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    Originally posted by Dan81 View Post
    Y'know why
    I have a sneaking suspicion...
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      Heh, it's nice to hear the whir of that SCSI Seagate once in a while

      Meanwhile, it's a nForce 2 party most of the time. That "Golden Flame" Soltek looks gorgeous with the red LED fan and ADATA Vitesta sticks, and the NF7 v2.0 besides me is stomping stuff with a 210FSB overclock.

      A shame I couldn't find any working 9800s. The more I find locally, the more they turn out dead
      Guess X1xxx/HD series it is. I think I found a HD2600XT somewhere once, for a rather accessible price (around the same as 9800 Pro.)
      Main rig:
      Gigabyte B75M-D3H
      Core i5-3470 3.60GHz
      Gigabyte Geforce GTX650 1GB GDDR5
      16GB DDR3-1600
      Samsung SH-224AB DVD-RW
      FSP Bluestorm II 500W (recapped)
      120GB ADATA + 2x Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST31000340NS 1TB
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        Today's megascore is a Supermicro C7X99-OCE-F. Bought from one of the gazillion R2 resellers on ebay as "non functional, won't boot" for $25 shipped, in original box with accessories. Ok, that's worth the gamble, these are ~$200 boards working.

        Arrived today, and of course the first thing is to check the 'usual suspects; such as damaged pins in the sockets, and other physical damage to the board, RAM slots, etc....none found. Next, in the oven with a CPU & RAM...and no post... Looking at status codes and current draws, it would roll through until '9C'....I was never able to find out what that status code exactly is, but the google says "machine check exception"....whatever the frack that is....

        Next step is to get the manual and study all jumper & switch settings after pulling the CMOS battery and make sure everything is cleared out of it.... I noticed a switch was in BIOS recovery mode for some reason....ok, red flag... Hoping maybe someone did that accidentally, I set it to normal and tried again...same result, no POST and status code 9C. Hmmm.....so what the hell, try the supermicro BIOS recovery (can be tricky)....but nothing to lose, so switched it back to recovery mode. Grabbed the latest BIOS, renamed it to 'super.rom', put in the root of a USB drive, powered up and pressed CRTL+HOME....and held the keys and my breath....well Sonofabitch, it POST'd and went through the recovery process....rebooted when done and here we are!!

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        Box & goodies...

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          Apart from the US gems (hehehe), I have a 7800GS AGP that has to show up Tuesday, as well as a whole mystery build that has an I/O shield for my Soltek

          Fingers crossed that the 7800GS arrives intact and working. I already have a zombie 6600 AGP running and god knows for how long... a 7800GS wouldn't hurt an Athlon XP, would it?

          Main rig:
          Gigabyte B75M-D3H
          Core i5-3470 3.60GHz
          Gigabyte Geforce GTX650 1GB GDDR5
          16GB DDR3-1600
          Samsung SH-224AB DVD-RW
          FSP Bluestorm II 500W (recapped)
          120GB ADATA + 2x Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST31000340NS 1TB
          Delux MG760 case

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            9C was probably the CPU tossing an MCE and shutting down because it got put into an invalid/corrupt state by the faulty BIOS.
            Don't buy those $10 PSU "specials". They fail, and they have taken whole computers with them.

            My computer doubles as a space heater.

            Permanently Retired Systems:
            RIP Advantech UNO-3072LA (2008-2021) - Decommissioned and taken out of service permanently due to lack of software support for it. Not very likely to ever be recommissioned again.
            Asus Q550LF (Old main laptop, 2014-2022) - Decommissioned and stripped due to a myriad of problems, the main battery bloating being the final nail in the coffin.


            Kooky and Kool Systems
            - 1996 Power Macintosh 7200/120 + PC Compatibility Card - Under Restoration
            - 1993 Gateway 2000 80486DX/50 - Fully Operational/WIP
            - 2004 Athlon 64 Retro Gaming System - Indefinitely Parked
            - Main Workstation - Fully operational!

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              cheap DMR radio
              https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005006317647277.html
              it was even cheaper, i paid £32 uk.

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                These came yesterday:

                - ASUS CUSL2 + P3 1GHz, 512MB SDR (2x128MB + 1x256)
                - 2x ASUS K53S (K53SV and K53SD I think... one of them has a i7), X553M (scrapped X553M due to bad MB)
                - Pine Tech/XFX GF2 MX400 64MB
                - PS3 CECHL03
                - Xbox 360 Falcon
                - PS2 SCPH-50004a w/ roaches
                Main rig:
                Gigabyte B75M-D3H
                Core i5-3470 3.60GHz
                Gigabyte Geforce GTX650 1GB GDDR5
                16GB DDR3-1600
                Samsung SH-224AB DVD-RW
                FSP Bluestorm II 500W (recapped)
                120GB ADATA + 2x Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST31000340NS 1TB
                Delux MG760 case

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                  Originally posted by Dan81 View Post
                  And gee, I totally forgot to put up a pic of the LG Studioworks CRT!
                  umm... why does the top one-third of the monitor screen appear darker and the lower two-thirds appear lighter? is this a screen defect with the monitor or a photography issue with the camera?
                  Originally posted by Dan81 View Post
                  - custom build - C2D E6600, Gigabyte P35-DS3
                  ah! i've heard u've been trying to get your hands on one of those gigabyte p35 chipset boards. well, u got one finally! so gratz!
                  Originally posted by Dan81 View Post
                  - ASUS A9550GE 256MB - some sort of "souped up" 9550 w/ Infineon RAM (standard package, not BGA) and likely 9600XT clocks?
                  nah, prolly just a slightly overclocked gpu. the stock 9550 clocks are 275 mhz. this one maybe overclocked to 300 mhz? the 9600 non-pros are clocked at 325 mhz.
                  Originally posted by Dan81 View Post
                  A shame I couldn't find any working 9800s. The more I find locally, the more they turn out dead
                  yes, the stock cooler on those 9800 series cards are absolutely crap and run the gpu at 80-90°C. to add insult to injury, the fan also fails after a while. so no surprises there why those cards dont last. i think many are dead by now and looking on ebay those 9800 cards are going the way of the gf4 ti cards. over 50 to 80 bucks for one. i think be happy with your 9700 cards which i think u have some and be done with it! i have a couple of 9700 series cards and both overclock to 9800 pro speeds and more! so i think i'll use those first and save the 9800 cards for a rainy day...
                  Originally posted by Topcat View Post
                  Today's megascore is a Supermicro C7X99-OCE-F.
                  beautiful revival of that mobo! such a quick, simple and easy fix! i wouldnt think of reflashing the bios using a thumbdrive or optical drive using that method! i always think u need to use a flash rom programmer and either pry out the bios chip from the socket or desolder it if its soldered.

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                    Good drop off today!!

                    Two complete Nintendo systems; a NES classic and a Super NES. Yes, the mario bros 3 game is unopened.

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                    A Cobra 86XLR Base station with classic D104 Mic

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                    A bunch of other audio & radio gear.

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                      Not much activity here:

                      - CUSL2 + P3 1000EB run great - gotta love the flexibility of the AGP Pro slot, allowing me to change between a V3 3000 and a Geforce 6600 whenever I want
                      - 7800GS unfortunately turned up dead
                      - the ASUS lappies are pretty much troopers. Sandy Bridge was one of the few last Intel chips (along Ivy and Haswell, as Broadwell was the first to switch to all soldered BS) that were great for laptops. GPU wise, i5 got a GT540M, i7 does with a 610M. Both have 2GB worth of VRAM.
                      - PS2 cleaned off well, received new case and parts
                      - PS3 works fine, got to check Syscon logs
                      Main rig:
                      Gigabyte B75M-D3H
                      Core i5-3470 3.60GHz
                      Gigabyte Geforce GTX650 1GB GDDR5
                      16GB DDR3-1600
                      Samsung SH-224AB DVD-RW
                      FSP Bluestorm II 500W (recapped)
                      120GB ADATA + 2x Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST31000340NS 1TB
                      Delux MG760 case

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                        Been busy like ever last weeks , repairing 7 I7 Desktops for one of my clients . When he offered as gratitude for me 5 Dual Cpus intel Xeon desktops , cause he thinks they're outdated , was too exhausted to even give an answer

                        Maybe when i have more spare time ..

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                          Got these the other day, 2x HPE Proliant Servers....a DL360 and a DL380 GEN9's.

                          The DL360 1U

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                          Updated the firmwares on both....which is a real treat in itself if you don't have a HPE 'service contract'....but I found the binaries.

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                          Considering the DL360 1U for a NVR replacement....wanted to see how it would behave with a real GPU (has a 16x slot)....but sometimes servers and expansion GPU's don't play nice...but these you can disable the onboard. The NVR software doesn't require mega GPU power, but it would need more than the onboard turd (G200) could provide. Tested with a Quadro K620.

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                          Perfect!


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                          Now for the alpha testing of the DL380. I've been wanting to upgrade to a more efficient NAS; the DL380 would be a great one. I've also wanted to retire the dual motherboard case NAS I've been using and do a full rack build for all servers & network gear.... Hint: That fully enclosed beige rack that ratdude dropped by with....but anyway;

                          Server 2016 installed. I used a 128mb micro SD card to load the OS to.... Works, but it's a bit laggy compared to a SAS SSD in the SAS cage. One drawback of the 2.5" SAS cage, there's no large drives in that form factor....and anything 2TB+ is stupid expensive....so it's bunches of 1.2TB's in a RAID5 if you want large capacity....but it can be done!!


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                          Both of these are dual skt2011 suppoting E5-2600 v3 & v4 CPU's; DDR4 RAM.
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                            Trashpicked this a few days ago:

                            - ECS K7VTA3/333
                            - K-Mex PX-450 PSU
                            - 160GB WDC HDD
                            - Sparkle Riva TNT2 M64 32MB
                            - 256MB DDR333
                            - Athlon XP 1700+
                            - Realtek RTL8139C+ NIC

                            Surprisingly used for topography purposes. The ECS mobo doesn't seem shabby at all, given LITE-ON of all people rebranded it!
                            Main rig:
                            Gigabyte B75M-D3H
                            Core i5-3470 3.60GHz
                            Gigabyte Geforce GTX650 1GB GDDR5
                            16GB DDR3-1600
                            Samsung SH-224AB DVD-RW
                            FSP Bluestorm II 500W (recapped)
                            120GB ADATA + 2x Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST31000340NS 1TB
                            Delux MG760 case

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                              ECS boards are often used in industrial applications, they can build good stuff.
                              a lot of arcade equipment has ECS mobo's in them.

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                                Originally posted by stj View Post
                                ECS boards are often used in industrial applications, they can build good stuff.
                                a lot of arcade equipment has ECS mobo's in them.
                                X2, I've had good luck with even of their "consumer grade" boards. They may have had a higher than average DOA/early failure rate "back in the day" (not sure if any actual stats support that, or if it was just forum hear-say), but if they were good to begin with, they seem to hold up fairly well. I've got several 15-20 year old ECS boards that still work fine, even with their original OST caps which while not the best still seem to hold up better than the "plague-era" Chemi-Con KZG/KZJ or Nichicon HM/HN with the "bad" production dates (I've seen many supposedly "better" boards from this era failed due to bad KJG/KZJ or HM/HN caps).

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                                  Ya got me sold on ECS. For whatever reason their OST caps held right up there with Ruby MBZ and Panasonic FL/FJ/FR.
                                  Not counting the pre-Teapo merger G-Luxon riddled models which required recaps almost always.

                                  Man, I wish I'd find a K7S6A these days. Their K7S5A is already a goldmine in itself
                                  Main rig:
                                  Gigabyte B75M-D3H
                                  Core i5-3470 3.60GHz
                                  Gigabyte Geforce GTX650 1GB GDDR5
                                  16GB DDR3-1600
                                  Samsung SH-224AB DVD-RW
                                  FSP Bluestorm II 500W (recapped)
                                  120GB ADATA + 2x Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST31000340NS 1TB
                                  Delux MG760 case

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