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2 hours ago, Bitter said:

Working on packing up a box of stuff for someone. I don't think it'll all fit in one box. The FDD/Card reader is a weird one, but kind of cool.

Always kinda wanted one of those FDD/card reader combos, not gonna lie. I can't resist the quirkiness.

 

Then again I may just end up having to get one of those things that lets you shove a floppy and slim optical drive into a single 5.25" bay for whatever XP rig ends up being shoved into an Enthoo Pro M at *insert date here*.

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So i've been messing around with my dual p3 some more, thought i'd post some progress here.... if anyone even cares :P.

 

Been waiting on a PCI sata card, that arrived over a week ago, the card worked fine but it never detects any HDD's, not in any system i have here. tried drives from 36GB up to 1TB. Nothing gets detected. So that card goes RMA, hoping to replace it some time soon.

While troubleshooting the new card i finally ran into posts about my old card where other ppl had problems with the pc locking up while booting as well. Someone figured out it was silicon image (chipset manufacturer on both sata cards i got now) broke compatibility, with older systems, with a bios update. I happened to have updated the card to the very latest some time ago so i flashed an older confirmed working bios on it.

At first it didn't work but today i decided to, just to be sure, try all the pci slots the system has. It actually started working (the old card, not the new lol). So i finally got into windows (installed on a PATA drive) with a SATA drive attached and detectable without a crash, yay. I cleared all my old drives from any partitions or data some time ago so it wasn't even initialized. After doing that and formatting.... i got an error, "windows cannot format this drive", or something like that.

Hoped it was just formatting that was the problem so i formatted the drive in another pc and tried installing windows on it.... that worked up until it had to reboot and actually show a windows logo while booting, it crashed immediately. Not a BSOD or anything... just a black screen.

 

After inspecting the system more closely i've found a dented capacitor between the bottom 2 PCI slots (those give me the most trouble atm, the sata or lan cards wont work there). This might have happened long ago and be something the previous owner did or it might be something i did. It's just a tiny dent in the top, can this break the capacitor? Anyway, looking the entire system over, i've also found a blown cap above the left CPU. Hopefully that cap is the same as the ones i've already replaced, i ordered some extra's at the time.

 

So, more soldering in my future i suppose. Just wanted to say i'm still working on the damn thing.... pics are still coming at some point, hopefully. Unless i break this thing, then it's not really worth it, is it?


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Well. Some video cards work and some don't but the shocker is a card that recently worked does not work now, my trusty old GTX 650. The 7600GT shows up, the 7800 GTX works but it's OpenGL version is very old, the 9800GT works but has a very hot and very loud inductor on it. I thought it had some bad solder joints at them but re-soldering them didn't make any difference.

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8 hours ago, flibberdipper said:

mmmmmmm yes. #DualSocketMustardRace

I can technically agree with this, I have a pair of Athlon MPs xD

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On 8/24/2019 at 11:22 AM, flibberdipper said:

Always kinda wanted one of those FDD/card reader combos, not gonna lie. I can't resist the quirkiness.

 

Then again I may just end up having to get one of those things that lets you shove a floppy and slim optical drive into a single 5.25" bay for whatever XP rig ends up being shoved into an Enthoo Pro M at 8/30/19.

date inserted get to work. /s


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Boy, this thread is amazing! Incredible that I had never checked it out, and it dates back to 2013. Some of the PCs and parts that you all have posted here are unbelievable! Beautiful to see so many people with old-timey rigs still going on.

I'll share pictures of my very first PC, born in 1995. I recovered it in 2016 and have been trying to refurbish it, but it's been hard due to scarce availability of old parts in my country. I've had two PSUs fail and it's harder and harder to find good IDE hard drives.

This PC has a Pentium P54C 100Mhz processor and a "graphics card" (more like a 2D graphics accelerator) by Cirrus Logic. The whole list is in my signature below. 

 

Here are some pics: 

 

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This is a shot of the motherboard with the CPU at the bottom, RAM sticks at the top left corner, the graphics card under it, and the sound card at the very bottom left. The stick in the brown slot in the middle is a CPU cache card.

 

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Here's a pic of the Pentium I P54C. A beast that never really roared, to be honest. Quite a run-of-the-mill chip at the time.

 

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And here's a close-up shot of the Cirrus Logic GD3454 VGA, with its whopping 1MB of VRAM that could be expanded if you included memory chips in the brown banks on the right. Pretty neat feature that ceased to exist.

 

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It was surreal finding this computer after such a long time, but I still feel a little sad that I haven't been able to bring it back to its former glory - or lack thereof hehehe.

Still, it's great just to have it lying about for the sake of nostalgia.


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2 hours ago, quakeguy said:

That is some bad yellowing in front of the case.  You should remove it and paint it white to match the rest.  I love using older hardware for retro gaming PCs.  You should stick Windows 98 SE/DOS/FreeDOS on it.  It would make an awesome retro gaming PC.

Absolutely! Too many years stashed away in an old office. I'll use a technique that the 8-bit guy showed in a video to remove yellowing from plastic pieces of old machines. After I get a hold of the essential parts to get it up and running again, I might just install Win 98 and see how it turns out.


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How did I not find this thread till now? Maybe I did and forgot idk. Anyways here is a good chunk of my older components.

 

My old abit AM2 bored I pulled out of an garage sale custom built PC. the GPU, HDD and ram where missing (the ram you see there i put it later to test components and run the system abit) but the case, CPU, a couple of IDE Lightscibe DVD drives and the PSU where there. Don't have the case anymore unfortunately but I still have the rest.

 

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The Athlon that came with the system (sorry the pictures are blurry my phone camera is trash and refuses to focus)

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A, no joke, GT 420. It was a slow card even back in it's day but I think we all know why.

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Some old laptop GPU's and CPU's (I think they are mostly Pentium 3 and 4s) a Pentium 4 640, a Core 2 Duo E6550 and some old laptop ram.

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And finally the most interesting old part I own a passively cooled  8600GTS? from Asus. 

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I have a few other old parts laying around but they are mostly LGA 775 boards and old heatsinks. I also have some old consoles too like a Dreamcast and N64 but I felt like those didn't really fit this thread.


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49 minutes ago, SukaroBlue said:

old abit AM2 bored I pulled out of an garage sale custom built PC.

I really want an AM2 board that supports SLI and a couple old Nvidia GPUs to throw into my Athlon 64 X2 rig.

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56 minutes ago, Crunchy Dragon said:

I really want an AM2 board that supports SLI and a couple old Nvidia GPUs to throw into my Athlon 64 X2 rig.

I'd love to get a nice board for my 7850BE and then get something like a GTX 280 to semi-replace my current XP rig. Never really got to see what the 7850 could do because my M2N-SLI Deluxe died shortly after I got it and OC'd the piss out of my 3450.

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@Schnoz All packed, got most of it in there, at least all the working stuff. I'll PM.

 

 

 

 

Also figured out why my 650 wasn't working, I forgot to plug in the PCIe power. I ALWAYS do that, it's hidden off the side the back of the card. *facepalm*

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On 8/27/2019 at 3:14 PM, Bloody-George said:

And here's a close-up shot of the Cirrus Logic GD3454 VGA, with its whopping 1MB of VRAM that could be expanded if you included memory chips in the brown banks on the right. Pretty neat feature that ceased to exist.

 

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Cool to see old hardware. My old A4000 had the Picasso IV RTG Card for the graphics. It used a Cirrus Logic GD5446. It was a great card/GPU. It had 4 MB of video RAM--a lot for those days.

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17 hours ago, The Smokin Deist said:

Cool to see old hardware. My old A4000 had the Picasso IV RTG Card for the graphics. It used a Cirrus Logic GD5446. It was a great card/GPU. It had 4 MB of video RAM--a lot for those days.

That Picasso card looks like it was a beast. I wish you had pictures of that A4000 so we could see it. I simply adore retro builds.


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Rebound 95 -- PC Chips M519 Socket 7 AT Mobo • Pentium P54C 100Mhz • Cirrus Logic GD3454 1MB GPU • Creative L. Sound Blaster 16 CT2950 • 8MB of RAM

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On 8/27/2019 at 3:14 PM, Bloody-George said:

 

And here's a close-up shot of the Cirrus Logic GD3454 VGA, with its whopping 1MB of VRAM that could be expanded if you included memory chips in the brown banks on the right. Pretty neat feature that ceased to exist.

 

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I really wish that you could upgrade your memory just like that. A lot of professional applications require a LOT of VRAM that Nvidia and AMD (Nvidia especially) sell to you in a Quadro at a great markup. If you could just pop in more VRAM chips, that would solve a lot of problems.


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My very first gaming GPU.

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I don't have a photo of mine because it's 200 miles away right now lol.

 

But this chip was badass. It was a GPU with no VRAM*

 

I'm pretty sure the PCB and capacitors were more expensive than the GPU itself xD


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42 minutes ago, Energycore said:

My very first gaming GPU.

And you just gon not tell us what model it was?

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On 8/28/2019 at 1:21 PM, I lost it said:

I have a brand new Commodore 64 :) everything still sealed. I'll get pics when i get it out.

Like an old system that was never opened? I would still open it up and inspect the capacitors on the motherboard just to be safe. Inspecting the PSU for it may or may not be possible. I think some of those old Commodore caps get a bit leaky over time. Luckily enough, you don't have to worry about battery leakage like you would with an Amiga.

It's pretty easy to open up and inspect. I don't remember if you need any special bits. I was part of a Commodore user's group for several years and I have opened up quite a few older systems to try to swap socketed chips to see if I can get it to work. I've also installed the JiffyDOS ROMS in several systems from the C64 to the 128D.

 

Another fun task was soldering in device number switches in the old 1541 floppy drives.

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5 hours ago, Bloody-George said:

That Picasso card looks like it was a beast. I wish you had pictures of that A4000 so we could see it. I simply adore retro builds.

The Picasso IV was one of the best that came out for the Amiga--I just wish I could have added some of the modules to it. The Picasso96 software was pretty nice and it allowed me to create custom display modes and resolutions. I did lose a few, lesser used screen modes and the ability to peel down the different screens on the Amiga--the stock GFX chipset allowed you to drag down different screens displaying them all well even if they were at different resolutions at the same time.

I had two A4000/040 systems before. The first was in the standard desktop case and it was a nice step up for me from my A2000. But we had flooding in the FLGS I was co-owner of and the building's insurance paid for my replacement. So I ordered another A4000/040 (refurbished) from Software Hut but this one was in the Elbox Tower case with the larger daughterboard. That was my main system until I ended up handing all my old Amiga stuff to someone in the user's group to take care of a debt--I'm pretty sure I got boned in the deal.

I also wish I had a pic of all my old Amigas but we were still using film cameras at that time and it cost money to take and develop pictures.

I don't remember everything I had in there but I remember that the motherboard was fully populated with RAM that was hot-glued for some weird reason. It had my Picasso IV RTG card, An X-Surf II Ethernet card so I could surf via DSL, a Catweasel card to hook up PC floppy drives, maybe a Buddah IDE card, and possibly a SCSI card.

My biggest bottleneck was that I had the stock Commodore '040 board installed--I really wished I could have afforded good accelerator in there like one of the '060+PPC boards.

There should be a pic of my old A2000 earlier in this thread though.

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