debs3759 wrote on 2023-04-18, 10:43:
Minutemanqvs wrote on 2023-04-17, 12:27:
Went to the local second-hand store and to my surprise they have a bunch of old hardware around for next to nothing. So I'm back […]
Went to the local second-hand store and to my surprise they have a bunch of old hardware around for next to nothing. So I'm back with:
- A Matrox Millenium G400 16MB
- Intel 486 SX-25
- Intel 486 DX-33
- Intel 486 DX4-100 supporting write-back
- 2x Intel Pentium 166 with different markings
- AMD K6-2 350
- AMD Athlon XP 2400+ Thoroughbred
They also have lots of RAM of all types, COAST modules (is this worth getting?) and PII/PIII of different sorts...
Do I need it? No. Was it cheap enough to be saved? Yes.
I'd consider the coast modules worth getting, even if just to resell. There's always someone looking for them, and it's not always easy to find the right one.
Indeed. Most of the time it's "Q: How do I tell which COAST module my board takes? A: Get a shoebox full of COAST modules and try them all." so, apart from a few which might have maker, like Compaq on them, or chipset like VX or HX, it's hard to be sure what will work. If you want one for specific board or two, best plan is to hunt out photos of that board with one installed, and see if you can match the photo to parts in front of you or for sale with pics. Sometimes the motherboard manual says something helpful like 256kB COAST 1.1, but then again the modules often aren't marked with version they are, but you can figure out size from the chip part numbers. All in all, it's good to have a stash to go through every time you need one.
Headsup for Canadians, The "Buck or Two Plus" dollar stores, have got classic blue mousepads, also black. They are thinner than the early 90s ones though. "elink" brand, MP-431, HRS Global is the distributor. I think they were $1.75
Unicorn herding operations are proceeding, but all the totes of hens teeth and barrels of rocking horse poop give them plenty of hiding spots.