff I plan to keep and use. This now goes to P3-667mhz and V3-2000 setup.

Reply 16738 of 17280, by the_ultra_code

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bofh.fromhell wrote on 2020-09-23, 02:29:
Cleaned an absolutely filthy (but cheap!) ASUS A7M266-D. Looked like its been up a chimney for a year or so. Soap and water then […]
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Cleaned an absolutely filthy (but cheap!) ASUS A7M266-D.
Looked like its been up a chimney for a year or so.
Soap and water then dried in oven (60-70C or so) for a few hours.
Looks great now.
Also recapped it while i was at it.
Havn't tried it yet tho, giving it a few days in case there's some moisture hiding somewhere.
Looking forward to adding another dual to the collection!

Have you tried using some CRC QD Electronic Cleaner? This stuff is great for breaking apart dust, cleaning out sockets on motherboards, and dissolving thermal paste.

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Reply 16739 of 17280, by The Serpent Rider

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Today, after some prolonged troubleshooting, I've finally experienced Quake on original Intel Batman board with Pentium 60. It was horrible, as expected.

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