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Reply 8360 of 22363, by appiah4

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My head was about to explode due to my indecision on what video card to upgrade my Dell Optiplex GX110 with. I had a bunch of VGA cards from the period I want to capture with it (Win2K machine from 2000) but I was having a lot of trouble trying to gauge the speed of various cards I had against each other without going into the trouble of benchmarking them all.

My OCD nature took over, so I pored over the net and compiled a bunch of benchmarks comparing various cards I had at hand alongside their contemporaries, put them on a spreadsheed and normalized the results. Then using the GF2 MX as a benchmark, gauged the relative performance of them averaged across 800x600/1024x768 16-bit/32-bit Quake 3 scores. You can find the spreadsheet here.

It is not rocket science, but at last I have a visual representation of where each of these cards fall against each other.

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I decided to go with the Radeon 7000. GeForce 2 MX was also a decent choice but lost out due to being actively cooled and not having DVI Output. The fact that the case came with a Graphics by Sapphire badge and that I had a Sapphire Radeon 7000 PCI helped the decision, admittedly. I was originally going to go with a Matrox G450 but boy, it really quite a bit slower than I thought it would be at 32-bit.

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Reply 8361 of 22363, by Murugan

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derSammler wrote:

ECO button is for sleep / stand-by mode (if supported by the mainboard).

Ahaaa ,like henryVK, I thought it was something like a turbo button but if I remember correctly, the MMX didn't have turbo functions?
Anyway, thanks for the info! Will test it out since that button is connected to the mainboard.

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Reply 8362 of 22363, by tpowell.ca

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Burning my fingers badly after stupidly touching the heatsink of my Athlon 1.4ghz with the fan mysteriously stopped. Goodbye fingerprints on those fingers.

It was set up so I could test a bunch of SDR PC100 and PC133 RAM I had lying around, and somehow the cpu didn't burst into flames after hours of running without a working fan, in fact, it still works!

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Reply 8363 of 22363, by appiah4

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tpowell.ca wrote:

Burning my fingers badly after stupidly touching the heatsink of my Athlon 1.4ghz with the fan mysteriously stopped. Goodbye fingerprints on those fingers.

It was set up so I could test a bunch of SDR PC100 and PC133 RAM I had lying around, and somehow the cpu didn't burst into flames after hours of running without a working fan, in fact, it still works!

You know you just jinxed that, right?

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Reply 8364 of 22363, by tpowell.ca

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appiah4 wrote:
tpowell.ca wrote:

Burning my fingers badly after stupidly touching the heatsink of my Athlon 1.4ghz with the fan mysteriously stopped. Goodbye fingerprints on those fingers.

It was set up so I could test a bunch of SDR PC100 and PC133 RAM I had lying around, and somehow the cpu didn't burst into flames after hours of running without a working fan, in fact, it still works!

You know you just jinxed that, right?

Dammit! You're right. 😢

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Reply 8365 of 22363, by CkRtech

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Dude. That is a cool case.

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Reply 8366 of 22363, by AdrenalinCDA

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Right now I'm just playing some Unreal Tournament. I've installed the Console Bonus Pack which adds some conversions of PS2-exclusive maps. Some of them are pretty good. DM-NeoTokyo is a nice small DM map. I also can listen to some tracker tunes now that I put my folder on my Windows 98 PC. I was working on a mod for Shogo on the side, but I'm taking a break. I'm a bit burnt out on it.

Not PC related but I got Dead or Alive 2 (Japanese version) for the Dreamcast. So that's nice. I also hastily edited a wallpaper for the desktop based on the render used on the cover, because might as well.

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EDIT: Oh yeah, a while back I also attempted to see if I can use VDMSound to run DOS games with the Yamaha softsynth and Sound Blaster emulation. I was able to get MIDI to work fine (and it sounds good!) but I can never get Sound Blaster to work. A shame too, I would love to have a way to use softsynths with DOS games while keeping the rest of the sound intact.

Reply 8367 of 22363, by indomitus

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It's 22:05 and a neighbor rings the bell. I greet him and he says: here I bring you an antique, I know that you like these old things; maybe you'll find something useful inside. I dismiss him and place this cabinet on the table and the first thing I think: this must be published in VOGONS. I do not know if it works, I see that it lacks the memory modules, it comes with a boot floppy. Tomorrow I will try to recover the monitor and the keyboard if they have not been thrown away.

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Reply 8369 of 22363, by bjwil1991

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indomitus wrote:

It's 22:05 and a neighbor rings the bell. I greet him and he says: here I bring you an antique, I know that you like these old things; maybe you'll find something useful inside. I dismiss him and place this cabinet on the table and the first thing I think: this must be published in VOGONS. I do not know if it works, I see that it lacks the memory modules, it comes with a boot floppy. Tomorrow I will try to recover the monitor and the keyboard if they have not been thrown away.

Now that is a spectacular system. I've never seen proprietary connections like that (not the ISA slots, the other one. I grew up with ISA/VLB, PCI, AGP, PCI-X, and PCIe expansions) a day in my life.

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Reply 8370 of 22363, by creepingnet

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Well, not much, but I did find my 486's doppleganger - well, the case at least, 🤣. Suncheer/Songcheer XT Clone that was on e-bay awhile back, can't find the auction, but the picture is on google image search. Also found Suncheer International had a PATENT in the US for a modular AT/XT/LPX Chassis from 1994 that has since expired - hmmmm......

Case on Canadian E-bay (Canada always gets such cool stuff)
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Back in 2004 when I first started putting this beast together....it's Ebay auction picture!
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I guess I will eventually find more cool chassis like the ones I lost years ago.

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Reply 8371 of 22363, by OldCat

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creepingnet wrote:
Well, not much, but I did find my 486's doppleganger - well, the case at least, LOL. Suncheer/Songcheer XT Clone that was on e- […]
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Well, not much, but I did find my 486's doppleganger - well, the case at least, 🤣. Suncheer/Songcheer XT Clone that was on e-bay awhile back, can't find the auction, but the picture is on google image search. Also found Suncheer International had a PATENT in the US for a modular AT/XT/LPX Chassis from 1994 that has since expired - hmmmm......
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I guess I will eventually find more cool chassis like the ones I lost years ago.

If I had a case like that, I would do my best to only use two upper drive slots. It does look cool, though!

Reply 8372 of 22363, by derSammler

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Finished the composite video-out mod for my Atari 2600 among some other things. Replaced some caps, too. I made it in a way that still allows using RF out. Also, the connection to the RCA jacks is pluggable. Quite pleased with the result. 😀

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Reply 8373 of 22363, by liqmat

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Wrapping up a deep clean of a TRS-80 Coco 1. Unfortunately it sat in a humid garage in Florida for decades and not everything is functioning great. It does live though. Getting a very dirty video signal from the RCA out so will be adjusting the pots tomorrow and see if I can clean it up. Also had an IC pin snap off from where a wire had been soldered on which looks like to me a mod was done at some point. Did a quick and dirty job soldering it back on, but going to need to completely rewire that eventually. Also, possible cap issues because each time I turn the thing on some keys will not register on every press and it changes each time you turn it on. Disassembled and cleaned the keyboard thoroughly and made sure all contacts were cleaned. Did manage to get a game of chess going from a chess game cart after cleaning its heavily oxidized contacts so it does work after four days of tearing it apart and cleaning everything.

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Reply 8374 of 22363, by Gered

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Getting some stuff ready for the re-do of my Pentium 233 MMX build. Currently a Dell XPS machine with a few changes, I've been wanting to rebuild it (not reusing any of the original components that were from the Dell XPS) in a baby AT case I have sitting around collecting dust.

Getting the LED display ready. Kind of a crummy setup to power the LED display, but it worked. 😜
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Also fixed up a few of the front panel connections that I had previously done in a super ghetto way with electrical tape ( 😲 ). This time done properly with heatshrink over the connections (the red and green on the left/right only, the middle wires were there originally).
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Reply 8376 of 22363, by KCompRoom2000

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^^ A PCI Tseng Labs ET6100 video card with an ESS sound chipset built into it? interesting... Wait, is that a PowerVR chip too?!? What an interesting combination.

Reply 8377 of 22363, by Artex

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KCompRoom2000 wrote:

^^ A PCI Tseng Labs ET6100 video card with an ESS sound chipset built into it? interesting... Wait, is that a PowerVR chip too?!? What an interesting combination.

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Reply 8378 of 22363, by appiah4

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Testing out this bad boy I finally sold!

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I have one of those exact same CF IDE adapters and among a bunch of others that is the one adapter none of my computers would post with.. Is there a trick to getting it to work?

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Reply 8379 of 22363, by cyclone3d

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Got the 60GB SSD working in my Sony Vaio VGN-UX280P. Turns out the SSD pin 1 for the cable was on the opposite side of where it was on the original HDD.

I thought maybe the SSD I bought was dead, but I am glad I was wrong.

So the SSD had to be mounted upside down and at an angle so it wouldn't pull the ZIF cable out.

Then I installed XP and the drivers for it. Updating XP now.

Then I just have to install some of the original apps if I decide I want them on there.

After that I am planning on testing it out with DOSBOX to see how it fares.

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