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    PC Audio NewQ Gold 5.25 Bay Equalizer

    Thermaltake made a case or two back in the 2005 or so time frame that had a 1-DIN bay for a car stereo. :D Edit, Thermaltake Mozart and Sword series was what I was thinking of I think. 2008, here's an article: https://pcper.com/2008/03/thermaltake-swordm-full-tower-case-review-part-1/5/
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    PC Audio NewQ Gold 5.25 Bay Equalizer

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/133554432495 Not mine, but I always have people asking where I got mine when I post pictures of my retro pc's. Saw this one pop up on Ebay the other day..
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    Red Falcon's Retrocomputing Thread!

    They're beasts. We been running them 24/7/365 since 2002/2003. In that time period, they've probably only been powered off 3 or 4 times at most, and only have reboots for required engineered software changes that need it. I think the last time some of them were rebooted was 3 or 4 years ago...
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    Red Falcon's Retrocomputing Thread!

    Nice rack. Those were used for the Compaq Alpha line of server equipment. I have quite a few at work we just recently tossed, and still have several in service racked up with the matching Alpha DS10's, DS20E's, quorum disk arrays, RAID arrays, etc. Next year we are finally replacing our last...
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    After Ampere Launch Survey

    Holding off this year. The 1080Ti is still suiting me ok.. and I just spent like $30k getting my in-ground pool removed/backfilled, new fence, and over 1000sq.ft of cement work. lol
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    Esoteric (rare) hardware from the past

    FragBox is done, with a 6800GT 256MB (Asus v9999) and Crystalfontz display. And I got a new toy that I'm starting to refurb at the moment..
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    What Mouse and Keyboard Are You Using Right Now?

    Layers are either key to the sides of the spacebar. :)
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    What Mouse and Keyboard Are You Using Right Now?

    Built this for fun this morning since the kit was really cheap.
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    Loudest keyboard in existance?

    Tai-Hao APC (Alps clone) 280g actuation force clicky switches, ALPS64 board, and a brass switch plate + backplate undampened.
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    What Mouse and Keyboard Are You Using Right Now?

    New keyboard for my test bench area. Siig MiniTouch (PS/2 white Alps clone version).
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    What Mouse and Keyboard Are You Using Right Now?

    New setup for at work. My co-workers and I all built mechanical keyboards this week, lol. YC96 RGB Board Gateron Brown Switches PBT Dye-sub Pepsi Keycaps Mad Catz Rat 3 Mouse X-ray Pad Thunder 9 Mousepad
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    Esoteric (rare) hardware from the past

    Falcon Northwest FragBox. It is shuttle form factor though.
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    Anyone here old enough to understand this ?

    I upgraded my Compaq Presario 9232 to 40MB EDO (8MB onboard + 32MB added) in 1996.. I remember it costing several hundred dollars, lol. But hey, the PC and RAM still works today, so I got my money's worth out of it. :D
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    AMD XT Round Up

    Thought I was going to see some AMD XT 8088 system benchmarks. Disappointed.
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    Esoteric (rare) hardware from the past

    Firewire was like the USB 3.0 of its day, it was pretty awesome. :cool: Lower CPU overhead, faster data transfer, supplied more power.
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    Esoteric (rare) hardware from the past

    Cleaning up this fresh arrival:
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    Esoteric (rare) hardware from the past

    GUS PnP showed up at my door today.
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    1990 NINTENDO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS CONSOLE NWC

    I don't remember selling prices, but I have seen several of these consoles come up for sale over the past few years. While rare, they still hit the market. There has to be quite a few out there. The NES championship tours hit a lot of cities and there were usually many people playing at the same...
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    eMachines eOne - iMac G3 look-a-like

    Tarded price, but looks like a pretty mint example, probably the best one I've seen. This is the PC that got them sued by Apple. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-eMachines-eOne-Desktop-Computer-Incredibly-Rare-Celeron-433-64mb-/193538787089?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49292
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    NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600 128MB AGP Graphics Card MINT TESTED Ti4600 Rare Vintage

    Man, these prices swing like crazy. I bought the same card several months back for $30 on Ebay. I guess it might have to do with how many buzzwords like MINT RARE TESTED VINTAGE you put in the title.
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    Post Your Workstations 2020

    Setup my i7 7700k / GTX 1080 ITX rig in the computer room along side my Amiga 500. And my other workstations I bring up from the basement depending on which era hardware I want to play on..
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    Restoring a 486 machine

    With this being an all-ISA system, you'll probably want to stick with DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.1, although Windows 95 will work, but slower. Windows 95 won't be super useful on a DX2/66 -- you'd be better off with a DX4-100 or Pentium for that. You'll likely get under 25fps in Doom / Doom 2 using...
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    Sony Vaio MX (PCV-MXS-10) with Minidisc Drive

    Correct, it burns the contents to the disc very fast, instead of real-time recording like non-NetMD Minidisc recorders.
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    Sony Vaio MX (PCV-MXS-10) with Minidisc Drive

    It allows for direct compressed ATRAC audio to be loaded to the minidisc. Think of it as using MP3 vs WAV for file size to fit way more on a disc.
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    Sony Vaio MX (PCV-MXS-10) with Minidisc Drive

    Correct, that's what I said.
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    Tesla Unveils Radical Cybertruck.

    I'm just going by what my coworker saw in the Ford R&D facilities on Rotunda. He's an excellent engineer, a PE in Electrical and Computer Engineering as well.
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    Sony Vaio MX (PCV-MXS-10) with Minidisc Drive

    It uses a flat flex-ribbon connection with proprietary connection to a separate board off the motherboard, ultimately connecting via USB or PCMCIA bus.. I forget offhand. I suppose if you had all those components, it would work in any PC. Here's the drive, basically a NetMD minidisc recorder...
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    Sony Vaio MX (PCV-MXS-10) with Minidisc Drive

    Before, it was listed at $100 + $50 shipping. Likely if restored properly, this PC would fetch about $500 on eBay. (with working Minidisc drive of course) The minidisc drive is around $100 IIRC on ImpactComputers. Lots of Sony and minidisc collectors out there.
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    Sony Vaio MX (PCV-MXS-10) with Minidisc Drive

    Looks like the item was relisted. https://merc.li/BXhxXkFJb
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    inexpensive X79 motherboard?

    I was just pointing out that people should be aware they actually aren't x79 motherboards despite claiming so in the product name, but rather just a socket LGA 2011v1 motherboard that has been built to work with processors that are usually run with the x79/C60x chipsets. It is hit or miss which...
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    inexpensive X79 motherboard?

    And they don't have a x79 chipset, and the BIOS is awful. (if that matters to people)
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    Tesla Unveils Radical Cybertruck.

    My co-worker just left Ford last year, and he said the way they design the motorized foldable mirrors is retarded. Instead of using limit switches to detect when the mirror is folded in or out for motor cutoff, they use locked rotor sensing back at the control module that reads the current draw...
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    Sony Vaio MX (PCV-MXS-10) with Minidisc Drive

    https://archive.org/details/PCVMXS20DiskImage.7z
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    i7 5930K, safe voltage with safe temp.

    Still have my i7 5930k running at 4.5GHz, 1.335v on the core. Been this way since maybe April of 2016? Full custom watercooling setup though with 4x120mm external radiator (EKWB). Runs idle in the 30's, and max load in the low 70's during OCCT/Prime torture tests for 24hrs.
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    Red Falcon's Retrocomputing Thread!

    I have several CRT's, just didn't have it out in the picture there since this is connected to my test bench area. I just moved a lot of stuff onto basement shelving units since my computer room work area is cluttered. I did setup an Amiga with CRT though just to the right.
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    Red Falcon's Retrocomputing Thread!

    Getting a little bit of Red Alert action in today. Got the the GUS, SB Pro 2, and Mach64 VLB all playing nice together.
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    Sony Vaio MX (PCV-MXS-10) with Minidisc Drive

    I have the MSX-20, but I know a lot of people were interested in buying it from me.. here's one that just popped up on Mercari. I have no idea the condition of all the parts, but they are pretty rare and I only see maybe one come up for sale per year online. The minidisc drive is usually the...
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    What are you nerds playing this weekend?

    I just setup the modern equivalent today.
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    What are you nerds playing this weekend?

    Today is my weekend for work. (Currently working 84hrs per week) I decided to get the 486 DX2/66 upgraded and play some Descent with my Virtual IO i-Glasses. - Intel 486 DX2 66MHz w/ Writeback Cache - Biostar MB-1433 Motherboard - 16MB SIMM 60ns RAM - DTC VLB IDE/Floppy controller - ATI...
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