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Reply 42560 of 45448, by Megantonneke

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I am delighted as I was able to acquire this 486 VLB system on a Dutch auction site. I recognized it as a Planhold Powerstation VL4 system,
built by one of the best clone builders in the Netherlands during the '90s, called Planhold in Amsterdam. Good quality components but for a hefty price in those days.
I owned a 486DX2 66Mhz version of such a system, so this listing piqued my interest.

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I offered a fair amount for this 2nd hand system, especially in view of the lack of information and bad image quality of the photos in the listing. But the seller
wanted more. The guy that sold the system was clearly not a hardware guy. When I asked him about the internals, he only replied with "There is not much to tell, the
floppy drives are Panasonic". But some extra photo's tempted me to offer a bit more and got the deal done.

So what have we got so far, a system in working order with:

- ADVANCED INTEGRATED RESEARCH, INC. 486SH VLB motherboard, with a barrel battery but no leakage (yet).
- Intel 486DX 33 Mhz (I think I go and find myself a 486DX2 66Mhz replacement)
- 4Mb RAM
- Diamond SpeedStar pro VLB graphics card
- CT2290 Soundblaster 16
- WD 220 Mb Harddrive
- 3.5 and 5.25 inch floppy Panasonic
- 4x cd-rom drive
- The very distinctive Micronics AT Case with the drives and power button behind a door with a tinted plexiglass feature. (Needs some RetroBriting)
It also has a red/green LED Mhz indicator in the top part behind the tinted plexiglass.
- The original Focus FK-8000 KeyCal keyboard
- MAG DX15F monitor (cheaper than those ETC and NEC monitors that Planhold sold with their system)
- Microsoft serial mouse.

A box full of original software with disks.

Just for fun: The original ad of this system from 1993 https://archive.org/details/computertotaal-19 … L4&view=theater

Reply 42561 of 45448, by Jed118

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BitWrangler wrote on 2022-02-13, 04:58:
Jed118 wrote on 2022-02-13, 04:51:

I bought 30 44256 45 ns DIP RAM by accident. I meant to buy 10, but somehow the page refreshed or something and by the time I saw what happened, eh, I'll keep them. There's a few cards around here that can take advantage of them, worst case I'll sell any extras - if I can get even half of what they're going for on eBay, I'll more than cover my mistake.

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Good read, thank you - although I was able to find one glaring mistake in the article:
Both 386SX and 486SX computers require pairs of boards for memory expansion because their system data buses are 16 bits wide.

That and I'd have to make my own PCBs. I think I have dealt with home made 256k SIMMS in the past, the end result was rather home-made-ish.

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Reply 42562 of 45448, by brostenen

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Pre-ordered a new Amiga1200 case in grey colour. It is one of them that are produced on new molds. Will be shipped last half of march 2022. (I can wait)

Now that I have a recapped 1200, with IndivisionAGA-MK3, Tsunami-1230 and an angled CF/IDE adaptor. Then the machine need a new case too. Final step would be a brand new keyboard, but the creator does not reply on email. A bit of a shame, as I would really want a non-clicky mechanical keyboard with new keycaps for my 1200.

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Reply 42563 of 45448, by digger

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ah yes, we used to be subscribed to Computer!Totaal back in the day, and I remember Planhold advertising in every monthly issue of that magazine with a lavish full-page ad. They really gave off a "premium PC clone builder" vibe.

Reply 42564 of 45448, by mpe

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I don't collect 3DFX stuff, but I heard that this might be the best performing 2D PCI card for my 486 so couldn't resist.

It is now the most modern graphics card in my collection

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Reply 42565 of 45448, by BitWrangler

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Jed118 wrote on 2022-02-14, 19:43:

Good read, thank you - although I was able to find one glaring mistake in the article:
Both 386SX and 486SX computers require pairs of boards for memory expansion because their system data buses are 16 bits wide.

That and I'd have to make my own PCBs. I think I have dealt with home made 256k SIMMS in the past, the end result was rather home-made-ish.

I missed that, he maybe only had dealt with the 486SLC etc 486 upgrade chips on 386SX boards/chipsets, so just used the 2 rather than 4x30 pin of "real" 486SX on socket 1, 2, 3, 6 motherboards with 30 pin.

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Reply 42566 of 45448, by BitWrangler

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brostenen wrote on 2022-02-14, 22:12:

Pre-ordered a new Amiga1200 case in grey colour. It is one of them that are produced on new molds. Will be shipped last half of march 2022. (I can wait)

Now that I have a recapped 1200, with IndivisionAGA-MK3, Tsunami-1230 and an angled CF/IDE adaptor. Then the machine need a new case too. Final step would be a brand new keyboard, but the creator does not reply on email. A bit of a shame, as I would really want a non-clicky mechanical keyboard with new keycaps for my 1200.

If you were going to need to do a lot of typing on it, you could add an external keyboard socket, then use an amiga to PS/2 adapter and plug in whatever PC keyboard suited you. But guess really that would be a stopgap until you found the upgrade you wanted. I quite like the stock keyboard.. in fact I think my choices of PC keyboard are influenced by the several years I spent typing up everything on an A1200.

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Reply 42567 of 45448, by Shreddoc

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Received a CH Flightstick Pro into my modest controller collection.

Sometimes, when you only see things in pictures, perception of the item's overall scale can be off. In this case, the Flightstick turns out to be about 1.25x the scale I thought it would be. No issue, it's just quite an imposing block of a thing. 😀 A comparison with a 3D Pro and a Wiimote :

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I will give it the full disassemble and sterilise inside and out (the usual with secondhand controllers!) before I try it out properly. Maybe there will be refurbishments or improvements necessary, I don't know. Pots for example. We'll see in due course.

On the underside of the base in marker pen is somebody's name and the date 1/94. Funny to think, here I have somebody's gaming pride and joy of 1994, which perhaps they have long missed.

Oh, and boy am I excited. It's not retro hardware as such, but it's hardware, and it's going to be used in the pursuit of incredibly awesome retro activities. An authentic Parcel Of Greatness +5 has just arrived for me:

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I am off to open it now 😁

Reply 42568 of 45448, by pixelatedscraps

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Shreddoc wrote on 2022-02-14, 23:05:

Funny to think, here I have somebody's gaming pride and joy of 1994, which perhaps they have long missed.

I love my Flightstick Pro. I owned it for a couple of years until an uncle working in IT gifted me my very first ever Thrustmaster FCS Mk1 - which understandably was game-changing. I now own a Flightstick Pro again but that’ll probably be enough for me and WCIII/IV, European Air War, etc - definitely a piece of nostalgia.

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Reply 42569 of 45448, by Kahenraz

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mpe wrote on 2022-02-14, 22:21:
I don't collect 3DFX stuff, but I heard that this might be the best performing 2D PCI card for my 486 so couldn't resist. […]
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I don't collect 3DFX stuff, but I heard that this might be the best performing 2D PCI card for my 486 so couldn't resist.

It is now the most modern graphics card in my collection

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I think the Banshee is actually a very good card. I also happen to really like the Rage 128.

Reply 42570 of 45448, by Brawndo

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Got a new socket A/370 heatsink and fan, a rather unique one I've never seen before (Cooljag Technology), and it's pretty beefy with a copper base so it should cool very well. For $10 shipped it was too good to pass up.

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Also found this Sony SDM-HS95P 19" LCD monitor at the local thrift for $10. It caught my eye because of the unique design and glossy screen which is rare to find on a LCD, so I'm hoping it will be a nice all around retro gaming screen, if only for playing emulators. I read an old review on it and they said the latency is terrible for gaming so we'll see.

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Reply 42572 of 45448, by TrashPanda

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Kahenraz wrote on 2022-02-15, 03:19:
mpe wrote on 2022-02-14, 22:21:
I don't collect 3DFX stuff, but I heard that this might be the best performing 2D PCI card for my 486 so couldn't resist. […]
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I don't collect 3DFX stuff, but I heard that this might be the best performing 2D PCI card for my 486 so couldn't resist.

It is now the most modern graphics card in my collection

DSC_1308-scaled.jpeg

I think the Banshee is actually a very good card. I also happen to really like the Rage 128.

My monster Fuzion arrived today, this is one lovely looking GPU, now I just need to find the perfect CPU to pair it with.

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I think it needs to be an equally good looking setup ...I have the nice looking Dell P3 1.3ghz desktop that I could put it into, perhaps with a MX300 to accompany it.

Oh noes, the cap let the shmooo out 😁

Reply 42573 of 45448, by 40till5

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Took five years of saved search eBay emails...

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Reply 42574 of 45448, by TrashPanda

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40till5 wrote on 2022-02-15, 07:26:

Took five years of saved search eBay emails...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/334327356792

Nice speakers, I want a Altec Lansing set with woofer, not as nice looking as these tho.

Oh noes, the cap let the shmooo out 😁

Reply 42575 of 45448, by chrismes

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Brawndo wrote on 2022-02-15, 05:57:

Got a new socket A/370 heatsink and fan, a rather unique one I've never seen before (Cooljag Technology), and it's pretty beefy with a copper base so it should cool very well. For $10 shipped it was too good to pass up.

Someone sold similar ones from that company for really cheap on ebay for a while. I bought a few and even gave them away with CPUs I sold. Mine have green fans and I was pretty impressed by the quality.

Here's one on a Socket 7 system:

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Reply 42576 of 45448, by TrashPanda

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I think I might have an addiction to buying Pentium 3 systems, something about P3s just hits the right way .. HELP

Oh noes, the cap let the shmooo out 😁

Reply 42577 of 45448, by acl

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Brawndo wrote on 2022-02-15, 05:57:

Got a new socket A/370 heatsink and fan, a rather unique one I've never seen before (Cooljag Technology), and it's pretty beefy with a copper base so it should cool very well. For $10 shipped it was too good to pass up.

Please, do not consider it advertising (i'm not afiliated in any way with this shop).
I found a really nice deal on old cooling solution here (France).
Brand new in box coolers for Socket 370 / slot1 / Socket A / Socket 478 :
- Socket 478 : 1.90€ - Generic - https://www.pearl.fr/article/JC63/ventilateur-p4-478
- Socket 370/A : Thermaltake Chrom Orb - 2.90€ - https://www.pearl.fr/article/JC69/ventilateur … ltake-chrom-orb
- Slot 1 : 1.90€ - Generic - https://www.pearl.fr/article/JC11/ventilateur-p22a
- Socket A : 2.99€ - Thermaltake ''Volcano 9'' - https://www.pearl.fr/article/CM111/ventilateu … ake-volcano-9-1

I was amazed to find nice looking brand new 20+ years old coolers for that cheap.
I ordered 3 of each.
(If the post violates some rules about promoting things, please, let me know so i edit/delete the post).

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Reply 42578 of 45448, by RaiderOfLostVoodoo

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acl wrote on 2022-02-15, 09:15:

- Socket 370/A : Thermaltake Chrom Orb - 2.90€ - https://www.pearl.fr/article/JC69/ventilateur … ltake-chrom-orb

I had one of these back in 2000.
Not from Thermaltake as far as I remember, but it looked exactly the same.
Same manufacturer but other label? Dunno.

After a few months the fan broke off. The shop owner blamed me for it, because I didn't clean it regulary. Yeah sure, I'm gonna clean my CPU cooler every week... Is he stupid or what? He replaced it, but after a few months it broke again. He refused to replace it, because 6 months had passed and the warranty was gone.
I never bought anything again from that douchebag. All the stuff he recommended broke after 6 months (including the IBM HDD). Went to another shop and the stuff lasted for years!

Would stay away from this cooler. Better get something were you can replace the fan with modern ones.

Reply 42579 of 45448, by acl

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RaiderOfLostVoodoo wrote on 2022-02-15, 09:29:

Would stay away from this cooler. Better get something were you can replace the fan with modern ones.

Ouch ! I will keep an eye on my Pentium3. I used one of these on my 370 board.
But no issues for now at least. (I hope it will be better since it's not the same brand)

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