Well, I finally did some retro stuff this weekend.
I have a "to test" box where I put stuff from donations, mini-hauls, etc, that need to be tested. Decided to try to empty it out this weekend. Started with videocards, a Rage Pro 128, a Radeon 9200 TV, and a FX 5200 TV with some failing caps that all work.
Tested a bunch of RAM, PC133, DDR and DDR2 mainly, though I have some SODIMMs remaining to test. Only one bad stick out of the batch. Tested 3 socket 478 and 3 socket 775 processors from a celeron to a core2duo (but 4 of them were P4s). All work. Have a socket AM2 mobo on the bench for the last loose processor, an Athlon 64 x2 5050e.
Tested a PIII slot A mobo along with some PC133 RAM, also tested a beige IDE DVD-ROM and a few hard drives (the 40 gig SATA was dead, the 40 gig IDE and 160 Sata 2.5" work fine).
Wasted an entire bottle of acetone getting a DDR2 heatsink off a dead stick, only to have the paint crumble off and get everywhere - zero out of ten, would throw away next time. Do have a spare heatsink, half-stripped of paint.
After that last CPU and the remaining SODIMMs, the box will be empty (FOR NOW). I got some 8Gb SODIMMs and I need to find something to test them with. They were grungy but cleaned up real nice with alcohol.
ASUS and the shipper are being punks about the shipping damage on my main system's motherboard. The good news is XFX sent me a new video card under warranty. It won't fit in my backup system, but hey, it's new in box!