Your recent acquisitions, or what retro have you bought lately?

Discussion in 'Retro & Arcade' started by power, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. JidaiGeki

    JidaiGeki Member

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    Picked this beauty up yesterday ...

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    NEC PowerMate Portable SX - 386SX-16, 2MB (only seems to show 384+1024K RAM), 40MB hard disk - and red plasma screen, all working.

    Got it for the grand sum of ... $10.50 :D the seller didn't mention the Microsoft mouse in the listing, that's worth about $40 alone.

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    Surprisingly sharp picture, but frankly the red is a bit overwhelming.

    Was a bit naive and thought it was just a slightly big laptop ... but nope, it's a luggable, heavy SOB, designed to be set up on a desk. The main unit has enough ports to just use the main unit as a small desktop - the keyboard port seems to be standard 5-pin DIN, there is an RGB out, and best of all - 3x 16-bit ISA slots! Plus the manual and BIOS setup disk.

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  2. MUTMAN

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    That's awesome JidaiGeki :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

    I lusted after one of these back in the day
     
  3. callan

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    Awesome! - The firm I worked for sold them for a time. Those displays were also used on toshiba luggables at the time. A Damn fine catch.

    those displays are very sensitive to shock, so be careful!! If they fail after a shock they get this cool "waterfall" effect where the spots making up the letters fall to the bottom like tears or suchlike. Cool, but not good!

    I am most envious.

    Callan
     
  4. cdtoaster

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    nice, these sort of cards can be surprisingly difficult to find :confused: i was hoping to find a 9800XT sometime but it's seems unlikely.
     
  5. shane41

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    7800 series + pci-e + Gainward, not rare & not hard to find.
    Actually gainwards are more prevalent in ebay searches.
    Some Msi OR BFG OR Aopen are in many models " hard to find " :Pirate:

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  6. aXLe

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    KAGA Taxan 12" RGB goodness - now this is retro :)

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  7. shane41

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    Yes you are the god of " old shit " :tongue: Need more like you
     
  8. callan

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    I was quite a fan of the V20's. Particularly when matched with a V20 supporting BIOS they made quite a difference. We sold Olivetti M24's for a while, and they were an 8086 system that REALLY loved the V30's. The M24 was a truly bizarre machine, but was very, very quick for it's time.

    Callan
     
  9. JidaiGeki

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    Thanks chaps! Thanks also for the heads up on the screen safety callan, I'll make sure it gets looked after in our upcoming house move. Was going over the user manual, had a laugh at the stock photo on the cover

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    That must be a stripped out unit, or else she's pretty darn strong! I certainly don't look that comfortable with the PowerMate off the ground.
     
  10. shane41

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    deleted..................not interested in rare slot A it seems
     
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  11. Rollsta

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    Hey guys, seeing as this is a common thread updated with posts, thought i'd throw the quick question...

    Is there a forum/place where I can buy/sell arcade parts or machines?

    I have no idea about these but always wanted one...
    I currently have one but it doesn't seem to be performing at 100%. Not all games work so tossing up between selling the whole thing and buying something new to learn and work with or to try fix.
    For all I know it could just be reinstalling something?

    Thanks
     
  12. Daft_Munt

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    Aussie Arcades would be your best bet.
     
  13. Krumm

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    Yep as Daft_munt said goto Aussie Arcade introduce yourself and post about the issues and any pics if its graphical corruption.

    Arcades are an interesting beast they can be temperamental when not powered on for a while, being moved can knock something out, or good old age could be setting in and component wear. The guys / gals there should be able to help you out though :thumbup:
     
  14. callan

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    One last tip from the rusting archives of my brain.

    Almost all implementations of the video with those plasma screens use the same (weird) video chip, so if you are trying to run any retro DOS programs (Like WordPerfect, or Windows 3.0 / 3.1 Standard mode) they can access the higher res mono modes by specifying AT&T 6300 / Olivetti M24 drivers.

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    :p

    Callan
     
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  15. shane41

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    Some funny shit. Won this x2 months ago Atari Joe.
    Claim your prize before I boot it out into the cold. :p

    If you visited that other forum we started & read that message...........

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  16. jmannik

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    If he doesnt take it, I will :p
     
  17. shane41

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    He was messaged in "other forum " that hardly anyone visits.
    Straight after I won it actually in the early AM. Has me meh :rolleyes: after x2 months. Excitement worn off. Now I'm just bashing hints all round retro, perhaps he's in a gimp box somewhere chained :lol: Cause he's not in here either...............
     
  18. philscomputerlab

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    Got this sound card. Someone at VOGONS posted about it on their eBay specials thread, it was a BIN, so I grabbed it :)

    I'm pretty confident Vortex 2 cards will remain my favourite Windows 98 SE sound card, but these Yamaha cards get mentioned more and more, so I'd like to check it out...

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  19. badmofo

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    I'll be interested to hear what you think - no pun intended.

    I can't imagine it besting the Vortex2 either. Does this Yamaha thing have a real OPL3 in it? That would be notable I guess but personally I don't need OPL3 on a PCI card. PCI sound is for Windows 98 machines and above in my mind, so the few late SVGA DOS games I'd be playing on it would be red book or GM music anyway.

    The only complaint I have with the Vortex 2 in that scenario is the lack of decent mixer software in pure DOS, but then you can play most of the relevant games in a DOS box via Win98, so that solves that problem.
     
  20. philscomputerlab

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    Yes, apparently it has a proper OPL3 integrated. It's also seems to be compatible with all sorts of 3D audio standards and has very elaborate drivers (options paradise).

    Might be a good video topic, comparing PCI sound cards on a Pentium 4 in DOS or something like that.
     

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