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Reply 2121 of 2137, by Pingaloka

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devius wrote on 2021-11-24, 19:31:
Pingaloka wrote on 2021-11-24, 19:14:

"Mitsumi" Anybody knows this brand???? 🤷‍♂️

Yeah, pretty common manufacturer of computer parts in the 90's.

Thanks for the info

Wow, searching a little more I just found out the following info about this Japanese brand. Check it out!:

One of the company's most noticeable product lines are video game console controllers. Mitsumi has manufactured the official controllers for the following consoles:

Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom controller
Super Nintendo Entertainment System/Super Famicom controller
Nintendo GameCube controller (Certain revisions only) and the WaveBird Wireless Controller
Panasonic 3DO Controller
Wii Remote and Wii Nunchuk (Certain revisions only)
PlayStation standard and DualShock controllers (Certain revisions only)
PlayStation 2 DualShock 2 controller (Certain revisions only)
Xbox original 'Duke' Controller and early 'Controller S' models

Reply 2122 of 2137, by Pingaloka

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Pingaloka wrote on 2021-11-24, 20:04:
Thanks for the info Devius. Wow! Searching a little more I just found out the following info about this Japanese brand. This i […]
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devius wrote on 2021-11-24, 19:31:
Pingaloka wrote on 2021-11-24, 19:14:

"Mitsumi" Anybody knows this brand???? 🤷‍♂️

Yeah, pretty common manufacturer of computer parts in the 90's.

Thanks for the info Devius.
Wow! Searching a little more I just found out the following info about this Japanese brand. This is not just "any brand" Check it out!

One of the company's most noticeable product lines are video game console controllers. Mitsumi has manufactured the official controllers for the following consoles:

Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom controller
Super Nintendo Entertainment System/Super Famicom controller
Nintendo GameCube controller (Certain revisions only) and the WaveBird Wireless Controller
Panasonic 3DO Controller
Wii Remote and Wii Nunchuk (Certain revisions only)
PlayStation standard and DualShock controllers (Certain revisions only)
PlayStation 2 DualShock 2 controller (Certain revisions only)
Xbox original 'Duke' Controller and early 'Controller S' models

Reply 2123 of 2137, by Linarde

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Here is one of my favourite rigs.

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It's a Compaq Deskpro XE 433S. The previous owner bought it in 1994 and used it in an office environment for quite a few years, and didn't change anything on it, so I got it with it's original spec:
- 486 SX-33
- 8Mb Ram
- Onboard Compaq QVision 1024
- Onboard audio (I think it's WSS only)
- 3.5" Floppy Drive
- 128MB IDE HDD
- 4X ISA slots

It's since been modified with:
- 486 DX2
- Compaq Business Wavetable Sound Card (ESS ES1869F + ES692S )
- 4GB HDD
- CF Card to IDE adapter (that I use to transfer files)
- Smaller speaker (the original was very loud)
- CR2032 Coin holder (Originally it had a soldered coin battery so I modified it)

DOS compatibility seems OK, and so far I only had graphical issues with The Chaos Engine and Alien Breed (the bottom of the screen sometimes shows a black overlay).

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Reply 2125 of 2137, by Linarde

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devius wrote on 2021-11-24, 20:40:

Wow, I saw one just like that for sale a few months back, but the seller had already sold it when I contacted him. Very nice looking machine!

Thanks 😀

The one you saw is probably the one I got (I'm guessing you saw it on OLX). I've never seen one before or since.
I have a thing for OEM machines, and when I saw it, a took a chance, a long-ish drive, and after small a bargaining, brought it home.

Reply 2127 of 2137, by MMaximus

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wiretap wrote on 2021-11-25, 19:50:
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Doing some Thanksgiving Day ripping and tearing.

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Great setup! Do you have a post somewhere about that build so we can read more about it?

Reply 2128 of 2137, by wiretap

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No, I didn't really document it.
Parts in the pic:
- Bridgeview VS-10S SVGA CRT
- IPC Wall Mount 4-ISA (half length) Case
- Advantech PCA-6751 SBC
- Pentium MMX 233/266MHz
-32MB RAM
- 4GB SanDisk CF Card
- Sound Blaster AWE64 Gold
- Gotek
- BTC 5100C keyboard
- Logitech Trackman (serial)

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Reply 2129 of 2137, by pixelatedscraps

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wiretap wrote on 2021-11-25, 19:50:
Doing some Thanksgiving Day ripping and tearing. […]
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Doing some Thanksgiving Day ripping and tearing.

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There's something very lovable about this build I have to say 😀

97-98: PII 2x 333Mhz | P2L97-DS | 128 | Millenium II 8MB | Voodoo2 SLI 12MB | CT4390 | Cheetah 9.1 | InWin A-500 | Win98 / NT 4.0

Test bench: P3B-F | 512 | ATI Rage Fury Maxx | 32GB Kingspec IDE | Plextor PX-504A | Win98

Reply 2130 of 2137, by ronyket

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Linarde wrote on 2021-11-24, 20:18:

Here is one of my favourite rigs.

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This looks very, very similar to a Compaq Prolinea 4/33 I have here as my 486 machine.

But mine doesn't have an integrated Sound chip, and had that ***** of varta barrel battery, which, corroded part of the mainboard, which I repaired myself.

Mine came with a 486DX33 in it, and a different Video chipset, which is an ET6000, willing to upgrade for a DX2/66

Reply 2131 of 2137, by wiretap

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- IPC Wall Mount 3-ISA (half length) Case
- Acrosser AR-B8170 SBC (Vortex86-DX 800MHz, XGI Z9s graphics, 256MB RAM)
- 8GB SanDisk SD Card [bootable volume]
- Sound Blaster AWE64 Value

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Reply 2132 of 2137, by Doornkaat

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wiretap wrote on 2021-12-01, 02:13:
- IPC Wall Mount 3-ISA (half length) Case - Acrosser AR-B8170 SBC (Vortex86-DX 800MHz, XGI Z9s graphics, 256MB RAM) - 8GB SanDis […]
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- IPC Wall Mount 3-ISA (half length) Case
- Acrosser AR-B8170 SBC (Vortex86-DX 800MHz, XGI Z9s graphics, 256MB RAM)
- 8GB SanDisk SD Card [bootable volume]
- Sound Blaster AWE64 Value

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I don't want to be that guy but I can't imagine having a PC that awesome is legal.😉

Reply 2133 of 2137, by Linarde

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ronyket wrote on 2021-11-30, 19:43:

This looks very, very similar to a Compaq Prolinea 4/33 I have here as my 486 machine.

But mine doesn't have an integrated Sound chip, and had that ***** of varta barrel battery, which, corroded part of the mainboard, which I repaired myself.

Mine came with a 486DX33 in it, and a different Video chipset, which is an ET6000, willing to upgrade for a DX2/66

I was quite glad to discover they ditched those batteries on my model.

I don't know how much better a DX2-66 is from a DX-33, but in my case, upgrading from a SX-33, it was quite noticeable 😁

Reply 2134 of 2137, by Linarde

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wiretap wrote on 2021-12-01, 02:13:
- IPC Wall Mount 3-ISA (half length) Case - Acrosser AR-B8170 SBC (Vortex86-DX 800MHz, XGI Z9s graphics, 256MB RAM) - 8GB SanDis […]
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- IPC Wall Mount 3-ISA (half length) Case
- Acrosser AR-B8170 SBC (Vortex86-DX 800MHz, XGI Z9s graphics, 256MB RAM)
- 8GB SanDisk SD Card [bootable volume]
- Sound Blaster AWE64 Value

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That looks really neat.

Reply 2135 of 2137, by ronyket

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Linarde wrote on 2021-12-01, 09:27:

I was quite glad to discover they ditched those batteries on my model.

I don't know how much better a DX2-66 is from a DX-33, but in my case, upgrading from a SX-33, it was quite noticeable 😁

Does your Compaq have Onboard Cache memory?

Mine does not have any.

It struggles hard on Doom, unfortunately.

Reply 2136 of 2137, by BitWrangler

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Linarde wrote on 2021-12-01, 09:27:

I don't know how much better a DX2-66 is from a DX-33, but in my case, upgrading from a SX-33, it was quite noticeable 😁

486 DX to SX performance is identical at the same clock unless FPU math is involved, so for over 95% of stuff that it's sensible to run on a lower speed 486 it's identical. |(Don't "but quake" on this, it's barely sensible to run on fast 486.)

Unicorn herding operations are proceeding, but all the totes of hens teeth and barrels of rocking horse poop give them plenty of hiding spots.

Reply 2137 of 2137, by Linarde

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ronyket wrote on 2021-12-01, 14:54:

Does your Compaq have Onboard Cache memory?

Mine does not have any.

It struggles hard on Doom, unfortunately.

It doesn't. On these computers (and on yours too I believe) cache is an external module that connects to the slot next to the riser card slot.