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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

    Posts: 3,146

    Location: North Essex

    Ha there has been a few comments here and there about some of the higher end XP boxes being posted :p
    For me XP is retro and there are specific games I need it to play...

    Today I have managed to get the "Tiny" laptop fully working and filmed a fair amount of it for my next youtube video. After fixing the dodgy fan the hard drive decided it had had enough so I had to replace it. Fortunately I have been a hoarder for some time and still had a 40gb IDE 2.5" drive ready to go. I also captured a whole hours worth of windows 98 install and driver setup only to decide I want XP on it to match the included sticker.

    It was an absolute nightmare finding out what GPU it had and then finding drivers that want to work but all is sorted now.

    Very happy with the outcome tho for £5. I'm pretty sure the seller never expected it to be going again :)
     
  2. JudgeDeath

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    Joined: 28 May 2021

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    Tested a cheap eBay buy for Z97 XP build.. that should also squeak by 2000 as well as general day to day duties... GT 740 will run 2k too :)
     
  3. cee-S-dee

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Dec 2002

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    Location: The 80's

    Finally got round to doing the little DIP switch mod to my 233mmx machine. Allows me to adjust the Multipliers and fsb without opening the case. I just need to design and print a case badge now to finish it off.

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  4. paradigm

    Caporegime

    Joined: 26 Aug 2003

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    Location: Staffordshire

    Finally found and ordered a new Slot 1 motherboard that will house my Powerleap Tualatin adapter. I think my journey with Slot 1 will be complete at this point as it’ll be the ultimate build IMO.

    Asus P3C, Slot 1 with RAMBUS!
     
  5. JudgeDeath

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    Joined: 28 May 2021

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    Location: Watford

    @cee-S-dee looks REALLY clean and just like BITD... I think I would replace that Slim but prob less effective fan at the front with a FAT one myself. I like how the cards are all colour coded

    I wanna see a retro PC without a Voodoo2 and with a Videologic Apocalypse 3D card!
     
  6. cee-S-dee

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    Joined: 5 Dec 2002

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    @JudgeDeath Thank you man. I actually bought the 15mm fan to try and squeeze my Awe32 into the case, but it still wont fit! So I will probably change the fan back to the Gentle Typhoon that was in it originally.

    My Desktop PC which which was posted earlier has a Matrox M3D so a PowerVR card like the Apocalypse 3D which runs along side a Voodoo 3 3500TV. Best of both worlds :)
     
  7. Duke

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    Location: Wiltshire

    Mmm toasty :)
     
  8. JudgeDeath

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    You're my kind of nerd :) Loved the Voodoo cards inc the VoodooTV tuner card!

    My retro thing for today - testing 5 eBay floppy drives and formatting a pile of floppy disks... Not sure I still have the patience I had BITD for floppy disks
     
  9. !bluetonic!

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    Joined: 17 Nov 2005

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    Today, I was playing with my P200 MMX.

    Windows 95, a bit of GTA1 and looking at an FTP client to transfer more software to it over the network.

    I also tinkered with a RetroPie install which worked first time. I suck at Shinobi.

    And finally my Dreamcast with GDEmu / SD game load. Daytona USA for the win..! (I lost).

    I'm in a good retro place at the moment.
     
  10. JudgeDeath

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    I caved and bought myself a largely useless piece of video cap kit - mainly cos I had fun with one of these back in the day (2000-2003)

    [​IMG]
     
  11. almoststew1990

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    Joined: 12 May 2011

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    Location: Southampton

    Today I bought a "Nvidia GTS 250 256Mb" for £1 from CEX using a trade in voucher. This card shouldn't exist so I'm wondering what will actually turn up and for £3 (when including delivery) it's worth the excitement of the mystery:p

    I now have £4 of voucher left so I'll wait for the next mystery card to pop up.
     
  12. JudgeDeath

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    Didnt RandomGaminginHD (or whatever he's called) do a YT video on that card? I might be wrong but it was an "allegedly never existed" Nv card
     
  13. Armageus

    Don

    Joined: 19 May 2012

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    Location: Spalding, Lincolnshire

    This arrived yesterday:
    [​IMG]

    Socket 775, AGP, DDR1 (and a 2.8Ghz Celeron)

    Tried the Ti4600 in it - now getting a display output, unfortunately though it's a screen full of blue blocky corruption - but can "see" the post happening.

    Picture of the rear of the card (post cleanup)
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  14. JudgeDeath

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    @Armageus - if you like Amiga BTW, that should be an ideal board for Amithlon ;)
     
  15. paradigm

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    Nice looking board, simple, but looks nice in red!

    That's going to be faulty VRAM by the sounds of it. A Volt-mod may bring it back to life, but it's more than possible it needs new RAM :(
     
  16. Armageus

    Don

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    Interesting, I'll have a look into that - as hadn't really got a use for this board (other than the fact it was the cheapest working AGP board I could find other than S478 which coolers are getting scarcer for)

    Was £12 including postage - which seemed ideal to have an AGP/DDR1 board that I can use for testing stuff.
     
  17. cee-S-dee

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    Well I think my Midi stack is complete. Managed to pick up a Yamaha MU50 for £60+P&P. Don't really need to add anything else to it now. I actually think for owning retro hardware I'm pretty much done. Got a few machines now which covers a pretty much all games I want to play. Soo going to have a massive purge, being ruthless and keeping stuff I only really want.

    [​IMG]

    @LewisRaz I popped that P3 550 in the post on tues. Should be with you tomorrow.
     
  18. LewisRaz

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    @cee-S-dee Cheers mate!

    That midi stack is looking great!

    Which one is your favourite or go-to?
     
  19. cee-S-dee

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    I'd say the SC-55 is the safe bet and the De-facto when it comes to Midi for DOS games, but from my brief listen to the MU50 its sample quality and balance is in the same ball park as the SC-55. I'm looking forward to testing some games on it.
     
  20. !bluetonic!

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    @cee-S-dee that is a sweet midi stack.

    If you had that setup in back in 1996 - 1999, you'd be the talk of the town.