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

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  1. atmo

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    They made an AM2 riser: http://www.asrock.com/mb/spec/upgrade.asp?Model=AM2CPU Board

    Even just as a 939 board, it would be awesome for back to back testing AGP and PCI-e cards with the same CPU. :thumbup:
     
  2. jmannik

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    Be interesting to see what you make of the Trident Blade, I thought it was a very interesting card from a "Value" segment.
     
  3. fleetfeather

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    I've just acquired a Mac Pro 1MB:

    http://imgur.com/h18hKl2

    The screen only shows a single column of pixels. Anyone seen this symptom before, or know of what's needed to get it up and running?


    (This puppy is from 5 years before I was born hah)
     
  4. qwertylesh

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    Somethings busted with the actual CRT part of the system.

    you should take it to someone who can install a crt chassis cap kit, they can also work out the cause of this issue.
     
  5. fleetfeather

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    The monitor ended up booting eventually. I'm now at the flashing floppy disk screen.
    I tried popping a 800k floppy disk into the drive, but got no desktop.

    Not sure how finicky the eject mechanism is supposed to be, but holding the mouse button down as I flick the power switch on doesn't seem to eject the disk. Mouse definitely works because the cursor moves and pressing the mouse button generates a system beep...
     
  6. qwertylesh

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    so the screen looks all squished into a single line until the crt parts warm up enough, then it turns to normal eh?

    if you can get someone to cap kit the unit, it should fix that up so the screen displays correctly straight away then.
     
  7. fleetfeather

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    Seems like it was just for he first cold boot. Every time I've rebooted since, the full crt has lit up :)

    I think my. Main problem is the eject mechanism on the floppy tribe
     
  8. fleetfeather

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    Wow... that autocorrect!


    Anyways, I've got the floppy out now and understand how to re-lube the mechanism if I want it to electronically eject. Simple enough.

    However, rather than run a system off a floppy, I'm much more interested in running off an external HDD, since this old Mac Plus has the necessary SCSI port to do so.

    Therefore, my main question is: How screwed am I if I'm trying to find an old Apple SCSI External HDD caddy and HDD?
     
  9. JidaiGeki

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    Locally, ie in Aus, you can pick one up for about $50pp, just watch eBay or gumtree. Generally low capacity around 40MB or so is age appropriate for Mac Plus. So not too screwed :D definitely more available in the US but the postage is a killer.
     
  10. fleetfeather

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    Gotcha. Alright then, thanks!

    Does anyone from the OCAU community have any "Macintosh: System Tools" disks, or the ability to create such a disk for me? I don't have an old mac with a floppy drive....

    Not fussy about the OS variant yet - just something that will work out of the box (system 6, probably)
     
  11. Daft_Munt

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    Blind luck that I spotted some system disks this afternoon cleaning up my step father (deceased) office. I have to go through his Mac collection of floppies plus his old mac with the external 40MB HDD. I havent touched an old mac in a decade.
     
  12. fleetfeather

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    Damn, sorry to bring a crappy life event to the fore :(
    If you're up to it, feel free to swing me a PM with any stuff you might find. I'm particularly interested in any photos of floppy disk labels, and any details you find about the external HDD
     
  13. Daft_Munt

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    All good, mum and I have been holding off on cleaning the office, took us 10 months. I had a quick look at the disks and the system disk look to have been overwritten based on the labels. The Mac and HDD are in another box that I didnt look at. I last fired that thing up in 2004/5 to find some data on an old floppy for a legal case. Found back up disks for his old LC but I think that got thrown out a few moves ago. :mad:.
     
  14. shane41

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    Fleetfeather why not take a direct approach.
    I just see you asking / hoping to find what you need.

    Contact these members. Both mad on the old mac's.
    I have been in contact with Jeremy many times. Good guy.

    jeremybh1
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  15. mAJORD

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    I know this is isn't retro computing technically.. well, not without attaching an Atari to it? (which I'm sure we will) , but I have to share, as i'm so happy with it!

    After much searching, and it almost getting away I acquired this cream 13" Toshiba blackstripe CRT.. which after a brief cleanup appears to be in quite immaculate condition.. a few tiny blemishes in the top plastic - but very superficial and should polish out.. The all important front fascia is perfect

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    Absolutely love the looks of these late 70s/early 80s set's though.. only disappointment is it isn't the pedestal model, or at least it doesn't have one. the slightly older manual knob Blacklines did, and look even more funky. Assuming it works after a refurb (Seller said it did before being abandoned so fingers crossed nothing major wrong with it), It'll be for my Daughter. - Her first TV :thumbup:
    The funny thing is, when the other half suggested "she needs a TV" , she thought I was taking the piss when I said I'm getting a CRT :lol:.. Hoping the condition of it will change her mind.

    I know there's some retro TV collector groups out there, might have to hit them up about what to use to safely polish the outer plastic, unless anyone here has some suggestions?
     
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  16. qwertylesh

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    This is what i'd use (got a bottle of it beside me atm)

    http://www.supercheapauto.com.au/on...-Polish-296mL.aspx?pid=101139#Recommendations

    Works even better if you get a buff machine, but be careful if you do, the high rpm buffers heat up if you leave it in one place for too long and can do more harm then good. (and note that the slower random buffers dont really do much at all)

    When used properly though, it will clean up beautifully.


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    Not really retro, more game collecting.

    I brought 3 kirby ds titles recently that were going cheap on fleabay
    Squeak Squad
    Mass Attack
    and Super Star Ultra

    with my already owned Triple deluxe kirby, I think that's all of them for ds.

    edit: haven't got Canvas Curse or Planet Robobot yet. Will look into getting those next
     
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  17. mAJORD

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    Thanks qwerty

    I was thinking even the polish in headlight restorer kits would be OK, but i'm just not sure if they're chemically compatible with the plastics used in these old things, given they're designed for polycabonate(?) specifically

    One you linked seems fairly safe to use on most plastics though
     
  18. qwertylesh

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    The one linked is commonly recommended for polishing PS3's and Xbox 360s

    It should be fine on any gloss plastic, even cd's. removing scratches with it though seems a stretch, but it certainly does defog and clean up certain blemishes rather well.
     
  19. partybear

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    Haha I actually had that exact tv, I remember playing battle toads on it. Me and my brother sold the tv and nintendo plus all the games for two dollars. We had it at our local auction and that is what the highest bid was.
     
  20. shane41

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    You lurking Julian :wired:
    Stashed in box 8 years & dusty :Paranoid: Sell defecto

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    Alrighty then :tongue:
     

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