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Reply 36580 of 47251, by Artex

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cyclone3d wrote on 2020-10-21, 23:37:

Bought this Magnavox Headstart DX-33. Can you figure out why I bought it?

is that a Texas Instruments processor under there? Love the CT1600 as well!

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Reply 36581 of 47251, by cyclone3d

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Yes, from what I can tell, it is the Ti486 SXL2 - 66 in PGA132 form.

The CT1600 was more of a bonus and wasn't really needed since I already have at least one of every revision that I know of.

The Diamond SpeedStar64 and the CPU were the main reasons I bought it.

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Reply 36583 of 47251, by Aublak

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PD2JK wrote on 2020-10-21, 07:49:
Aublak wrote on 2020-10-20, 21:11:

It doesn't seem like the regular AWE64 drivers work with this card.

Wasn't that the Dell version of the AWE64 PCI?

Is it? I dunno.

I didn't even know there were PCI versions of the AWE64 when I found it.

Reply 36585 of 47251, by Law212

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cyclone3d wrote on 2020-10-21, 23:37:
Bought this Magnavox Headstart DX-33. Can you figure out why I bought it? Seller's pics: front.jpg back.jpg top_open.jpg side_op […]
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Bought this Magnavox Headstart DX-33. Can you figure out why I bought it?
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WOw, what a great system. A 5.25 floppy drive is a must have in any 486 or earlier IMO. Im not too familiar with the parts , but looks like a great system

Reply 36586 of 47251, by HanJammer

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Law212 wrote on 2020-10-22, 14:01:

WOw, what a great system. A 5.25 floppy drive is a must have in any 486 or earlier IMO. Im not too familiar with the parts , but looks like a great system

From practical point of view 5,25" FDD doesn't make any sense nowadays in anything but XTs. I still have it in my 286 just to have a way to create disks for the XTs though.

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Reply 36587 of 47251, by astonsmith

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douglar wrote on 2020-10-21, 16:00:
Is it just me or is the software & driver that comes with the TL866-II scary as just about anything you can find on the interne […]
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Is it just me or is the software & driver that comes with the TL866-II scary as just about anything you can find on the internet short of products that promise you free money?

The installer & drive really look like something that could infect you with custom APT malware if your domain name ends with .gov.

I feel like I need to build a VM that's disconnected from the internet before using that software.

Am I too paranoid?

I did the same thing with mine, so I don't think it's too paranoid. Having said that, nothing bad has happened inside the VM, but even so...

Reply 36588 of 47251, by Law212

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Can anyone tell me about this sound card? https://imgur.com/gallery/ggNj4yd
I had it lying around and put it in my 486 as I have no other card for it. Thanks.

Here is the 486. https://imgur.com/gallery/UEgc5j5 I picked it up a while back but havent worked on it. I recently put in the 5.25 floppy drive. It kind of works, but on start up I get an error saying the drive type is mismatched.
In windows it thinks its a 3.5 inch drive.

Reply 36589 of 47251, by Law212

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HanJammer wrote on 2020-10-22, 14:07:
Law212 wrote on 2020-10-22, 14:01:

WOw, what a great system. A 5.25 floppy drive is a must have in any 486 or earlier IMO. Im not too familiar with the parts , but looks like a great system

From practical point of view 5,25" FDD doesn't make any sense nowadays in anything but XTs. I still have it in my 286 just to have a way to create disks for the XTs though.

Thats probably true... I had one in my P1 because I didnt have a 486 when i first got it.

Reply 36590 of 47251, by HanJammer

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Law212 wrote on 2020-10-22, 14:18:

Can anyone tell me about this sound card? https://imgur.com/gallery/ggNj4yd
I had it lying around and put it in my 486 as I have no other card for it. Thanks.

Not much to say about it. It's pretty solid SB Pro 2 clone with true OPL3 (it will probably have better sound quality than original SB Pro 2) and nice selection of the CD-ROM interfaces which is always handy.

Law212 wrote on 2020-10-22, 14:18:

Here is the 486. https://imgur.com/gallery/UEgc5j5 I picked it up a while back but havent worked on it. I recently put in the 5.25 floppy drive. It kind of works, but on start up I get an error saying the drive type is mismatched.
In windows it thinks its a 3.5 inch drive.

As for the 5.25" FDDs - back in the 90s it still had much sense to have one in the PC because you could stumble upon software on 5.25" floppies and if it wasn't your first PC - you probably had a collection of software and files on 5.25" floppies too. But in the first half of the 90s when I got my first PC I don't really used 5.25" drive much - if it wasn't for some empty disks I had I used to backup less important files - I could easly live without it.

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Reply 36591 of 47251, by imi

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I agree that a 5.25" FDD belongs in any PC from the early 90s

got some additions to my MIDI rack :3c

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Reply 36592 of 47251, by SVD

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Nice, i just got some MIDI too 😁 The RA-50
Are these really not able to show the MT-32 MIDI messages? It got a led with "MIDI message" written over it.

Also i got a S3 Trio 64v+ 4mb(!) With original box and manual. Never seen one with this amount of memory before. Btw i love the fact all memory are in slots 😁

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Reply 36593 of 47251, by MMaximus

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SVD wrote on 2020-10-22, 16:16:

Nice, i just got some MIDI too 😁 The RA-50
Are these really not able to show the MT-32 MIDI messages? It got a led with "MIDI message" written over it.

I don't have an RA-50, but I'm pretty sure the "midi message" LED simply means there's incoming midi data on the "midi in" port. This is probably unrelated to the special feature that allows the MT-32 to display TEXT messages from midi data.

Reply 36594 of 47251, by Law212

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HanJammer wrote on 2020-10-22, 14:30:

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As for the 5.25" FDDs - back in the 90s it still had much sense to have one in the PC because you could stumble upon software on 5.25" floppies and if it wasn't your first PC - you probably had a collection of software and files on 5.25" floppies too. But in the first half of the 90s when I got my first PC I don't really used 5.25" drive much - if it wasn't for some empty disks I had I used to backup less important files - I could easly live without it.

I have lots of old games that are on 5.25 floppies. So i need a 5.25 drive in my computers. well the older ones anyway

Reply 36595 of 47251, by cyclone3d

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Law212 wrote on 2020-10-22, 18:30:
HanJammer wrote on 2020-10-22, 14:30:

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As for the 5.25" FDDs - back in the 90s it still had much sense to have one in the PC because you could stumble upon software on 5.25" floppies and if it wasn't your first PC - you probably had a collection of software and files on 5.25" floppies too. But in the first half of the 90s when I got my first PC I don't really used 5.25" drive much - if it wasn't for some empty disks I had I used to backup less important files - I could easly live without it.

I have lots of old games that are on 5.25 floppies. So i need a 5.25 drive in my computers. well the older ones anyway

that's what a Gotek and some USB sticks are for... image the 5.25" floppies... who knows when they will stop working anyway.

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Reply 36596 of 47251, by GigAHerZ

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Got 12 sound cards without metal bracket for total of 26€. At some point they have been resqued from some e-waste recycler.

CT4520
CT2940
CT2950
CT2960
ALS120
CX4237B
YMF719E-S
YMF719B-S
2x ES1869F
ES1868F
Aztech AZT 2316-S (with CS4231A-KL crystal chip)

Some are damaged as capacitors are torn off and such, but nothing un-repairable at first glance. 😀

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Reply 36597 of 47251, by HanJammer

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SVD wrote on 2020-10-22, 16:16:

Nice, i just got some MIDI too 😁 The RA-50
Are these really not able to show the MT-32 MIDI messages? It got a led with "MIDI message" written over it.

Also i got a S3 Trio 64v+ 4mb(!) With original box and manual. Never seen one with this amount of memory before. Btw i love the fact all memory are in slots 😁

What do you mean "show midi message"? Midi message is not something to be shown and the led you mentioned is just a visual cue that device is receiving midi messages (play notes, volume change and so one).

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Reply 36598 of 47251, by SVD

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HanJammer wrote on 2020-10-22, 21:14:
SVD wrote on 2020-10-22, 16:16:

Nice, i just got some MIDI too 😁 The RA-50
Are these really not able to show the MT-32 MIDI messages? It got a led with "MIDI message" written over it.

Also i got a S3 Trio 64v+ 4mb(!) With original box and manual. Never seen one with this amount of memory before. Btw i love the fact all memory are in slots 😁

What do you mean "show midi message"? Midi message is not something to be shown and the led you mentioned is just a visual cue that device is receiving midi messages (play notes, volume change and so one).

Okay, I was thinking in the line of MIDI text messages like the MT-32, the hardware inside is pretty much the same, so i dont understand why the RA-50 would not be able to.
Might it have something to do with the ROM? I opened mine to check the battery and caps. All looked fine, but i noticed that the ROM was marked CM32L.

Reply 36599 of 47251, by Aublak

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I spurged today. I bought this all for $60.
I haven't identified some of it yet. I'm kinda curious about this weird Creative video card. And I found an extremely early Creative card. Game Blaster? If I'm not mistaken.

-Ultra 100 tx2 PCI
-ATI 18800-1 ISA
-ATI 28800-6 ISA
-ATI Rage II PCI
-ATi Mach32 VLB (missing some chips)
-ATI 264VT2 PCI (1997) (missing a chip)
-Tseng ET6000 PCI (no slot cover)
-Tseng ET4000AX ISA
-2x Tseng ET3000AX ISA
-Creative CT1350B Rev4 ISA (missing all of its chips)
-Some Creative video card? CT7230
-Matrox G450 pci (no slot cover)
-Voodoo3 3000 AGP w/ TV out(missing some smds but I believe I can fix it)
-Voodoo3 3000 AGP
-some Ensoniq ISA sound card
-Cirrus Logic CL-GD520A-32PC-B
-Geforce4 ti4200 (one of the capacitors along with its soldering pad have been ripped off. sigh.)

-Some socket 7 board with integrated video (SIS) and sound chip (Soundpro)
-Pentium 75mhz SX961

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