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Reply 40660 of 45404, by BitWrangler

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Ydee wrote on 2021-10-03, 12:05:
Looks like one of the clones of the immortal plastic "Encore" PC speakers, right? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVET_1Tb6HU&t= […]
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BitWrangler wrote on 2021-10-02, 15:43:

Then some speakers for a buck, IDK if they're any good, shoulda taken a pic of the other one, it's got knobs on.

Looks like one of the clones of the immortal plastic "Encore" PC speakers, right?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVET_1Tb6HU&t=643s
How does that sound: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmkQk4Cu78k

Indeed, thanks, that's why they looked familiar. Though I just realised I might own another set, buried somewhere in a box as "speakers of last resort" because that set had gone to a mottled 50 shades of yellow*, and had also developed rattle and buzz from something loose. They look easy to get into and fix up though.

* I'm not all that picky about yellowing if it's even, but when you pull a load of stickers off something and it's got white spots, and each part has gone a different shade etc it looks nasty fugly.

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Reply 40661 of 45404, by bjwil1991

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Bought a PC Interlink by SoftWorx for $2.99 + tax at a local thrift store (sealed, never opened).

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Reply 40662 of 45404, by BitWrangler

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Cool, could be a good solution for things like MCA machines where Ethernet cards are $$$

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Reply 40663 of 45404, by BitWrangler

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MMaximus wrote on 2021-10-03, 08:16:
BitWrangler wrote on 2021-10-03, 02:11:

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So what else I got with it for my 10 canadian dollars, was the keyboard and mouse, both PS/2, keyboard also has part label missing, dunno what it is, rubber dome type, maybe 8273 or something???

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I wonder if Cherry ever manufactured keyboards for IBM as this model looks a lot like the G80 series (might be some sort of G81 if as you say it is rubber dome)

Maybe it's electronically similar, but I can't see any cases that match. Apparently this should be called the "IBM Standard 101 key keyboard" but holy hell is that difficult to search for. Not sure how amplified it is by googles artificial stupidity, but I get flooded out with model M and M2 results and add rubber dome and get rubber dome model M results.

In general, there is problematic naming with every aspect of this system, from the keyboard actually named "standard" to IBM calling it the IBM PC 330, with the IBM PC part very non-unique, and the fact that while it's a 330, IBM continuously refer to it as "300 series" a couple of years before they brought in the 300GL/PL etc Pentium II systems which the entire interweb thinks of as the only 300 series.

Heh, found a magazine ad for the series, the a-holes have a Model M in the picture which was extra cost option... https://books.google.ca/books?id=79i1lfAqumUC … oard%22&f=false

I don't know though, it's a year later than my machine and looks like they added PCMCIA standard by that time, maybe they are shipping with model Ms by then.

edit: Oh yes, the other thing is the series referred to as "Commercial Desktop" line... search that and get lots of commercials for desktop computers 🤣

editII: This is the warmest I've got, Swedish version?? https://imgur.com/a/dNnEX but I can't find that part number elsewhere either and I search IBM Model A and google's artificial stupidity goes "Surely you mean model M, everybody searches for Model M" I DON'T FREAKING MEAN MODEL M ... It's getting bad, pretty soon it will just answer "42" to all queries because that's the most generic answer ever.

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Reply 40664 of 45404, by sirotkaslo

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Not from today, but from the past 2 weeks. Bought a few new machines:

- P3 machine@1ghz, 256MB of memory, Radeon VE., QDI Advance 10b (this one will have to go, from the pictures I got I assumes this if the T model of the motherboard)
- P2 slot 1@ 350, 128MB, Rage pro turbo, intel se440bx-2, SB PCI 128
- Pentium mmx@200mhz, 128MB, S3 Virge, (i think) Pcchips M575 with the TXpro chipset and ST33232A for storage, ISA ethernet card
- Celeron 400, 64MB, Ati Rage 2x, ECS p6zxt-me (slot1 & S370), dead HDD.

- 486dx2 80, 8MB, Trident tvga9000B 512 kB, some funky unknown motherboard with all white slots (including ISA), Caviar 2540 HDD. Probably pcchips, not sure. There are stickers on chips that says fugu tech. Looks like this one, but I havent yet cleaned this pc:
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Reply 40665 of 45404, by subnet_zero

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Munx wrote on 2021-10-03, 15:15:
Saw a beat up beige box that looked like it was a boring office machine with some boring socket A or S478 board in it. Was goi […]
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Saw a beat up beige box that looked like it was a boring office machine with some boring socket A or S478 board in it. Was going to pass , but then I spotted the outputs on the back:
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Besides a S370 that's needs a recapping, Radeon 7000VE, SB Live SB0220, and a Tualatin 1266, it was filled with MIDI goodness!
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Yamaha SW1000XG PCI, Turtle beach Pinnacle and a Roland SCB-7

Wow, what an incredible find. 🤓🤯

Reply 40666 of 45404, by bearking

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sirotkaslo wrote on 2021-10-04, 07:19:

- 486dx2 80, 8MB, Trident tvga9000B 512 kB, some funky unknown motherboard with all white slots (including ISA), Caviar 2540 HDD. Probably pcchips, not sure. There are stickers on chips that says fugu tech. Looks like this one, but I havent yet cleaned this pc:

It's a PCChips M912...

Reply 40667 of 45404, by sirotkaslo

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bearking wrote on 2021-10-04, 08:33:

It's a PCChips M912...

I see it's a lottery board, have to check if it has real cache.

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This is what the seller send me before I bought it, it seems there are cache jumpers present

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Reply 40670 of 45404, by mtgmackid

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Several pickups from a few different ewaste sources:
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Wanted a desktop Gateway for a while, this one is the 488/33c with ISA only. The 7200 was cheap, I have one but this is a good backup.

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Model 95, unfortunately I think it was in a flood and thus the bottom needs a repaint/sand bad 🙁 It does boot though.

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Had an ASUS VL/I-486SV2GX4 with a DX4-100, VLB cards, and a Reveal clone sound card.

Reply 40671 of 45404, by BitWrangler

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E(very) D(ay) C(carry) systems? I think you're gonna have to make a backpack for that one 🤣

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Reply 40672 of 45404, by Unknown_K

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NIB precision Instruments CARDVLB-C caching VLB IDE controller.

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Reply 40673 of 45404, by BitWrangler

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Wow, now there's a man who won't settle for anything less than 0.0075 gigabytes a second in his 486.... yeah okay, it sounds more impressive as 7500 Kilobytes/sec

Edit: I dunno how fast this one actually goes, the first gen VLB caching controllers were hitting like 5MB/sec then the last I saw reviewed in PCMag were doing around 7.5MB/sec.

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Reply 40675 of 45404, by liqmat

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Unknown_K wrote on 2021-10-04, 20:35:

NIB precision Instruments CARDVLB-C caching VLB IDE controller.

Nice. I archived that card over at -0° awhile back. I'd be curious if you have slightly different drivers that need archiving.

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Reply 40676 of 45404, by Kahenraz

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That's very impressive for a VLB card. Even at 7.5MB/s there isn't a whole lot of work at that time a normal user could do to saturate that.

I'm a big fan of RAID1 and to see it on a card that old is impressive. What would be more impressive is if you can query the status of the array at runtime. A failing of even modern dumb controllers is that there is no way to test the status of the array without rebooting into the card's configuration utility.

Reply 40678 of 45404, by Brawndo

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A couple new GPUs to add to the plethora of peripherals. First, a MSI GeForce 560 Ti OC with the Twin Frozr dual fan cooler. If memory serves this is the exact same GPU I bought when I built my Sandy Bridge PC about 10 years ago, and it runs VERY quiet. This time it'll go in my C2D desktop for late XP gaming. Maybe this is too new to be considered "retro," but whatever it's cool, and has a special place in my heart.

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Also got a Radeon 9600 XT, haven't decided on a use for it yet, but possibly my early XP PC, or if it turns out to be not enough, I'll throw it in a 98 PC.

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Reply 40679 of 45404, by Horun

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mtgmackid wrote on 2021-10-04, 12:24:
Several pickups from a few different ewaste sources: https://i.imgur.com/vcifPY4h.jpg Wanted a desktop Gateway for a while, thi […]
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Several pickups from a few different ewaste sources:
vcifPY4h.jpg
Wanted a desktop Gateway for a while, this one is the 488/33c with ISA only. The 7200 was cheap, I have one but this is a good backup.

7bBELzgh.jpg
Model 95, unfortunately I think it was in a flood and thus the bottom needs a repaint/sand bad 🙁 It does boot though.

HKGJ9ZYh.jpg
Had an ASUS VL/I-486SV2GX4 with a DX4-100, VLB cards, and a Reveal clone sound card.

Nice finds ! What country are you in ? We never see anything like that on west coast of USA (have strict kill and destroy rules here)

Hate posting a reply and then have to edit it because it made no sense 😁 First computer was an IBM 3270 workstation with CGA monitor.