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Reply 35441 of 45413, by gex85

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Today I received this lot that basically resembles a complete Tualatin system:

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- ASUS TUSL2-C
- Celeron Tualatin 1400/100
- 2x 128MB RAM
- GeForce 3 (the original non-Ti) 😎
- Sound Blaster Live! 5.1
- Realtek Fast Ethernet Card
- TV card (Why did so many people buy this crap in the first place? They just don't stop showing up in lots like this.)

The second board is an Intel DH61SA, very low-end Socket 1155 board with a Pentium G640 (Sandy Bridge) CPU and 4GB of RAM. No idea what to do with it though. Probably put it to storage and throw it away in 10 years 😉

Both boards POST fine and all cards seem to be detected, so this was quite a good deal for under 40 EUR shipped.

I have received quite some more interesting stuff in the past weeks, but didn't have time to take photos yet.

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Reply 35442 of 45413, by dr.ido

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The only people I know who actually used TV cards back in the day were those using them to watch analog cable TV. When you signed up for cable internet it didn't take long to realise you connect the incoming cable to a supported TV card and decode the encrypted channels in software. I could never get it to work - Installing a PIC in the cable box worked better for me.

Reply 35444 of 45413, by LewisRaz

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LewisRaz wrote on 2020-08-11, 20:49:

I sent a low offer for this on ebay and accepted a counter offer of not much more.

Quite a mystery box... Cannot find much/anything about it and this was the only pic provided..

Arrived today. Poorly packed but its an absolute unit and is not damaged besides the front panel screw mounts needing to be glued back on.. Looked that way already from sellers pic.

I will drop this 1 image 😁

It also is working perfectly after I noticed the rear part of the VLB card was not pushed in at all.

Everything bar the case/psu looks brand new. Not a spec of dust on anything.

£30 well spent 😀

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Reply 35446 of 45413, by blurks

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JidaiGeki wrote on 2020-08-13, 23:28:

As for my purchases, I bought a MiroConnect 34 Wave, in sealed box. Box is huge! Pictured next to a sewing machine for scale.

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Sorry, me not understand. Need banana for scale. 🍌

Reply 35447 of 45413, by chrismeyer6

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blurks wrote on 2020-08-14, 18:23:
JidaiGeki wrote on 2020-08-13, 23:28:

As for my purchases, I bought a MiroConnect 34 Wave, in sealed box. Box is huge! Pictured next to a sewing machine for scale.

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Sorry, me not understand. Need banana for scale. 🍌

Oh banana for scale I see we have a Tim Dodd fan!!!

Reply 35448 of 45413, by andrea

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gex85 wrote on 2020-08-14, 11:25:

The second board is an Intel DH61SA, very low-end Socket 1155 board with a Pentium G640 (Sandy Bridge) CPU and 4GB of RAM. No idea what to do with it though. Probably put it to storage and throw it away in 10 years 😉

Wait, Intel was still messing around with that no-external-graphics-on-cheap*-boards nonsense by the time Sandy Bridge was out? I wouldn't be surprised if, all things considered, having to make and stock the full-featured boards and all of its crippled in various fun ways variants ended up costing them more than just making only the full board.

Also I can't help but wonder if it only has 2 SATA ports in an attempt to recycle those dodgy B2 chipsets.

*especially since Intel's idea of cheap isn't actually that cheap. An AMD APU would have probably made a better all-around system for the same or less cash.

Reply 35449 of 45413, by schmatzler

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I've got a Thinkpad A22m without any damages to its frame and I'm so happy about that!
It's simply amazing. Most of the old A series Thinkpads have shattered frames because IBM used low-quality grease for the display hinges - so they get stiff and when you open up the notebook, the hinges break out of the frame and your shiny new retro notebook is just crumbling apart.

The hinges on my model are very stiff, but it still magically survived. The machine probably wasn't used at all for at least a decade.
I "just" need to disassemble them, get rid of the dried up grease and put new grease in there - I ordered some MoS2 because it's supposedly good for that. Let's see if it really is.

Reply 35450 of 45413, by mastergamma12

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gex85 wrote on 2020-08-14, 11:25:

The second board is an Intel DH61SA, very low-end Socket 1155 board with a Pentium G640 (Sandy Bridge) CPU and 4GB of RAM. No idea what to do with it though. Probably put it to storage and throw it away in 10 years 😉

FFS Intel.

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The Tuala-Bus (My 9x/Dos Rig) (Pentium III-S 1.4ghz, AWE64G+Audigy 2 ZS, Voodoo5 5500, Chieftec Dragon Rambus)

The Final Lan Party (My Windows Xp/7 rig) (Core i7 980x, GTX 480,DFI Lanparty UT X58-T3eH8,)

Reply 35451 of 45413, by SilverHawk

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My local honey pots for old hardware seem to have run dry. I did happen to find a Sony CDU4821 CDRom drive the other day. I did manage to get lucky last month during a Covid delayed spring cleaning day. Neighbor put out quite a few old HP Pavilions and a nice desktop 386DX with AT Keyboard and a couple monitors to boot. Pun intended. A few pics. Note I filled in some empty slots when I was getting them running.

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Reply 35452 of 45413, by bjwil1991

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Went to Sanilac County today and got this sealed Gravis Blackhawk joystick for $3:

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Reply 35454 of 45413, by vellu

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New old stock Zalman GPU coolers. Those were the days. 20 euros together incl. shipping

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Reply 35455 of 45413, by wirerogue

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i'm a sucker for these. can't help myself.
if i could just stop buying cases, i would probably stop building new machines.
nos antec ks382. kinda weird that this is smaller than my ks282.

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Reply 35457 of 45413, by Repo Man11

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These were included in the lot I bought a week ago Saturday. I have no motherboards to test any of them, so I'll just stash them away until I hopefully do. 266 Celeron, two Slot One P3s (400/512 and 600/512 ) a Pentium Pro, and an 800 Slot A.

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