Discussion in 'Retro & Arcade' started by power, Feb 20, 2011.
Ha just after the Dreamblaster ESS thingo was finally released too - why does the universe do these things?
Glad to finally snagged one, that's a keeper.
This is exactly why my PC MIDI card and Roland MPU breakout will probably arrive the same week
Residents of Brisbane will probably be aware that there is a kerbside collection going on at the moment. I managed to go out for a few walks in the local streets during breaks from work last week to see what I could find on the footpath. At the end of a dead end street up a very steep hill that I almost ignored due to a sprained ankle (yeah I shouldn't be walking on it), I spotted a pile of items among which were a couple of beige boxes and a 15 inch Sony Trinitron monitor. I quickly hurried over to have a look.
The signal cable had been ripped right out of the back of the monitor unforunately. I considered I might be able to solder a new cable on to the controller board, but it may not even work so I left it alone. If it had been a 17 inch I may have thought otherwise. An old lady came out from the house to put some rubbish in the bin and I said hello and told her I was scavenging for old computer bits. She responded telling me she didn't think there was much there - just an old radio. Well old lady, you have no idea....
I haven't tested any of this stuff yet. I expect the 486 board won't boot beyond a CMOS clock battery error, and I don't even have an AT PSU at the moment to test with so will need to find a PSU or ATX adapter. The 5.25 drive is seriously yellow but looks like it will probably still work.
In another street I also found some not so exciting PCIe video cards...
What's the ASUS video card? I recently did up a system for my kids but the best I could scrounge up was an ATI 5850 1GB. Does the job for what they want to play but keeping an eye out for something better.
After I posted that picture, I did wonder if somebody would mention that it's unidentifiable. It's a nVidia GTX 560. I don't know if it works yet but it probably does. Was pulled from a 'gamer' PC full of dust. The thumb screw holding the side panel was rusted on and I needed to use a screw driver to open it, but the card appears to be OK.
The Quadro is a FX 570. The VLB card is a Cirrus 5426. The 486 board is a Biostar MB1433/50 AEA-V.
I had a similar situation with some Japanese clocks I collected. The solution I came up with was to use a DC to AC inverter intended for cars. That way you could feed it 12V DC and it would generate the correct 100/110v and 60hz AC frequency. Unlike most step-down transformers which still keep the 50hz frequency as you're probably well aware of.
I think DonutKing will like this. It's in bad shape but I got it for a discount and considering how damn hard original posters are to find I thought it was worth it. I know a place in Melbourne which specialises in vintage poster restorations so I'll be looking to use them at some point in the future.
But my real reason for posting and something I'm really happy to finally secure is this! I've always been a huge Ultima fan since I first saw Ultima 4 on my mates Amiga and then finally got the play the series for myself my XT clone starting with Ultima 6. Something I've always wanted to collect and has always allued me all these years is an original poster but they are always so damn hard to find. About 5+ years ago I had the opporunity to buy an Ultima 6 poster but in deliberating on whether to pull the trigger or not someone else did. Been kicking myself ever since!
Then thanks to watching the Full Throttle poster above for quite some time and wondering if I should take the punt, the same seller listed this and I was sold! It's not Ultima 6 but I think I actually like the cover art for Ultima 5 better.
Can't wait for them to arrive.
How big are they?
Full Throttle is 38.5 x 26.5 inches so about 97.8 x 67.3 cm. Huge poster, it's actually the same size as the Fate of Atlantis poster I already have so it's just dawned on me how big it is.
Ultima 5 is a lot smaller at 23 x 16.5 inches so about 58.4 x 41.9 cm.
Very cool additions, congrats. Very very cool.
yes it's that old, i never played this one back in the day but have heard the campaign is pretty fun and it's back compat with the XB1 as well.
Great game, but I remember the grind for some of the achievements in that too well!
I don't grind for achievements so I'll probably just have fun with a nice shooter campaign.
The multiplayer was great in that game, it was more so the 10002 kills and the “I am bad company” achievements that took a long time
It’s been 13 years since I last played, I’d say give multiplayer a go if there are still servers active
After four months at sea, the MPU-IPC breakout box actually arrived! It's way cuter than I thought it would be! I'm kind of beside myself.
Congrats Pierre, I know you've been hanging to get your hands on that. Congrats mate.. demo/writeup when you get a chance pls..
Not so much retro, but retro kinda looking and they're for my retro computing hobby, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Anyway, I saw a recent post from our friend, the mofo who is bad, and thought, hey, they look nice, so I grabbed a set of Edifier R1280Ts:
They sound really nice, I may even hook up one of my Yamaha powered subs and really shake the foundations
Now if only I could figure out why aweutil and the AWE32 CP won't play nice...
Didn't get to mention in OP I did early on try this . Unfortunatly the freq accuracy of the little inverter was too much
Retro Edifier crew! I saw that badmofo wasn't completely satisfied, and reverted to the faithful Cambridge setup. I had previously purchased these for TV use, but they were gathering dust. So a few months back I dropped them into the retro setup to replace my old period correct Turandos (very ordinary but they looked cool). So it was a very nice upgrade.