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What retro things have you done today?

Discussion in 'Retro Gaming and Vintage Computing' started by Duke, 3 Feb 2019.

  1. LewisRaz

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 May 2016

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    ive found 2x512mb of it in my parts box :)

    going to go with a c2d e6550 (less than £2!)
    audigy 2
    8600/8800 depending on what auctions pop up cheap. Any ATI equivelents to look for? ~2007 build era
    60gb ssd
    xp sp3

    going to be overkill for any games I throw at it!

    Is your address still the same btw for the unsolicited return package?
     
    Last edited: 21 Feb 2021
  2. paradigm

    Caporegime

    Joined: 26 Aug 2003

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    Location: Staffordshire

    I've got the board boxed (there's a P4 in it just to ensure the socket pins don't get ruined) and ready to go out today.

    And yep my address is the same also.
     
  3. Sharkhouse

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    Damn dude, that's a goodl collection you got there. Not sure how much you'll get from sales but hopefully it's a reasonable amount.
     
  4. cee-S-dee

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Dec 2002

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    Had a Asus Geforce 4 Ti4400 arrive today. £8.98. Was shoved in a thin jiffy bag with no Anti-Static Bag. Cooler was hanging off and the Bracket had bent. Straightened the bracket and replaced the plastic fixing pins for the cooler and happy to say it works fine. Ran through a couple of rounds of 3DMark 2000. Will give it a proper clean and a re-paste later.
     
  5. Sharkhouse

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    That's niche. What did you get it for? If you don't mind my inquisitiveness.
     
  6. cee-S-dee

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    Was an eBay purchase. It's pretty much where I get all my retro items from. Just gotta watch it like a hawk to snag the bargains.
     
  7. Ravenger

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    Took delivery of a GRS Flight Yoke (Star Wars yoke) today to replace the stock yoke in my Arcade1up Star Wars cab.

    It's solid metal apart from the handles and is incredibly heavy. Should be more hard wearing and accurate than the stock yoke.

    It's got Arcade1UP, USB and original Arcade connections so it's really flexible. I'll just be using it in my Star Wars cab but some people have used it to play games like Sega Star Wars Trilogy, Paperboy, Road Blasters, Star Wars battlepod and even Star Wars Squadrons.
     
  8. almoststew1990

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    Some one on the MM has or had a 8600GTS for sale for £15 I think. Also don't rule out the 9500 which I think is a slightly faster 8600GTS. Or the 9600GSO for a mildly interesting alternative!
     
  9. Sharkhouse

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    wow, that's a really cool thing to own.
     
  10. Ravenger

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    Given the shortage of HOTAS controllers for PC it's possibly easier to get hold of than a regular joystick! (Though it does have fewer buttons).

    If I ever sell the Star Wars cab I'll be keeping the yoke (and putting the original back in) as it makes a great PC control for emulation and flight sims.
     
  11. Chris

    Hitman

    Joined: 22 Oct 2002

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    Location: Cardiff

    Not quite Retro but pretty cool non the less, I've finally finished my MT-32 Pi Midi Hat, this allows me to connect my PC through the Gameport on my AWE64 to the Pi which then emulates the MT-32 and passes it back through to the AWE64 through the Line-In.

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    The project is pretty cool and seems to work well, once you get the right components ordered :rolleyes:. The Hat I built is based on clumsy-midi's design and worked out to be just under £50inc delivery. If you were building more the cost should come down.

    Chris
     
  12. cee-S-dee

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    @Chris that's awesome! What Pi you running? Is it running munt on it? How does it run? Also can you run other synths on it? I'd love to do something like this even though I own a MT-32 already!
     
  13. LewisRaz

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    Thanks for the heads up. Still undecided on gpus. I have an old 5450 that will do for now but will be on the lookout for something more fun!

    cheers mate!
     
  14. Chris

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    @cee-S-dee, im using a Raspberry Pi 4 and it's just running the MT-32 Pi project files with no OS underneath it. According to the project it has General MIDI, Roland GS and Yamaha XG support, im currently only using the MT-32 / CM-32L support as I have a SC88-VL for the others.

    It's not that difficult as it's all through hole soldering and all of the parts are readily available

    Chris
     
  15. almoststew1990

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    That's pretty tempting considering my pi is currently unused and mounted to my desk waiting for a project!

    [​IMG]
     
  16. almoststew1990

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  17. cee-S-dee

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    The Asus Geforce 4 Ti4400 cleaned up really nicely. Interesting pufferfish design!

    [​IMG]
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  18. almoststew1990

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    That's quite an unusual looking card. I would never have guessed its a ti4400!
     
  19. paradigm

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  20. LewisRaz

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    Cheers mate! Got a cpu and cooler on the way now too just trying to play the ebay game for a cheap gpu but am tempted by the gt240 thats on mm!