It probably doesn't help but those look *exactly* like the standoffs in Power Computing mac clone towers from the mid 90s. […]
Edit: I forgot to ask. What would you call these type of motherboard standoffs that "clip" into a PC case? I have to replace at least one of them if I intend to "keep" the system.
It probably doesn't help but those look *exactly* like the standoffs in Power Computing mac clone towers from the mid 90s.
I could use one myself, one was broken in one of my machines.
If I find one I'll post the info here (and I'll keep a look out in case one of you finds one).
On to what I have done today/yesterday. I received in the mail a PNY Nvidia GeForce 6800 GT with an aftermarket Arctic Cooling blower-style cooler on it.
While the card works correctly, and works as it should under XP (haven't tested it yet under Win98, but I expect the same positive result), it runs hot, with it idling at around 50C on the XP desktop, at hits at its worst nearly 70C when playing some Hot Wheels: Stunt Track Challenge (the most demanding game I have installed under XP; it's a good game, even though it's clear it's a child's game; please don't judge 😀 ). Mind you, this is with me taking apart the card and cooler completely to clean it and apply new layers of Arctic MX-4 and thermal pads where needed. Installing MSI Afterburner (which for some reason I can't seem to access the RivaTuner Statistics Server; need further research into how to access it in XP) and putting it place a super-aggressive fan curve doesn't help at all.
Edit: Forgot to ask - does any one have any good aftermarket cooler recommendations for this card?
I also went ahead and desoldered the problematic PS/2 connector off my Asus P3B-F motherboard (as detailed here). For the first time at desoldering something, I don't think I did too bad.
Finally, I received from Great Britain a replacement Cirrus Logic 2D PCI GPU for the one I had unintentionally somehow damaged earlier, and, well, things did not go as I hoped. For one, the seller sent me the card, wrapped in a layer of cardboard, without anything protecting the card, so the pins were all bent. 😠 It didn't help that the card was dusty, either. After bending the pins back as best I could, taking the VBIOS chip out to dust it, almost breaking the pins off in the process of removing it, and having to take it out again, because I put it back in reversed ( 😜 ), and cleaning the add-in RAM chips, this is what it looks like:
Sadly, that effort went to waste, as the card already had one foot in the grave, with artifacting right out of the gate, as shown here.
At this point, I'm thinking about getting either an S3 card, since my luck with Cirrus Logic cards from ebay has been piss-poor, or getting an early Nvidia or ATI 3D card to pair with the Voodoo1, since I'm getting tired of dealing with faulty 2D PCI GPUs.