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Reply 33321 of 45905, by LewisRaz

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Socket 370 cooler arrived. Much easier fit than the original compaq part.

Once that machine is set up all 6 of my machines will be "finished" if there is ever such a thing in this hobby 😀

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Reply 33322 of 45905, by varrol

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Got YMF724 and AWE64 (my second one) - Creative looks brand new. Yamaha - well shame that on the other side it says "Made in China" 😉

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AOpen AX6B+ | P3 1G | 1GB ECC REG | FX5200 | CT4500
AOpen AX59pro | K6-2 450M | 256MB | Rage 128
Asus CUBX-E | P3 1G | 512MB | GF4 TI4200 | YMF719E-S
Asus P3B-F | P3 933M | 384MB | Radeon 9200 | CT4520
Asus P5A | P55C 200M | 256MB | Riva TNT | CT3600

Reply 33323 of 45905, by devius

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LewisRaz wrote on 2020-04-09, 15:22:

Once that machine is set up all 6 of my machines will be "finished" if there is ever such a thing in this hobby 😀

In my experience the correct sentence you're looking for is "finished for now" 😉

Reply 33324 of 45905, by gex85

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Today I have finally been able to find what is - at least to me - something like the holy grail of Tualatin mainboards: The MSI MS-9105, aka the Pro266TD Master-LR.
Dual Socket 370 with Via Apollo Pro266T chipset, capable of handling up to 4GB of DDR RAM and with AGP 4x slot, onboard LAN and IDE RAID controller.
The seller lives an hours drive away from me and I know him because I bought a fair bit of retro stuff from him about two years ago. Once all this COVID-19 stuff is over, we'll meet to hand over the board.

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Reply 33325 of 45905, by luckybob

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I'd risk it to get it now.

Gotta get those dualies.

I see that tester on ebay for $32. I'd snag one immediately, but I also need a tester for 4116 drams. I don't want to get 2 devices.

It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.

Reply 33326 of 45905, by Horun

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luckybob wrote on 2020-04-09, 19:15:

I see that tester on ebay for $32. I'd snag one immediately, but I also need a tester for 4116 drams. I don't want to get 2 devices.

The only tester I know of that will do nearly all DRAM is B&K Digital IC Tester 575A and runs $1000+ unless you can find a used one on Ebay. https://www.bkprecision.com/products/componen … -ic-tester.html check the manual page 15 for the list of RAM it works with, nearly all the old DRAM seems to be listed. If it were $200 would buy one ASP ! I will keep searching as I want one for 44256 too.

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.

Reply 33327 of 45905, by pan069

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mpe wrote on 2020-04-09, 12:17:

Bought & installed a i387 16-33.

My 386 build is almost finished. Soon I will be playing Quake on it!

Quake might run but you won't be "playing" it by any stretch of the imagination. 😀

Reply 33328 of 45905, by pan069

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varrol wrote on 2020-04-09, 17:54:

Got YMF724 and AWE64 (my second one) - Creative looks brand new. Yamaha - well shame that on the other side it says "Made in China" 😉

Nice! The Yamaha seems to have the SB-LINK header.

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Reply 33329 of 45905, by Thermalwrong

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The 256MB CF card that I was using for a hard drive on my favourite 386 broke recently. It was an old consumer grade card that got messed up after one too many power cycles at the wrong time.
I've been keeping an eye out for good replacement 256MB cards and found a big lot of Cisco 256MB CF cards - it was an auction but the seller accepted my fairly reasonable offer because it was sitting at 99p for too long 😀

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So now I've got 40 256MB Compact Flash cards - they're Cisco branded and from different manufacturers, the Unigen cards are apparently IDE mode w/DMA firmware. Most of the date codes suggest 2012 up to 2016, which is much better than the vintage consumer grade CF cards that I can otherwise get in this size 😀
I now have more "hard drives" than floppy disks!

Reply 33331 of 45905, by gdjacobs

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pan069 wrote on 2020-04-09, 22:00:

Nice! The Yamaha seems to have the SB-LINK header.

No SPDIF plumbing, though.

All hail the Great Capacitor Brand Finder

Reply 33332 of 45905, by appiah4

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kolderman wrote on 2020-04-09, 22:39:

Industrial CF cards are the way to go. I have several used ones and they have been rock solid and stable.

Branded cards such as Kingston, Sandisk are also good IME; just don't rely on Chinese knock off products.

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Reply 33333 of 45905, by appiah4

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Got myself a modern white ATX case from a distressed importer for around $15; I will be building a reverse-sleeper Windows 2000/98 dual boot build in it.

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Do I go Slot-A Athlon 800 or Socket A Duron 1300?

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Reply 33334 of 45905, by buff

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appiah4 wrote on 2020-04-10, 11:58:
Got myself a modern white ATX case from a distressed importer for around $15; I will be building a reverse-sleeper Slot-A or Soc […]
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Got myself a modern white ATX case from a distressed importer for around $15; I will be building a reverse-sleeper Slot-A or Socket A Windows 2000 build in it.

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Who was the reseller? Looks nice

Reply 33335 of 45905, by appiah4

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buff wrote on 2020-04-10, 11:59:

Who was the reseller? Looks nice

It's local..

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Reply 33336 of 45905, by tbx

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After looking for a beige case for a while, I found Evercase. Outside of some NOS from eBay, they sell the only beige desktop/tower ATX cases I was able to find. Inexpensive cases, but the shipping was 2x the cost of the case.

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Reply 33338 of 45905, by creepingnet

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Bought a Tandy Deluxe Color Mouse on fleabay so I can start using a mouse on my 1000A. We'll see how long it takes because...well....COVID.

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Reply 33339 of 45905, by FazzaGBR

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I picked up a few old IBM ThinkPad laptops from a car boot sale earlier on in the year but I've only just gotten around to taking a look at them.

The first one I picked off of the pile was an IBM ThinkPad 380D Pentium laptop with 16MB of RAM - not only was it relatively clean but it also booted and loaded Windows 95 so it appears to be in full working order!

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As you can see I even managed to (just about) play a game on it - the playback of videos was/is terrible but I was able to play the game!

You can see more on my blog here if you wish: https://www.retrocomputing.co.uk/2020/04/test … laptop-car.html

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