Holy crap I have to stop with adopting the pathetic orphans... it was an ax1930 on Saturday (planned to be htpc) then today I went out on a search for a gooderer CPU for that, ended up in a thrift on my travels and there was a very clean mATX haswell system for $15. I was yeah, nah, yeah, nah, yeah, nah for 5 mins... then figured I'd keep thinking about it if I left it... guess I liked the case well enough, was looking for cheapy mATX and there's no much under $70.. so if it's all dead it be a case donor. However, it seems to have a useable motherboard Gigabyte GA-H81M-D52 which will take all haswells, so like I thought, may haswell. Apparently has a celerunt in it.
Initial thoughts are, build it up as a "loaner" gamer to kids in the fam. Better CPU, coolermaster 550W, gruntiest graphics that won't overheat it, let them do all the Fortnite, League of Legends, Rocket League kinda crap. Still pondering whether to go for best price i5 I can scrape up, or spend somewhat "real" money on an i7-4790k, put that devils onion in MY haswell rig and put the i7-4770 in this one.
Weird brand of machine, Lemul or something... kinda mid-low quality case, styled okay and standard layout, was pretty clean condition which is why it particularly appealed, had "fast enough for the time" machines before I couldn't give away due to cosmetic fugliness.
Fate is teasing me though, there was a cheaper 4790k for sale locally for ages, must have sold, but now I find a cheap Ryzen5 2600X instead, hah, why come I didn't find a run of cheap low end AM4 machines.
Fell to another temptation Benq projector, m610, very cheap didn't smell burnt, fans look pristine, shiny, not a speck of fine dust on them.... and i know right, suspiciously dirt cheap projector = pricey bulb.... I have not tried it yet, but am crossing my fingers it's actually got a lot of bulb life left because of how clean the fans are. ... it does look like the actual bulb can be got for $25 though if I want to rebuild the module, even if the whole caboodle gives you sticker shock. If it's working but at predicted EOL, I really don't care for the money I paid, it can prolly go a few movie nights before kablooey. Might be able to cram 40W of LED in there for equivalent lumen-werfing I guess.
edit: whoops, brain mangled the model number it's a Benq MP620p $1000 or so worth when new.
editII: quick fire up, IT'S ALIVE.. but I am confused.. all what I'm seeing when I look it up, seem to say the lamp timer is "count up" and when it gets within a thousand hours of death you get red warnings. I see lamp timer at 55 hours and no red warnings... does that really mean I've got nearly the whole lamp life left??? Or is it a count down, but if so, why no warnings about life expiring. Anyhoo, 50+ hours is a lot of fun, if it doesn't take me all 50 to figure the damn thing out. Also the boot splash looked fine, but then on the menu/default screen there was a yellow bar down it to the left. Cannot find any full screen photos of this screen only cropped to menu items, which it does not cross. Background is blue otherwise... Is this a stylistic element of the interface, the background has a stripe?? I am confused as to how it could fail like this otherwise, it's not an LCD in there AFAIK. micro mirror array stuffs. Anyway, if blue dropped out on a blue screen, why is it so yellow?? I know R and G mix to yellow, but it seemed kinda bright to be the amount of R+G left if not displaying blue, when whole screen blue. Again the initial splash did not have a stripe. If it's a bit glitch in the digital side I might be able to ID dodgy solder. Hmmmm more questions now than powering it up solved. Normally I'd just futz around with something until the answer was obvious, but when you are on a timer like this, you want all the info first. (Especially if it's going down 55 left, not 55 used.) Though I can believe from the "newness" looking of the thing that it only got 55 hours, maybe was in an office conference room or something, only used for quarterly reports. I am quite impressed by the image otherwise, didn't drop the lights and I could see it fine. Obviously if you do it gets brighter.
EditIII: Ah, might be a lead free solder balls issue.... https://www.projectorjunkies.com/vertical-lin … vertical-lines/ which is sorta good in that it is the type of problem I know a little about and have some tools which might effect a fix, rather than being in the dark magick DLP side.
Unicorn herding operations are proceeding, but all the totes of hens teeth and barrels of rocking horse poop give them plenty of hiding spots.