What retro activity did you get up to today?

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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby King_Corduroy » 2018-1-29 @ 21:57

99% of the stuff here is garbage finds btw. lol This was all saved from utter destruction not ebay. lol

Speaking of which... I found another monitor and speakers today. XD

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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Skyscraper » 2018-1-29 @ 22:27

This tantalum capacitor went out with a loud bang during first power on. It's placed where I can't get to it without great effort.

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Luckily the voltages still read perfectly fine so I guess I will pretend it diddn't happen. Not that this Compaq Desk Pro works, it halts at one of the first POST codes. The ESDI/floppy controller card has a shorted tantalum capacitor somewhere but that isn't the reason for the system halting as it isnt in there any more.

The huge full hight HDD did spin up without any nasty noise when I tested it outside the system, a (thankfully) through hole resistor went up in smoke though... lots of smoke so thats also a bit of work.


This system will have to go in the "later" pile. It has to be at the bottom as it would crush anything under it...
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby oeuvre » 2018-1-29 @ 23:04

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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Nestel » 2018-1-30 @ 10:08

I captured and uploaded some Israeli Israel DOS games and more retro platforms music, for my and you joy. Some of them really surprise me, and also they fun funan games :)!!!!
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby OldCat » 2018-1-30 @ 10:32

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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby CkRtech » 2018-1-30 @ 10:37

Skyscraper wrote:Luckily the voltages still read perfectly fine so I guess I will pretend it diddn't happen.

Yeah most components in a PSU are just for decoration, anyway. :-D
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Skyscraper » 2018-1-31 @ 18:00

I'm testing and sorting systems, i808x - i486 desktops to be more precise. Once tested the systems get stacked so I have room for the next load I will pick up this Saturday.

Once in a while I find something that needs immediate attention, here is an example.




Uuuhh! This dosn't look very good...

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This is why we remove NiCd batteries from our motherboards...

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Even the screws are rustly so this system seems to have spent some time out in the open...

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The solder pads for the battery came of when I desoldered it and the solder mask in the "battery corner" is gone but the board is fully working, a last minute save!

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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby bjwil1991 » 2018-1-31 @ 18:30

You're incredibly lucky, man. Excellent job getting that board up and running.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby oeuvre » 2018-1-31 @ 19:37

NVIDIA TNT2 Riva Pro 16MB AGP came in the mail today. Installing the drivers right now.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby PTherapist » 2018-1-31 @ 21:10

Received the ready built AT2XT keyboard adapter that I bought today and set about experimenting with my IBM 5160 motherboard. I don't currently have a HDD for this (or a case for that matter) but booted into MS-DOS 3.21 from Floppy and played around with some software from various disks. It's working nicely, but it's going to need some extra parts to get up and running properly.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby luckybob » 2018-1-31 @ 21:43

Keep an eye on ebay for the hard disks. I know someone who is about to dump a batch on ebay for 9.99 opening bid.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Wireless » 2018-1-31 @ 23:18

Well, I'm making copies of software and OS on some NOS Floppies I've managed to get hold of using a 486, but I've also been reinstalling Windows 10 in a 20 year old case after fitting a 2TB HDD and a Front Panel if that counts, plus burning a DVD image of the Windows Enterprise Evaluation for my son, I've no idea why he wants to play with that but if he learns something that's great.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby creepingnet » 2018-2-01 @ 04:41

Too much.......prepping to move sometime in the not too distant future....

- Preparing the Dell Pentium 4 again, now it's a complete working system with 1.44M Floppy, DVD-RW, NVIDIA 5200 or 6200 (can't remember) video card (AGP), 3GB of RAM, 160GB SATA HDD. Pretty much up and running now with it's Windows XP Home x86 install that came with it new and ready for a new home.

- Had a friend who wanted a reliable DOS gaming rig for LSL/Kings Quest/Space Quest/Police Quest/The Need for Speed, thought my Gateway 2000 P5-100 would be a good candidate, well, I guess not, the motherboard on that thing is flaky as heck, wanting to POST, but I think it may have also been murdered by a set of ATA hard disks that somehow died while I was not using them in my 486.

- So I had to toss a 20GB, 40GB, and 80GB drive, now I'm sourcing a pile of 80GB drives from somewhere......oh joy. Want them for my 486.

- I'm also tempted to bid on a lot of motherboards that includes a Socket 3 and 3 Socket 7s untested for $30.00......so I can outfit the Gateway with one of those instead for my friend's custom gaming box.

- I've been cataloging ALL of the hardware I have.....jeebuz, I've got a ton of stuff.......this is everything I have that I've got to figure out if it stays or goes....straight from my textfile list...this is not everything.....


POWER SUPPLIES
250 Watt Baby AT Power Supply with Digital Readout Plug

HARD DISKS
Western Digital HardCard EZ 127
Western Digital HardCard EZ 127

MOTHERBOARDS
1983/84 IBM Personal Computer Portable 5155 System Board 256K AMD 8088 4.77MHz

EXPANSION CARDS
Crystal CX4235 ISA Sound Card ISA
Crystal CX4735 ISA Sound Card ISA
OEM (HP) Aztech AZT2320 Soundcard HP SP/N: 5064-2620 ISA
SMC 83C7950F Ethernet Adapter MAC: 0000C0 591CE6
SMC 83C7950F Ethernet Adapter MAC: 0000C0 5773DB
Cirrus Logic MD4450C Soundcard/Modem NC3.29 4EF4 NC3361FXXC
Intel 8/16 Adapter Ethernet 16-bit ISA
Generic UMC IDE/Floppy Board 16-bit ISA
Western Digital Paradise 512KB SVGA WD90C00 PVGA Card 16-bit ISA
Pinnacle Systems Firewire Card PCI
Winbond Generic Serial/Parallel/Game Card, 8-bit ISA
Acer PRO-400KF IDE/FDD/Serial/Parallel/Game Multi I/O Card 16-bit ISA
Future Domain PowerIDE Dual IDE Controller w/ BIOS Extention ROM 16-bit ISA + DRIVER on unoriginal Floppy
3Com EtherLink II TP 8/16 ISA Ethernet Card
Western Digital Generic IDE/FDD Controller Card 16-bit ISA
OAK Technology 077 SVGA Card ISA 16-bit
SIIG PCI Sound Card
WD Paradise PVGA1A 256K VGA Card 16-bit ISA w/ DIP SW Config
Oak Technology OTI 037C VGA/CGA/EGA/MDA/HERC Display Card 16-bit ISA 9 & 15 Pin Monitors
Panda SIMM 16-bit ISA Memory Expansion Card w/ 12MB of RAM
Rocketfish X-fi Xtreme Fidelity PCI Sound Card (CA1060 SOundBlaster Live Style Card)
ATI VGA Wonder 1MB SVGA Video Card CGA/EGA/VGA/SVGA/MDA/HERC 9 & 15 Pin Monitors!!

And that's about 90% of what I have to deal with there - what for spares for 486, what to let go of.

Then there's the 286. Trying to decide weather to keep that one or let it go since I don't use it very much anymore, and it does stuff my 486 already does (though it does a very good XT emulation via the turbo switch but my Tandy 1000A has that covered).

so just lots of sorting and decisions going on, my man cave looks like a wreck ATM.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Cadderlik » 2018-2-01 @ 09:57

7 am morning - coffee and Roland MT-32 playing music from Police Quest 2

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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby OldCat » 2018-2-01 @ 15:42

A bit of an odd one, this: I tried to emulate Game Boy under DOS on Toshiba T3200SX. Don't judge. Thought it would be cool.

Tried no$gmb3 and vgbdos88. However, the first one is molasses slow (processor is 386SX clocked at 16MHz, apparently not enough) and the latter one hangs and doesn't do anything (not sure why yet).
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Radical Vision » 2018-2-01 @ 15:55

Cleaning old white case from slot 1 based system, to install inside socket 7 machine for sale. Still waiting the case to dry..

Also testing the last 3 processors i got to see if they are working as the seller did say..
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby derSammler » 2018-2-01 @ 16:06

Repaired a CMI 8329A-based sound card from AD Chips, which had burned traces.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby dionb » 2018-2-01 @ 16:43

Bootstrapping my bootstraps...

Wanted to get my 486 running DOS, but no luck with CF cards formatted/copied under Window 10. So decided to get Win98SE installed on my oldest system to help. Unfortunately my oldest system at that point was a Dell D610 laptop, which was already PCIe based and despite rumours that you could get it running, I got the dreaded 2 pci.vxd buses error with the Intel chipset drivers - and no working USB.

So procured an even older system, a Tualeron 1400 that definitely could run Win98SE. But couldn't boot from USB, and all (both) my optical drives are either SATA or USB. Todo: get PATA DVD drive. But worked around issue by grabbing an Atom 330 mITX board that could boot from my USB CDRom drive. Win98 install failed almost instantly as it didn't recognise the USB CDRom, but I had DOS and ebd.cab, so extracted sys.com and got io.sys, msdos.sys and command.com onto the CF. Then booted into WinXP, copied the rest of the installation files from CD onto CF and installed windows on the CF.

End result: I now have a working Win98SE install on Tualeron 1400. This evening I'll see about getting my smaller CF card into a shape that the 486 BIOS and I/O controller find bootable...
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby oeuvre » 2018-2-01 @ 19:56

Installing 2000 on an 18GB 10,000RPM Fujitsu SCSI drive for the Intellistation.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby SW-SSG » 2018-2-01 @ 21:05

oeuvre wrote:Installing 2000 on an 18GB 10,000RPM Fujitsu SCSI drive for the Intellistation.

Seems like very little room between the drives for airflow... how are temps?
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