Reply 18040 of 21729, by creepingnet
Versa 40EC is fixed now, - killed the MoBo video circuit - luckily could order a third (where the heck are these guys getting all these Versa E/V motherboards from - they had 2 in 2019 - now they have FIVE in stock for only $20 e/a.). though it still needs an LCD panel. I'm ordering some FFC connectors and cables for a "best of parts" panel I'm putting together. I may still order another one from China as well though, and keep trying to fix the -12 version. I did some diagnostics on that panel and it looks like a component is shorting something out in the controller board.
Versa M/75 is almost done being all setup with the 80GB drive. I set it up to triple boot to DOS (7.0), Windows 95 OSR 2.5, and Windows For Workgroups 3.11 - as this one has WSS audio and also can emulate a SoundBlaster via WSS - although without the OPL. In some ways, I favor the M/75 because I can game on it while watching TV and I don't have to go the extra step to shut the music off, and it has a 640x480 LCD Panel instead of the letterboxed 800x600 one on my P/75 (which I like better for emulation because it does not get cut off - plus the Pentium is better for MAME and NESticle). I just put SHSUCD and OMI on it, and got mTCP all setup for the DOS Portion. WFWG is working and I'm making new tiled backgrounds for it, and kind of rediscovered the joy of Zsoft/Win31 paint in the process.
Left the P/75 on standby all day, still had a full battery 12 hours later - man, I'm ordering another one of those batteries! And get the dumb version for the 40EC.
What's also nice is all this activity is making a GREAT cloak for the Wife's birthday gifts - she won't suspect a thing! Never saw what I ordered for her because I used the Motherboard as a cloak (slipped the gift inside the box while I was outside). This is how you be a good husband and still keep the train of Vintage Computing rolling.
I may also have line on the other one I Could not get ahold of - so maybe I'll wait on the history/benchmark/comparison video for awhile.....I'd LIKE to get a full collection together for that one.