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Reply 19860 of 20445, by Merovign

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I took apart, cleaned thoroughly, and then reassembled an off-brand wireless keyboard before I realized the wireless dongle was missing. So that was fun. Part of me wants to try to swap out the control board for a vintage/retro project, I guess I'll make that #933 on the project list.

I have lined up a huge box of parts to test and planned on doing it today, but I kind of never got up and went today.

I did pick up what I thought was going to be a VisionTek GF3 and turned out to be a VisionTek Radeon 9600 yesterday, so that's something! Still haven't tested it yet, it's in the test box, which is overflowing.

*Too* *many* *things*!

Reply 19861 of 20445, by BitWrangler

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Some of them (Edit: random wireless keyboards) have a USB compliant HID interface that you can internally solder up a USB cable for. It's a bit of a PITA to dig out the data sheets and brain it all out though.

Unicorn herding operations are proceeding, but all the totes of hens teeth and barrels of rocking horse poop give them plenty of hiding spots.

Reply 19862 of 20445, by Merovign

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BitWrangler wrote on 2021-09-06, 02:54:

Some of them (Edit: random wireless keyboards) have a USB compliant HID interface that you can internally solder up a USB cable for. It's a bit of a PITA to dig out the data sheets and brain it all out though.

Yeah the other option I had in mind was puzzling out the ribbon connector on the membrane and creating a bridge or something for an older keyboard PCB - someone used a arduino-like chip to make a wireless keyboard wired, but it was a ton of work. Mind you, they put their plans on the internet, so they did most of the homework.

https://chadaustin.me/2021/02/wired-sculpt/

Proooobably more than I want to do as it's an 80-key and I prefer full keyboards for most purposes.

Also, I was digging into another slimline with a ton of errors (everything was unplugged or bent by an angry gorilla), when I found that one of the PCIE 1x slots was shrouded by the PSU. So, I looked and there was something next to it:

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I mean, obviously, the mobo wasn't designed for this case, but it's every so slightly entertaining to see the designer's "what the heck it'll fit" moment.

Edit: Yes, I'm bored. I get bored when I'm tired because if I could do things I wouldn't be bored. 😀

*Too* *many* *things*!

Reply 19863 of 20445, by Jed118

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I retrobrited a Magitronic 14 inch CRT. The front part came out well, the sides of the bezel fair, and the rear cover not so good (lots of marbling) but from head on, I'm quite happy with the results. Funny thing is, the INSIDE of the monitor case was yellowed too!

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Reply 19864 of 20445, by appiah4

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Repaired a 286 motherboard..

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..and got it fully working. Yay me!

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Reply 19865 of 20445, by Old_Jelly

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So the fans on the Voodoo 5 5500 are going to drive me insane and that is a fact. So to remedy the situation I ordered some Noiseblocker BlackSilentPro fans 40mm. Now this would be a straightforward DIY but it seems people don't know how to count these days so I got only 7 rubber spacers instead of 8.

This is very easy to fix don't get me wrong but the fans were pricey and I want it to look good. I contacted Blacknoise and are now waiting for a response. Here are some pictures of the DIY

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Reply 19866 of 20445, by Caluser2000

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Connected the broken fan pwr leads to the Hypertech Max Pro 200(WinChip 200) cpu. Added new heat sink compound after cleaning the old stuff off and clamped it all together. I'm going to apply a small dab of Gorilla Grip adhesive on each of the fan/cpu corners to hold them together when it dries and I will remove the small plastic clamp.

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There's a glitch in the matrix.
A founding member of the 286 appreciation society.
Apparently 32-bit is dead and nobody likes P4s.
Of course, as always, I'm open to correction...😉

Reply 19867 of 20445, by TehGuy

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I've been swapping my P4 and dos machines out with a slot 1 + slotket for the past 2-3 hours. My floppy cable was keyed the wrong way for the board so I got to run that upside down.

Still hate molex connectors to this day; dunno who designed something where the pins can shift around as you try to plug them together. Just praying the fan headers on the GA-6BXC actually spin the case fans up... Well, back to putting this stuff together and cleaning up so I can go to flippin sleep

Also my room's not always this messy I swear

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XP/7: Core 2 Extreme QX9770, 8GB RAM, Radeon HD 7850, X-Fi Titanium

Reply 19868 of 20445, by Shagittarius

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Caluser2000 wrote on 2021-09-08, 00:53:

Connected the broken fan pwr leads to the Hypertech Max Pro 200(WinChip 200) cpu. Added new heat sink compound after cleaning the old stuff off and clamped it all together. I'm going to apply a small dab of Gorilla Grip adhesive on each of the fan/cpu corners to hold them together when it dries and I will remove the small plastic clamp.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHmw0u2G9kw - For your Bundaberg

Reply 19869 of 20445, by Disruptor

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Finally, got my Token-Ring running.
It's running with:

Olicom PCI Token-Ring card
IBM PCI Token-Ring card
Synoptics LattisRing 2702B-C hub

Ring speed 16 MBit/s
ICMP maximum unfragmented payload in Windows 2000: 4028 bytes

Still struggling with a 3Com TokenLink III 16/4 3C619

Reply 19871 of 20445, by Caluser2000

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Installing Lubuntu 10.10 on my AMDk6-2 400 rig with 256megs of ram. Why? Because I bloody well can.....😉

There's a glitch in the matrix.
A founding member of the 286 appreciation society.
Apparently 32-bit is dead and nobody likes P4s.
Of course, as always, I'm open to correction...😉

Reply 19872 of 20445, by GuillermoXT

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Got my 486DLC and 4c87dlc installed 🙂👍

https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMR5W5K1R/

My Retrosystems:
K6-2 400 running Win98SE
P1-133 with Win3.11
Tandon 286-8MHZ Running DOS 5.0 on XT-IDE Card

Reply 19873 of 20445, by Nexxen

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I removed and tested some caps.
A few tested better than ever even after 25 years. Others were KO I wonder how they hadn't burst yet...

One in particular had a strange reading, 7400µF 25V instead of 330µF. 20%vloss and 0.8 ohms.
That one was looking terrible and was bulging on both ends.


PC#1 Pentium 233 MMX - 98SE
PC#2 PIII-1Ghz - 98SE/W2K

Reply 19874 of 20445, by xcomcmdr

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Caluser2000 wrote on 2021-09-08, 18:41:

Installing Lubuntu 10.10 on my AMDk6-2 400 rig with 256megs of ram. Why? Because I bloody well can.....😉

Ubuntu, for the people who can't figure out Debian. 😉

Reply 19875 of 20445, by Caluser2000

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xcomcmdr wrote on 2021-09-09, 07:10:
Caluser2000 wrote on 2021-09-08, 18:41:

Installing Lubuntu 10.10 on my AMDk6-2 400 rig with 256megs of ram. Why? Because I bloody well can.....😉

Ubuntu, for the people who can't figure out Debian. 😉

Don't you mean Arch?
I understand you had issues with it despite the excellent documentation it has....😉

There's a glitch in the matrix.
A founding member of the 286 appreciation society.
Apparently 32-bit is dead and nobody likes P4s.
Of course, as always, I'm open to correction...😉

Reply 19876 of 20445, by appiah4

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xcomcmdr wrote on 2021-09-09, 07:10:
Caluser2000 wrote on 2021-09-08, 18:41:

Installing Lubuntu 10.10 on my AMDk6-2 400 rig with 256megs of ram. Why? Because I bloody well can.....😉

Ubuntu, for the people who can't figure out Debian. 😉

Ubuntu and Debian are not that far apart really.

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Reply 19878 of 20445, by Caluser2000

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xcomcmdr wrote on 2021-09-09, 08:12:

That's why I use Xubuntu, to make Debian fanboys cry in the night.

Because you can't handle Arch you don't you mean?

How do you know someone is an Arch user? They will tell you multiple times in one posting...😉.

There's a glitch in the matrix.
A founding member of the 286 appreciation society.
Apparently 32-bit is dead and nobody likes P4s.
Of course, as always, I'm open to correction...😉

Reply 19879 of 20445, by xcomcmdr

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Caluser2000 wrote on 2021-09-09, 09:49:
xcomcmdr wrote on 2021-09-09, 08:12:

That's why I use Xubuntu, to make Debian fanboys cry in the night.

Because you can't handle Arch you don't you mean?

I use Arch, btw.