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

Postby ssokolow » 2018-10-13 @ 08:04

I finally found something nifty that I knew I had kicking around some old boxes somewhere:

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A set of Windows 95 floppy labels (sadly, some stained) that came with a Windows 95 laptop which was an early example of the modern practice of expecting the end user to write their own reinstallation media.

Even back then, when I must have been somewhere between 10 and 13 years old, I was the type to refuse to apply them because it was irreversible.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby xjas » 2018-10-13 @ 08:43

mastergamma12 wrote:
xjas wrote:Not "officially", no. Internet scuttlebutt says otherwise.


Well if you somehow get it to work, please let me know how because I've tried a 1045T on mine and it detects it initially as a dual core and then refuses to post on the subsequent reboot.


You should've mentioned you'd tried it yourself first. :P I swear I found a thread in French a while ago where somebody claimed to have it working, but that seems to have vanished off the internet. What BIOS are you running?

The BIOS-mods thread I was also thinking of only lists the X4 & I guess I got a little crossed up. They have some modded early ones which seem to be superseded by an official a 5001 beta, but Asus's website only has an apparently-newer 5002 beta.

I might pick one up if I find one for cheap, I can always stuff it in my HP Nettle2, although I'm worried about power draw on that board.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby stamasd » 2018-10-13 @ 13:14

ssokolow wrote:I finally found something nifty that I knew I had kicking around some old boxes somewhere:

IMG_20181013_035707.jpg

A set of Windows 95 floppy labels (sadly, some stained) that came with a Windows 95 laptop which was an early example of the modern practice of expecting the end user to write their own reinstallation media.

Even back then, when I must have been somewhere between 10 and 13 years old, I was the type to refuse to apply them because it was irreversible.


I have a set of those labels, but already applied to floppies. :p
(if they had come loose I probably wouldn't have applied them either, but the laptop came with the stack of floppies already labeled)
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby PTherapist » 2018-10-13 @ 13:26

ssokolow wrote:I finally found something nifty that I knew I had kicking around some old boxes somewhere:

IMG_20181013_035707.jpg

A set of Windows 95 floppy labels (sadly, some stained) that came with a Windows 95 laptop which was an early example of the modern practice of expecting the end user to write their own reinstallation media.

Even back then, when I must have been somewhere between 10 and 13 years old, I was the type to refuse to apply them because it was irreversible.


I wish they were irreversible, but after years of storage those labels that Microsoft used aren't very reliable. When I was digging through my floppy collection last year, there were a bunch of loose labels that had fallen off my Office 4.3 floppies. I tried to find them all, but unfortunately it it looks like some have gone astray.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby mastergamma12 » 2018-10-13 @ 14:57

xjas wrote:
mastergamma12 wrote:
xjas wrote:Not "officially", no. Internet scuttlebutt says otherwise.


Well if you somehow get it to work, please let me know how because I've tried a 1045T on mine and it detects it initially as a dual core and then refuses to post on the subsequent reboot.


You should've mentioned you'd tried it yourself first. :P I swear I found a thread in French a while ago where somebody claimed to have it working, but that seems to have vanished off the internet. What BIOS are you running?

The BIOS-mods thread I was also thinking of only lists the X4 & I guess I got a little crossed up. They have some modded early ones which seem to be superseded by an official a 5001 beta, but Asus's website only has an apparently-newer 5002 beta.

I might pick one up if I find one for cheap, I can always stuff it in my HP Nettle2, although I'm worried about power draw on that board.


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

Postby Standard Def Steve » 2018-10-13 @ 20:47

I moved the guts of my maxed out Tualatin machine into a very period-incorrect Antec P182. It's a fairly large case, so I've got it on the floor standing next to my desk, PS/2 Model 80-like. :P
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby ssokolow » 2018-10-13 @ 20:57

PTherapist wrote:I wish they were irreversible, but after years of storage those labels that Microsoft used aren't very reliable. When I was digging through my floppy collection last year, there were a bunch of loose labels that had fallen off my Office 4.3 floppies. I tried to find them all, but unfortunately it it looks like some have gone astray.


Grab a "glue tape" roller from your local dollar store's crafts aisle. (Not "double-sided tape", "glue tape")

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Similar concept to the roll-on white-out/correction tape but, instead, it deposits a strip of contact adhesive better than what comes on labels.

(I know because printing out "labels" using ordinary copy paper and then rolling on glue tape is the only way I've found to make labels that will remain adhered to polypropylene storage boxes as time passes.)
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby ssokolow » 2018-10-13 @ 21:04

Standard Def Steve wrote:I moved the guts of my maxed out Tualatin machine into a very period-incorrect Antec P182. It's a fairly large case, so I've got it on the floor standing next to my desk, PS/2 Model 80-like. :P


It's funny that you'd mention the P182. That's exactly what my main machine wears to this day. :)
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby Thermalwrong » 2018-10-13 @ 23:56

My AST Bravo LC P/75 computer has been driving me mad the last few days - it crashes a lot, fails on extracting files, the power supply failed, the cache chips may be damaged, the floppy drive and CD drive were both broken...

I haven't come across a system with so much broken on it that I wanted to get working. The graphics chip (Trident 9440) also sucks, so good graphics in Windows requires fitting my S3 Virge card...

I actually had a spare AST 145 watt AT power supply, but the power button doesn't fit right so I wanted to see what was causing the power supply to be broken.

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(see the dents on the PSU casing?)

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These AST power supplies are higher quality than my YES tech AT power supplies (which look dangerous...) so I took it apart and found that the PCB had been cracked in the middle - that central heatsink is meant to be perpendicular to the PCB, not at that funny angle.

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I only have pictures after the repair attempts - since it's a single sided PCB, repairing the traces is possible with some solder and wire, I'll give it a go in a bit, hopefully it doesn't burst into flames.

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

Postby the_ultra_code » 2018-10-14 @ 00:08

bjwil1991 wrote:What it could be is the pass through cable wasn't standard or meant for the VooDoo1 to get hooked up to the 2D card you have.


Hmm. Didn't know that was a thing.

Well, I'll have to buy a new 2D card regardless, and I'll buy an "official" passthrough cable for the Voodoo1 and 2 as well. Hopefully that cable won't fry the new 2D card.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby leileilol » 2018-10-14 @ 00:46

Does drawing the S3 ViRGE lineup as slugs count as a retro activity?


(Cropped because Felicia-style partial nudity probably doesn't fly here)
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby elderago » 2018-10-14 @ 01:30

got my socket 478 motherboard. I hope it fits in a reguler atx case its more narrow then the usual

I also recieved another 2.8 ghz cpu but the pins were bent (didnt even fit into the motherboard)

bent myu 2.5 cpu

I finally said screw it and bought a lot of 2.8 ghz cpu. there should at least be ONE that doesn't have bent pins

edit: tried unbending the pins of the 2.5 and I failed the pins are way too small and close together
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby epicbrad » 2018-10-14 @ 03:24

Went digging in my garage to find some Socket 370 CPU's to upgrade my GA-6VA With slocket adapter. Tried a 100mhz FSB 1300 Mhz CPU When the board only allows x6.5 multiplier and manual states up to 633Mhz. Tried a 700mhz 66 Cpu, it fried itself even when jumpers set to auto. didn't like it.

Settled for the highest period correct CPU for that board, Celeron 533. There's no way to overclock it via jumpers or in bios..... I am going to hazard a guess it will perform something like a PII 350-400 if not maybe a smidge faster so it should make a nice W98SE / Dos retro box. I wonder if disabling cache whether I'll get 386-486 performance.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby xjas » 2018-10-14 @ 03:54

leileilol wrote:Does drawing the S3 ViRGE lineup as slugs count as a retro activity?


(Cropped because Felicia-style partial nudity probably doesn't fly here)


Which one is Muscle Slug in the middle there?
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby OldCat » 2018-10-14 @ 07:24

leileilol wrote:Does drawing the S3 ViRGE lineup as slugs count as a retro activity?


(Cropped because Felicia-style partial nudity probably doesn't fly here)

That's got to be the weirdest thing I saw on the internet today, but then again it's only morning.
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby PcBytes » 2018-10-14 @ 08:11

leileilol wrote:Does drawing the S3 ViRGE lineup as slugs count as a retro activity?


(Cropped because Felicia-style partial nudity probably doesn't fly here)

Mind if I ask you about the full image? (in form of a link, of course) :lol:
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby oeuvre » 2018-10-14 @ 13:42

for... science!
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby OldCat » 2018-10-14 @ 14:10

oeuvre wrote:for... science!

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

Postby derSammler » 2018-10-14 @ 15:05

Installed MacOS 7.5.3 on... my Amiga 1200. :D
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Re: What retro activity did you get up to today?

Postby brostenen » 2018-10-14 @ 15:58

derSammler wrote:Installed MacOS 7.5.3 on... my Amiga 1200. :D


Nice. Back then, the fastest Mac was an Amiga. And you had juice left, to run Amiga programs alongside MacOS in true multitasking.
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