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Reply 29920 of 47231, by GigAHerZ

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@appiah4, why do you need to use peltier element? 😮

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Reply 29922 of 47231, by appiah4

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I don't think he means "peltier" as in Peltier element. This wouldn't even work as shown in the picture.

Yeah, it's just sold as 'peltier heatsink' on Aliexpress 😀 It's a standard aluminum 40mmx20mmx1?mm cheapset heatsink

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Reply 29923 of 47231, by Kamerat

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Received this beauty today. (Yeah, my desk and keyboard need to be cleaned.)

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Yesterday I also bought a Copam PC-401A XT clone that need a bit of cleaning/repair after Varta jizzed on it and received some MIDI cables, among them a proper DB15 to MIDI cable.

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Reply 29924 of 47231, by vetz

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Kamerat wrote:

Yesterday I also bought a Copam PC-401A XT clone that need a bit of cleaning/repair after Varta jizzed on it and received some MIDI cables, among them a proper DB15 to MIDI cable.

So it was you who got that computer! I saw the ad as well, was tempted to get it, but I don't have enough space and I already have a XT computer. Good to know it went to a good home 😀

Very little info online about the Copam PC-401A, so I hope you'll share some info here when you start repairing it 😀

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Reply 29926 of 47231, by MMaximus

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Are all you P3B-F boards working? I'm fiddling with a PC I got in a lot that had a P3B-F in it, but it won't post. It powers on, onboard LED switches on, but no beeps, no video. Caps all look fine so not sure what the problem is at this stage. Would be a shame to recycle it if it can be saved somehow.

the seller had pictures of all of them posting, so I assume they work... maybe the bios is dead?

Best suggestion ever... thank you sir! 😁

Somehow it didn't occur to me that the Bios might have failed. I gave it a go and flashed the EEPROM with the latest BIOS (still available on the ASUS website) and... the board POSTS!

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Reply 29927 of 47231, by Kamerat

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vetz wrote:

So it was you who got that computer! I saw the ad as well, was tempted to get it, but I don't have enough space and I already have a XT computer. Good to know it went to a good home 😀

Very little info online about the Copam PC-401A, so I hope you'll share some info here when you start repairing it 😀

Yeah, ended up paying 700 kr as I wasn't the only one interested. The seller warned me that it hadn't been powered on in 20 years so I took no chance doing it myself either. I'm a little worried about a GAL chip that suffer most from the leakage on the card which contains the RAM, RTC, game and COM port, but the PCB seems fine. I'll guess that one isn't easy replaceable. There are some leakage on the motherboard itself, but it hasn't done much if any damage at all.

I have tested both the 360k floppy drives and they're working just fine with the floppies I got with it. Also the monitor powered on, but haven't tested it as the Copam is the only PC I got with TTL video output.

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nice, 1st revision LAPC-I
enjoy!

Thanks! It's in nice condition too, the seller said he bought it as NOS.

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Reply 29928 of 47231, by BetaC

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So I made a few finds today, including a working floppy drive and floppies, but more importantly:

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A Top Gun Joystick that I need to find drivers for, somewhere.

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Some fans that I intend to somehow strap to my Pentium 2

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An Aureal Vortex 1

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And an Audigy 2 ZS as a backup.

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Reply 29929 of 47231, by vetz

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Kamerat wrote:

Also the monitor powered on, but haven't tested it as the Copam is the only PC I got with TTL video output.

Careful with the monitor though. The monitor that came with my XT machine (which probably sat for 20 years) exploded into smoke after being powered on for 10 minutes. Still have to repair it

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Reply 29930 of 47231, by Slot1

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Reply 29933 of 47231, by appiah4

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How much is an SC-55 worth these days, a clean one? There is an unboxed one for sale locally for around $130 and I think that's way too expensive..

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Reply 29934 of 47231, by cyclone3d

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Have another boxed Prometheus ARIA16 card on the way. I will have 3 different boxed ARIA 16 cards once this one arrives. The eBay seller had 5 and sold 4 already... so if anybody wants to get one, here is the link:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Prometheus-Sound-Car … ox/233320448602

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Reply 29935 of 47231, by imi

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appiah4 wrote:

How much is an SC-55 worth these days, a clean one? There is an unboxed one for sale locally for around $130 and I think that's way too expensive..

I see them regularly go for around around 100€ or more 🙁
all the other midi modules I have I got for 50€ or less, even the MT-32 (though that was me getting lucky I guess)... hence why I'm still missing a SC-55, not really willing to pay that much... yet.

Reply 29937 of 47231, by oeuvre

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Slot1 wrote:
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those speakers are a hoot

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Reply 29938 of 47231, by appiah4

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Slot1 wrote:

I got mine for 40€. It is in excellent condition and uses the 1.20 ROM.

40EUR/50USD is about the price I had in mind too, which is why I kind of balked at the 130USD price tag on this one. Regardless, I passed on it.

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