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tedster
Posted 2021-09-29 3:29 PM (#2289 - in reply to #2288)
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Blimey, Zeff on an Athlon!

I've never had an Apple machine, they don't really appeal to me. But it's something for you to tinker with and that can't be bad!

However, my news is. I've managed to source an i7-3632QM cpu for my Thinkpad T-430, off the 'bay of wonders! Pretty hard to find these 35w i7's. So when I finally spotted one I snapped it up. Should give the old girl a boost, not that I had any complaints with the original i5 that was in there. But I do like to mess!
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DXZeff
Posted 2021-10-06 3:44 AM (#2290 - in reply to #71)
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TM Crusoe

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@Brostenen: By contrast, I've no love for Mac at all, but as usual have no reason to fault others for wanting to use them.
720p YouTube is one thing, but I always feel a little miserable when I think back to being able to watch 360p YouTube on a 266MHz Pentium II without issue, as things sure did bloat since.
Can't remember how much it cost to print per copy. £3 per copy is probably good enough. Be warned, it's not great, as I wrote it for myself, really, with little regard for anyone else.
As for the XT, it has since gotten a hard drive. XT-IDE is troublesome, so it's ended up on an old 21MB 8-Bit IDE drive that probably doesn't have much life in it, but it's an obscure interface, so worth tampering with just because. Slower than hell throughput, but that hardly matters in this machine anyway. Hoping to find an RTC card for it some day, for research reasons mostly, as I suspect some 'weird' performance is coming from applications falling back on the ~18Hz IRQ 0 timer, versus the 1KHz timer it might use if a RTC was present.


@Tedster: Hopefully it's faster than this 2620M, as it's becoming a bit of a drag now.
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tedster
Posted 2021-10-08 10:22 AM (#2291 - in reply to #2290)
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Is there a bios mod to let you use Ivy Bridge cpu's?

It is a bit faster but it was another bloody rabbit hole. I had to get a bigger power brick, so that was another 20 quid!
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tedster
Posted 2021-10-21 12:18 AM (#2293 - in reply to #2291)
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Got another bloody ThinkPad!

I took the heat sink off my old R50e to clean it and the bloody fan crumbled to pieces. Well, I found one for sale in China but that's on a slow boat, probably. So, a quick scan on the 'bay sourced an identical machine to mine. Listed as "for parts or not working" I thought it worth a punt for the 23 pounds inc shipping!

Well, bugger me, the thing turned up and it's in better condition than mine! The seller had no charger and plugging it in using mine, I got an instant sign of life. Loads of complaints about wrong time and date and no bootable device. Typical for a dead cmos battery. So I pulled it apart, pulled the cmos battery, stripped it and taped up a new CR2025. Added another 512mb stick of ram alongside the installed one. Pulled the drive out of my old R50e and the thing booted right up. It's a lovely little machine, sporting a Pentium M 1.7 GHz and even Intel WiFi, which mine doesn't have.

I'll transfer the good bits of mine over to it and make it into my retro XP lappy. My old one will get a couple of sticks of 256mb ram and become my 98se retro lappy! Well, it will if my Cineasium cooler turns up. What a result.
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Brostenen
Posted 2021-10-30 6:06 PM (#2294 - in reply to #71)
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I have not been on this forum for some time. My parents had their golden wedding during the first weekend of october, and I have had my children during the vacation that is during fall here in Denmark. One week school off, good for the kids. So we had a blast with different stuff, like carving pumpkin heads.

I did buy a couple of things....

- TF-1230 accelerator for my Amiga1200 (64mb edition)
- Angled CF-IDE adaptor with an extra 40-pin IDE header.
- Kickstart 3.1 Roms for my Amiga1200.
- PCMCIA-SD card adaptor that are 16-bit Amiga 1200/600 friendly.
- 16GB Sandisk Ultra CF Card.

The TF-1230 is British designed, and it is an awesomme piece of hardware. It is extremely cheap for what it is. 160 to 170 Euro for a 64mb edition.
And compared to vintage whatever 030 accelerators like Blizzard, that goes for up to 900 Euro, then this is a nice thing.
Sure there are no maprom or whatever. But the main goal is to provide an 68030-50 CPU and 64/128 MegaByte of Ram (plus an IDE port)

EDIT:
My 1200 are almost as the one that I bitterly regret selling in 2006. That one had an GVP TurboJaws-II accelerator (030-50 and FPU)
It also had an PCMCIA-SCSI adaptor, but these days I do not see a real need for CD-Rom on any Amiga. It can all be done with CF or SD Cards.
Finally I love the TF-1230 already. It is open hardware or whatever. And Steven Leary (AKA Terrible Fire) are fixing firmware bugs 30 min's after
he notice or get news about potential or excisting bugs. It is simple, delivers the basic stuff and it keeps it more close to what the machine is.
Compared to something like a Vampire, that tries to change the overall machine into something else. Nope. I like it more "genuine" so to speak.

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tedster
Posted 2021-11-08 8:32 AM (#2298 - in reply to #71)
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Such a lovely miggy, nice one!

I never mentioned but the "Chineasium" cooler for my Thinkpad R50e turned up within a fortnight! What a fine job it is too, takes 15C off the shite one that came as standard, shit loads more copper accounts for that and it even has a copper pad for the GPU. The bloody thing was left bare with the stock R50e cooler. No wonder it was the cheapest one IBM ever did. I've ordered another R52 cooler, from the same source, to go on the other machine now.

The week after this, my original R50e gave me a load of beeps on boot. Four rapid beeps in a cycle. Online searches indicated a dead embedded controller.... no it was a dead bios battery. I taped in another and after a bit of a fuck about, normal service was resumed.

I wonder how many of these early machines have been junked as faulty, when a new bios battery would have saved them?



Edited by tedster 2021-11-08 8:43 AM
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DXZeff
Posted 2021-11-15 11:52 AM (#2303 - in reply to #71)
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TM Crusoe

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Indeed. I'm not an Amiga guy, but that is a particularly nice looking one.


Meanwhile, not much going on here due to gut problems, hopefully to be fixed soon. I did get the "Key De-fiddler" made up for my XT, though, because I'm not spending all that money on a PC keyboard.

I also got a different type of keyboard that goes back way further than any of this stuff: http://dxzeff.com/trash/arp2813.jpg
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spacedrone808
Posted 2021-11-18 4:10 PM (#2304 - in reply to #2303)
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DXZeff - 2021-11-15 11:52 AM

Indeed. I'm not an Amiga guy, but that is a particularly nice looking one.
Meanwhile, not much going on here due to gut problems, hopefully to be fixed soon. I did get the "Key De-fiddler" made up for my XT, though, because I'm not spending all that money on a PC keyboard.


Wish you quick health recovery!
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Brostenen
Posted 2021-11-21 5:27 PM (#2305 - in reply to #2304)
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TM Crusoe

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Gotten the 3.1 kickstarts installed, and now I can have the 64mb ram enabled. For some reason the TF-1230 need at least 3.1 in order to enable the mem.
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tedster
Posted 2021-11-28 12:11 AM (#2306 - in reply to #2305)
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64 mb of ram on a miggy! K'inell.

I'm sat here without power after the storm of the century hit us Friday night. No mobiles too, internet still works tho! I'm running off my genny with limited capacity, not bad tho some poor buggers are sat huddled around a candle!
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tedster
Posted 2021-11-30 11:26 AM (#2307 - in reply to #2306)
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Power's back on! Holy crap, that was a long 4 1/2 days without retro computing!
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