Discussion in 'Retro & Arcade' started by power, Feb 20, 2011.
House music forever
I took a look at the DOM approach, and also the CF to IDE approach too, the prices are a bit weird on both fronts, best i could find a used 2.5" 44pin ide DOM 16gb for about $30 from the UK. CF card and adapter prices were also kinda silly.
So I'm going to go with my sata-ide approach, and the cost is kinda better since its all new hardware. I can get these for $20 (2x $16 each):
and then I can get 120gb ssd's for $28
I've ordered two of the adapters, and Ill get the SSDs later whenever i need them, those are cheap and plentiful. It works out good since i'm sort of stuck behind my IDE controller, my Cab runs chinese win2k, it doesnt have sata support I looked into a while ago upgrading the ose to xp to support sata, but everything was way to customized for me to go that route (plus i dont want to push a wrong hz to the monitor / other damage by fiddling with locked down OS configs)
Once the adapter arrives, I'll slap a cheap ssd on it and image to it and let you know how it goes as a solution, but price wise $50 per conversion (decent storage and adapter) is okay in my books as long as its stable.
These SSDs are still available too if you want to further reduce conversion cost. They've got some miles on them though.
Mitsubishi Diamond Digital DV177, nabbed for $30 from FB this morning. 1280x1024, VGA, DVI and overall a very nice design. Chuffed with this! Should be a great pairing with the RGBtoHDMI.
Decent SD and DDR RAM haul, with a lot of Legend PC133 256MB sticks and quite a few PC133 512MB sticks
Also scored these beauties
Always love free stuff, even better when it's of this calibre
Those radios are gorgeous!
Breaker breaker rubber duck!!!
They look great.. crystal based I think, I had a very similar set when I was a kid.
"Go the breaker!"
Man that brings back some ham radio/CB memories....
My poor old CRT TV started making quiet little Atari 2600 racing game sorts of noises when I turned it on a while back, so I turned it off before it proper blew up and tonight I went and picked up a different toy to play with in the meantime. Will be perfect for the Dreamcast, and hopefully the Mister won't look too terrible on it.
At 22" it's still a bit of a monster, but surprisingly shallow, so certainly a lot more manageable to move around.
cudos on the banana for scale.
I forgot how beautiful beige lcds were. By the time I got my first lcd monitor they had turned black but still 4:3 which digital cameras were too.
That looks the same as the monitor I once had but mine was 17". The picture quality is really great.
Sadly someone had left batteries in them, fortunately, they use a 8 x AA holder with a 9V connector (forgot the technical name), they were subjected to a bath of bicarb and water before being subjected to a bath of vinegar to remove the corrosion. The inside of the battery compartment was then given a solid blast out with CRC component cleaner. If the vinegar bath is not successful, I can always just buy new battery holders. Can't wait to fire them up.
My SSDs and IDE>Sata adapters arrived, and today I spent time cloning my IDE drive across. For some reason no matter the controller mode I could not get my Live environment (acronis) to pickup the PATA drive. (using any onboard IDE controller)
In the end (after trying on 3 different IDE/SATA computers) I had to use a IDE to USB adapter to clone off of it.
Since I have it like this, i'm also making a new TIB backup (pictured above - being written to the red USB stick in the photo), the original Acronis Tib I made from the old partially bad smart data 80gb 40gb IDE disk I got off ebay doesnt contain all of the additional improvements I made to the image in contrast to this 320gb ide drive. (i originally cloned that disk to this one, and also made a backup file)
original 3k-in-1 image.
The new one will have the Dashboard artwork I made, the menu music, the additional mame engine and games I integrated (columns 3 / sonic 1 & 2, etc )
Moment of truth will be soon
1- ensure the 320 still boots the chinese win2k (no writes back to it while cloning)
2- test the SSD clone using the adapter to boot off the games family P4 ide only motherboard.
If it works (and proves reliable long term), it also means Ill no longer need to hold onto these older ide disks either:
The yellow outline is the original that came with my unit before i restored it.
the blue outline is the semi-bad smart data disk i got from ebay with the unique extra games image.
edit: it was a success
my Hyperthreaded Pentium 4 now runs an SSD sata on Windows 2k
and for the sake of extreme redundancy-
I have the image backed up on my PC and on USB key.
Plus I have a second SSD im restoring the clone image to now:
Not bad for 80 bucks.
received my Japanese snes today.
Now I realize the only ones I don't have for Nintendo are the JP N64 box or the Famicom (I have both, but only loose)
Sweet!!!! Not going there mate..
Rescued this from the bin during a recent office relocation
it's funny to see a technology that gets surpassed so quickly relegated to the rubbish dump.
I've seen a MP3 sound recorder come into eWaste. No need for that anymore. Everybody's got a smart phone now.
Picked up these puppies today..
Finally got my hands on one of these again , that's what we had in the family pc when I was a kid. Its no voodoo but I've got fond memories of playing destruction derby 2 and scorched planet on the Matrox mystique graphics api.