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Reply 3020 of 3079, by Ozzuneoj

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yawetaG wrote on 2021-02-16, 07:39:
Ozzuneoj wrote on 2021-01-30, 20:05:
Wolfus wrote on 2021-01-30, 19:10:

You can mount railed shelves inside and put many desktops on them. I would definitely take it.

Are shelves like that standard, and cheap? Where would I find them?

Yes, and yes (depending on where you look). Shops that sell rack hardware, but also music shops, because 19" is also the standard size for rackable music equipment (Roland SC-55 etc. are not called "halfrack" without reason...).

So besides putting computers inside them, you can also load them with music hardware.

Good to know. Thankfully my MIDI gear is all PC\desktop format (not rack mount), so I don't need such a huge thing to store it.

That rack is long gone now anyway. I did inherit some other really handy stuff though, like a bunch of high end (mostly HON brand) steel shelving units, cabinets, stools and a couple of medical carts which are amazingly useful in my office!

Now for some blitting from the back buffer.

Reply 3021 of 3079, by yawetaG

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Not exactly a dumpster find, but I was given a Dell i660 tower with a Core i5 processor...

...because Windows 10 killed itself by wiping the C:/-drive during an upgrade. Perhaps it is becoming self-aware? Back in the day you needed a stupid user or a virus to cause such an event... 😁

I still need to retrieve the user's (my dad's) files off the hard disk. The optical drive is shot, which I'm not too surprised about because my dad liked to close the drive door by pushing it back in...

Reply 3022 of 3079, by BetaC

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yawetaG wrote on 2021-03-07, 21:46:

The optical drive is shot, which I'm not too surprised about because my dad liked to close the drive door by pushing it back in...

And people wonder why apple switched to slot loaders for the G3 iMacs...

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Reply 3023 of 3079, by imi

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I've used the same drive for over a decade and that's the only way I ever closed it :p the mechanism is still working just fine.

they were made to be used like that after all, just don't jam it in with force, a slight push is enough and it'll close automatically.

Reply 3024 of 3079, by BetaC

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imi wrote on 2021-03-08, 04:32:

I've used the same drive for over a decade and that's the only way I ever closed it :p the mechanism is still working just fine.

But you're here, so you obviously care about hardware at least a little.

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Reply 3025 of 3079, by yawetaG

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imi wrote on 2021-03-08, 04:32:

I've used the same drive for over a decade and that's the only way I ever closed it :p the mechanism is still working just fine.

they were made to be used like that after all, just don't jam it in with force, a slight push is enough and it'll close automatically.

Listening to the noises this drive makes it seems like one of those drives where the same motor is used to close the door and run the spindle (cost-saving measure). The drive closing mechanism jerks right at the point the 'push' would have ended and then the drive makes a screeching noise as it tries to spin up (optical drives should not make screeching noises...ever). So something is very broken.

In my experience many older drives are way more robust in this aspect than fairly recent ones.

Seeing the whole machine was dusty as hell, it could theoretically also be a foreign object in the drive, but considering the prices of SATA optical drives (and that I have a bootable external USB DVD-ROM drive) I'm not sure it's worth the time trying to diagnose that...

Reply 3026 of 3079, by TechieDude

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yawetaG wrote on 2021-03-07, 21:46:

...because Windows 10 killed itself by wiping the C:/-drive during an upgrade. Perhaps it is becoming self-aware? Back in the day you needed a stupid user or a virus to cause such an event... 😁

You've got to be kidding me... Didn't something similar happen with 1809? This is why I got sick of it. The same bugs over and over... Didn't even Vista have QA than this? Like seriously, wiping the entire HDD?

Reply 3027 of 3079, by Daniël Oosterhuis

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BetaC wrote on 2021-03-08, 02:29:
yawetaG wrote on 2021-03-07, 21:46:

The optical drive is shot, which I'm not too surprised about because my dad liked to close the drive door by pushing it back in...

And people wonder why apple switched to slot loaders for the G3 iMacs...

They were pretty terrible as well, so no surprise they went for a desktop-style trayloader in the iMac G4!

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Reply 3028 of 3079, by DundyTheCroc

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Not exactly dumpster find, but at work we have a lot of old hardware, ready for scrapping. To my regret the really old hardware is gone long time ago, but there is still something to find.
Today I had some time to excavate and found two SCSI drives (36.4 and 73GB), some useful cables, 3.5 to 5.25 HDD adapters and an unopened copy of Office 2000.

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Reply 3029 of 3079, by BetaC

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Daniël Oosterhuis wrote on 2021-03-08, 11:42:

They were pretty terrible as well, so no surprise they went for a desktop-style trayloader in the iMac G4!

And with a big, hard to break off front for the trays on the eMac.

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Reply 3030 of 3079, by King_Corduroy

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Found this stuff on my way to work!

1998 Compaq Presario 4112 with monitor (I have another out in my car but it's the style like the V500 with the weird power button)
1998 Compaq Presario 4528 with monitor pictured (missing Ram and the floppy drive but everything else is intact, looks as though they couldn't figure out how to get it apart any further thankfully but there was a floppy disk in the case oddly enough)
Fat PS2 with 8mb memory card and HDD / Networking add on
80's Onkyo Linear Tracking Turntable PL-25F

So I guess I was overthinking getting back into the hobby also, cause this was definitely exciting to drag home. 🤣

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Check me out at Transcendental Airwaves on Youtube! Also wtf, why are whoppers so good?!

Reply 3032 of 3079, by etomcat

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Miphee wrote on 2021-01-30, 02:00:

don't even know what the Taritax does

Hello, there is hungarian language text on that black device which said it counts phone talk fees (likely per minute).

Reply 3033 of 3079, by liqmat

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King_Corduroy wrote on 2021-03-10, 15:46:
So I guess I was overthinking getting back into the hobby also, cause this was definitely exciting to drag home. XD […]
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So I guess I was overthinking getting back into the hobby also, cause this was definitely exciting to drag home. 🤣

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Equipment you found aside, I'm digging the retro furniture and orange shag carpet. Only thing about shag is you need a heavy weight vacuum cleaner with good suck action.

Reply 3034 of 3079, by chrismeyer6

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liqmat wrote on 2021-03-13, 15:35:
King_Corduroy wrote on 2021-03-10, 15:46:
So I guess I was overthinking getting back into the hobby also, cause this was definitely exciting to drag home. XD […]
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So I guess I was overthinking getting back into the hobby also, cause this was definitely exciting to drag home. 🤣

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Equipment you found aside, I'm digging the retro furniture and orange shag carpet. Only thing about shag is you need a heavy weight vacuum cleaner with good suck action.

You can't forget you need a good shag rake as well. The house me and my wife bought had the original shag carpets in every room. The owners left the special vacuum and shag rake with the house.

Reply 3035 of 3079, by liqmat

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chrismeyer6 wrote on 2021-03-13, 15:42:
liqmat wrote on 2021-03-13, 15:35:
King_Corduroy wrote on 2021-03-10, 15:46:
So I guess I was overthinking getting back into the hobby also, cause this was definitely exciting to drag home. XD […]
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So I guess I was overthinking getting back into the hobby also, cause this was definitely exciting to drag home. 🤣

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Equipment you found aside, I'm digging the retro furniture and orange shag carpet. Only thing about shag is you need a heavy weight vacuum cleaner with good suck action.

You can't forget you need a good shag rake as well. The house me and my wife bought had the original shag carpets in every room. The owners left the special vacuum and shag rake with the house.

Not to get off topic, but now I must have a pic. I don't think I have had the pleasure of viewing a "shag rake". 🤣

Reply 3036 of 3079, by chrismeyer6

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That was 6 years ago I'll have to comb through the pictures we took when we first got the house. It looked like a small leaf rake.

I can't find the picture of the one that came with our house but I found a very similar one on line.

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