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Reply 2680 of 2929, by appiah4

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Nice system. Did you check the sound card? Those OEM builds can have some interesting cards inside..

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Reply 2681 of 2929, by SpectriaForce

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appiah4 wrote on 2020-02-13, 21:54:

Nice system. Did you check the sound card? Those OEM builds can have some interesting cards inside..

It came without a sound card. Two card slot brackets were missing and a Matrox driver was installed, so someone has taken something out of it. It does have a 3COM NIC.

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Reply 2682 of 2929, by LewisRaz

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SpectriaForce wrote on 2020-02-13, 19:24:

Finally I was lucky for once 😀

Nice system. Nice to see the OEM windows install too. For some odd reason I have a thing for OEM systems having the original installs on them.

Reply 2683 of 2929, by SpectriaForce

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LewisRaz wrote on 2020-02-13, 22:48:
SpectriaForce wrote on 2020-02-13, 19:24:

Finally I was lucky for once 😀

Nice system. Nice to see the OEM windows install too. For some odd reason I have a thing for OEM systems having the original installs on them.

That's certainly a plus, but it does need a reinstall or at least a thorough register cleaning, because some software has not been properly deinstalled. What I really like is that it doesn't have a CD-ROM drive and instead still the original slot cover 😀 #geek

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Reply 2684 of 2929, by Deczor

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Horun wrote on 2020-02-13, 03:28:
Deczor wrote on 2020-02-12, 23:26:

Crap. I'm dumb. It's working now.

The new replacement CMOS seems to be good too. Now I just need an AT keyboard.
Damn being in NZ, where you simply can't find stuff.

Great ! Nice find ! Do you have a PS/2 KB ? most will work with a PS/2 to AT adapter to an AT motherboard.

Yeah, I got a bunch of them. Only just realised you can get adaptors. Really don't want to give aliexpress my credit card number though. But will figure out something. 😀

Reply 2685 of 2929, by Horun

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SpectriaForce wrote on 2020-02-13, 19:24:
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Finally I was lucky for once 😀

I brought some optical drives to their last destination and took this HP Brio (you never see this model in the classified ads in my country for sale) from the e-waste container home today:

I've inspected it and cleaned it quickly this afternoon.

It has a Pentium MMX (probably 166 or 200), proprietary form factor i430VX board, 32 MB RAM, 2.1GB HDD and an onboard S3 Trio 'something'. A very typical 1997 pc (according to some date stamps inside).

To my surprise it works:

I'm going to keep this one, always nice to have a socket 7 system with a good motherboard.

Wow have not seen a beige HP mid tower in probably 10 years, nice find !

Hate posting a reply and have to edit it because it made no sense 😁 First computer was an IBM 3270 workstation with CGA monitor. 🤣 Second computer a 286 12Mhz with real IDE drive ! After that came 386, 486, Pentium, P.Pro and everything after....

Reply 2686 of 2929, by HanJammer

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Friend's dumpster find - I received this stuff in exhange for 486 build I'm completing for him.
Some damage unfortunatelly... but not on the items I really cared for (SCSI controllers, CGA card, 286 board) some of it I may fix...

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Reply 2687 of 2929, by HanJammer

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two more...

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Reply 2689 of 2929, by wiretap

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appiah4 wrote on 2020-02-14, 18:51:

Ok now tell me where are these dumpsters?

In dumpsters like this.

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Reply 2690 of 2929, by Horun

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HanJammer wrote on 2020-02-14, 15:25:

Friend's dumpster find - I received this stuff in exhange for 486 build I'm completing for him.
Some damage unfortunatelly... but not on the items I really cared for (SCSI controllers, CGA card, 286 board) some of it I may fix...

Nice ! It looks like a 10Mhz 286 but the main Xtal looks like 48Mhz, so is it being overclocked to 12Mhz ? Just an observation and hope it works.

Hate posting a reply and have to edit it because it made no sense 😁 First computer was an IBM 3270 workstation with CGA monitor. 🤣 Second computer a 286 12Mhz with real IDE drive ! After that came 386, 486, Pentium, P.Pro and everything after....

Reply 2691 of 2929, by EvieSigma

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wiretap wrote on 2020-02-14, 19:52:
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appiah4 wrote on 2020-02-14, 18:51:

Ok now tell me where are these dumpsters?

In dumpsters like this.

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Seeing that Compaq Alpha DS10 hurts me. Alpha stuff is impossible to find in Pennsylvania.

Reply 2692 of 2929, by wiretap

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There's more than 1 in there, there are 3 more. I already saved 2.. don't have room for more at my house 🤣. DS20E's are next.

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Reply 2693 of 2929, by Horun

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wiretap wrote on 2020-02-15, 10:23:

There's more than 1 in there, there are 3 more. I already saved 2.. don't have room for more at my house 🤣. DS20E's are next.

Nice ! There is a place in my area where you can dump off old computers and they recycle the parts, have seen big bins full of old computers there BUT they guard it well and no non-employee can get near them or take anything. Wish I knew someone who worked there but am sure they have strict employee rules too.

Hate posting a reply and have to edit it because it made no sense 😁 First computer was an IBM 3270 workstation with CGA monitor. 🤣 Second computer a 286 12Mhz with real IDE drive ! After that came 386, 486, Pentium, P.Pro and everything after....

Reply 2694 of 2929, by EvieSigma

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wiretap wrote on 2020-02-15, 10:23:

There's more than 1 in there, there are 3 more. I already saved 2.. don't have room for more at my house 🤣. DS20E's are next.

Don't suppose I could get you to save one for me? 🤣

Reply 2695 of 2929, by HanJammer

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Horun wrote on 2020-02-15, 05:47:
HanJammer wrote on 2020-02-14, 15:25:

Friend's dumpster find - I received this stuff in exhange for 486 build I'm completing for him.
Some damage unfortunatelly... but not on the items I really cared for (SCSI controllers, CGA card, 286 board) some of it I may fix...

Nice ! It looks like a 10Mhz 286 but the main Xtal looks like 48Mhz, so is it being overclocked to 12Mhz ? Just an observation and hope it works.

For now tantalum cap blowed into my face, and burned a hole in the carpet... It seems I will never learn to check them for shorts prior to applying voltage...

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Reply 2697 of 2929, by Deunan

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HanJammer wrote on 2020-02-16, 21:43:

For now tantalum cap blowed into my face, and burned a hole in the carpet... It seems I will never learn to check them for shorts prior to applying voltage...

I have a 386 mobo that powered up fine about 10 times and then both 12V and -12V caps failed - the 12V blew up and after that identified as a light bulb (a smoky and smelly one), while the -12V just kept silently tripping the PSU protection. So checking first is good but not exactly guaranteed to weed out the bad ones.

Reply 2698 of 2929, by canthearu

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Deunan wrote on 2020-02-17, 00:56:
HanJammer wrote on 2020-02-16, 21:43:

For now tantalum cap blowed into my face, and burned a hole in the carpet... It seems I will never learn to check them for shorts prior to applying voltage...

I have a 386 mobo that powered up fine about 10 times and then both 12V and -12V caps failed - the 12V blew up and after that identified as a light bulb (a smoky and smelly one), while the -12V just kept silently tripping the PSU protection. So checking first is good but not exactly guaranteed to weed out the bad ones.

Need a bigger -12V supply then 😀

I did have a tant blow up on me in a 286 though. I've cleaned up the board but haven't put in a replacement cap. However, motherboard seems to work fine.

Reply 2699 of 2929, by H3nrik V!

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From electronics scrap at work - must qualify as a dumpster find 😀

2 SBCs SiS630 Chipset, Tualatin-S 1133.

Rescued one last week as well ..

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