The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby KCompRoom2000 » 2018-12-09 @ 02:16

Thank you. Hopefully you can put those stickers into good use for Pentium Pro builds.
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby liqmat » 2018-12-19 @ 17:48

Thanks to Vogons member Beegle for a very nice video about his piece of the haul.

https://youtu.be/EgimYCZQRt4
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018 - ALR 6x6 Server Related

Postby Stiletto » 2018-12-21 @ 22:11

liqmat wrote:To those of you who collect drivers, system software, etc. this might be of some interest to you. Since we picked up those ALR 6x6 servers in this haul LB and I had zero software for the systems. Luckily in the ALR sub channel I started over at Discord we got some Vogons members that had ALR systems themselves and had collected the software over the years from various websites that are now defunct. One of those websites was archived, but most of the documents and software were not archived. This is the archived site:

https://web.archive.org/web/20031030111 ... /index.htm

Well, thanks to Vogons members hard1k and gbeirn we have roughly 95% of that website's file content and extra files to boot. I have compiled both hard1k's and gbeirn's files to make as complete of an archive that is possible. Having that archived website allowed me to create folders with descriptions of what each file was so I basically mirrored that website's index structure via a Windows folder structure. If a file is missing or corrupt (luckily not many are) I put that in the folder's description and created a text file or left the original corrupted file in that folder as a placeholder so others can research or hunt for those files in the future. I did not change the actual filenames so others can search for the original files that are missing or corrupt. Luckily, since most of the files are there, there is more than enough resources to easily get an ALR 6x6 system up and running.

There is one folder in the zip file that is not on the website which I named "Various Other ALR Resources". Those are the extra files that were not on that archived website and are additional resources for or relating to ALR systems. I'll leave it up to the community to sort through that. My main goal was to try and combine all these resources together and rebuild as best as possible the archived "Gavin Hubbard ALR 6x6 Software Archive" file structure and content.

Thanks again to Vogons members hard1k and gbeirn for sharing their files since ALR drivers and software are not easy to come by anymore and hopefully by posting it here those files wont be elusive for future ALR system collectors.

Here is a link to the archive I compiled and I'll leave it up for awhile so others can put it in a more permanent home. Cheers.

https://mega.nz/#F!T6Q3iAYI!vuxT2rb8QBfs9MnAsxkFUA


Uploaded to VOGONSDrivers, thanks go to liqmat, hard1k and gbeirn for collecting these files!

http://www.vogonsdrivers.com/getfile.php?fileid=1472
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby liqmat » 2018-12-21 @ 22:29

^^^^ AWESOME!!! ^^^^

I'll go ahead and take down my download link now that it has a home.
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby dan87951 » 2019-1-11 @ 22:51

Nice score! Hopefully you guys can find good homes for these parts. I might be interested in a few myself.
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby liqmat » 2019-1-16 @ 03:00

Categorized and organized what's left of the haul. Took me a little over a week to get everything sorted.

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Currently working on a video that will cover the remaining hardware.
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby luckybob » 2019-1-16 @ 08:55

Yay!
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby liqmat » 2019-1-31 @ 23:02

Fun fact:

From one basement to these countries, so far, that parts of the Pentium Pro haul have shipped to: (almost all Vogons members)

Australia
Canada
China
France
Germany
Japan
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Russia
Slovenia
Sweden
Turkey
United Kingdom
United States
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby liqmat » 2019-2-16 @ 01:58

I had quite a few of these late model PCI/ISA button cell battery based M-Tech R418W2 486 motherboards from the Pentium Pro haul of 2018. So I decided to archive any variant of the BIOS I came across. This is now the most complete collection of BIOS versions for this board and I thought I would post it here so if anyone wants to up it to Vogonsdrivers.com please feel free. I did find I had to physically move the BIOS chip off of the M-Tech board and place it on a Socket 8 board to backup and hot flash the BIOS properly with UniFlash v1.4 (thanks go to Vogons member Deksor for the advice on that). It would not read or flash the BIOS properly directly on the M-Tech board with Awdflash or UniFlash for some reason. Either way, success and these images might be helpful to anyone who runs across this board in the future. Cheers!

Note: One of the nicer features of this motherboard's BIOS is that it has a built-in IDE HDD low level format option.

M-Tech R418W2 BIOS Images.zip
(413.57 KiB) Downloaded 12 times

Jumper settings for this board: https://stason.org/TULARC/pc/motherboar ... I-486.html

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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby meljor » 2019-2-17 @ 13:15

How big was the item you send to the netherlands and do you remember the cost of shipping? I get lost trying to find out how expensive it is to send something from the states to here...
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby liqmat » 2019-2-17 @ 15:20

meljor wrote:How big was the item you send to the netherlands and do you remember the cost of shipping? I get lost trying to find out how expensive it is to send something from the states to here...

I use Parcelmonkey.com. They are a third party shipping service and almost always come out cheaper for international shipping than doing it direct with shipping companies like USPS, UPS and FedEx. The only drawback is it can take longer, but in my experience not much. One shipment from the U.S. to Sweden took three weeks, but that was unusual. It usually is about two weeks max. They are kind of like the Expedia of shipping, the shipping routes and prices can change daily and sometimes drastically. So within two days time the same shipping address from the U.S. could be a $20 difference in my experience, but both prices were still cheaper than any of the big shipping companies directly.

P.S. - To answer your question directly, I have no idea as the person in the Netherlands had me ship it to their U.S. forwarding address.
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby 386_junkie » 2019-2-17 @ 23:37

WOW!

No memes, just... WOW!

.... This is mad epic... that haul is huge! ALR too!

I can't put a scratch on all this here... but yesterday, I saved / salvaged my first Pentium Pro system, dual 200MHz'ers.
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby liqmat » 2019-2-18 @ 00:35

386_junkie wrote:WOW!

No memes, just... WOW!

.... This is mad epic... that haul is huge! ALR too!

I can't put a scratch on all this here... but yesterday, I saved / salvaged my first Pentium Pro system, dual 200MHz'ers.

We're all on the same team here. Trying to save this stuff from destruction. If you need any parts like a Pentium Pro cooler or some spare VRMs let me know in a PM and I can help you out.
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby 386_junkie » 2019-2-18 @ 15:30

liqmat wrote:We're all on the same team here. Trying to save this stuff from destruction. If you need any parts like a Pentium Pro cooler or some spare VRMs let me know in a PM and I can help you out.


Having tried to boot the system, it seems not to stay powered on.

I suspect it could be from a number of things... i.e. PSU, NVRAM clock, or something related to the CPU board.

I appreciate the offer, and suspect I may soon require some help, thanks.
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby ph4nt0m » 2019-2-18 @ 15:55

I have saved a few Pentium Pro based mainboards from their ultimate destruction the last year. The most interesting one was this Supermicro P6DNF.

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November, 1996. Full size AT. Two 180MHz/256k SL23L CPUs with the original Supermicro branded VRMs using DIP switches to set up voltage. 8x 64Mb EDO memory. The barrel battery started to leak, so I was right in time to prevent a serious damage.
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby liqmat » 2019-2-18 @ 17:42

ph4nt0m wrote:I have saved a few Pentium Pro based mainboards from their ultimate destruction the last year. The most interesting one was this Supermicro P6DNF.

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November, 1996. Full size AT. Two 180MHz/256k SL23L CPUs with the original Supermicro branded VRMs using DIP switches to set up voltage. 8x 64Mb EDO memory. The barrel battery started to leak, so I was right in time to prevent a serious damage.

Nice board, but man, that needs a bath.
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby luckybob » 2019-2-18 @ 18:27

It's beautiful just as it is.
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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby liqmat » 2019-2-18 @ 20:40

luckybob wrote:It's beautiful just as it is.

Nope. Needs a bath.

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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby bjwil1991 » 2019-2-18 @ 20:52

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Re: The great Pentium Pro haul of 2018

Postby ph4nt0m » 2019-2-18 @ 21:45

liqmat wrote:Nice board, but man, that needs a bath.

That was how it looked like at the time of purchase. It's much cleaner now :) BTW the barrel battery was replaced with two aerogel supercaps for 1 farad capacitance. A single charge lasts for a few days and they will never leak.

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Although this board is huge, the HP Vectra XU came even with a larger one. The beast is loaded with 2 gigs of memory! 128-bit effective memory bus made of two 64-bit interleaved channels each providing either even or odd bytes.

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