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Reply 38840 of 39487, by Bort

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I bought an old PC via classified ads which arrived last weekend.

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The ad was very vague and had only 2 bad pictures.
Unfortunately, the CPU came loose in the case, so I had to bend the pins back first. The CPU-cooler is also broken.
But the worst: The computer does not recognize my (only AT-) Keyboard.

(It's a Pentium 100 with a 2 GB hard disk, FIC PA - 2002 Mainboard, and 32 MB RAM.)

Reply 38841 of 39487, by devius

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Bort wrote on 2021-04-25, 17:18:

The computer does not recognize my (only AT-) Keyboard.

The keyboard connector could have been damaged during transit considering the other loose components you mentioned. Could be a simple case of soldering it back again or fixing some broken traces.

Reply 38842 of 39487, by dionb

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BLockOUT wrote on 2021-04-25, 00:43:
in what year videocards used this as memory???? is this 1MB or 512k? […]
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in what year videocards used this as memory????
is this 1MB or 512k?

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Can't find clear confirmation, but 4180-6 sounds like 16Mbit FP DRAM specced for 60ns. If so, this is 4x16Mb=1MB.

The references I can find for this chip are surprisingly late, around 1996...

Reply 38843 of 39487, by utahraptor

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I drove about 45 minutes to pick up via facebook marketplace a new PC today. This is my 2nd retro rig. It is a Gateway model "500." It actually boots up into windows 98. It has I think a 10 GB quantum fireball HD. 2 optical driver that show up in the OS, but the trays won't open. A GeForce MX 200 I think. 128 MB RAM, a SB PCI 64 sound card of some kind and Pentium III 500 MHz. I am trying to decide what I want to do with this rig, but top priority is to add CF to IDE adapter and a working optical drive. I also think I need a more quiet fan. I am hoping this can maybe run Total Annihilation and Morrowind possibly as a first few ideas.

Reply 38844 of 39487, by debs3759

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Won this controller card today. Listed as "Unknown VGA card HM83C452L". Nothing special, but probably good for a 286 or 386 system.

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Reply 38845 of 39487, by Disruptor

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debs3759 wrote on 2021-04-26, 15:33:

Won this controller card today. Listed as "Unknown VGA card HM83C452L". Nothing special, but probably good for a 286 or 386 system.

Just a multi-IO card. No VGA.

Reply 38846 of 39487, by gex85

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utahraptor wrote on 2021-04-26, 14:25:

I drove about 45 minutes to pick up via facebook marketplace a new PC today. This is my 2nd retro rig. It is a Gateway model "500." It actually boots up into windows 98. It has I think a 10 GB quantum fireball HD. 2 optical driver that show up in the OS, but the trays won't open. A GeForce MX 200 I think. 128 MB RAM, a SB PCI 64 sound card of some kind and Pentium III 500 MHz. I am trying to decide what I want to do with this rig, but top priority is to add CF to IDE adapter and a working optical drive. I also think I need a more quiet fan. I am hoping this can maybe run Total Annihilation and Morrowind possibly as a first few ideas.

Do the optical drives attempt to open when you push the eject button? If they do and you hear the typical sound of the motor, most likely the rubber bands that drive the tray mechanism are worn out. Sometimes it helps to remove them, clean them thoroughly and put them back in place. I think maybe one third of the optical drives in my possession have this problem, it’s really annoying. I didn’t come across a good source for replacement rubber bands yet.

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Reply 38847 of 39487, by andrea

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gex85 wrote on 2021-04-26, 17:24:
utahraptor wrote on 2021-04-26, 14:25:

I drove about 45 minutes to pick up via facebook marketplace a new PC today. This is my 2nd retro rig. It is a Gateway model "500." It actually boots up into windows 98. It has I think a 10 GB quantum fireball HD. 2 optical driver that show up in the OS, but the trays won't open. A GeForce MX 200 I think. 128 MB RAM, a SB PCI 64 sound card of some kind and Pentium III 500 MHz. I am trying to decide what I want to do with this rig, but top priority is to add CF to IDE adapter and a working optical drive. I also think I need a more quiet fan. I am hoping this can maybe run Total Annihilation and Morrowind possibly as a first few ideas.

Do the optical drives attempt to open when you push the eject button? If they do and you hear the typical sound of the motor, most likely the rubber bands that drive the tray mechanism are worn out. Sometimes it helps to remove them, clean them thoroughly and put them back in place. I think maybe one third of the optical drives in my possession have this problem, it’s really annoying. I didn’t come across a good source for replacement rubber bands yet.

The chinese assorted belts sets on ebay often have something close enough to work in an optical drive.
Also, if the belt has become a bit loose but isn't melted you can try nuking in the microwave in a cup of water. Don't ask how or why but it often tightens them enough to work again.

Reply 38848 of 39487, by GuillermoXT

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Bort wrote on 2021-04-25, 17:18:
I bought an old PC via classified ads which arrived last weekend. 5fe8ba50-28a0-4206-bcd2-4da6567de5d0.jpg The ad was very vague […]
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I bought an old PC via classified ads which arrived last weekend.
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The ad was very vague and had only 2 bad pictures.
Unfortunately, the CPU came loose in the case, so I had to bend the pins back first. The CPU-cooler is also broken.
But the worst: The computer does not recognize my (only AT-) Keyboard.

(It's a Pentium 100 with a 2 GB hard disk, FIC PA - 2002 Mainboard, and 32 MB RAM.)

I have a Bigtower and a minitower witch looks like yours 😁👍
They seemed to be made by Yakumo

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Reply 38849 of 39487, by debs3759

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Disruptor wrote on 2021-04-26, 17:03:
debs3759 wrote on 2021-04-26, 15:33:

Won this controller card today. Listed as "Unknown VGA card HM83C452L". Nothing special, but probably good for a 286 or 386 system.

Just a multi-IO card. No VGA.

That's why I said "Won this controller card today." 😀 Will be interesting to see whether it works, it'll need to go in the shower or dishwasher if it's as dirty as it looks in the photo 😀

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Reply 38850 of 39487, by bjwil1991

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A Genoa Super EGA 4880 card.

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Reply 38851 of 39487, by maestro

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Good story. I bought a MSI FX5950U a while ago, paid a pretty price of ~$200 CAD shipped. While it's in transit, the seller sends me a message and includes this nugget of information:

"I honestly do not think the card had ever been used. It was a replacement for a cad cam machine that was left over around 13 years ago."

Nice, so I replied back thanking him for the message and the back story, I mention that I really enjoyed reading it. A few days later he adds more to the story.

"Was thinking about where the card came from and it was around 2005 when sirona came out with a new cad cam system but the video card wasn't powerful enough so we did field replacements with these cards. This one was left over."

I finally get the card and mamma mia! It's new indeed. It came in a high-end, silver bubble-pop bag (industrial client-like) with small bracket that gets screwed into the card's top right corner, used to secure the card within a non-standard case, not something that gets used with the ATX cases that we're accustomed to.

Freddy Pharkas says: Score! This one's actually worthy of the abused 'rare' moniker. Looks like that horseshoe I inserted years ago is finally paying off.

Reply 38852 of 39487, by chrismeyer6

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maestro wrote on 2021-04-26, 20:18:
Good story. I bought a MSI FX5950U a while ago, paid a pretty price of ~$200 CAD shipped. While it's in transit, the seller send […]
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Good story. I bought a MSI FX5950U a while ago, paid a pretty price of ~$200 CAD shipped. While it's in transit, the seller sends me a message and includes this nugget of information:

"I honestly do not think the card had ever been used. It was a replacement for a cad cam machine that was left over around 13 years ago."

Nice, so I replied back thanking him for the message and the back story, I mention that I really enjoyed reading it. A few days later he adds more to the story.

"Was thinking about where the card came from and it was around 2005 when sirona came out with a new cad cam system but the video card wasn't powerful enough so we did field replacements with these cards. This one was left over."

I finally get the card and mamma mia! It's new indeed. It came in a high-end, silver bubble-pop bag (industrial client-like) with small bracket that gets screwed into the card's top right corner, used to secure the card within a non-standard case, not something that gets used with the ATX cases that we're accustomed to.

Freddy Pharkas says: Score! This one's actually worthy of the abused 'rare' moniker. Looks like that horseshoe I inserted years ago is finally paying off.

Wow way to go on that score. Being a completely new card I think the price you paid was fine.

Reply 38853 of 39487, by wiretap

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Picked up my Amiga 4000 today. Seller didn't know if it worked, so I got a hefty discount. First boot and it's good to go. It even had the OS installed already, 🤣. It needs a little work - two broken RAM clips, a few broken front faceplate pegs, and it needs a better coin cell battery holder. Other than that, it is pretty clean internally, mostly OEM with an added SATA 2.5" hard drive, CD drive, 3.1.4 roms, and 16MB RAM. I'll be replacing all the electrolytic caps since these have a tendency to leak, although none are yet that I can see upon close inspection.

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Reply 38854 of 39487, by Living

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maestro wrote on 2021-04-26, 20:18:
Good story. I bought a MSI FX5950U a while ago, paid a pretty price of ~$200 CAD shipped. While it's in transit, the seller send […]
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Good story. I bought a MSI FX5950U a while ago, paid a pretty price of ~$200 CAD shipped. While it's in transit, the seller sends me a message and includes this nugget of information:

"I honestly do not think the card had ever been used. It was a replacement for a cad cam machine that was left over around 13 years ago."

Nice, so I replied back thanking him for the message and the back story, I mention that I really enjoyed reading it. A few days later he adds more to the story.

"Was thinking about where the card came from and it was around 2005 when sirona came out with a new cad cam system but the video card wasn't powerful enough so we did field replacements with these cards. This one was left over."

I finally get the card and mamma mia! It's new indeed. It came in a high-end, silver bubble-pop bag (industrial client-like) with small bracket that gets screwed into the card's top right corner, used to secure the card within a non-standard case, not something that gets used with the ATX cases that we're accustomed to.

Freddy Pharkas says: Score! This one's actually worthy of the abused 'rare' moniker. Looks like that horseshoe I inserted years ago is finally paying off.

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pics or didnt happen

Reply 38855 of 39487, by cyclone3d

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Hah... I don't think I posted pics of the BFG 5950U I picked up a while back for around $50... cause the fans were dead.

Put an aftermarket cooler on it and it works like new.

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Reply 38856 of 39487, by Shagittarius

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wiretap wrote on 2021-04-26, 22:51:
Picked up my Amiga 4000 today. Seller didn't know if it worked, so I got a hefty discount. First boot and it's good to go. It ev […]
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Picked up my Amiga 4000 today. Seller didn't know if it worked, so I got a hefty discount. First boot and it's good to go. It even had the OS installed already, 🤣. It needs a little work - two broken RAM clips, a few broken front faceplate pegs, and it needs a better coin cell battery holder. Other than that, it is pretty clean internally, mostly OEM with an added SATA 2.5" hard drive, CD drive, 3.1.4 roms, and 16MB RAM. I'll be replacing all the electrolytic caps since these have a tendency to leak, although none are yet that I can see upon close inspection.

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Nice, I would love to nab an A4000!

Reply 38857 of 39487, by Miphee

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debs3759 wrote on 2021-04-26, 19:53:

Will be interesting to see whether it works, it'll need to go in the shower or dishwasher if it's as dirty as it looks in the photo 😀

I love how resellers pull these parts from a dumpster and upload them to craigslist immediately. No time to clean them up! 😁
At least you know they didn't bend any pins or knocked off SMD parts in the process.

Reply 38858 of 39487, by bjwil1991

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Ordered some parts to rebuild 2 GameBoy DMG-01 systems with new IPS displays (FunnyGaming and OSD Q5s), speakers, shells that are IPS ready, battery terminals (logic board), glass screens, buttons, some LEDs to light the one shell, new DC regulators (in case the current ones are bad), rechargeable battery, and cover that has a USB-C opening for plugging in the charger from HandHeldLegend (not an affiliate, just a customer).

Soon, I'll have 4 DMG-01 consoles (2 not modified and 2 rebuilt).

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Reply 38859 of 39487, by keropi

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wiretap wrote on 2021-04-26, 22:51:

Picked up my Amiga 4000 today. [...]

very nice!
don't forget the mandatory recap since all these machines are plagued from leaking capacitors

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