What retro activity did you get up to today?

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

Postby PcBytes » 2019-7-11 @ 09:45

That VPower is a Deer, and I know these are good 5v units after a good recap. Not all have beefy 5v parts on the 5v rail though, so crack it open and post a picture. I might be able to tell you how much it can output.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby kalm_traveler » 2019-7-11 @ 13:07

PcBytes wrote:That VPower is a Deer, and I know these are good 5v units after a good recap. Not all have beefy 5v parts on the 5v rail though, so crack it open and post a picture. I might be able to tell you how much it can output.


Sure thing, I'll crack it open after work today and post it up. Tried to do a test setup with the rig parts last night (using a 20gb IDE HDD) and although Windows 2000 seemed to install fine, after that the system kept freezing so I gave up until I can either get the Corsair unit to boot it up or the 600w Enermax unit comes in and can be re-capped.

Also - not sure why I kept saying HX1000 for Corsair, is the 1200w model.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby oeuvre » 2019-7-11 @ 18:06

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Original Pentium III era hardware. Sent to a friend.

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Case gutted.

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Side panel which pops off with a push of a button on the front bezel.

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Proprietary rear.

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This needs some work if we're gonna convert it to ATX

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Flattened/removed these little metal tabs

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These clips hooked onto the old motherboard which used a non-standard layout.

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The rear will have to be modified.

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Actually, let's just cut it.

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Cut out most of the rear.

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Didn't want to cut off the very top of the rear end. Still, the case needs more work...

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That is where this cheap donor ATX case comes into play.

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Slice it in half.

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Other side of case

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Will preserve the back end as well so we can reuse it in the Optiplex

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Cut off wheels are our friends.

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Was really easy to slice through this one. Cutting the Optiplex was much more work since the steel wasn't paper thin.

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Retrobrighted the case and painted a 5.25" USB 3.0 front panel ... slightly off but it's hard to find exact matching spray paints.

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Corsair 750W power supply (cheapest name-brand power supply I found at microcenter at the time)
MSI Z270-A Pro ATX motherboard
32GB DDR4 3200 RAM (2x16GB)
MSI Armor RADEON RX580 8GB PCIe video card
Teac beige DVDRW drive
5.25 USB 3.0 front panel
Samsung 970 EVO 512GB NVMe SSD
Seagate 2TB 7200RPM HD
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Left it in the sun a bit too long, some slight streaking is noticeable but only if you really look up close.

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My motherboard's I/O shield is unfortunately missing... but did keep the original Dell PCI brackets.

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The guts! Tidied up the wires in the 5.25 drive bays.

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Lower part of the machine... the front panel is proprietary and was a pain to wire up. I don't have the HD LED working but everything else works fine (power LED, power + reset buttons).

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That floppy drive is not hooked up to anything.

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Here it sits in all its glory!

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Speccy

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Windows 10 system properties

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

Postby kalm_traveler » 2019-7-11 @ 19:07

@oeuvre you could get a usb floppy drive and mod it to mount in that floppy location, connecting internally so everything on the front is fully functional
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby brostenen » 2019-7-11 @ 20:37

I have this Compaq Presario CQ60-210OE machine (AMD CPU and Geforce 8200-Mobile) that I used the last two days to install Lubuntu Linux on. It is a gift to someone that need a replacement for her broken laptop. All she need is a tool for writing a book and some light internet searching for information for her book. And installing Lubuntu 18.04 gives her a decent machine. It has 4gb of Ram and 350gb of harddrive. Pretty spec's for her needs. I installed Libre Office and something called Focus Writer on it, installed Gedit and Midnight Commander, installed restricted codecs, java and enabled Root login. Then updated the complete system fully. Gave her one game though wich is Frozen Bubbles. For a 2009 computer, then I think it is pretty fast with Lubuntu.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby badmojo » 2019-7-11 @ 21:10

Lolz that is way oeuvre the top, nice work
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby dionb » 2019-7-11 @ 23:15

Did something to offend just about every kind of purist: after cleaning my IBM Model F 122 'Battleship' I hooked it up to my PowerMac dual G5. Worked like a dream in OS X :P
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby xjas » 2019-7-11 @ 23:37

^^ What's the problem? You were using an IBM keyboard to operate a machine running IBM CPUs. Seems legit.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Murugan » 2019-7-12 @ 05:58

Finished my humble gaming room/mancave. Still need to sort out some issues again with my 386 :(
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby TheAbandonwareGuy » 2019-7-12 @ 10:32

Murugan wrote:Finished my humble gaming room/mancave. Still need to sort out some issues again with my 386 :(
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Damn it I would say so.

Your CRT seems to have imploded and gone flat. Looks like it needs replacement.... with a bigger CRT.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Murugan » 2019-7-12 @ 10:35

I haven't shown the attic yet :p But I only got a 14" CRT I think
I am tired of lifting all that heavy stuff.
My retro collection: too much...
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby bjwil1991 » 2019-7-12 @ 10:52

Sweet setup, though.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby OldCat » 2019-7-12 @ 11:04

Very nice!

I have moved recently and will have my mancave ready in a few months, too! Can't wait to show it to you guys.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby PcBytes » 2019-7-12 @ 12:38

Ghetto fixing a Inno3D Geforce 9800GT 512MB. So far it's been reflowed, I replaced three MOSFETs and pretty much it. I have to resolder three tiny caps, then finally zip-tie an AMD FM1 cooler on it.

If this thing works fine and passes Furmark with flying colors, I'll be damned. :)
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Murugan » 2019-7-12 @ 13:15

OldCat wrote:Very nice!

I have moved recently and will have my mancave ready in a few months, too! Can't wait to show it to you guys.


I only need to do two things welllllll make that 3:

* look into the 386
* paint the room
* hang a NEON SIGN!!!! Preferably "Flynn's Arcade" lol
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby imi » 2019-7-12 @ 18:43

Murugan wrote:Finished my humble gaming room/mancave. Still need to sort out some issues again with my 386 :(
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that case is beautiful


I did what had to be done today...
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the GP battery didn't show any signs of corrosion yet, but better safe than sorry, 2 of the boards with corrosion seem to have come out more or less unscathed, the others got one or more damaged traces unfortunately.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Wolfus » 2019-7-12 @ 20:16

Finished Terror from the Deep for a first time ;-)
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Thermalwrong » 2019-7-13 @ 22:48

Today I've been making replacement card brackets for the recycled cards I bought recently :D

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The Voodoo 3 seems to work, after repairing one broken trace to the AGP connector and all the capacitors. The fan is *slightly* overkill, but certainly looks nice - this seems to be the only heatsink I have that fits, it uses different spacing than regular 55mm video card fans or northbridge heatsinks:

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

Postby kalm_traveler » 2019-7-13 @ 23:14

Tested the 'new' (to me at least) Enermax 600w PSU on my Tyan dual socket 370 board to see if it would work as is - couldn't get it even into Windows so clearly it needs some help.

So... I cracked it open, removed all the large capacitors and ordered new higher-quality replacements from DigiKey, cracked open an EVGA B450 to see what kind of nightmare I'm getting into transplanting the guts of the Enermax unit into the EVGA case, converting it into a modular PSU. Other than being a little surprised at the power plane connections into the board which has all the modular connectors, I don't *think* it will be too terribly much work.

After that was decided I also removed all the wiring harness wires from the Enermax PSU board, though I'll need to buy a more powerful soldering iron to properly clean off all the globbed-on solder for each voltage rail area. Won't be able to get around to completing this until September but it's nice to know what will be necessary.

Also selected a new replacement fan for the 400W VPower PSU (a Noctua redux 1800rpm 80mm fan) which should keep the PSU cool enough, and not sound like a jet engine. So many projects... no time at all.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby McBierle » 2019-7-13 @ 23:45

Wolfus wrote:Finished Terror from the Deep for a first time ;-)


I really like that!
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