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I'm looking for quantity 2 of those plastic cpu covers for a 1151 motherboard. If you have some lying around collecting dust, I could use them. Will pay for shipping.

It looks something like this

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I actually have these. Do you have a timeline though? One board doesn't have a CPU to go in it yet to protect those pins :D PM me and we can work it out.
 
I'm in need of a PCI-Express x16 graphics card with DVI output.
My friend has a 10 year old Dell Studio XPS 8100 that has a nVidia GeForce GTS 240 but the GPU just died. I'm not looking for anything fancy. DVI-I output to one monitor is all she uses.

Thank you very much
 
I'm in need of a PCI-Express x16 graphics card with DVI output.
My friend has a 10 year old Dell Studio XPS 8100 that has a nVidia GeForce GTS 240 but the GPU just died. I'm not looking for anything fancy. DVI-I output to one monitor is all she uses.

Thank you very much

I am absolutely certain I have something that will fit the bill, but I won't be able to look until I get home from work this afternoon
 
I'm in need of a PCI-Express x16 graphics card with DVI output.
My friend has a 10 year old Dell Studio XPS 8100 that has a nVidia GeForce GTS 240 but the GPU just died. I'm not looking for anything fancy. DVI-I output to one monitor is all she uses.

Thank you very much

It has to be DVI-I? Dual link? I have an HD5450 that can do that. The drivers are old but it still works fine for a display out.
 
It has to be DVI-I? Dual link? I have an HD5450 that can do that. The drivers are old but it still works fine for a display out.
I'm not sure if it absolutely needs to be DVI-I, actually. But if it will still get the job done, I'm definitely interested. She is still running Windows 7 so old drivers shouldn't be too concerning. Sending you a PM
 
Looking for a barebones SATA SSD, 2.5" or smaller would be great! Going to drop it into a PFSense rackmount machine that I just acquired off of Craigslist!

Thanks!
Adam
 
Probably cheaper to hit up Amazon at this point..

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Can give those things to friends and such... but shipping them becomes a whole different fiasco
That's exactly it, the shipping cost makes it something other than "free", and shipping isn't cheap these days. If the item is under or around $10, it's hit or miss whether it's worth shipping depending on how available it is. Some old items, still worth it just because you can't find them readily available locally.
 
That's exactly it, the shipping cost makes it something other than "free", and shipping isn't cheap these days. If the item is under or around $10, it's hit or miss whether it's worth shipping depending on how available it is. Some old items, still worth it just because you can't find them readily available locally.
Cases are some of the worst. Outside of extremely expensive or desirable ones, people aren't exactly chomping at the bit to pay the shipping costs for a free used case when they can get a new one shipped for free online for a bit more, and be assured that all accessories are included, no signs of use, etc.

I'll stress it again though, if you guys aren't using Shippo or Pirate Ship (or some other alternative) to get access to USPS/UPS/FedEx commercial rates, you need to look into it. Pirate Ship is free and Shippo is $0.05 per label that you generate. If I'd started using them sooner, I would have saved hundreds of dollars shipping stuff over the years. I don't find myself selling as much these days due to PayPal's BS and the new IRS regs...just seems like a hassle so most of the time I just give stuff away (my 3090 being an exception :p).

All that said, I have a Corsair Air 540 that I'm about to retire in the event that anyone is interested. I bought a filter kit for it too, which was something like $70 IIRC. Still have the original box and foam to keep it snug during transit. Shipping costs should be reasonable via the previously mentioned services.
 
I signed up for pirateship and the label I generated through paypal ended up being less than pirateship's quote.
 
I signed up for pirateship and the label I generated through paypal ended up being less than pirateship's quote.
Is PP still allowing that? I thought something changed a while back. Good to know, though. I'll run the numbers next time I ship something and compare the rates. I thought all of the commercial rates were the same no matter what (they always have been between Shippo and Pirate Ship, anyway) compared to the retail rates that you get at the counter.
 
Is PP still allowing that? I thought something changed a while back. Good to know, though. I'll run the numbers next time I ship something and compare the rates. I thought all of the commercial rates were the same no matter what (they always have been between Shippo and Pirate Ship, anyway) compared to the retail rates that you get at the counter.

I use this link to ship with PP when paid by other methods.

https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_ship-now

EDIT: I get identical results, PP Shipstation and pirateship. 14x12x12" 2 lbs, from 95209 to 65807.
It's different than it was, but it's still in there.
 
Cases are some of the worst. Outside of extremely expensive or desirable ones, people aren't exactly chomping at the bit to pay the shipping costs for a free used case when they can get a new one shipped for free online for a bit more, and be assured that all accessories are included, no signs of use, etc.

I'll stress it again though, if you guys aren't using Shippo or Pirate Ship (or some other alternative) to get access to USPS/UPS/FedEx commercial rates, you need to look into it. Pirate Ship is free and Shippo is $0.05 per label that you generate. If I'd started using them sooner, I would have saved hundreds of dollars shipping stuff over the years. I don't find myself selling as much these days due to PayPal's BS and the new IRS regs...just seems like a hassle so most of the time I just give stuff away (my 3090 being an exception :p).

All that said, I have a Corsair Air 540 that I'm about to retire in the event that anyone is interested. I bought a filter kit for it too, which was something like $70 IIRC. Still have the original box and foam to keep it snug during transit. Shipping costs should be reasonable via the previously mentioned services.
I use a combo of ShipStation via Paypal and "corporate" accounts on either fedex or UPS, and then for ebay I just use their labels cause they end up being cheaper than ShipStation. Just signed up for Shippo though, will definitely use that in the future
 
Cases are some of the worst. Outside of extremely expensive or desirable ones, people aren't exactly chomping at the bit to pay the shipping costs for a free used case when they can get a new one shipped for free online for a bit more, and be assured that all accessories are included, no signs of use, etc.

I'll stress it again though, if you guys aren't using Shippo or Pirate Ship (or some other alternative) to get access to USPS/UPS/FedEx commercial rates, you need to look into it. Pirate Ship is free and Shippo is $0.05 per label that you generate. If I'd started using them sooner, I would have saved hundreds of dollars shipping stuff over the years. I don't find myself selling as much these days due to PayPal's BS and the new IRS regs...just seems like a hassle so most of the time I just give stuff away (my 3090 being an exception :p).

All that said, I have a Corsair Air 540 that I'm about to retire in the event that anyone is interested. I bought a filter kit for it too, which was something like $70 IIRC. Still have the original box and foam to keep it snug during transit. Shipping costs should be reasonable via the previously mentioned services.
I have been looking for a Thermaltake Level 10 GT for a long time but people still think the case is worth as much as a used car.
 
I have 4 3.5" HDDs pulled from servers if anyone wants.

2 x seagate barracuda 160GB 7200RPM (P/N 9CY132-780) - SATA
2 x 40GB WD400 (pn: WD400BB-00JHC0 and 0871HK) PATA - pending

I've confirmed the two seagates are working. One has a bare linux install on it, other seems blank. Not sure on the WD drives since I don't have any PATA cables lying around, but probably working.

Also have a NIB citizen watch. Bought it for my brother-in-law for Christmas one year but he returned it because he's an asshole. Don't really know what to do with it. It's been sitting in the box for a couple years at least but never worn as far as I can tell. (Outer, square box is lost so just has the inner box shown).
 

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Figured I'd post an inspirational Trash-to-Treasure update on here.

About a month ago, GiGaBiTe posted an old iMac up on here that only booted to the flashing Folder icon (Mac for "Dude, Where's my Boot Drive?"), and I took him up on it. I was looking for a neww fun project, and this seemed like it would fit the bill fine. It was $90 for the shipping which was very fair - it is heavy and kinda awkwardly large, and there was probably at least $20 of raw packing material in the box alone :). I got the machine with keyboard and mouse in GREAT condition.

First things first, I look up the model and this particular machine is a Model A1174 - the premium Early 2006 20" Intel CoreDuo model. Power it on and the classic Mac chime sounds and the flashing folder appears. I grab my nifty empty giftcard to pop some cleverly hidden plastic clips and get to work. Sure enough - there is no hard drive in the unit. However, whoever took out the hard drive was a person after my own heart, because they left all of the original mounting hardware and the temperature sensor taped up inside a plastic baggy. No problem - my local Best Buy had a sale on a 1TB SATA SSD for $50 and I grabbed that.

Problem #1 - It detects the SSD just fine, but this thing tops out at Snow Leopard, and a Snow Leopard bootable disk image was surprising difficult to find. Believe it or not, the Internet Archive had an ISO. - Resolving Problem #1 made the machine very workable in MacOS 10.6.8 (and diagnostics concluded the iMac was ENTIRELY functional AND I discovered it had 2G of RAM installed - yays!), but Macs are weird relative to Windows. On Windows machines, a LOT of software is both forward and backwards compatible with the OS. I could install Windows XP on a machine right now and there would be a ton of working software for it out there. Microsoft has gone through great pains in the past to make sure it works this way, but Apple sure as hell does not. It is super difficult to get any working software for OS X Snow Leopard. The best I could do was get a newer-but-still-REALLY-ancient FireFox on there which would at least let me access newer web sites, because the built-in Safari wouldn't open anything more complicated than Google :). Problem #1 is solved! It's a Mac running MacOS!

Problem #2 - Snow Leopard is useless, let's go with Windows! Machine supports BootCamp with Windows 7, so it should theoretically work just fine with Windows 10. Well... not so much. The WiFi worked great right out of the box, I had full access to both 802.11g and .11n networks. I was able to get the necessary device drivers for everything out of BootCamp pack 4, and it worked... sort of. 1) I could only install Windows 10 32-bit. 64-bit was just not happening. 2) The graphics drivers for the Mobile Radeon x1600 in Windows 10 suck donkey balls. Missing textures on the desktop, video corruption, the works. 3) The default generic video driver ALSO sucks donkey balls because it does NOT properly support the resolution of the screen, AND compositing is V E R Y S L O W. Never fixed this - trashed the Windows install.
Problem #2 is now and will forever remain unresolved.

Problem #3 - Snow Leopard is useless, the Windows experience on this machine sucks, let's go with Linux! This was somewhat more complicated than I had expected. Long story short - I DID eventually get the machine triple-booted (after installing rEFInd) with Snow Leopard, Windows 10 32-bit, and Linux Mint DEBIAN 32-bit, but the Linux experience was sub-par. A lot of packages have apparently moved on from 32-bit and have become 64-bit only going forward. Debian is one of the few distributions that seems actively committed to 32-bit development, so I was at least able to get it to do something. The trick is, the only Linux Mint DEBIAN based 32-bit modern distro runs Cinammon, and Cinnamon is a little too "heavy" for this machine and so performance was sluggish. Also it was a pain in the ASS to get the WiFi working. Time to figure out why x64 is not working on this machine (and I bet you guys already knew why :)). Problem #3 is now irrelevant BECAUSE...

Problem #4 - I never realized that CoreDuo processors ever made it into commercial desktop machines - I had also thought they were mobile-only chips that were rapidly replaced by the Core2Duo (which is an x64 chip). Well, I was entirely wrong about that. This machine can only run ia32 software - x64 is right out... BUT... the CPU in this machine is socketed! Internet research indicates that these machines are drop-in compatible with some Core2Duo T-series CPUs, so another $11 to eBay and a 2.16GHz T7400 Core2Duo is on its way (Pro-tip - the machine supports all the way up to the 2.33GHz T7600, but that thing is dramatically more expensive than the T7400 was - don't be afraid to look a step or 2 down when looking to do these sorts of upgrades because you can get most of the performance lift for a bunch less $$$). Installation went smoothly and I now had an x64 CPU in the machine. Getting TO the CPU required puling the mainboard entirely out to get to the backside, which was a slog, and of course, the plastic plug for the built-in camera and mic broke right off the motherboard because the old plastic plug was very brittle (fortunately it was the plug on the cable that shattered and not the actual socket) - this was another $20 down the hole to a Mac used parts seller. Easy fix.

Problem #5 - The EFI in this machine is 32-bit only, and it apparently gets super confused with multi-book ISOs. Long Story Short, I was eventually able to install Linux Mint xFCe in it's 64-bit glory, but tis was again more complicated than it initially appeared. I had to "patch" the Linux Mint ISO prior to burning it to DVD to remove the UEFI multibook "partition" from the volume, rendering it Legacy BIOS boot only (which the iMacs 32-bit EFI can emulate - its the core they added to make Boot Camp work for Windows installs). I patched the ISO using the instructions I found on an internet page hosted by a guy who helps people with 32-bit EFI Macs ('cuz apparently Apple stuck with that 32-bit EFI for a WHILE) and WSL on my Windows 11 machine. I got the new Linux Mint installed just fine after that, and xFCe is MUCH faster on the machine. WiFi was still a pain to get working, but the machine is now fully function and comfortably performant with a fully modern OS installed. Which left me with my last problem...

Problem #6 - Need More RAM! This is ALSO a little tricker than it first appears. The CoreDuo iMac only officially supported 2G of RAM. You could get 3G in it with mismatched sticks, but then you lose dual channel memory support. 2x2G would not work and would cause the Mac to hardlock on startup. the later LATE 2006 iMacs were still limited to 3G RAM tops, but would work fine and keep dual channel memory support with 2x2G sticks installed. Interestingly, the Late 2006 iMacs used the exact same mainboard as the Early 2006 iMacs did. This is where I went down the rabbit hole of updating my iMac 4.1 (what Apple calls the Early 2006 iMacs) firmware to iMac 5.1 (Late 2006 iMac). As you can imagine, Apple does NOT make this easy to do. There IS a script that does it, but the script and the instructions to use it are on a website forum that no longer exists and all direct links to it were dead. I was able to get the script from a guy who had posted it in a different forum talking about having used it, but the script did NOT work. It would crash with an obscure error message. I had to use the Internet Wayback machine to find the relevant posts on how to fix this issue on the original forum where the script was created - apparently the script craps out because Apple renamed and moved the download files on their servers, because of course they did :). The updated instructions describe how to manually download and rename the correct files from Apple, and how to manually run the internal btis of the script to make it actually patch and bless the iMac 5.1 firmware to work on the iMac 4.1 machine. That worked very well, and I packaged up the script, the firmware files from Apple and the instructions on my server in case I (or anybody that happens to ask me) needs them again. Another $7 to eBay and I received and installed my 4G of RAM just fine.


That puts my project totals at: $90 shipping + $50 new SATA SSD + $20 new camera/mic cable + $11 new CPU + $7 new RAM = $178. Not too shabby. It was quite the journey, but I enjoyed the hell out of it. The machine runs VERY well with Linux Mint xFCe with my only complaint being that WiFi is limited to 802.11g speeds in it. I cannot get the open source drivers for the Apple Airport Extreme (really, a Broadcom card) to see my 5GHz .11n networks for anything. I CAN use Ethernet to the machine if I happen to need full network speeds, but as a web browser, Discord, TeamSpeak, Steam Chat machine in my living room by the couch, it does not really NEED anything faster, and it only feels marginally less snappy for this purpose than my main machine in my sig. If I have any takeaway from this, it is to reaffirm what I already knew. Apple really does seem to go the extra mile to lock down their hardware, though I have heard that they have been better about this in recent years. Overall a great fun project that kept me occupied for a while, and kept another working machine out of the garbage. Thanks again GiGaBiTe!!
Awesome adventure--thank you for posting! Also reminds me why I came to the conclusion that period hardware just needs 'period correct' software and that's the limited use of it. Although it is interesting that a win98se machine can rdp into a win7 machine which is rdp'd into a win10 one. :D
 
This is a long-shot, but has anybody got the mounting clip lever for a Zalman CNPS-series cooler (specifically a 9500A)? This is specifcally the part I've lost:
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Unfortunately, the only site I found selling spares has long since discontinued them. Looking to reuse my old 9500A on a retro project I'm building for my partner - an "Ultimate Pentium 4" build (they're big fans of the Pentium 4, I'm an Athlon 64 gal lol).
 
This is a long-shot, but has anybody got the mounting clip lever for a Zalman CNPS-series cooler (specifically a 9500A)? This is specifcally the part I've lost:


Unfortunately, the only site I found selling spares has long since discontinued them. Looking to reuse my old 9500A on a retro project I'm building for my partner - an "Ultimate Pentium 4" build (they're big fans of the Pentium 4, I'm an Athlon 64 gal lol).

that part is for the AMD hardware not for Intel. I know cause i just send a member both parts, the one circled and the long piece. You need the pieces that are circled in the image below which are for intel.
 

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I had a similar Zalman cooler with the same mounting bracket and it used the above mentioned two screws and the long piece. It came with two different mounting hardware for AMD and Intel. Let me see if i can still find that manual. I keep old shit like that.

Just looked at an YT video for the cnps 9500AT and it uses the above mentioned hardware. But i do remember that the AMD hardware what the member is looking for can be used on the same mounting stand.
 
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that part is for the AMD hardware not for Intel. I know cause i just send a member both parts, the one circled and the long piece. You need the pieces that are circled in the image below which are for intel.

So my manual definitely matches the PDF posted by Beaflag VonRathburg - somehow I still have that piece of paper from all those years ago. However, the image on Zalman's own page for the product matches what buschman31 posted. I'm now trying to figure out whether there were two revisions of this cooler, or whether the manual was (and still is) incorrect in its instructions for use on Intel 775.

Thinking back 15 or so years go, I vaguely recall having some confusion over the included parts not matching the parts described by the manual. Also, when I found the cooler in my parts drawer, it had the "AMD" arm - the one that uses clips rather than screws - attached to it (sans lever, of course). I only ever used this cooler on my socket 775 E8400.

So the conclusion I'm leaning towards now is that the manual for this cooler was incorrect and did not match the included parts. I believe 16 year old me, not realizing the manual's error and attempting to follow it, forced the AMD lever to work. I do recall being amazed at the pressure it took to install, but it was my first build and I assumed that was normal. And honestly, it worked fine, so maybe that is an acceptable solution.

At any rate, I'll now revise my request: if anybody has a spare 775 mounting arm and pair of screws for a Zalman CNPS 9500A, as shown in buschman31's post above, I would greatly appreciate them.
 
So my manual definitely matches the PDF posted by Beaflag VonRathburg - somehow I still have that piece of paper from all those years ago. However, the image on Zalman's own page for the product matches what buschman31 posted. I'm now trying to figure out whether there were two revisions of this cooler, or whether the manual was (and still is) incorrect in its instructions for use on Intel 775.

Thinking back 15 or so years go, I vaguely recall having some confusion over the included parts not matching the parts described by the manual. Also, when I found the cooler in my parts drawer, it had the "AMD" arm - the one that uses clips rather than screws - attached to it (sans lever, of course). I only ever used this cooler on my socket 775 E8400.

So the conclusion I'm leaning towards now is that the manual for this cooler was incorrect and did not match the included parts. I believe 16 year old me, not realizing the manual's error and attempting to follow it, forced the AMD lever to work. I do recall being amazed at the pressure it took to install, but it was my first build and I assumed that was normal. And honestly, it worked fine, so maybe that is an acceptable solution.

At any rate, I'll now revise my request: if anybody has a spare 775 mounting arm and pair of screws for a Zalman CNPS 9500A, as shown in buschman31's post above, I would greatly appreciate them.

I still have the screws but dont have the lever arm. That part was sold yrs ago with the Zalmam cooler. If anyone is needing socket 478 hardware, please contact me. I can post pics of what i have if needed.
 
Just got a free code for Redfall if anyone wants. I haven't added it to steam yet but did pull it up the geforce program so and it recognized my GPU (4090) so hopefully this works for anyone now. First come, first serve:

Code: iHzv7Zi8LBkos5xQrp8xRdPM

1. Install your qualified graphics card.
2. Update or install the latest version of GeForce Experience (Version 3.18 or higher).
3. Open and log in to GeForce Experience.
4. Go to the Account drop-down menu select “REDEEM”.
5. Enter your bundle code from your qualifying bundle purchase.
6. Follow the remaining instructions on screen.
 
I still have the screws but dont have the lever arm. That part was sold yrs ago with the Zalmam cooler. If anyone is needing socket 478 hardware, please contact me. I can post pics of what i have if needed.

I'd be interested in that socket 478 mounting hardware, if still available. Will you please post a pic just to be sure?
 
Just got a free code for Redfall if anyone wants. I haven't added it to steam yet but did pull it up the geforce program so and it recognized my GPU (4090) so hopefully this works for anyone now. First come, first serve:

Code: iHzv7Zi8LBkos5xQrp8xRdPM

1. Install your qualified graphics card.
2. Update or install the latest version of GeForce Experience (Version 3.18 or higher).
3. Open and log in to GeForce Experience.
4. Go to the Account drop-down menu select “REDEEM”.
5. Enter your bundle code from your qualifying bundle purchase.
6. Follow the remaining instructions on screen.
This would be awesome but sucks you have to have a RTX 4000 to redeem
 
Anyone want some Game Informer magazines?





They're quite heavy, rather old, and just taking up space. I figure someone might want them... you don't even need to send me money! Just send me a prepaid shipping label for a Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box, and I'll wrap them in bubble wrap, stick them in a box and drop them off at my post office.

Please lemme know if you want these! I'd prefer to not have to throw them out.
 
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