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Reply 19440 of 23642, by SteveC

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Just checking on the springs/hinge of a Psion Revo Plus I got last week and glad I did - the battery is not in a good way! I also have lots of tiny bits of plastic I'm not sure how to glue back in place...

Just ordered two AAA with solder tabs to repair this.

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Reply 19441 of 23642, by BitWrangler

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Yah, dis what I wanted to see.... AV11 recap project alive, PCChips M717 alive, 2 outa 4 ain't bad, the others I dunno what's going on throw different codes all the time. Gonna try a different PSU on them in case they seriously object to not having -5V or something. Might be hope for 19" monitor, there's a problem with the cable, where it was I just had to yoink it, and swap another in.

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Unicorn herding operations are proceeding, but all the totes of hens teeth and barrels of rocking horse poop give them plenty of hiding spots.

Reply 19442 of 23642, by PTherapist

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Spent today working on my 286, beginning to set it up as a proper EGA-era gaming machine (albeit with a VGA graphics card).

I added a 2nd hard drive - a 104MB IDE HDD to compliment the 213MB IDE HDD already installed. Hey, I've had these puny working drives sitting in a box unloved, might as well use them. 🤣

The setup isn't ideal at the moment, the BIOS is pretty limited and so I was using the Ontrack DDO to get around the HDD size limitations. Ideally XTIDE would be preferable for this task, but it means I'd have to reinstall DOS and set everything back up - so this is a project for a later date. For now, I'll stick with Ontrack and just have to deal with Ontrack's RAM usage.

Reply 19444 of 23642, by Caluser2000

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Windows9566 wrote on 2021-07-14, 00:47:
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finally got those glued on heatsinks off my Pentium 166 and Pentium MMX 166.

That's horrible crap. I use a small flat bladed screwdriver, using CRC 5.56 for lubricant, to get that shit off the cpu.

If it is too hard I sand it off without getting to close to the cpu surface and do the above.

There's a glitch in the matrix.
A founding member of the 286 appreciation society.
Apparently 32-bit is dead and nobody likes P4s.
Of course, as always, I'm open to correction...😉

Reply 19446 of 23642, by canthearu

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BitWrangler wrote on 2021-07-13, 18:48:

Damn! DamndamndamndamndamndamnDAMN! Got some major monitor suckery going on.

If it is a samsung LCD monitor, inspect capacitor and replace any that are faulty. Common problem with samsung LCDs, and probably other brands too.

Reply 19447 of 23642, by BitWrangler

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Victory number 2 and a half! There's life in the BX-6VP2 ... which isn't a BX... Via chipset, by Ford Lian/RedFox finally realised I'd missed some capless jumpers that I thought were headers, think with all the caps off it was trying to do 133 bus on a PII-266 and PC-66 RAM, finally found the right settings in the manuals here. https://www.elhvb.com/mboards/fordlian/Garner.html because UH 19 only has them for the rev D, whereas mine appears to be rev C (Which actually looks better, the D looks dumbed down) ... anyhoooo looks like I've got some BIOS flashing to do tomorrow... I hope it's good after that and I can have the extra half victory point 🤣

canthearu wrote on 2021-07-14, 01:33:

If it is a samsung LCD monitor, inspect capacitor and replace any that are faulty. Common problem with samsung LCDs, and probably other brands too.

Yes, I think the eMachines/Acer might need caps, that seems typical behaviour, not coming out of standby.

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Unicorn herding operations are proceeding, but all the totes of hens teeth and barrels of rocking horse poop give them plenty of hiding spots.

Reply 19448 of 23642, by Veo

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Well i tried to get my 98 PC to work today, but alas no worky still. The CPU heatsink doesn't want to sit on the CPU (you can literally easily lift it on one side) and the entire PC won't turn on via power button.
On the PLUS side, my lovely Dell Optiplex 740 boots just fine into XP <3

Reply 19450 of 23642, by BitWrangler

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That's just PC Chips being special, I think it goes right after you go into setup, save and reboot.

Unicorn herding operations are proceeding, but all the totes of hens teeth and barrels of rocking horse poop give them plenty of hiding spots.

Reply 19451 of 23642, by Bondi

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Finally made my Thinkpad 760 series laptop boot form PCMCIA-CF card. Thanks to the tip from someone from forum.thinkpads.com
The PCMCIA boot option is in the BIOS, but never seemed to work. One has to disable IDE2 in the ps2.exe setup program.

PCMCIA Sound Cards chart

Reply 19452 of 23642, by nathanieltolbert

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You are all so amazing with the projects you are doing! I'm just in the process of gathering the parts to put together several machines to give away on my silly streaming. Nothing as cool as all of the amazing things you are all doing here! Although I would love your suggestions. So the two older machines are an AMD K6-2/500 and a Pentium II-350. My plan is to use some SB AWE 64 cards I have and some Radeon 7000 GPUs as well, but I know that the 7000 is not really a period correct card for either of those machines, being from the early 2000's instead of 1998-1999 or so. So what cards would you recommend? The machines will have Windows 98 SE on them of course as it is the most stable version Windows from that era that I have access to. And it still allows for some DOS usage, hence the SB 64 sound cards.

Reply 19453 of 23642, by pampilhoso

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My CF card died so I bought a new one... currently factory resetting my Compaq Presario CDS 520.

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Reply 19454 of 23642, by nathanieltolbert

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pampilhoso wrote on 2021-07-14, 16:24:

My CF card died so I bought a new one... currently factory resetting my Compaq Presario CDS 520.

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Nice!! I have a 4402 here that has a dead PSU and the CRT tube was damaged because it was left out in the rain. The boards themselves are intact and work, but I am having trouble locating a replacement CRT tube and the High voltage wire for it, because those are both damaged. I wanted to get a CDS 520 as well, but I just haven't found one for a price that I can afford.

Reply 19455 of 23642, by AngryByDefault

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nathanieltolbert wrote on 2021-07-14, 16:04:

You are all so amazing with the projects you are doing! I'm just in the process of gathering the parts to put together several machines to give away on my silly streaming. Nothing as cool as all of the amazing things you are all doing here! Although I would love your suggestions. So the two older machines are an AMD K6-2/500 and a Pentium II-350. My plan is to use some SB AWE 64 cards I have and some Radeon 7000 GPUs as well, but I know that the 7000 is not really a period correct card for either of those machines, being from the early 2000's instead of 1998-1999 or so. So what cards would you recommend? The machines will have Windows 98 SE on them of course as it is the most stable version Windows from that era that I have access to. And it still allows for some DOS usage, hence the SB 64 sound cards.

Hi!

These will probably get you started:

Building a good Windows 98 gaming pc

best windows 98 agp card

Best DOS video card?

From newbie to newbie, every search you make in the forum will bring you a Tons of info! Seems endless...

Reply 19456 of 23642, by AngryByDefault

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Caluser2000 wrote on 2021-07-13, 19:51:

Mounted the front fascia to cleaned up chassis cage of my K6-2 400 Linux box. Fitted a DVD r/w drive and combo 3.5" fdd/card reader scalped from a horrible plastic case multi media system that had serious cracks and other damage to it.

@Caluser2000, may I ask what distro are you running there and what are your usual activities with that system?

Reply 19457 of 23642, by AngryByDefault

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BitWrangler wrote on 2021-07-13, 18:48:

Damn! DamndamndamndamndamndamnDAMN! Got some major monitor suckery going on. So I was testing a load of PII/III boards and wondering why not one came to life, and how come the POST codes all seemed to translate to errors that should be shown on screen, no KB, no boot device, POST finished, without getting anything on screen for any of them... my 19" seemed to be "lighting" in that the backlight came on, but screen still black... when vid activated, but nothing else. So now I think to sanity check the monitor, Thinkpad 400 to 19", no signal...hmmm but it's got a linux running and unsure it's handling the hardware 100% right... Armada 1750... win98 detects the monitor, and it turns it on to backlight lit when monitor is enabled/disabled, but stays black... gah... I think this monitor is buggered.
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Anyway, seems like I wasted the whole of yesterday on board testing without the monitor being functional (Worked fine a week ago)

That sucks! I hope none is too damaged...

Reply 19458 of 23642, by creepingnet

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Last night I found out the Wife was trying to find a place to setup the Tandy 1000A in the closet. Kind a proud of her. Actually, I'm planning a V20 and 8087 upgrade for the Tandy sometime in the not too distant future....and maybe some home-built/modified gamepads.

The situation has been the closet in the "lab" has been a mystery to her for years, and she never went in there out of respect for me.....surprising to me, I don't mind if she pokes around, actually, I dig that.

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Reply 19459 of 23642, by BitWrangler

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Thanks all for the well wishes, sympathy and support as regards the monitor problems. If it was lightning related last time, it nearly got to be again today, we had a storm blow in fast and there was a near miss, or near hit down the street this morning, felt the heat of the flash on my skin through the blinds. So far, touch wood, everything okay.

After that had left me in peace, I got back to the BX-6VP2, just stick the flash stuff on a disk hook up a floppy and reboot.... nah... didn't see the disk as bootable... tried another drive... nope, another cable... nope... double check the disk, all good, try a MSDOS 6.2 boot disk, no-go... well what then you POS??? ... okay... strip it all back down... visual inspection with a magnifier... hmmm floppy header lines go past first PCI slot, is the vid card I'm sticking in there too noisy?... then get to the i/o chip, there's a patch of dust all over it... I thought it had just got missed with the air duster, but nope, it was stuck there, something a touch sticky, okay, cleaner and brush and scrub, get most of it off, odd dust, short fibers, reminds me of some types of wood dust, or what happens to the parcel shelf in a 1970s car when it's had too much sun. That seems really stuck and packed, scraped it out from between the pins on the i/o chip with a sharp point. It's a little humid lately, so if it's an organic kind of dust I wonder if it had swelled with moisture and got low enough resistance tight between the pins to pull pins high or low when they shouldn't be. Get it all out, still looks a bit dull around those pins, which aren't just any part of the i/o chip but are the floppy lines... hokay, give this a try, fire up a micro torch and run it over the pins briefly, see a few orange sparkles as a last few specks of that stuff burn up, and the pads turn shiny instead of dull. Well whatever, that looks better now. Then popped out the BIOS chip, cleaned pins and reseated just in case.

Now reassemble the test configuration, but just to be sure, stick the PCI vid and POST card in the slot furthest from the floppy lines... and fire it up and it boots off the floppy, yay.... but awdflash says the bin file ain't right.. and the keyboard isn't working to manual launch/override... gah... so swap keyboards around retry, retry, doh, there's another capless header I missed, it's the keyboard voltage selection, 3 pin, one or the other, just get some volts to keyboard (Standby or regular 5V) ... yes, keyboard working.... awdflash 7..37 don't like that file though, might be because it saved as a longname ... okay fix that... also, you know what, get the awdflash off the redfox archive since that should be mor guaranteed, turned out to be 7.33 so you thin 7.37 would be fine, but anyhoo, okay. got the flash floppy reconfigured got the kb working, rebooted again, flash chugged away happily, appears successful, is it? YISSSSSS, 3 boards out of 4 now, and what a cool logo, almost worth the trouble 🤣...

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