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DXZeff
Posted 2017-04-10 11:49 PM (#478 - in reply to #477)
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@WaybackTech; Not sure, the new one doesn't run in the P66 either which is making me think something else is wrong. The POD is a bad metric to test by really because the PCI implementation is weird anyway and it already won't work with PCI Ethernet cards. Doesn't answer why the P66 suddenly doesn't want anything to do with it. I'll image the hard drive and then restore an older image from before when it broke to see if I can figure it out, the main suspects are the fact I had to change the PCI slot for the video card, the BIOS settings needed tampering with extensively for the TV card and, of course, the TV card was installed, likely altering things considerably. Sucks that the TV card only fits in the top ISA slot and there are no other ISA slots left spare.

That video might be public as my second upload the next time I publish a regular one.

POD runs 95 only now and I went with Explorer. Figured that as they're in the same performance band it might actually work out better to have them on different operating systems. Turns out my latest boot problem stemmed from forgetting to put the drive timing jumpers back - the motherboard is rather complicated - or at least, I think that's what it was but wouldn't put it past the thing to give me a no boot again the next time I go near it.

I'm happy enough with the M-Systems stuff for the time being and have other things I have more of an immediate use for, plus my bank balance is already ruined for the time being.

@Brostenen; For loading DOS the speed is probably fairly good due to how small the files required to boot are. One advantage over the XT-IDE card is the floppy emulation as it would theoretically work in more stubborn machines, such as my 286, which have a dislike of booting from IDE devices.

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Starting to wonder if I'm cursed or something. As soon as I fix one thing another breaks. I finally found a working I/O card for the P66 as the one I had in there was unhappy. The previous replacement died due to tantalum failure, the one before that didn't read floppies, the newest one has a non-functioning serial port. Seems everything I go near is going wrong at the moment though, fingers crossed, no hardware failures as yet unless you count things that probably didn't work already - I never tested the serial port on this card - so things could be worse. Now starting to wonder if I really do want to mess with the 486SX or just leave it until things stop spontaneously going wrong.
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DXZeff
Posted 2017-04-11 3:39 AM (#479 - in reply to #478)
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It definitely appears my MPEG problems are related to configuration problems rather than physical ones, though I can't vouch for the old MVP1100 and Video 2001 cards. It is possible though that the original does still work and simply runs hotter than the new one, the dates printed are quite a bit older and for all anyone knows, S3 might have made the chip more efficient later on without telling anyone. Putting the 486SX on hold to use the drive for a clean Windows install on a test rig, that will let me try out the cards and walk through the configuration of everything one stage at a time to find what is actually wrong. I do suspect the TV card is to blame somewhere, either directly or indirectly through configuration requirements, Hauppague did even state there were problems with frame buffers when running on a system with S3 based Diamond cards due to hidden resource conflicts, I thought I had worked around this but perhaps not. The BIOS for the P66 is a little fiddly, all those obscure options actually alter the way things in the machine behave quite drastically sometimes and it can involve good old fashioned "poking buttons in the dark" to make things do what they are supposed to do.

Anyway, here's the music from Hover! recorded with the S-2000; http://www.mediafire.com/file/46i5o2v6yt90ufd/ES2K.ogg
It isn't too bad and I think I could even use some of the sounds, but like every Ensoniq card I've heard, primarily thinking of the SBPCI here, the drums are far too sharp, everything has weird volume levels and some patches are at unusual octaves. Also, if I were to use any of the sounds, I would sample them with my S2000... err... that's confusing, the S2000 is an Akai sampler, the S-2000 is the Ensoniq card... but yeah, I'd do that because like most of these old Wavetable cards it appears to rely heavily on the CPU and drags the system down whilst causing lag in the music. Why Gravis where the only ones to get this right I'll never know, though it does make me question how much Ensoniq bothered to actually use the 68K processor on their card. Out of all the cards I've used that do similar things it doesn't hold up too badly though, just as long as you don't want it for SoundBlaster stuff. I have an SB16 for that.

One problem with doing this in the UK is the lack of components within the UK itself, it is not uncommon to run into things like this;

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waybacktech
Posted 2017-04-11 5:02 PM (#480 - in reply to #479)
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I was sort of thinking maybe a resource conflict between the Scenic and your TV card, though I don't know anything about those Scenic cards to have been sure of even suggesting such a possibility if such even exists.

I do think this "free trade" shit is garbage. This is why ( i think ) people in the US ( including myself ) don't typically bother listing stuff as worldwide shipping because of all of the extra taxes and fee's various countries impose on imports, makes it just not worth it for those people to import usually. I certainly do not think it is fair that we in the US can buy stuff and not pay any extra fee's other than shipping, which is usually not any more from say, Russia than it is from California to NY and everything sent out of here gets taxes imposed. Free trade should be free both ways IMO, the way it is set up now screws everyone buying and selling across ponds, not just "big business" unless it is into the US of course, maybe CA as well, don't really know about their imports. I sure hope my man gets that free trade crap fixed at some point in the next 4 years.


Every time you write S-2000 I think of the Honda S-2000 Sounds pretty good to me. I'd like to find Media Vision's Pro Wave card for my MV SRS-3D. The one bundle on ebay right now is... omg.. buy 2 GUS for the price of that card basically.

What do you think about Ensoniq's keyboards?

Ohh, forgot to mention, the Celeron 300 showed up yesterday. Turns out it is NOT an A as the seller said, but the original. If I had looked up the code on cpu world, I would have known that, but I didn't bother. Anyway I am actually glad since those seem to be a bit rare. I would be more thrilled had I not already went and bought the 266, because I noticed since Phil did his video, they went flying off ebay fast and I was like, well shit, if I want one I better get it now. So as luck would have it, someone posted a s370 Celeron 300A last night for $10 free shipping, so I snagged it up before someone else found it, since the only other one currently on ebay was like $45 and certainly not worth it to me at that price, but $10, hell ya. Those Celeron 300A's in S370 package must be a rare bird. I think the S370 version is better anyway, can run on both platforms, and gives way better cooling options.

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DXZeff
Posted 2017-04-11 10:53 PM (#481 - in reply to #480)
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Test rig cannot read CF cards formatted in my card reader, the card reader cannot read cards formatted in the test rig. So I can't set up my test system as I don't have working WFW install floppies any more. Used another system to test instead, but Diamond's incompetent installer ignores "Type B" and installs the GT driver files along with the hardware MPEG ones, so the PnP OS automatically picks the GT driver (no hardware MPEG) and sets up some values for this that are buried all over the place, installing the B driver manually does not correct them. Now I have to reinstall Windows on that machine because I can't be bothered to dig through the registry. Luckily it was a clean install of 95B so I lost nothing. This might be a good thing in a way, because it could indicate another potential culprit - changing something in Diamond's tools may have overwritten something that enables the MVP1100. 95B falls back to software encoding (as I did have it somewhat working before needing to re-install the driver) which 3.11 doesn't have out of the box, thus being more likely to just crash as it was in the P66. Also discovered that the IDE doesn't work properly on that new I/O card, what the hell is it with the Pentium and every I/O card I obtain for it not working? I may just borrow one from another machine until I can be bothered to do something about it. Thinking of dismantling the machine and putting everything, hardware and software, back together piece by piece. It has had a lot of configuration changes since it was first put together like this and WFW wasn't really made with such things in mind.

Tax, yeah, I left the GSP costs out of the shot, though that is something I actually approve of eBay implementing. Some whine about it, but before it existed I had a few items where customs saw fit to open the box multiple times, raising the price, only for the post office to slap a colossal "handling fee" on top of it for each time the parcel was stopped. The total was sometimes much more than the worth of the item and you couldn't complain because the holding period for your parcel was longer than the review period for contesting a fee, so you'd lose the parcel and then lose the case due to "lack of evidence" as soon as the parcel was sent back / disposed of. If you paid the fee you could not contest the payment as you agreed by paying the fee, and handing the reference card over to them, to forfeit that right and devoid the mail service of any responsibility at all. With GSP it seems the mail service daren't screw with Pitney Bowes, or if they are PB aren't passing the cost onto me so it actually works out cheaper. Further to that, prices in the UK are often silly, the Xeon I have was over £800 from most suppliers here and it worked out at less than half this cost to import it. No doubt prices have dropped on both sides of the pond by now as I believe newer models have replaced it.

Seems to be a common model number, S-2000. I don't doubt for a second that if I looked around I'd find many more. Never used an Ensoniq keyboard, the closest I have gotten was an E-MU Proteus 2000 module which may have come out after E-MU and Ensoniq combined, but I owned it only briefly. It wasn't too bad, but it wasn't the right module for what I wanted to do at the time and I moved it on quite quickly. I always thought it sounded a bit "cheap" for what it was, though I knew someone who used one very effectively for hip-hop of all things.

Still haven't ordered my Celeron, primarily as I don't know how much work the board needs yet and, obviously, I have been tied up with this MPEG card and the POD. Oh, I did order an ISA MPEG card though, figured I'd use that in the POD instead although I may have to take them up on their claims of it running in a 386SX, just to see what happens. Hopefully I'll get around to ordering floppies soon as I literally have none left that work, it seems only my old broken ones got here and a bunch of original install disks I'd rather not write over.

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Brostenen
Posted 2017-04-11 11:03 PM (#482 - in reply to #480)
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Well.... If you ask me, then free trade, should only apply to second hand trade between private persons.
As an example. If I buy something from outside the EU, that are worth more than 80 Danish Kroners (11,5 USD)
Then I need to pay 25% vatt. And an additional import tax on top of that.

Lets take an example... I find a Gravis Ultrasound in the US at a value of 3500 Danish Kroners. (500 USD)
Then I need to pay the 3500 + 875 in Vatt + 160 in import fee. That's over 4500 Danish kroners.
Wich in USD will be the equivelant of just over 642 USD.
This however is without the shipping costs taken into calculations. There is vatt or fee's on top of that too.
I think we need to pay an additional 25% fee of the shipping cost to the state.
If the shipping costs were 300 Danish Kroners, the total price for a GUS would be 4900 Danish Kroners. (700 USD)

Free trade on second hand stuff between private seller and buyer please... At least in Denmark.
Now... I fully understand these fee's and and addition charge if it was brand new modern parts.
On 20, 25 or 30+ year old hardware? No freaking way is that fair. What on earth can you use of modern tasks, on
an old 286, EGA, 640kb anyway? Homebanking? Youtube? Anything like tax returns? Nope... It's basically just junk.
Old outdated, junk that are fun to play with.... And nothing else than that.

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DXZeff
Posted 2017-04-11 11:10 PM (#483 - in reply to #482)
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I always thought it was dumb to tax goods which are no longer sold in stores. Plus the fact I still take the approach that robbing the public is not the way to go if you (a government/country) want more money, instead perhaps it is worthwhile to look at where unneeded costs could be cut. I can think of several in the UK alone.

I wanted to add, in regards to my hardware/software problems that I'm not actually complaining. As there is no reliance on these machines I actually enjoy the troubleshooting as it keeps my brain ticking over. Besides, I'm usually asking for trouble as I seem to have this insistence on installing the most awkward devices I can get my hands on.
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waybacktech
Posted 2017-04-12 9:55 PM (#484 - in reply to #483)
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Did you ever get a cable for that external expansion box for your T3200SX laptop ?
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DXZeff
Posted 2017-04-12 10:13 PM (#485 - in reply to #484)
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That was for the Zenith. I didn't, it came down to having to make one and I never got around to getting hold of the tools to do it. I would likely have to replace the connector on the rear of the laptop as nobody has VHDCI connectors in that pitch, but the pads will take a regular LVD-type connector which would allow me to use a SCSI-2 cable.

Starting to think I may invest in a floppy emulator for installs, this disk shuffling, especially with a lack of working disks and the cost of new ones, is becoming tiresome. Should pay for itself quite quickly. Can't help wondering if I can install one in my Akai too as it appears to be a standard drive and the boot floppy is becoming increasingly unreliable - if that disk dies, the sampler doesn't work.

I have attached a different drive to my P66 and am currently installing everything from scratch. Thinking of removing the SoundCanvas as I never use it and could probably drive it over a cable in another machine if I wanted to anyway, it would help to free up a much needed IRQ. In the current configuration, there are no free interrupts or DMA channels, some resources were also shared by devices that aren't in use at the same time because it was the only way to get things working.
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waybacktech
Posted 2017-04-13 1:11 AM (#486 - in reply to #485)
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Oh that was for the Zenith. There are so many of those VHDCI cables on ebay I am somewhat surprised those connectors are not quite right. I guess I shouldn't be though. Zenith must have done something to make a standard interface proprietary so their dear customers would have to pay an excessive amount for that cable.

I've toyed with the idea myself of getting a couple of those USB Floppy emulators but just really haven't had a good reason to right now. I don't understand why there hasn't been any of those made to emulate hard drive or cdrom, at least I haven't found one if there are. I would find one of those far more useful than hundreds of floppy images on a thumb drive, however I could see a good use for those, such as installing dos or windows for example and just select between the disk images, which would have to be written down as to which number corresponds to what floppy image...that could be a pain I think.. unless you've got one hell of a memory, or a few enough images where you can remember which one is which.
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DXZeff
Posted 2017-04-13 1:42 AM (#487 - in reply to #486)
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I once located a chart which suggested they were a standard connector type, but I can only assume that they were not used widely and nobody seems to stock the larger pitch anywhere, though I'd bet you're right and Zenith would have charged excessively for the official cables. I'd probably have been more motivated if the SupersPORT also had that connector, but it does not. That thing definitely needs a video some day, it doesn't carry a Zenith logo, turns out the US Army and Navy weren't the only large organizations to use this model.

I tried to put off the emulator for years, but it is finally at a point where it is advantageous. I won't leave it installed permanently, instead reverting to a normal drive post-installation. Even checking the images manually will be faster than the continual checking and writing of floppies which is required at present. As I only plan on using it for installs it should be easy to maintain a list of what is on there, simply because it wouldn't change very much. In the case of the sampler, the S2000 has the facility for fairly verbose labeling which appears on the sampler's screen. Loading of anything beyond the OS is surprisingly fast even with a real mechanical drive, so it would not become much of a chore. Some people went the other way and modded SCSI hard drives into them, something Akai charged a small fortune for.

The S2000 was actually known as a bit of a rip-off to some, because it was boasted as a cheaper version of the S1000. What Akai failed to explain in their marketing is what made it cheaper - it was essentially a scaled down S1000 with its guts torn out, though you could buy them to add in separately for an extortionate amount. By the time you expanded it to S1000 levels of functionality, you could have probably bought multiple S1000's second hand if not new anyway. There was also the problem that you could easily crash the operating system by flipping to the end of the menus too fast. I take pride in mine being stock, not a single upgrade and a number of empty holes in the back panel.

I have finally found a working floppy to continue my efforts with the P66. I took the sensible option and wrote a boot floppy with FreeDOS, a boot manager (can boot CD-ROMs) and CD-ROM drivers. I am currently burning a CD with various installation files and drivers, so I should be running Windows again soon. Didn't realize this spare IBM drive was a 7.2K model, might have to leave that in there when I'm finished if only for the noise it makes, there's something very pleasing about hearing a fast SCSI drive spin up. Explains why it is double the normal height and why it gets rather warm.

Edit: Ethernet adapter is flaky. I think it was noted in one of the videos the system was in that I'd thought the card was broken before I installed it on the off-chance that it worked. I have another few to try and some of them are natively supported in WFW, so it shouldn't be a problem. Overall, it was thrown together quite quickly when originally built as far as I can remember now, I was supposed to move the day the video went live, but had managed to postpone it until a week later. When that was filmed there were so many missing screws, bent pieces of metal and lengths of tape that I tried to keep out of shot. It had a case transplant but any fixes were done haphazardly for various reasons. The short version is: I am not at all surprised that there are problems in here and I am surprised they took so long to manifest, but still nothing points to the motherboard, something I have an almost unhealthy level of paranoia over. One thing I definitely remember saying somewhere was "if you force me to move in there, I will personally demolish the place." and I wasn't joking, I actually had tools lined up to do just that and they remained on hand until the council gave in. Wonder if the thieving contractors ever used them.

On the Pentium, another point is that having received my third small electric shock in as many hours, I can't help wonder if the lack of grounding on the electrical outlets might be making things act strangely from time to time.

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DXZeff
Posted 2017-04-14 6:07 AM (#488 - in reply to #487)
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Got it working. It turned out to be simple, the PCI INT# settings were wrong somehow and it wasn't necessary to tear everything down. I literally just flipped them to AUTO on a whim despite the old settings working before and everything started working. I recorded a short rambling video about what was happening but now nothing wants to render it properly so the image will have to do. I may Ghost the current drive over to the one I used for testing because it is much faster, but the current drive is good enough and I'll only do it if this one has problems down the line. It likely won't be necessary as it appears the CPU and the system bus bottleneck first when encoding/decoding (in the case of the CPU) or capturing AVI (in the case of bandwidth) and I'm hardly surprised given how such things were usually possible on a decent IDE drive of the time in a well configured system, mostly. I would hazard a guess that it is also helped in the latter case by the SCSI being PCI where the WinTV is ISA so the system probably doesn't have to completely halt everything else on the ISA bus every time it dumps frames to the hard drive.

Ha, I also finally repaired the CD Player function as I've noticed over the years that WFW has a dislike of actually installing the files for MCI CD Audio despite placing it in the "Drivers" applet. Manually "EXPAND"ing the file from the installation disks (or whatever you have the files on, in my case the second partition) to the correct folder fixes this.

I really should get moving on that Athlon video now that this is out of the way. I'll just shelve the POD and 486SX for the time being until that's done, I may have a new DOC to continue with the STPC by then too.

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waybacktech
Posted 2017-04-14 7:51 PM (#489 - in reply to #488)
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Must be the week for video rendering issues...

Someone said once "it's the simplest things that bring down complex machines"

Is this Athlon you're talking about the 1400?
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DXZeff
Posted 2017-04-14 8:52 PM (#490 - in reply to #489)
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This thing is a very complex machine by Pentium standards and I do expect things to go wrong occasionally. Socket 4 combined with multiple barely established technologies was always a recipe for such shenanigans to show up, one wrong setting and pretty much everything stops working.

As you said you were looking for an MPEG card, I may be willing to part with the spare Stealth 2001 + MVP board if the ISA device I ordered works out in the POD as intended. I was considering using the spare MVP the PPro but I think it would be useless there as the 200MHz CPU will be fast enough to do it in software. I'm more likely to try MPEG2 decoding on that system - if I even bother as solutions were much more streamlined by that time, making them far less interesting.

No, the 2800+ with the crappy neons. I don't have a running 1400 and have never been successful at making one work properly for any length of time. I'm happy enough with my P3 for that kind of stuff so the 2800+ just fills a gap between that and the retired Presler workstation I was playing Mirror's Edge with.
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Brostenen
Posted 2017-04-14 9:44 PM (#491 - in reply to #490)
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Been busy taking my Unisys 486 apart for inspection and cleaning.
It contains a 1gb 50-Pin Seagate Hawk SCSI harddrive, 12mb Ram and S3-805-1mb (P86C805).
There is a genuine Adaptech SCSI controller. Both SCSI and GFX are onboard.
First I need to clean it and inspect the PSU internally, then I will start piecing it together.
I am thinking that it need a Dx2-66 in the 486 overdrive socket, then a SCSI CD-Drive and SB16.
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DXZeff
Posted 2017-04-14 10:45 PM (#492 - in reply to #491)
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Glad to know you're still making progress. It looked to have lasted well so here's hoping the PSU is in good shape too, I also find that it makes me much more comfortable if the PSU is inspected first, better than an unintentional toasting.

Unfortunately the only spare DX2 chips I have are all low voltage models or you could have had one of them. Also, I'll now know who to come looking for if I get outbid on that CD-ROM drive I've been watching on eBay
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waybacktech
Posted 2017-04-14 10:47 PM (#493 - in reply to #491)
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I know the S3 805 is usually found on VLB video cards, so I am fairly sure the on board 805 as well as the SCSI controller are VLB. I think it would do good with a DX2/66 in there.
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waybacktech
Posted 2017-04-14 10:59 PM (#494 - in reply to #493)
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Earlier this week, went over to a client who sold his business, a print shop. Same place I pulled the ALR 486 and Tandy 1000 computers out of. Well decided to make my trip worth while, so I had a look again in the basement and pulled a couple more computers out. He has an older friend that wanted the Gateway 2000 W98 machine down there, which was fine with me as I already have one here at work, in top notch condition too.

First picture is of both machines. Neither of them have inside what the case sticker, or Windows NT4 product key would lead you to believe.

Second picture is the inside of the right machine. Intel Desktop S370 board, 815 ( not e or ep ) chipset, Coppermine of some description. I haven't powered on this system yet.

Third picture, inside of left machine. Intel Desktop motherboard again, Intel P4 2.0 Ghz, S478 I think given the style of cooler, with Rambus 800-45 installed, about 1GB worth. Running XP. Turtle Beach Santa Cruz sound card, and a very low end TNT2 M64. Not sure why they upgraded this Athlon to an expensive 850 based P4 and Rambus, then used a really budget low end video card, especially for this time period, in it. Geforce2MX would have made more sense as a low buck card at that time period. Probably will part these out at some point. I like the style of the case with the P3 though, might clean it up and use it for something...





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Brostenen
Posted 2017-04-14 11:45 PM (#495 - in reply to #494)
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#waybacktech:

Wow... That right case are so sweet looking. I do not care what is inside. The case is well worth it all, the way it looks.
It sort of reminds me of an Amiga3000, as it incorporates some of the same design trades.
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DXZeff
Posted 2017-04-15 3:04 AM (#496 - in reply to #495)
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The only guess I could give towards the P4 upgrade is that the original internals were defect or unstable perhaps? There were an awful lot of bad K7 boards out there after all.

I have decided to make the Pentium even more complicated;

At £15 I figured I can't lose as if I can't burn discs, I can still use it as a regular drive. If the drive doesn't work, then the included SCSI board probably will and I will be able to use that elsewhere, given how my old Adaptec one doesn't work (which is why the P66 has that epic SCSI-2 card from BrassicGamer which replaced it) and my NCR card is a total piece of crap. I doubt the software comes with it, but I have a version of Nero which is supposed to work with this drive.

I cannot help but think this image sums the whole thing up perfectly;
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Brostenen
Posted 2017-04-15 2:44 PM (#497 - in reply to #496)
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Finished cleaning the entire Unisys. I had it all taken apart, and cleaned with a damp cloth, using some soap-water.
The PSU looks good, no swollen cap's, no leaking cap's and voltage is stable (only fluktuating 0.1 to 0.2 volt on each rail)
Reassembled it. Powered on, and behold a dead BIOS battery. Luckily it can hold settings when doing soft-reboot.
The harddrive is working, vga is working, ide and scsi channels are working and it can boot both Win98 bootdisk and
MS-Dos installer. The harddrive can be partitioned and formatted using "format c: /u /s". And it ran speedsys.
Just keep in mind, that I am still using the dx33 at this point.

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This below, is the harddrive after i cleaned it from dirt and dust....

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waybacktech
Posted 2017-04-16 2:53 AM (#498 - in reply to #497)
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IDT WinChip

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@ brostenen I'd say that score is about typical for a 486/33 chip, other than the UMC that is, which performes equal to about a 486/50.


I offered down the price on a pair of Xeon 550/2M processors, from $24 to $16 and the person accepted. Sure hope that is what gets the dual slot 2 board working. I have to think it would. I had the thought that the C440GX board might work with the dual 700's I purchased earlier with a bios update, but without having a working processor, I can't flash it anyway.
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DXZeff
Posted 2017-04-16 9:43 AM (#499 - in reply to #498)
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The Unisys looks good to me. I have that same drive, but mine came from a DEC machine and died many, many years ago before I got hold of it. It stays with me as a memory of my first proper encounter with SCSI, one which likely contributed to my hair loss significantly. I remember being extremely confused as to why no matter what drive was plugged in, the "HDD AUTO DETECTION" option in the BIOS (Unusual for an older 486) seemed completely unaware of the drives existence... Yeah... man did I feel dumb when I realized what I was doing wrong several days later. The guy I was helping had no excuse, given he was running a computer repair business and he didn't catch on either.


You'd certainly hope those Xeon's worked. No EEPROM programmer or is the chip not removable?
Almost had that problem with the K7 Chaintech prior to owning a programmer, but luckily there were bunch of Durons to hand and it was probably my fault for trying to run processors the board wasn't meant to run. Since getting a programmer I generally prefer it because I can backup the original BIOS reliably in an instant and if something goes wrong I can re-flash the original without having to resort to obscure emergency recovery modes or risking another board by hotflashing.
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Dinomite
Posted 2017-04-16 3:58 PM (#500 - in reply to #499)
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Heres some stuff i recently bought:

McDonalds Playstation 2001 pack SEALED 2X

Rayman 3 PS2 Holo Inlay

Halo Not For Resale (Got like 50 of these already but what the hell)

Halo Japanese

Halo Mandarin

Halo 2 Japanese

Some weird famicom game

Toro Demo Issyo i dont fucking know

Turok Evolution Classics

Rare PS2 Magazine demo containing a early pre-beta of Crash Twinsanity from when it was called Crash Unlimited.
I still have like 10 packages coming over so stay tuned in for that. I havent got pics of everything and the pictures shown here are from the auctions i bought from, not what i took myself as i am too lazy.

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Brostenen
Posted 2017-04-17 5:50 PM (#502 - in reply to #500)
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That's a nice catch of console games. Congrats.

For me... I have finished up my dx2-80 machine and done a few benchmarks on it.





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waybacktech
Posted 2017-04-17 10:48 PM (#503 - in reply to #502)
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IDT WinChip

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I like the DX2-80 chips myself. Just a bit more power for 486 era games. Many of those DX2-80 chips will run at 100 pretty easily as well. Are you running the standard AM486DX2-80 or the "Enhanced" version with WB?
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