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Reply 40580 of 45384, by PcBytes

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One of my aunts' ex husband is a great friend of mine and often he used to bring me lots of retro boards from nearly all eras. He just stopped by today and left me this awesome combo free of charge.
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Lucky Tech P5MVP3 rev 1.3 mobo, with a pretty nice K6-II+ rated at 500MHz. The cooler is my own touch (it originally had some small cooler made for a Pentium MMX) and I didn't miss the chance to recap it with japanese caps. The RAM caps got upgraded from 2x1000uF 10v to 2x1800uF 16v Sanyo WF caps, and all the CPU caps are now 1500uF 6.3v Rubycon MBZ caps. Also updated the BIOS for bigger HDDs.

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"Enter at your own peril, past the bolted door..."
Main PC: i5 3470, GB B75M-D3H, 16GB RAM, 2x1TB
98SE : P3 650, Soyo SY-6BA+IV, 384MB RAM, 80GB

Reply 40581 of 45384, by Turbo ->

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Nothing interesting. Only some RAM's for which I paid 10 EUR. I believe they weren't even worth the money, but since I went to the seller for some other stuff (not retro computer-related), I also bought these from him, since he was advertising them on a local flea market. Maybe this one is interesting: kvr400x64c3ak2/2g. Is this a 2GB DDR1 RAM stick or what?

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Reply 40582 of 45384, by sprcorreia

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Turbo -> wrote on 2021-09-24, 19:24:

Nothing interesting. Only some RAM's for which I paid 10 EUR. I believe they weren't even worth the money, but since I went to the seller for some other stuff (not retro computer-related), I also bought these from him, since he was advertising them on a local flea market. Maybe this one is interesting: kvr400x64c3ak2/2g. Is this a 2GB DDR1 RAM stick or what?

1GB. Below it says "Kit of 2".

Reply 40584 of 45384, by drosse1meyer

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Two recent purchases

#1 - Avance ALS100+ Sound card

I've read a lot about these cards being 'noisy' from electrical interference and a little finicky but overall they are good and have discrete OPL (clone) chips.

I can confirm that when I first installed this, there was definitely a lot of high frequency interference. However after more closely inspecting the card I noticed a jumper block which changes output from amplified to line level. After that it sounded much better. Music sounds pretty good. Overall, I think it's an upgrade from my previous Aztech 2320 + modem combo. Also fits better in a pizza box.

The initializer for DOS is a bit weird as high and low DMA are detected as the same even if you set them separately. If you boot into windows, the resources are allocated as expected.

Also, in Win98, I found the win95 drivers to be better.

#2 - PCI Geforce2 mx200

This was listed as parts, so I took a chance on it for a dollar. It has some issues but I was able to get it running, read the thread here geforce mx200 corruption

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P1 Build: Packard Bell - 233 MMX, Voodooo1, 64 MB, ALS100+
P2 Build: Dell Dimension R400 - 400 Mhz, GeForce2 32 MB, 128 MB
P3 Build: PIII @ 1 Ghz, 128 MB, GeForce2 GTS 64 MB

Reply 40585 of 45384, by pixelatedscraps

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17’ Apple Studio Display in its original box to replace my behemoth and finicky 23” ACD HD acrylic. This one will take up much less desk space thereby keeping the wife happy 😉

A shame, but it’s perhaps time for the 23” ACD to find a new home…

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My ultimate dual 440LX / Voodoo2 SLI build

Test bench: Asus P3B-F | 1.3Ghz Tualeron w/ Powerleap | Geforce 2 Ti500 | SB Live! 5.1 CT4760

Reply 40587 of 45384, by gerry

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drosse1meyer wrote on 2021-09-25, 01:35:
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Two recent purchases

#1 - Avance ALS100+ Sound card

I've read a lot about these cards being 'noisy' from electrical interference and a little finicky but overall they are good and have discrete OPL (clone) chips.

I can confirm that when I first installed this, there was definitely a lot of high frequency interference. However after more closely inspecting the card I noticed a jumper block which changes output from amplified to line level. After that it sounded much better. Music sounds pretty good. Overall, I think it's an upgrade from my previous Aztech 2320 + modem combo. Also fits better in a pizza box.

The initializer for DOS is a bit weird as high and low DMA are detected as the same even if you set them separately. If you boot into windows, the resources are allocated as expected.

Also, in Win98, I found the win95 drivers to be better.

i guess 98 & 95 are close enough but still odd that the driver for 95 works better in 98 than the 98 one!

Reply 40588 of 45384, by digger

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gerry wrote on 2021-09-25, 20:02:

i guess 98 & 95 are close enough but still odd that the driver for 95 works better in 98 than the 98 one!

Not that odd, actually. The Windows 98 drivers were probably WDM drivers, a newer device driver model that was introduced in Windows 98. Windows 95 didn't support WDM and still required VxD drivers, whereas Windows 98 would support both VxD and WDM drivers. It was not unheard of that the WDM versions of certain sound card drivers back in the day would be less mature and/or less fully-featured than the VxD drivers for the same hardware. If I remember reading somewhere correctly, VxD drivers for some PCI sound cards would include Sound Blaster emulation, whereas the WDM drivers for the same hardware would not.

Reply 40589 of 45384, by TehGuy

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Finally went to Computer Reset for the first time, the haul is as follows

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2x Matsushita-Kotobuki CR-562-B optical drives - 2 top left
1x M-K CR-563-B OD - bottom left
1x HP C4380-56000 2x/6x OD - the top right one
1x TEAC CD-W54E - bottom right one

1x TEAC FD-55B 5.25" FDD (from Ebay) - left one
1x IBM-badged QumeTrak 142 5.25" FDD - right one

1x 3Com 3C595-TX 10/100 ethernet, PCI and looks to be in really good shape.

1x Envision EN-775e 17" (16" viewable) CRT, .25mm dot pitch, up to 120hz vertical refresh. Was one of the two working ones I found minus a cap/voltage issue the other one supposedly had, bonus is that this fits my black scheme and comes with the little stand unlike the other one

1x NIB Precision MOUSERGOPS2 3 buttton ergo mouse

Software haul is as follows:

  • NIB MS-DOS 4.01 (there's still a box of these)
  • MS-DOS 5 install diskettes shrink-wrapped with manual (same as above, but also in 1.2MB 5.25 floppy format)
  • Windows 95 + Upgrade, as well as Win95 with USB support
  • Gunmetal - apparently these keep popping up; either way, never played it but it looks fun and big box
  • Internet Explorer 4
  • MS Works
  • WindowsNT Workstation V4 for 1-2 CPUs, both in CD and 1.44MB floppy diskette
  • Some optiquest driver diskette

And then a Win98 Certificate of Authenticity/manual and 2x Win95 ones. Part of me was really hoping to dig up a disk for some form of Win98 and maybe MS-DOS 6 but oh well

I'm gonna be using one of the ODDs, probably the TEAC with the driver that lets me set the speed so things can be quiet, and hopefully at least one of the two FDDs work. Software is absolutely getting dumped and archived if I can bring my self to pop the seals on those MS-DOS boxes

Win98+DOS: VIA C3 Ezra-T 1.0AGHz / P3 866MHz, 128MB RAM, AWE64 + Orpheus, GeForce 4 MX 460, 128GB SD card
Win XP SP3: C2D E8500, 4GB RAM, X-Fi Titanium, GTX 750
PowerMac G4 QS 800MHz + GeForce4 Ti4200, OS 9
PowerMac G5 DP 1.8Ghz + ATi x800 XT, Leopard

Reply 40590 of 45384, by Robert B

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Yesterday I found a bunch of stuff that it is good to have. 😁

1. 2x Diamond Viper V330 NLX, Riva 128, AGP 4MB
2. ATI Graphics Solution-SR P/N 168328 - ISA 8bit
3. Hercules Stingray 64/Video - Ark Logic 2000 ARK2000MT - PCI 2MB * FCC ID:LBG-2000PC2M
4. Promise Ultra 100 Controller PCI
5. IDE Iomega Zip 100 internal unit - unfortunately defective. Click, click, ...
6. 2x VLB Controllers - DI-600 / DI600 Rev. 1.0 - FCC ID:H9NDI-600 * Elitegroup Computer Systems Inc VESA Local Bus I/O Card DI-600
7. A bunch of network cards. They were practically free of charge. What I'm going to do with them I have no idea.
8. Nidec Beta V cooling fan , just for kicks. I know they are loud. 😁 12V 3.3A 120mm.
9. Diamond Monster 3D 3dfx VooDoo 4MB PCI
10. SIPP and SIMM memory
11. GW302(AP) ISA LPT port card

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Reply 40591 of 45384, by drosse1meyer

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gerry wrote on 2021-09-25, 20:02:
drosse1meyer wrote on 2021-09-25, 01:35:
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Two recent purchases

#1 - Avance ALS100+ Sound card

I've read a lot about these cards being 'noisy' from electrical interference and a little finicky but overall they are good and have discrete OPL (clone) chips.

I can confirm that when I first installed this, there was definitely a lot of high frequency interference. However after more closely inspecting the card I noticed a jumper block which changes output from amplified to line level. After that it sounded much better. Music sounds pretty good. Overall, I think it's an upgrade from my previous Aztech 2320 + modem combo. Also fits better in a pizza box.

The initializer for DOS is a bit weird as high and low DMA are detected as the same even if you set them separately. If you boot into windows, the resources are allocated as expected.

Also, in Win98, I found the win95 drivers to be better.

i guess 98 & 95 are close enough but still odd that the driver for 95 works better in 98 than the 98 one!

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gerry wrote on 2021-09-25, 20:02:

i guess 98 & 95 are close enough but still odd that the driver for 95 works better in 98 than the 98 one!

Not that odd, actually. The Windows 98 drivers were probably WDM drivers, a newer device driver model that was introduced in Windows 98. Windows 95 didn't support WDM and still required VxD drivers, whereas Windows 98 would support both VxD and WDM drivers. It was not unheard of that the WDM versions of certain sound card drivers back in the day would be less mature and/or less fully-featured than the VxD drivers for the same hardware. If I remember reading somewhere correctly, VxD drivers for some PCI sound cards would include Sound Blaster emulation, whereas the WDM drivers for the same hardware would not.

I had the same issue with the previous sound card too --I could tell instantly by the windows startup sound: Win98 WDM version would have a strange "hiccup" during playback whereas the win95 driver was smooth as silk.

P1 Build: Packard Bell - 233 MMX, Voodooo1, 64 MB, ALS100+
P2 Build: Dell Dimension R400 - 400 Mhz, GeForce2 32 MB, 128 MB
P3 Build: PIII @ 1 Ghz, 128 MB, GeForce2 GTS 64 MB

Reply 40592 of 45384, by drosse1meyer

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TehGuy wrote on 2021-09-25, 22:17:

Finally went to Computer Reset for the first time, the haul is as follows

Nice! Is this the shuttered place in Texas that LGR etc did videos about? Are they now open or is it invite / by appointment only?

P1 Build: Packard Bell - 233 MMX, Voodooo1, 64 MB, ALS100+
P2 Build: Dell Dimension R400 - 400 Mhz, GeForce2 32 MB, 128 MB
P3 Build: PIII @ 1 Ghz, 128 MB, GeForce2 GTS 64 MB

Reply 40593 of 45384, by PcBytes

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Scored two free copies of NT4 + Service Pack 4. One was already opened, the other is still fully wrapped. Both seem to include every little bit with nothing missing.
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98SE : P3 650, Soyo SY-6BA+IV, 384MB RAM, 80GB

Reply 40594 of 45384, by TehGuy

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drosse1meyer wrote on 2021-09-26, 12:00:
TehGuy wrote on 2021-09-25, 22:17:

Finally went to Computer Reset for the first time, the haul is as follows

Nice! Is this the shuttered place in Texas that LGR etc did videos about? Are they now open or is it invite / by appointment only?

1. Yes, it is. A few people even mentioned him as a reason for being there or getting interested; I blame him for me even getting in retro and starting my decent into madness =3=
2. It's by invite/appointment only. They have a Facebook group you have to be in where they post the events (usually for Saturdays) called Computer Reset Warehouse Liquidation; they also have Computer Reset Warehouse Buy and Sell where you can ask for things in or keep an eye on if you find driving to Dallas a bit much. Was there for 3 hours and somehow it didn't feel like that at all, lmao. Also, they apparently have some deadline of 8 months for everything that's going to get got, gets got, so if you're planning to go one day you still got some time.

They accept PayPal if you don't bring, or forget to bring, cash

Win98+DOS: VIA C3 Ezra-T 1.0AGHz / P3 866MHz, 128MB RAM, AWE64 + Orpheus, GeForce 4 MX 460, 128GB SD card
Win XP SP3: C2D E8500, 4GB RAM, X-Fi Titanium, GTX 750
PowerMac G4 QS 800MHz + GeForce4 Ti4200, OS 9
PowerMac G5 DP 1.8Ghz + ATi x800 XT, Leopard

Reply 40595 of 45384, by bjwil1991

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Won this Terminator Pro Game Kit (For IBM Computers and compatible) Joystick & Gamepad kit.

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Reply 40596 of 45384, by BitWrangler

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Nothing much this weekend. Just genericcy bits, one more of my favorite Compaq compact keyboard, apparently nicknamed Dingo for some reason, HP PN 505055-371 . Plus another i/o card, should probably start tallying them to boards to see if I have enough yet. This one has a MagiTronic wsticker and PN A-B247GL but the FCC ID is Winbond ID2-W83757S .. IDK if this might be the ultimate repairable I/O card though, because I notice that beside Winbond W83757F (Which seem common enough) all the other chips are non-obfuscated standard parts, 244 and 245 for the IDE buffers, 556 for the gameport (I think) 1488 and 1489 for serial drivers. It would approach perfection if it had the settings screened on it, but can't have everything I guess. I notice that that i/o chip supports switchable A/B mode, not sure if It's got a jumper yet, but that would be nice to break out to a toggle on a sub 486 so you can boot 5.25s or 3.5s.

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 40597 of 45384, by Susanin79

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Hi,

Recently I bought the IBM 5160 in not operation condition. There were problems with PSU, video card, memory extension board. It also came with no HDD and MFM controller card.
I am trying to repair all this stuff and already find some dead capacitors that should be replaced.
Studying materials about this machine ( link1 , link2, link3) I found that I bought one of the earliest 5160 with the first motherboard revision with the earliest BIOS version on board.
Does it mean that I found something rare, interesting peace of history?

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Reply 40598 of 45384, by H3nrik V!

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Strictly speaking - yesterday, but who to judge? 🤣

Amiga 500 including Philips 8833 monitor. Both with "Artist series" stickers? I figure it was the monitor, that originated that?

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Internal 512 KiB memory expansion. Incredibly enough, battery hasn't leaked .. Yet - but in 10 minutes it will be gone from the board 😉

I need a bit of advice - it hasn't been powered on in this century, but how are the A500s with regards to capacitor plague? Will it be down right stupid not to open and examine the power supply before plugging?

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Reply 40599 of 45384, by H3nrik V!

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H3nrik V! wrote on 2021-09-28, 11:03:

Internal 512 KiB memory expansion. Incredibly enough, battery hasn't leaked .. Yet - but in 10 minutes it will be gone from the board 😉

Took a bit longer, couldn't find a mains cord for my soldering station 🤣 but now, absolutely Varta-plague free 😁

Please use the "quote" option if asking questions to what I write - it will really up the chances of me noticing 😀