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Reply 39881 of 39929, by GigAHerZ

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Wait! A new case? Does it mean that you have the keyboard lock's key? 😮

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Reply 39882 of 39929, by BitWrangler

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GigAHerZ wrote on 2021-07-21, 10:37:

Wait! A new case? Does it mean that you have the keyboard lock's key? 😮

Should be in that packet of screws 5th pic he posted, 1st one of second batch, in the bottom of the case.... though it's not like most of them were super unique, one fits all a lot of the time. If you want one super bad, buy a cheap removable HDD caddy with a lock the same shape and it has a high chance of fitting.

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Reply 39884 of 39929, by pampilhoso

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Managed to get these Compaq speakers for 5$ to (hopefully) pair them with my Compaq CDS 520.

They dont have the rca connectors since the wire was cut. From my research they are JBL speakers and they are quite heavy, so i hope they sound well.

They seem to be somewhat rare.

Part number is: 288839-001

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Reply 39885 of 39929, by Brawndo

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Arrived today, a Microstar MS5169 super 7 mobo with K6-2 300 MHz CPU and 64 MB SDRAM. I was looking at the MSI website support page and it looks like based on the available BIOS versions and this version 2 PCB that it will only support up to (I think) a 400 MHz K6-2 CPU, as support for the higher speed CPUs and K6-2+/K6-3 CPUs look to be added to later BIOS versions which are only for higher PCB versions. A little bit of a shame but that's ok, I'll just use it for a medium speed super 7 build. It's only 1 of 4 super 7 boards I have.

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Reply 39886 of 39929, by cyclone3d

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Brawndo wrote on 2021-07-22, 01:55:
Arrived today, a Microstar MS5169 super 7 mobo with K6-2 300 MHz CPU and 64 MB SDRAM. I was looking at the MSI website support p […]
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Arrived today, a Microstar MS5169 super 7 mobo with K6-2 300 MHz CPU and 64 MB SDRAM. I was looking at the MSI website support page and it looks like based on the available BIOS versions and this version 2 PCB that it will only support up to (I think) a 400 MHz K6-2 CPU, as support for the higher speed CPUs and K6-2+/K6-3 CPUs look to be added to later BIOS versions which are only for higher PCB versions. A little bit of a shame but that's ok, I'll just use it for a medium speed super 7 build. It's only 1 of 4 super 7 boards I have.

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I would think it would work up to at least a K6-2 550 with no issues. And if the board doesn't have a 5.5x multiplier, just set it for 2x and it will read it as 6x.

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Reply 39887 of 39929, by Brawndo

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cyclone3d wrote on 2021-07-22, 02:42:

I would think it would work up to at least a K6-2 550 with no issues. And if the board doesn't have a 5.5x multiplier, just set it for 2x and it will read it as 6x.

Thanks for the tips. I haven't fired it up yet but I'll see what it's capable of, and I have a couple K6-2 500 MHz processors I can try.

Reply 39888 of 39929, by GuillermoXT

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Brawndo wrote on 2021-07-22, 01:55:
Arrived today, a Microstar MS5169 super 7 mobo with K6-2 300 MHz CPU and 64 MB SDRAM. I was looking at the MSI website support p […]
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Arrived today, a Microstar MS5169 super 7 mobo with K6-2 300 MHz CPU and 64 MB SDRAM. I was looking at the MSI website support page and it looks like based on the available BIOS versions and this version 2 PCB that it will only support up to (I think) a 400 MHz K6-2 CPU, as support for the higher speed CPUs and K6-2+/K6-3 CPUs look to be added to later BIOS versions which are only for higher PCB versions. A little bit of a shame but that's ok, I'll just use it for a medium speed super 7 build. It's only 1 of 4 super 7 boards I have.

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Seems like it needs some new capacitors or could it be the angle of the camera?

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Reply 39889 of 39929, by badmojo

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Bige4u wrote on 2021-07-21, 01:39:

Not exactly "today", but i just have to share... NIB, purchased locally back in 1998 and never used, just stored away and forgoten about, till now.me time.

Jackpot! I've been after a good example of that case for years. It seems to have been made all around the world and varying in quality, the only one I've managed to get my hands on is pretty awful. Super cheap plastic.

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Reply 39890 of 39929, by Pierre32

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pampilhoso wrote on 2021-07-21, 20:15:
Managed to get these Compaq speakers for 5$ to (hopefully) pair them with my Compaq CDS 520. […]
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Managed to get these Compaq speakers for 5$ to (hopefully) pair them with my Compaq CDS 520.

They dont have the rca connectors since the wire was cut. From my research they are JBL speakers and they are quite heavy, so i hope they sound well.

They seem to be somewhat rare.

Part number is: 288839-001

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Lovely. I have a pair of these flanking my Presario 425. I'd say they sound pretty good, as far as beige era PC speakers go. It's a shame they're passive, but they go ok plugged direct to an older soundcard with onboard amp.

Reply 39891 of 39929, by JSO

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Brawndo wrote on 2021-07-22, 01:55:
Arrived today, a Microstar MS5169 super 7 mobo with K6-2 300 MHz CPU and 64 MB SDRAM. I was looking at the MSI website support p […]
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Arrived today, a Microstar MS5169 super 7 mobo with K6-2 300 MHz CPU and 64 MB SDRAM. I was looking at the MSI website support page and it looks like based on the available BIOS versions and this version 2 PCB that it will only support up to (I think) a 400 MHz K6-2 CPU, as support for the higher speed CPUs and K6-2+/K6-3 CPUs look to be added to later BIOS versions which are only for higher PCB versions. A little bit of a shame but that's ok, I'll just use it for a medium speed super 7 build. It's only 1 of 4 super 7 boards I have.

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Excellent motherboard and is on par with GA-5AX, P5A and SY-5EMA+. I own them all and they are very versatile. And with some bioses they support the mobile low voltage processors.

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Reply 39892 of 39929, by pampilhoso

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Pierre32 wrote on 2021-07-22, 07:36:
pampilhoso wrote on 2021-07-21, 20:15:
Managed to get these Compaq speakers for 5$ to (hopefully) pair them with my Compaq CDS 520. […]
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Managed to get these Compaq speakers for 5$ to (hopefully) pair them with my Compaq CDS 520.

They dont have the rca connectors since the wire was cut. From my research they are JBL speakers and they are quite heavy, so i hope they sound well.

They seem to be somewhat rare.

Part number is: 288839-001

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Lovely. I have a pair of these flanking my Presario 425. I'd say they sound pretty good, as far as beige era PC speakers go. It's a shame they're passive, but they go ok plugged direct to an older soundcard with onboard amp.

Great to know that! Can you confirm that they use 2 RCA connectors? or 3.5mm jack?

Reply 39893 of 39929, by Pierre32

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pampilhoso wrote on 2021-07-22, 08:32:
Pierre32 wrote on 2021-07-22, 07:36:
pampilhoso wrote on 2021-07-21, 20:15:
Managed to get these Compaq speakers for 5$ to (hopefully) pair them with my Compaq CDS 520. […]
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Managed to get these Compaq speakers for 5$ to (hopefully) pair them with my Compaq CDS 520.

They dont have the rca connectors since the wire was cut. From my research they are JBL speakers and they are quite heavy, so i hope they sound well.

They seem to be somewhat rare.

Part number is: 288839-001

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Lovely. I have a pair of these flanking my Presario 425. I'd say they sound pretty good, as far as beige era PC speakers go. It's a shame they're passive, but they go ok plugged direct to an older soundcard with onboard amp.

Great to know that! Can you confirm that they use 2 RCA connectors? or 3.5mm jack?

IIRC (they're currently at a different address!) they have female RCA sockets on the rear. So I use a 3.5mm to to dual RCA cable. I always suspected there was a missing component to these (perhaps a powered sub or something) but I have no idea really.

Reply 39894 of 39929, by BitWrangler

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Brawndo wrote on 2021-07-22, 01:55:
Arrived today, a Microstar MS5169 super 7 mobo with K6-2 300 MHz CPU and 64 MB SDRAM. I was looking at the MSI website support p […]
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Arrived today, a Microstar MS5169 super 7 mobo with K6-2 300 MHz CPU and 64 MB SDRAM. I was looking at the MSI website support page and it looks like based on the available BIOS versions and this version 2 PCB that it will only support up to (I think) a 400 MHz K6-2 CPU, as support for the higher speed CPUs and K6-2+/K6-3 CPUs look to be added to later BIOS versions which are only for higher PCB versions. A little bit of a shame but that's ok, I'll just use it for a medium speed super 7 build. It's only 1 of 4 super 7 boards I have.

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Are those two large caps above the CPU socket looking a little bloaty, or is it just angle of the pic?

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Reply 39895 of 39929, by dionb

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BitWrangler wrote on 2021-07-22, 12:33:
Brawndo wrote on 2021-07-22, 01:55:
Arrived today, a Microstar MS5169 super 7 mobo with K6-2 300 MHz CPU and 64 MB SDRAM. I was looking at the MSI website support p […]
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Arrived today, a Microstar MS5169 super 7 mobo with K6-2 300 MHz CPU and 64 MB SDRAM. I was looking at the MSI website support page and it looks like based on the available BIOS versions and this version 2 PCB that it will only support up to (I think) a 400 MHz K6-2 CPU, as support for the higher speed CPUs and K6-2+/K6-3 CPUs look to be added to later BIOS versions which are only for higher PCB versions. A little bit of a shame but that's ok, I'll just use it for a medium speed super 7 build. It's only 1 of 4 super 7 boards I have.

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Are those two large caps above the CPU socket looking a little bloaty, or is it just angle of the pic?

They're bad, as are two of the three under the CPU socket and one to the right of the DIMM slot. This is an MSI board (famed for bad caps) from the cap plague era. All larger electrolytics will definitely need replacing.

Reply 39896 of 39929, by AngryByDefault

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AngryByDefault wrote on 2021-06-09, 23:09:
Down the rabbit hole, step 1 ... […]
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Down the rabbit hole, step 1 ...

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Just arrived!...

Finding a mainboard for building my theme system is proving impossible so far, but as these are becoming more rare and I got them for a good price i figured I'd get them before they're gone...

Now I have to keep diggin' for a board and every other piece 😜

Ok, so June was "CPU month" for me, as I started getting hooked on all this...

First I got a couple of Am586-x5-133 I posted earlier.
Then, as it seemed that getting a matching socket 3 board was not going to happen, I got a Socket 7 Gigabyte GA-5SMM board + K6-2 500 + 256 MB RAM kit for U$26. Since it was *not* PCChips (as 90% around here are) and at good price I figured it would be worthwhile and bought immediately.

It had an ugly, almost glued and wrongly wired cooler and a crippled Compaq BIOS, but I was able to manage all that without damaging anything 😜

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Later on, since I'm trying to go for "not-the-most-common" parts and learn from them, I got these processors (from 2 different sellers):
* AMD K6-2 550 - I didn't even know they existed at this speed, so I got it for being rare (to me).
* Cyrix MII 300 GP - Never dealt with any Cyrix before, it should be fun to learn about them.
* Cyrix 686 MX PR200 - Same reasons.

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While seeking for decent mainboards I found someone selling a complete system (board, micro, mems, large HDD, case, etc.) with a PCChips M571 which had been recommended to me as being fairly good and well documented overall, so I got it as an eventual "sacrificial machine", one wich I could experiment with not risking the Gigabyte board.

Shipping was relatively expensive so I added a AWE64 the seller had at a good price and was also in my "wanted" list to justify that cost... -> I guess THIS is when you start to loose control, isn't it? 🤣

The case also seemed interesting because it had an "AT-in-ATX" I/O shield and what I though would be two removable covers on the side, but they turned out very different from what I expected and won't be so useful after all:

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Anyway, this added a seventh CPU to the list, not all remarkable, but useful nonetheless.

Then July started and it seems to be "Video card month"...

[ To be continued. ]

Reply 39897 of 39929, by digger

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Warlord wrote on 2021-07-21, 03:18:

I like that the power button has power written on it. Kinda reminds me of cringe mac fanboy meme that can't find the power button on a PC.

That design looks very familiar. I believe I once had full tower version of that same design.

And that may very well have been exactly in the year 1995, the current page of this thread, coincidentally. 😂

Also, I think I saw the exact same case design in LGR's most recent Thrifts video.

Reply 39898 of 39929, by devius

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AngryByDefault wrote on 2021-07-22, 13:27:

Shipping was relatively expensive so I added a AWE64 the seller had at a good price and was also in my "wanted" list to justify that cost... -> I guess THIS is when you start to loose control, isn't it? 🤣

If you're just starting you'll soon realize that control was still very far from lost at this point. 😆

Reply 39899 of 39929, by Brawndo

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GuillermoXT wrote on 2021-07-22, 06:40:

Seems like it needs some new capacitors or could it be the angle of the camera?

Probably needs caps. To be honest I didn't look very closely at it, just took it out to take a picture then put it away, to be tested later.

On the other hand, yet another super 7 board arrived today, this time a Gigabyte 5AX with a K6-3 450 MHz CPU. I think now once I find an ASUS P5A for a (hopefully) decent price, my super 7 collection will be complete (or at least that's what I tell myself now 🤣).

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*Edit* And as luck would have it, just happened to check and scooped up a P5A from Ebay with a buy it now price less than I've been seeing the auctions go for, so that makes super 7 board number 5.