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Reply 23040 of 40813, by liqmat

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Welp, all of you probably have your unobtainium piece of hardware that you either seek or have found. I finally found mine and unbelievably NIB. You bet I'll be archiving all of the floppies and docs. Cross your fingers all the floppies work as the DOS/Windows 3.1 drivers and software for this card are basically non-existent. This card was $1300 back in 1992 when it was released.

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Reply 23041 of 40813, by furan

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liqmat wrote:

Just curious. Does that put out a lot of heat after extended use?

Not sure yet, but it does have a fan, so I imagine it gets "amplifier hot" - in my system it will only be near a cdrom (on top of, not underneath) so I think it'll be ok.

Reply 23042 of 40813, by liqmat

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furan wrote:
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Just curious. Does that put out a lot of heat after extended use?

Not sure yet, but it does have a fan, so I imagine it gets "amplifier hot" - in my system it will only be near a cdrom (on top of, not underneath) so I think it'll be ok.

Oh, cool, it has active cooling. That's awesome. I was concerned it might heat up other 5¼" devices, but with a fan, should be no issue. Great!

Reply 23043 of 40813, by liqmat

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liqmat wrote:

Welp, all of you probably have your unobtainium piece of hardware that you either seek or have found. I finally found mine and unbelievably NIB. You bet I'll be archiving all of the floppies and docs. Cross your fingers all the floppies work as the DOS/Windows 3.1 drivers and software for this card are basically non-existent. This card was $1300 back in 1992 when it was released.

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Happy to report all the floppies worked perfectly and have now been imaged. Next stage is scan the two manuals.

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Reply 23045 of 40813, by bjwil1991

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Went on my thrifting adventures today and got the following:

Xircom 100Base-TX CardBus adapter in-box
DVD-ROM (will replace the one that's in my Socket 370 system)
USB Network cable that connects two XP or Mac systems for sharing files and other stuff
Nikon Coolpics S210 with everything in it
Yamaha PSR-6 keyboard (8-bit Keys <-- 8-bit Guy did a video about this keyboard)

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Corrected my spelling for the CardBus adapter.

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Reply 23046 of 40813, by liqmat

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So that an ET4000ax with video capture?

1mb? upgradable to 2mb?

Mpeg accleration?

4 cables (8-pin DIN to composite / 8-pin DIN to S-video)

Maximum resolution 1280x1024.

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I basically pumped real time video through a 386 SX/25 with this card doing graphic overlays in MS-DOS using the proprietary DOS software it came with. It was truly an amazing card for its time. The only reason I was looking for one is to once and for all archive all the docs and software for those who want to own one or at least collect it since most that come up for auction don't have the software or docs. The only other piece to the puzzle are the cables that come with it. The manual has pin out diagrams luckily.

The model I received has what looks to be the latest BIOS which is version 2.22. So definitely a bonus. It technically was announced and released in 1991, but I never actually saw one retail until 1992.

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Reply 23047 of 40813, by cyclone3d

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Finally have a Pentium Pro (2 actually) on the way. Bunch of useful ones in there besides the PPros I am guessing. I see some S370 Tualatins in there. Can't really read the speed of anything.

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Also a high end Willamette next to the PPros, if you're into that 😁

Well, I don't have any socket 423 setups.... if I can get a good motherboard for cheap I will probably build one.
Uggghhhh, I hated the S423 setups back in the day. Slow as molasses as I remember from the few I had the displeasure of working on.

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Reply 23048 of 40813, by The Serpent Rider

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Slow as molasses as I remember from the few I had the displeasure of working on.

Usual 423 systems were SDRAM based, so yeah... crippled CPU with crippled memory.

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Reply 23049 of 40813, by MCGA

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Finally! I found a PS2 to Serial adapter that works on my Microsoft Mouse Serial Port Mouse 2.0.

And not really retro, but I bought a FX-4100 with Heatsink for $4 bucks.

I'd be one happy mofo if I found a Cardinal card, let alone in box.

Reply 23050 of 40813, by liqmat

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I'd be one happy mofo if I found a Cardinal card, let alone in box.

There is one on Ebay, but barebones and pricey. There are no cables, docs or software either. I will be archiving all the docs and software shortly.

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Reply 23051 of 40813, by Ozzuneoj

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I haven't been posting much in this thread lately, but I nabbed these for $20 shipped, which is a great price if they work. Pictures look pretty good, so I'm hopeful!

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Ensoniq Voodoo Banshee and a Cirrus Logic Laguna3D, which is one of the first AGP 3D accelerators.

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Now for some blitting from the back buffer.

Reply 23053 of 40813, by keropi

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@liqmat
post some pics of the card/software in action 😀

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Reply 23054 of 40813, by The Serpent Rider

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Alright and how much was it 2018?

50% discount. Grab while it's hot 🤣

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Reply 23055 of 40813, by Jed118

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I got a large shipment of parts and computers in from Poland. I've also done this to a fellow board member's (non-socketed Dallas RTC)

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Reply 23056 of 40813, by slivercr

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Got a pair of beauties this week: a vanilla Geforce3 by Abit, and a 9700 Pro by Hercules! The Radeon's fan needs some maintenance, but besides that they both work great.

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Reply 23057 of 40813, by liqmat

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blurks wrote:
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This card was $1300 back in 1992 when it was released.

Alright and how much was it 2018?

A little less than 1/5th the original price. I was happy to pay it too considering its condition and it has been at the very top of my wanted list.

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@liqmat
post some pics of the card/software in action 😀

How about a Youtube video? My whole plan of when I finally found one is to archive all the software and docs. Scan the box. Photograph all components and finally do a demo video before donating it to a computer museum which is where this will eventually go as with most my other rare finds.

Reply 23059 of 40813, by gdjacobs

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keropi wrote:
fixing that severed trace is easy, just solder a jump wire to these points: […]
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fixing that severed trace is easy, just solder a jump wire to these points:

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personally I wouldn't bother with desoldering the tag ram and add more cache *unless* the mobo is really good and stable

Pro tip:
It will not be much of an issue in this application (relatively high voltage and low current), but standard workmanship to avoid EMI crosstalk is to always have the line crossings be perpendicular. If you secure the new conductor to the board roughly where Keropi indicated, or along the original trace, it will look quite tidy and there will be less noise on those signal lines.

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