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Reply 13801 of 21805, by Old PC Hunter

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Nice! Your CPU seems to do very well. I think a math co-processor would be a cool upgrade, but if you don't have anything that uses it, I wouldn't spend $35 on an 80287 XL like I did. I ordered a Tseng ET4000AX 1 MB ISA card for my 286, so when that comes, maybe my system will be a little bit more competitive. I'll hand over the benchmarks with that when it comes. 🙂

Set up retro boxes:
DOS:286 10 MHZ/ET4000AX1MB/270 MB HDD/4 MB RAM/Adlib/80287 XL
W98:P2 450/Radeon 7000 64 MB/23 GB HDD/SB 16 clone/384 MB RAM
XP:ATHLON X2 6000+/2 GB RAM/Radeon X1900XTX/2x120 GB SSD/1x160 GB and 1x250 GB 7.2k HDD's/ECS A740 GM-M/SB X-Fi

Reply 13802 of 21805, by pentiumspeed

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Disassembled the compaq LTE lite/25, did discover three surprises, one is 8mb card installed and DC-DC board had 5A fuse blown and burnt tantalum capacitor (still shorted) so I'll have to repair the DC-DC board. This is old old school SMD fat capacitor, it has a pin on one end for polarity and orange body. Hybrid thick film board too.
The standby batter pack didn't leak juice. Oh cool. 😀

What I intend exactly was repair anything that is not working I come across during collecting stuff. Well, since I repair things is my career was CRT and LCD, consumer electronic and computer repair. My current job is micro-soldering on cell phones and game consoles, computer at current work now. 😀
Also my hobby is repairing stuff too.

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Great Northern aka Canada.

Reply 13803 of 21805, by GigAHerZ

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I've set up one of my excess machines to find a new fan owner and made few pictures of it. 😀
https://imgur.com/a/aGXax9O

Benchmarks:
3DBench: 45,4 fps
Chris' 3D benchmark: 23,8 fps
PC Player: 7,4 fps
Doom (min details): 52,7 fps
Doom (max details): 22,4 fps
Quake: 5,7 fps
Landmark: 317MHz cpu, 487MHz fpu
Topbench score: 195

Pardon the dirtyness. 😀

"640K ought to be enough for anybody." - And i intend to get every last bit out of it even after loading every damn driver!

Reply 13804 of 21805, by Old PC Hunter

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Not much today has happened in retro activity, but I did put on a new case sticker for my AST, and i've been having a tough time configuring mTCP on it lately.

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Set up retro boxes:
DOS:286 10 MHZ/ET4000AX1MB/270 MB HDD/4 MB RAM/Adlib/80287 XL
W98:P2 450/Radeon 7000 64 MB/23 GB HDD/SB 16 clone/384 MB RAM
XP:ATHLON X2 6000+/2 GB RAM/Radeon X1900XTX/2x120 GB SSD/1x160 GB and 1x250 GB 7.2k HDD's/ECS A740 GM-M/SB X-Fi

Reply 13805 of 21805, by bjwil1991

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Is it a 286? Looks really nice.

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Reply 13806 of 21805, by keenmaster486

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Set up my 486 with my Sony Trinitron monitor on top, and a nicer keyboard.

I tried to adjust the focus screws on the CRT (they are accessible through a couple of holes in the case). To no avail... they adjust the focus alright (vert and horiz), but it was already at its best setting! So now I suspect aging components inside, and it is not worth it to me to open it up.

It looks great in low res. But go higher than 640x480 and it looks pretty blurry.

But it's working perfectly for DOS games, which is primarily what I need it for. Played some Commander Keen, with the Gravis Gamepad of course.

I flermmed the plootash just like you asked.
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Reply 13807 of 21805, by PTherapist

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Received a Serial cable for my Commodore 64 so tested out the Pi1541.

It's working relatively well, though some niggling issues that I need to look into - specifically it does have small issues running with Fast Loaders (ie. JiffyDOS), namely that it will occasionally try to load the CBM File Browser when you hit Shift/Run-Stop despite the fact that you have selected a particular disk image or you'd just get a "File Not Found" error instead. Yet, typing the LOAD"*",8,1 command manually will load the selected disk properly - which is weird, as Shift/Run-Stop is supposed to do the same thing. It doesn't always happen, but I haven't figured out what is causing it yet, it's probably related to the auto mounting of the fb.d64 image and a clash between the regular browse mode vs 1541 emulation.

But when it is working properly, it certainly does as you'd expect - runs practically everything, including games that a regular SD2IEC does not support!

It's only caveat is lack of fast loader support for loading .PRG files, they load at regular loading speed. But that's not a major issue, I can always use the SD2IEC as Drive 9 via the 2nd Serial port onboard the Pi1541 and run .PRG files from that.

Reply 13808 of 21805, by Nvm1

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Ordered a new bottomcase for the Asus L8400 laptop, because the current one has cracks around the hinges. I also partly disassembled the laptop to check for more issues and found 2 cracked clips from the side where the IR port is, will glue them back on when assembling. Couldn't test the floppy drive because all my floppies are out of reach so that is for another time. For the rest this notebook seems to be build like a tank so that is a plus.
Also discovered it is a L8400L version, instead of L8400C as advertised. This means it has a 1133mhz PIII mobile instead of a 850mhz model, and an Ati Radeon Mobility instead of the Savage card of the C model.
Quite happy about this "upgrade".

Reply 13809 of 21805, by Turbo ->

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Installed my newly received Diamond VLB VGA graphics card on my main retro rig. It works perfectly.

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Reply 13810 of 21805, by Brawndo

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Picked up this gem at the local thrift store yesterday for $15. It's incredibly clean given its age, never seen an older computer this clean. I only bought it for the case. I'm going to gut it and use the case for a P4 3.2 GHz build, late Win98 with probably my Voodoo 5500 AGP card. Already have the mobo and CPU, both new, just need to get some RAM, a SB Live! and a new PSU and I'll be in business.

It currently has the stock Dell mobo and a P4 2.0 GHz socket 478, which I have no use for, so I'll be posting it for sale on eBay, maybe get just enough to cover the cost of the purchase.

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Reply 13811 of 21805, by Old PC Hunter

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bjwil1991 wrote on 2019-12-31, 03:59:

Is it a 286? Looks really nice.

Yes it is a 286 😉

Set up retro boxes:
DOS:286 10 MHZ/ET4000AX1MB/270 MB HDD/4 MB RAM/Adlib/80287 XL
W98:P2 450/Radeon 7000 64 MB/23 GB HDD/SB 16 clone/384 MB RAM
XP:ATHLON X2 6000+/2 GB RAM/Radeon X1900XTX/2x120 GB SSD/1x160 GB and 1x250 GB 7.2k HDD's/ECS A740 GM-M/SB X-Fi

Reply 13812 of 21805, by BloodyCactus

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got some 1mb 30pin simms non parity.. the board I need them in is the only board I have that apparently NEEDS parity. dammit.

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Reply 13813 of 21805, by Horun

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BloodyCactus wrote on 2020-01-01, 01:06:

got some 1mb 30pin simms non parity.. the board I need them in is the only board I have that apparently NEEDS parity. dammit.

Ouch ! A lot of older 286 and 386 needed parity simms and have been there. Always buy parity 30pin and 72 pin if given a choice, you can use parity in a system that doesn't require it.

Hate posting a reply and then have to edit it because it made no sense 😁 First computer was an IBM 3270 workstation with CGA monitor.

Reply 13814 of 21805, by Old PC Hunter

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BloodyCactus wrote on 2020-01-01, 01:06:

got some 1mb 30pin simms non parity.. the board I need them in is the only board I have that apparently NEEDS parity. dammit.

When I first bought RAM for my 286, I had a similar problem. My 286 came with 640k on 3 chip SIMMS originally, so I thought 1x4 MB 3 chip SIMMS would work with it, but I was wrong. When installing them into my machine, they gave me parity errors. A month later I got a good deal on 1x4 MB 9 chip 70 NS SIMMS and those have worked just fine.

Set up retro boxes:
DOS:286 10 MHZ/ET4000AX1MB/270 MB HDD/4 MB RAM/Adlib/80287 XL
W98:P2 450/Radeon 7000 64 MB/23 GB HDD/SB 16 clone/384 MB RAM
XP:ATHLON X2 6000+/2 GB RAM/Radeon X1900XTX/2x120 GB SSD/1x160 GB and 1x250 GB 7.2k HDD's/ECS A740 GM-M/SB X-Fi

Reply 13815 of 21805, by onre

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Installed 3C509 and CT4170 into a Toshiba T3200SXC. Despite my initial suspicion, 3C509 works just fine in an 8-bit ISA slot. Next on TODO list is a boot prom with XTIDE universal bios + an industrial flash drive.

Reply 13817 of 21805, by Cyrix200+

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derSammler wrote on 2020-01-01, 16:14:

Spent most time today 3d-printing trays for my socket 7 CPU collection. Still some more to go...

Interesting. What design are you making?

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Reply 13819 of 21805, by Bruninho

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Today I've found that the new VMWare Fusion 11.5, for the first time, on macOS hosts can emulate the Sound Blaster 16. I'm about to try it out now... for a WfWg 3.11/MSDOS 6.22 VM.

If it works, I won't need dosbox at all, except on my iPad with the very old ported version (iDOS2/DOSPad), which hasn't been updated for almost an decade.

Starting with iOS 13, I can feel that there will be a problem with very old apps. I can't believe no one has taken over litchie's work and forked it to continue the development. DOS games with iPad can be much more fun than most of the silly games available on App Store. I despise Fortnite...

https://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-40539

EDIT: Aaaaand... it works. I can hear the Windows sound when starting/exiting. Amazing. For most people this is nothing, but for a deaf person like me, with childhood memories, it's amazing.

"Design isn't just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."
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