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DXZeff
Posted 2018-03-18 1:51 PM (#1183 - in reply to #1182)
Subject: Re: Recently Played/Bought/Messed with



Pentium II

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Hard drives replaced, just in time too, the original drives are completely dead now. Anyway, fuck CloneZilla for throwing a fit and refusing to clone to a differently sized disk, even when the volumes being cloned are smaller than the destination disk, as well as not being able to write to RAID volumes whatsoever, wish I'd known about that when I started using it, Ghost used to handle it fine and that was nearly three decades ago now. Sometimes I swear computer technology is going backwards.

Regardless, the server is back, it should be for a while (these are Seagate drives, so expect them to break in six months, could have sworn I ordered WD ones) and it should also load things a little faster. Response time (not load time) might be longer though as the mirroring setup I now have to use isn't too quick and it can take a while to get moving, it should improve a little with time though as the system is still poking the drives contents around a bit.

Ah, well, have things to do here involving Pentium II's, VCRs and cameras, so I suppose I should go and do those things.
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DXZeff
Posted 2018-03-30 7:15 PM (#1190 - in reply to #1183)
Subject: Re: Recently Played/Bought/Messed with



Pentium II

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For years and years this guy on eBay has listed a broken CPU over and over, I have no interest in it at all, but it has tags which match a saved search so I get e-mails telling me it's there every so often. I decided to see what else he had for sale, on a whim, and noticed he had two ECS boards, the 430VX and 430TX counterparts to my TR5510 and SI55P boards. This wasn't so interesting to me as I didn't really want them or anything, but it was neat to see them, then I noticed something...

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That's interesting, it comes with some stuff...

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This is a different version of the card to the one I had, but it does look distinctively similar, almost like a later revision from the same place. It lacks the MONO_OUT and the ZV_PORT, but the latter wasn't populated on my original card and the former has no place to mount a speaker in this case anyway. It does also lack the matching transformer, but it definitely looks like the SPDIF is coming from the YMF724 and not using some crappy ADC+Glue to convert the analog signal like the 'YMF744" was. With any luck I've just found a working card.

Question now is what happens to the TBS Pinnacle? It might be able to stay in there, but the drivers for it do interfere with other cards. Win98SE needs a reinstall anyway, though, so that can be tested before said reinstall.
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Old Guy 88
Posted 2018-04-01 10:08 PM (#1191 - in reply to #71)
Subject: RE: Recently Played/Bought/Messed with



Harris 286

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My Latest Purchase on E-Bay for $30.00 ASUS P5-A AMD K6-2 300 8Mg PCI Video card and ESS ISA Sound Card. Everything works so far.
Maybe a Windows 95 Build?

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DXZeff
Posted 2018-04-02 11:46 PM (#1192 - in reply to #1191)
Subject: Re: Recently Played/Bought/Messed with



Pentium II

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Windows 95C would probably be a good candidate if you don't want to run 98SE on it. Looks like some decent kit, ATX form factor too and you don't find many good ones like that now, most of them are AT boards. I'd want to look for an AGP video card down the line but it's not a requirement.

Meanwhile I'm still waiting for that stuff and this server is still running on a PSU which is drifting out of tolerance really fast - temporary fix is not pretty - but a replacement is on the way, probably tomorrow so expect some downtime.

Hoping to get at least two videos done this month to make up for last month being empty, clicked yesterday that the K6 is actually complete now, so that might appear along with some other stuff.

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Old Guy 88
Posted 2018-04-03 4:34 AM (#1193 - in reply to #1192)
Subject: Re: Recently Played/Bought/Messed with



Harris 286

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Can`t wait to see your K6 build, need to get another case for the parts i just got and i have a 500 K6-2 i might use.
Really liked that Mullet man video
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waybacktech
Posted 2018-04-05 5:01 PM (#1196 - in reply to #71)
Subject: RE: Recently Played/Bought/Messed with



Cyrix 6x86

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Mousing around on ebay again. I was looking for a cheap 1080p capture card ( if such a thing exists ) to try out since the Avermedia card I have is so frustratingly picky about refresh rates and resolution, not to mention it does not auto adjust between resolutions very well. So as luck ( as it is ) would have it, I came across what seems to be a very good deal. This DPict 1080p HD frame grabber with the combo VGA/DVI input. These cards are $45 from the guy, while other sellers of the same card are asking 10x more. Why I have no idea but maybe that means this is a good card.

I've build, or rebuilt actually my original Slot A Athlon 550 box, instead of the Viper 770 Ultra card I ran in it back in the day, I am using my Fury MAXX currently. Seems to work really well now that I put a heatsink on the Irongate NB. I don't know why that went missing but I couldn't remember if it came with a heatsink or not, but ya I looked at other SD11 boards and they have the heatsink so... this is one of those things that happens after years of being in a box, things go missing and you forget why! I was having problems completing a run of 3DMARK 2000 with it kicking back to the desktop about halfway through the run, and the missing heatsink was the reason why. I didn't think the NB really got that hot but ya it was getting to about 65c.

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DXZeff
Posted 2018-04-07 1:21 AM (#1197 - in reply to #1196)
Subject: Re: Recently Played/Bought/Messed with



Pentium II

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@Old Guy 88 - Seems there are a few people in need of cases lately, don't know if they're drying up or if it's just a coincidence. Either way, should be a pretty good system once it's all put together, would be interested to know how the ALi chipset holds up versus an MVP3.
Also thanks, had that video planned for a long time and figured it was worth it for April 1st.

@WaybackTech - Definitely remember you saying about the Aver card being awkward, this dPict looks like a serious piece of equipment. I do have to wonder what the encoding is like, haven't seen a 1080p60 card on a single lane PCI-E interface so I'm guessing it's either limited to 30fps or that it relies on an encoder (probably that big TI chip) for this, either way, as long as it gets a clear image and supports the resolutions.




The server now has its lid back on after a good few (around six) years.
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Hopefully it should last a while before needing any more work, it's running new fans, a new PSU (of the correct type) and new hard drives. It is also in a warmer and less damp location now.
Kinda strange going in that room and realizing that most of my boxes still aren't unpacked.
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Old Guy 88
Posted 2018-04-07 2:40 AM (#1198 - in reply to #71)
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Harris 286

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Glad to see the Server Fixed
This E-Bay seller in the U.S. has some Interesting old Hardware, not organised you have to scroll through all the pages
http://stores.ebay.com/zizigulu/
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Old Guy 88
Posted 2018-04-08 7:25 PM (#1199 - in reply to #71)
Subject: Re: Recently Played/Bought/Messed with



Harris 286

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Electronic Music
https://vcvrack.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReXaHBTZKug
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DXZeff
Posted 2018-04-09 4:05 AM (#1200 - in reply to #1199)
Subject: Re: Recently Played/Bought/Messed with



Pentium II

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Think I'll stick to using programmable hardware;

https://soundcloud.com/high_treason/life-in-the-bin-happy (This is actually my natural meter if left with a keyboard for a while)
https://soundcloud.com/high_treason/gemmas-rag-improved (Nobody has found this song's hidden secret yet)
https://soundcloud.com/high_treason/unsung-hero-in-white-akai-s2000 (Stupid floppy disks rendered a good instrument useless)
https://soundcloud.com/high_treason/secret-of-monkey-island-cz-1 (Because)
Incomplete Nitemare 3D track that might get finished once that sound card shows up - http://www.mediafire.com/file/0c1342srj7rvr23/Nm8b.ogg

But that thing looks fine if you're into making VST stuff, as in it looks like every other single-tone-generator VST out there and probably needs a Cray to make actual music with.
Fun fact: I have discovered that the CZ uses a Z80-derived CPU from NEC.
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Old Guy 88
Posted 2018-04-10 8:07 PM (#1203 - in reply to #1200)
Subject: Re: Recently Played/Bought/Messed with



Harris 286

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Found at the Thrift Store
Disks are in great shape, unit powers on and looks OK
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waybacktech
Posted 2018-04-10 11:00 PM (#1204 - in reply to #1203)
Subject: Re: Recently Played/Bought/Messed with



Cyrix 6x86

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Those are some fun goodies there
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waybacktech
Posted 2018-04-13 5:53 PM (#1213 - in reply to #1204)
Subject: Re: Recently Played/Bought/Messed with



Cyrix 6x86

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So after figuring out that the support for the Nexeon HD card is severely lacking for what I need it to do, not to mention the "support team" does not replay to their email, I am flipping it on ebay.

Meanwhile, I found this nice big card to try. Looks fun and of professional quality. Terms like "Broadcast Quality" gets me all tingly.

The website has very good support for this card, including Directshow drivers and plugins for Adobe Premier. I have also already done some poking around at people using OBS with this card and it's said to be done, although even the manufacturer admits some of the features of this card are lost when using Directshow. I have a copy of Premier now, trying it on the Nexeon card, also with no luck

Supports 2K capture. The FPS I see come conflicting numbers, some lists claiming 60fps @1080p others showing 60fps only up to 720p. Either way I should be able to get 60fps capture for the resolutions I will be inputting. Anything that requires 1080p I can't imagine will be a vintage computer and would probably be desktop or direct from game capture with OBS, so we shall see what it actually ends up being able to do. Looks promising though. If nothing else, I can always fall back to the Avermedia card.

Manual for the card :

https://www.aja.com/assets/support/files/1182/en/kona_pc_manual_5.0....

Cheap card. $25 for mine. Others I see for $29.



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DXZeff
Posted 2018-04-18 10:22 AM (#1220 - in reply to #1213)
Subject: Re: Recently Played/Bought/Messed with



Pentium II

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Location: Hull, UK
Hopefully this one turns out to be more suitable than the DPict did, it definitely looks hardcore, I'll give it that.

Recently grabbed this;
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Got it cheap in unknown operational status, PC won't boot with it installed, but it may be possible to fix yet as nothing is getting hot or otherwise suggesting there's a serious problem. Owner said it never worked since bought new and I can't help get the feeling there's a short hiding somewhere, so it's going to get thrown under the tap for a while, left to dry, probed for shorts and then tested again.
In the future this won't make sense as I was lazy and linked the eBay picture instead of putting one up on Imgur... of course, in the future, Imgur might go to hell like the other sites did anyway.
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