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Reply 15001 of 19184, by McBierle

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Hi.

Just a quick message before the day is over (from here at least).

I had this tower. Cx6x86MX-266, voodoo, millenium, 64mb ram, 20gb hdd, awe64 gold.
Bought a MII-333 to get more juice and put in some more RAM and a bigger HDD.... quick job... i thought...
Did this, forgot display change, ram defect, hdd not recoginzed, and so on....

My wife always says, it would be borign if everything just works. In principle she is correct but this stupid little change stole my whole day.

And don't laugh every time, i put that thing to its standing place i screwed those serial and vga plugs reaaaaaly tight back in, because what could go wrong... 😁

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Reply 15002 of 19184, by McBierle

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Me again, it goes on.
Another 40gb gave no joy, so i thought about th bios. Ahh, not the newes, maybe withg the newest i would have luck. So started my 386 to make a bootdisk to flash for future....

Error no disk or whatever. Pulling out the disk i gotz this:

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Ich wollte ja nur schnell mal...

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Reply 15003 of 19184, by pentiumspeed

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derSammler wrote on 2020-04-29, 15:39:
Did some maintenance work on the modded Xbox 360 (Falcon) I got lately. The previous owner already did some improvements to the […]
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Did some maintenance work on the modded Xbox 360 (Falcon) I got lately. The previous owner already did some improvements to the cooling system, fortunately. I've added a heatsink to the HANA chip, replaced the thermal paste, fixed the GPU x-clamp fix (one washer was missing and the screws too loose), and secured the wires from the glitch chip. Also gave the DVD drive a good clean and added fresh silicone grease.

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I may also replace the original fans later or add a third fan to the heat pipe, so I can set the other two fans to a lower speed.

Get another X-clamp for the GPU and 4 standoffs and 4 little black screws from junked xbox 360. I implore you!!

I knew these mods was bad even worse with PS4 using washers as well,

I received a modded Xbox 360 same way like yours, for parts to fix other, but the board sagged releasing tension with time and when undo those screws, did not get any spring back of the board itself means both CPU and GPU did not experience pressure against heatsinks! Board relaxed with time. This mod is not a long term fix.

X-clamps can be bent very slightly more. They work very well than the mods! The original thermal compound is worse than thermal compound paste that comes out of tube.

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Reply 15004 of 19184, by Bruninho

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My retro activity today was to install a WINE wrapper on my mac to run Steam games for Windows (I know Steam can run on macOS, just some games I've already bought there can't) and as a great test, I installed Counter-Strike 1.6 (2000).

Imagine my happiness and nostalgia wave when I saw the game running flawlessly. I haven't played CS for like 15 years. I'll have a lot of catch up to do, in order to be fit again in this game...

On my game library, I could also try out rFactor 2, GTR Evolution, RACE 07 and Counter-strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO for macOS runs extremely slow. Thanks to Wineskin Winery, I can run a smoother version for Windows now).

What next?

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Reply 15005 of 19184, by derSammler

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pentiumspeed wrote on 2020-04-30, 01:02:
Get another X-clamp for the GPU and 4 standoffs and 4 little black screws from junked xbox 360. I implore you!! […]
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Get another X-clamp for the GPU and 4 standoffs and 4 little black screws from junked xbox 360. I implore you!!

I knew these mods was bad even worse with PS4 using washers as well,

I received a modded Xbox 360 same way like yours, for parts to fix other, but the board sagged releasing tension with time and when undo those screws, did not get any spring back of the board itself means both CPU and GPU did not experience pressure against heatsinks! Board relaxed with time. This mod is not a long term fix.

X-clamps can be bent very slightly more. They work very well than the mods! The original thermal compound is worse than thermal compound paste that comes out of tube.

Thanks for the suggestions, but it was working this way for many, many years for the previous owner. I don't see any reason to do greater modifications to it. Also, I used thermal glue instead of paste, so nothing will come loose by itself and pressure by the heatsinks is no longer needed, either. All temperatures stay below 57°C all the time under full load. Note that this Xbox 360 is modded and I have full control over fan speed (set to 70% instead of 'auto').

I wonder how you can recommend keep using these crappy x-clamps at all, as removing them is the most common suggestion ever since the first Xbox 360 units started to die back then, and it still is today. It's even featured on ifixit.com: https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Xbox+360+Red+Rin … th+Fix+Kit/3550

"Long term" is rather wasted for these systems anyway, as this is modern electronics which won't last 20+ years. Nothing using lead-free solder will, let alone stupid stuff like decryption keys stored in flash memory inside the CPU...

Reply 15006 of 19184, by assasincz

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'twas a sunny morning today, so I decided to give the 286 a peroxide treatment until the clouds rolled in, I should give it another try soon

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Reply 15007 of 19184, by Disruptor

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darry wrote on 2020-04-28, 23:30:
Disruptor wrote on 2020-04-28, 18:35:
appiah4 wrote on 2020-04-28, 16:53:

The CL-GD5429 is the better card.

The CL-GD5429 places its LFB (linear frame buffer) just below 64 MB.
So you have to use less than 64 MB RAM in this machine.

I thought ISA cards were limited to the first addressable 16MB . Are you referring to VLB version ?

Indeed. I'm referring to the VLB version.
Perhaps it is not a problem of CL-GD5429 itself, but the implementation on my graphics card with this chip.

Reply 15008 of 19184, by Almoststew1990

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This isn't worth it's own thread so this is my retro activity f or the day. What do you think this old thing is (taken from Busted - Year 3000 music video. Yes, you did just dredge up the memory that this band existed from the bottom of the bottom of the depths of your repressed memories; you're welcome). Who knew time travelling devices ran on molex power!

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Reply 15009 of 19184, by PC Hoarder Patrol

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Almoststew1990 wrote on 2020-04-30, 19:38:

What do you think this old thing is (taken from Busted - Year 3000 music video. Yes, you did just dredge up the memory that this band existed from the bottom of the bottom of the depths of your repressed memories; you're welcome). Who knew time travelling devices ran on molex power!

Looks like the top of an old paper shredder the props dept. have been screwing with 😀

Reply 15010 of 19184, by PC Hoarder Patrol

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assasincz wrote on 2020-04-29, 20:27:

After ~25yrs since I last player it, I fired up World Class Leaderboard on my finished 286 build and spent some jolly good time!

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Reply 15011 of 19184, by schmatzler

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I've finally found out why none of my three mismatched Voodoo II's would work reliably in SLI mode regardless of the combination: It's the FastVoodoo drivers.

They claim to support mismatched SLI out of the box, but I only got that working one time for some dubious reason. In all other cases my screen just turned itself off and that was it.

I now installed coolsmoky's drivers from 3dfxzone.it. They have the same behaviour by default (screen turns off, nothing to see), but when I set the registry key SSTV2_MISMATCHED_SLI=1 they work reliably with every game I have.

This is awesome. I'll stay far away from FastVoodoo now and use the reference drivers with coolsmoky's patched glide.dll files now.

(And I really thought I'd have to buy a fourth Voodoo II. Thank god I don't.)

Reply 15012 of 19184, by badmojo

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schmatzler wrote on 2020-04-30, 20:29:

This is awesome. I'll stay far away from FastVoodoo now and use the reference drivers with coolsmoky's patched glide.dll files now.

Glad you got it all working but I don't remember having any issues with mismatched Voodoos and the FastVoodoo drivers, maybe I got lucky.

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Reply 15013 of 19184, by schmatzler

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badmojo wrote on 2020-04-30, 21:27:

Glad you got it all working but I don't remember having any issues with mismatched Voodoos and the FastVoodoo drivers, maybe I got lucky.

Maybe I just have the weirdest combination of cards, motherboard and other hardware that makes Fastvoodoo fail. I don't know. But I'm happy it works now. 😀

Reply 15014 of 19184, by Cyrix200+

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FastVoodoo overclocks your Voodoo II's memory to 95MHz without telling you. Enable the overclocking panel and dial back to 90MHz to see if it makes a difference. It prevented my setup from working...

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Reply 15015 of 19184, by schmatzler

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Cyrix200+ wrote on 2020-04-30, 22:24:

Enable the overclocking panel and dial back to 90MHz to see if it makes a difference. It prevented my setup from working...

Nope, that's not it either. FastVoodoo just doesn't want to work on my system. 😜

I also checked if it doesn't like the Audigy in my system, tried all of the PCI slots...and nope.
Doesn't matter anymore, it works with different drivers now. 😀

Reply 15016 of 19184, by appiah4

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schmatzler wrote on 2020-04-30, 20:29:
I've finally found out why none of my three mismatched Voodoo II's would work reliably in SLI mode regardless of the combination […]
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I've finally found out why none of my three mismatched Voodoo II's would work reliably in SLI mode regardless of the combination: It's the FastVoodoo drivers.

They claim to support mismatched SLI out of the box, but I only got that working one time for some dubious reason. In all other cases my screen just turned itself off and that was it.

I now installed coolsmoky's drivers from 3dfxzone.it. They have the same behaviour by default (screen turns off, nothing to see), but when I set the registry key SSTV2_MISMATCHED_SLI=1 they work reliably with every game I have.

This is awesome. I'll stay far away from FastVoodoo now and use the reference drivers with coolsmoky's patched glide.dll files now.

(And I really thought I'd have to buy a fourth Voodoo II. Thank god I don't.)

Interesting but personally FV drivers worked with all combinations of mismatched Voodoo cards for me..

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Reply 15018 of 19184, by Cyrix200+

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Cleaned these two PAS cards I got in a scrap lot long ago. De top one is missing the bracket and had a damaged Line In connector. Ordered 10 replacements for $0.99 on an auction site.

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Reply 15019 of 19184, by CHiLL72

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Had some time today to check a few Slot 1 and Socket 370 CPUs that I thought were dead... a Pentium II 400, a Pentium III 650, a Coppermine Pentium III on an ASUS S370-DL Slotket and a Celeron 1.4GHz on a Powerleap PL-iP3/T.
I tested them all on a Chaintech 6SSA2 mainboard that I had lying around and had not been used in years. First I tried the Pentium III on the adapter, which was the one I suspected still worked. After a minor issue with the graphics card and RAM, the system booted, albeit with the wrong bus speed. This was easily changed in the BIOS though. Suspect number 1, a 1.0GHz P3, was working!
After that, I tried the 650MHz P3. That booted right away, even though the bus speed was off again.
Then the 400MHz P2. What do you know? Also worked!
With a 100% score so far, I thought I'd also give the CPU on the Powerleap adapter a try. I was certain that would not work, as I tried it several times before. I removed the cooler from the CPU first and then the cartridge frame from the adapter. There was no visible damage. I removed and reseated the jumpers and set the jumper for a 66MHz bus speed (although the CPU is for 100MHz). Cleaned the contacts of the edge connector and put the cooler back on. I did not yet reattach the cartridge frame, but put in the CPU slot on the mainboard, using a bit of support to keep the CPU from tipping under the weight of the Alpha PEP66T cooler. And guess what? This one also worked! The system reported a CPU speed of 924MHz, which was correct (14*66). Changing the jumper on the Powerleap adapter did not make a difference in clock speed, but changing the FSB in the BIOS to 100MHz made the system work at the correct speed.
All in all, not bad for a bunch of CPUs that were all suspect! A few of them may find a way into my retro systems at some point.

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