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Reply 18020 of 18992, by Jed118

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CMB75 wrote on 2021-01-29, 06:56:

Great work, it looks amazing. Which color codes did you use? I’m still searching for the original color codes for IBM 5150/5160. The one you used looks perfect for some of my other rusty 286/386 cases.

I have used this:

https://www.homedepot.ca/product/rust-oleum-p … aint/1000666143

for many years. I completely redid a 386 SCSI system using this paint (plug to my channel in the sig, a six-parter series, check it out!) . I used to spray the base of my LCDs for a better "retro" match for systems I sell on eBay , but I stopped doing it for tower systems because it made no sense. Desktops I'll still do it to though.

It's not an exact match, in fact, it's pretty bright compared to the plastics of the 90s, but if you get a REALLY white case (such as in the 386 SCSI videos on my channel 🤣) it's pretty good.

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I painted a model F shroud with this stuff, after filling in a burned in serial code near the function keys and applying textured paint first. Only an eagle-eyed bodyman would be able to find out what I did. AFAIK the new owner in B.C. still hasn't been able to spot it.

Decades of bodywork on cars 😁

Actually, now I got myself a welder, I'm going to build a case cover for a beautiful AT case.

But tonight, I am excited about finishing this 486 SCSI system:

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Reply 18021 of 18992, by PD2JK

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Maybe something like RAL 9010, but this color coding standard is European. IBM is not. 😉

Highscreen AT: Pentium 60@66 MHz
Highscreen ATX: Athlon Classic 1 GHz

Reply 18022 of 18992, by gerry

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Jed118 wrote on 2021-01-29, 07:29:
But tonight, I am excited about finishing this 486 SCSI system: […]
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But tonight, I am excited about finishing this 486 SCSI system:

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just appreciating the workspace you have, a nice retro pc corner

Reply 18023 of 18992, by PTherapist

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SodaSuccubus wrote on 2021-01-27, 21:03:

Any Atari fans here? I managed to nab thid Atari 520ST when I noticed it was being sold locally on eBay Canada.
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Not that I really have the hobby money to split on another type of retro computer (I need one of those Atari diskdrives, and the mice are hella expensive!). I mean i just sold my TI 99/4a for that exact reason, but I couldn't help myself I guess. This is as close as il probably get to owning an Amiga 😜

Just get a Gotek with FlashFloppy firmware instead, much easier and cheaper. There are also cheaper options for the mouse if you're not bothered about the 100% authentic experience, ie. adapters for PS/2 etc.

I'm looking to get an ST myself next month, never owned one before and I'll be using that with a Gotek. Though I'm looking at getting one of the later 520/1040 STE models, as they're easier to upgrade the RAM to 4MB and will of course run STE games.

Reply 18024 of 18992, by PTherapist

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brostenen wrote on 2021-01-27, 23:23:

Testing out my new RetroTink 2x Mini with my Commodore64 breadbin (rev 250407).
Composit are good. S-Video cable are AWESOMME.... I will post some pictures tomorrow.

Are you using a LumaFix64 mod with your C64 or just outputting the standard/non-standard S-Video signal?

I don't own a RetroTink or anything like that, but I found just adding the LumaFix to my C64 C made it look absolutely amazing via S-Video, even on my crappiest 14-year-old LCD TV. Excellent colour output & pin sharp image.

Reply 18025 of 18992, by CMB75

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PD2JK wrote on 2021-01-29, 08:35:

Maybe something like RAL 9010, but this color coding standard is European. IBM is not. 😉

I’d be ok with pantone, hks, ral or other color schemes - the problem with those IBM machines is that you need at least five different colors matching each other (harmony). The case, the front panel, the back case of the Monitor (which differs slightly from the base case), the black for the metal and a different black for the drive plastics. I’ve seen pantone suggestions for the front bezel but without the rest...

Reply 18026 of 18992, by CMB75

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Jed118 wrote on 2021-01-29, 07:29:
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But tonight, I am excited about finishing this 486 SCSI system:

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Thanks, you made my day twice. I have an old thread going searching for a case, well the best 486 case there ever was (I know, a little bit exaggerated).

Help needed: identifying an early 90s beige mini tower case

Everyone tells me it’s a common case and I’ve seen it around. Unfortunately no one had details to share. Can you provide a vendor or make of that case ... at least I would have something to search for in PricyBay.

Reply 18027 of 18992, by brostenen

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PTherapist wrote on 2021-01-29, 11:39:
brostenen wrote on 2021-01-27, 23:23:

Testing out my new RetroTink 2x Mini with my Commodore64 breadbin (rev 250407).
Composit are good. S-Video cable are AWESOMME.... I will post some pictures tomorrow.

Are you using a LumaFix64 mod with your C64 or just outputting the standard/non-standard S-Video signal?

I don't own a RetroTink or anything like that, but I found just adding the LumaFix to my C64 C made it look absolutely amazing via S-Video, even on my crappiest 14-year-old LCD TV. Excellent colour output & pin sharp image.

Nope... No Lumafix at all. I had one installed, yet I did not like the picture quality. It messes the sharpness up, and I will rather live with stripes. Yet with the RetroTink and S-Video cable, the quality is way better than CRT. I can not describe the result better, using words alone. So I have made a small 20-something minute video and posted on Youtube.

(Sorry for my really bad English)

Don't eat stuff off a 15 year old never cleaned cpu cooler.
Those cakes make you sick....

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Reply 18028 of 18992, by Jed118

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gerry wrote on 2021-01-29, 09:35:
Jed118 wrote on 2021-01-29, 07:29:
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But tonight, I am excited about finishing this 486 SCSI system:

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just appreciating the workspace you have, a nice retro pc corner

Hah thanks - that's just a random corner in the unfinished basement - it's temporary, as when I finish the basement up, I'll lose it (to renters, probably) - my real retro corner is in my office - I expanded one room just for the corner. There's no PC in there now, as all my computers are in one way or another in the middle of upgrades/waiting for parts, but it'll be my shrine for x86 stuff once I'm done 😁

Youtube channel- The Kombinator
What's for sale? my eBay!

Reply 18029 of 18992, by Jed118

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CMB75 wrote on 2021-01-29, 11:52:
Thanks, you made my day twice. I have an old thread going searching for a case, well the best 486 case there ever was (I know, a […]
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Jed118 wrote on 2021-01-29, 07:29:
But tonight, I am excited about finishing this 486 SCSI system: […]
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But tonight, I am excited about finishing this 486 SCSI system:

WPSy6Ekl.jpg

Thanks, you made my day twice. I have an old thread going searching for a case, well the best 486 case there ever was (I know, a little bit exaggerated).

Help needed: identifying an early 90s beige mini tower case

Everyone tells me it’s a common case and I’ve seen it around. Unfortunately no one had details to share. Can you provide a vendor or make of that case ... at least I would have something to search for in PricyBay.

These cases were quite common, I recall a few friends with them, inside were mostly 386s. I took this one quite apart (I since touched up the LED display - evened it out, recessed it nicely, and took a sharpie to the cut out edges so it looks better now) and I didn't see ANY markings, but I wasn't really looking for them.

PM me, I'm running my home network now so I can't look, but remind me and I'll help you ID this thing, or at least take detailed pictures? Whatever you need 😁

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What's for sale? my eBay!

Reply 18030 of 18992, by PTherapist

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Today's retro activity was experimenting on my Amiga 1200. Specifically, setting up and running ShapeShifter the Macintosh emulator. My Amiga 1200 just has the stock 68020 CPU, but with 8MB Fast RAM.

Got the emulator all configured and installed System 7.5.3.

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It runs pretty terribly as expected, but I was able to play the Mac version of Prince of Persia.... slowly and in black & white. 🤣

Really only did this for fun. Might try the Fusion Mac emulator later and see if it runs any better or worse.

Reply 18031 of 18992, by fosterwj03

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I restarted some tests with an ATI Graphics Ultra Pro (PCI, Mach32, 2MB). I recently discovered that the ATI DOS Install utility can change the default refresh rate on VGA modes (it defaults to 72Hz for 800x600 and 1024x768 as well as 87Hz interlaced for 1280x1024). I changed all of the VGA modes to 60Hz non-interlaced (including 1280x1024) to properly sync with my LCD monitor. The card works great in all modes now.

This might not seem particularly profound, but I bought this card for compatibility with Windows 2.x and OS/2 1.x. The ATI drivers for OS/2 1.x allow a resolution all the way up to 1280x1024 (256 color). I haven’t seen anyone post such a display setting online before so I thought I would mention it.

I wish I knew a way to perform a screen capture in OS/2 1.3. Here’s a photo I took of a relatively high resolution for such an old OS. This is running on a P4 2.8GHz bare metal.

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Reply 18032 of 18992, by Jed118

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PTherapist wrote on 2021-01-29, 20:38:
Today's retro activity was experimenting on my Amiga 1200. Specifically, setting up and running ShapeShifter the Macintosh emul […]
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Today's retro activity was experimenting on my Amiga 1200. Specifically, setting up and running ShapeShifter the Macintosh emulator. My Amiga 1200 just has the stock 68020 CPU, but with 8MB Fast RAM.

Got the emulator all configured and installed System 7.5.3.

ekyJhDal.jpg

It runs pretty terribly as expected, but I was able to play the Mac version of Prince of Persia.... slowly and in black & white. 🤣

Really only did this for fun. Might try the Fusion Mac emulator later and see if it runs any better or worse.

I had system 7.5.(something) when I was a kid - on a IIsi with an 030, I think it had 5 Mb of RAM. I really liked that machine, this gave me some nostalgia 😁

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What's for sale? my eBay!

Reply 18033 of 18992, by SteveC

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Just rediscovered the Psychic Link demoscene demo from 1995 - Juice. I watched this so many times back in the day.

http://www.pouet.net/prod.php?which=69

https://twitter.com/stevec00ps/status/1355292961840517121

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Reply 18034 of 18992, by vutt

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Did you know that Motorola had MT32 compatible sound module back in days? 😉

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My little MT32-pi in old TV set-top box project is shaping up nicely.
Now I need to fit that rats nest into case and figure out how much cooling Pi 4 in closed case needs. Will went holes drilling be sufficient or I need to add active cooling.

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Reply 18035 of 18992, by Caluser2000

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It took a couple of hours sort out the jumpers, with no documentation, to finally get the recently purchased ITT EXTRA|Professional Series 10Mhz 8088 system sorted. The XT-IDE card is now recognizing and booting off IDE HDDs. I've installed IBM Dos 5.02 and GeoWorks Pro 1.2 on to the system. The GeoWorks setup routine recognised the EXTRAs inbuilt video as CGA and runs fine. There are some fucky CGA configurations to choose from 😉.

I completely missed CGA and EGA systems. My first x86 computer which was a 286/16 PC General clone in a mini desktop case. So this is a bit different. I do remember playing Sokoban at work when things were quiet on a Compaq Desk Pro 386 in the late '80s. It also had Direct Access as the menu program and we used WordStar 2000 for creating official documentation.

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Reply 18036 of 18992, by chrismeyer6

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vutt wrote on 2021-01-30, 17:51:
Did you know that Motorola had MT32 compatible sound module back in days? ;) […]
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Did you know that Motorola had MT32 compatible sound module back in days? 😉

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My little MT32-pi in old TV set-top box project is shaping up nicely.
Now I need to fit that rats nest into case and figure out how much cooling Pi 4 in closed case needs. Will went holes drilling be sufficient or I need to add active cooling.

I personally would put a fan on the Rpi 4. I've had many different Rpi's and in any type of enclosure even with a good amount of venting I've had issues with overheating. Since I've started to use fans an anything I do with a pi the failure rate is dropped to zero from heat anyway.

Reply 18037 of 18992, by DrLucienSanchez

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I usually keep an eye out for CRT monitors and TVs, and after a long wait, I took a chance on a purchase, and finally nailed something that I'm very excited for: Sun Microsystems 16" CRT Monitor - PN17J0 - "Opened, never used", description says "Item has been opened, but is unused, VGA cables are still factory tied and internal packaging appears to be untouched". If this is really the case, then I am very happy with this. Got it for a total of £85 (£50 + £35 shipping) of a famous auction site - was the the only bidder 😀

From looking at the specs, the maximum it will do is 1280x1024 @75Hz. I'll use it to power my Slot 1 P II, MX440 98SE rig, and also my Frankenstein build - 2500K, Intel HD 3000, XP, all inside a nice still-beige 1997 Viglen tower.

I will make sure to un-wrap and allow it to get to room temperature before switching on!

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Classic rig - MS6156 Ver 1.0 Bx7 Slot1 Motherboard - Pentium II Deschutes 400Mhz, 320MB PC100 RAM, 20GB SATA Toshiba 2.5 via IDE/SATA converter, Geforce 4 MX440 AGP 64MB, Sun Microsystems 16" CRT Monitor - PN17J0 CRT monitor

Reply 18039 of 18992, by LHN91

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Recently re-obtained a Compaq Armada E500 - I had given it to my nephew for playing games. Unfortunately in a bit worse cosmetic condition than it was when I last saw it...... was mint when I got it but definitely not now. Still fully functional though thankfully, but I'm having a bit of difficulty with DOS sound under Windows with the ESS Maestro 2E.

Using the WDM drivers, sounds works good in DOS games under Windows, but MIDI uses the generic Microsoft SoftSynth. If I install the VxD drivers it shows an ESS WaveSynth and as far as I can tell it's set up correctly, but attempting to use MIDI from a DOS box causes a BSOD. Any suggestions or at least feedback on the quality of the ESS WaveSynth, if it's worth trying to get working?