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First post, by Mike 01Hawk

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Getting it ready for auction, figured I might as well show these pics/stats on here for historical sake. 😀 I'm getting rid of it cause: A) It was just too darn loud (PSU mainly) and B) I needed more ISA slots. Even though the Dell had on-board SB16 emulation, ethernet, and USB, I used none of them, opted for add-on cards.

Specs
HD = Western Digital Enhanced IDE 64AA Total size 6131mb, 5502free
CPU = Intel Pentium Pro, 200 MHz
CD-ROM = LG CD-ROM CRD-8483B (48x speed)
Ethernet = D-Link DFE-530TX PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter
Sound = Creative Sound Blaster 16 Model CT1740
Memory = 256mb (128x2) Kingston KTH4294/128 sticks
Display = Diamond Multimedia Stealth 64 Dram S3 Trio32/64
CPU Fan = Thermaltake TT-8025TU manually adjustable

610k free mem using CTMOUSE for mouse support and SHSUCDX for CD-ROM support under MS-DOS

Partitions
C Partition: Windows98SE, FAT32 3.89gb capacity
D Partition: Shared "Games", FAT 1.90gb capacity
E Partition: DOS6.22 / Windows for Work Groups 3.11, FAT 195mb capacity

Pics:
Check out the Thermaltake adjustable fan 😀 Ha, about the only thing left stock on this guy is the Mobo, CPU, PSU, and A Drive. Memory, Hard-Drive, CD-ROM Drive, CPU fan have all been replaced.

You can also see the double-sided tape I used in the lower left to hold a 120mm fan for extra cooling insurance.
GXPro1.jpg

Closeup of Dell's non-standard board (with riser card removed and PSU out of the way)
GXPro2.jpg

Riser Card with 3 PCI and 2 PCI/ISA combo slots. What we have here from top to bottom is the SB16, the Ethernet, and Vid card.
GXPro3.jpg

Mmmmm.. yellow! 😖
GXPro4.jpg

Back layout
GXPro5.jpg

Dell Optiplex Gxpro: Built solely so I could re-live my SB16 days properly with newly acquired sound pieces: MT-32, SCB-55, and DB50xg 😀

Reply 2 of 21, by Mike 01Hawk

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Never sold 🙁

I'd like $50 + shipping costs for it if you're interested.

Dell Optiplex Gxpro: Built solely so I could re-live my SB16 days properly with newly acquired sound pieces: MT-32, SCB-55, and DB50xg 😀

Reply 7 of 21, by valnar

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Mike 01Hawk wrote:

Never sold 🙁

I'd like $50 + shipping costs for it if you're interested.

Sorry to hear that. My guess is it's not rare enough, or like I mentioned in this thread, it doesn't hit any retro sweet spot.
How important are early Pentiums?

Reply 8 of 21, by Mike 01Hawk

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I'm necromancing this old thread. The PC is still for sale, although I'd like to recoup the money I put into this thing (around $50). I'll let it go to a good home if anyone is interested.

Dell Optiplex Gxpro: Built solely so I could re-live my SB16 days properly with newly acquired sound pieces: MT-32, SCB-55, and DB50xg 😀

Reply 10 of 21, by Mike 01Hawk

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I have no idea. I'd assume on the low end of things.

Can Everest determine that thru software or bootup? I'd rather not have to re-apply thermal paste to the CPU to look at what's stamped on the die.

Dell Optiplex Gxpro: Built solely so I could re-live my SB16 days properly with newly acquired sound pieces: MT-32, SCB-55, and DB50xg 😀

Reply 13 of 21, by Old Thrashbarg

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I'm curious, I notice you're using an aftermarket fan in that thing. On the later Optiplexes I have, GX1's and GX110's, they complain about a system fan failure if I try to use a non-Dell fan in them... probably because of some difference in the RPM sensor signalling. Does yours do that, and, if so, did you find a way around having to hit F2 every boot to clear the error?

I ask because I've been wanting to replace the fans in a couple of mine, but the error message is rather annoying and I so far haven't found a way around it...

Reply 14 of 21, by Mike 01Hawk

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Bugs, it has 256k.

Thrashbarg, I just plugged the aftermarket fan into a molex connector,not on-board fan (is there even one?). It's never complained at me.

Dell Optiplex Gxpro: Built solely so I could re-live my SB16 days properly with newly acquired sound pieces: MT-32, SCB-55, and DB50xg 😀

Reply 15 of 21, by bugs_bugger

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Thanks for that information. Anyway it appeared to me that this little board left to the CPU can't be cache. The cache of a PPro is located on a separate die but included into the packaging. So does anybody know the purpose of this small board between CPU and PCI cards?

Reply 16 of 21, by swaaye

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According to Dell, it's a slot for another CPU in the form of a riser card.
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dstrmlk/

Dual-Processor Capability

With the installation of a microprocessor add-in card in the terminator card slot, the computer becomes a dual-processing system. The add-in card’s microprocessor must have the same frequency and cache size as the system board’s microprocessor. In order to take advantage of 2 processors, dual-processing systems must have multiprocessing operating systems, such as the Microsoft� Windows NT� 3.5x, Windows NT 4.0, and Novell� NetWare� SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) operating systems. The microprocessor chips on both the system board and the processor card are replaceable.

I actually thought that it might be a Slot 1 at first. I have a Supermicro board with both a Socket 8 and a Slot 1.

Reply 17 of 21, by Mike 01Hawk

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Currecto swaaye, if I wanted to go Dual Processor. IIRC someone on here has a dual GX series.

Dell Optiplex Gxpro: Built solely so I could re-live my SB16 days properly with newly acquired sound pieces: MT-32, SCB-55, and DB50xg 😀

Reply 18 of 21, by Mike 01Hawk

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This is still available if anyone wants to just pay me shipping and anything extra for my 'efforts' 🙁

Last edited by Mike 01Hawk on 2013-05-17, 21:22. Edited 1 time in total.

Dell Optiplex Gxpro: Built solely so I could re-live my SB16 days properly with newly acquired sound pieces: MT-32, SCB-55, and DB50xg 😀

Reply 19 of 21, by Mike 01Hawk

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FYI this has been sold! Thanks all

Dell Optiplex Gxpro: Built solely so I could re-live my SB16 days properly with newly acquired sound pieces: MT-32, SCB-55, and DB50xg 😀