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Forum: General Computer Discussion Today, 03:05 PM
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Posted By Topcat
Re: Where i can get fresh laptop batteries ?

I buy them on ebay as well. The cheap chinese ones will provide reliable service for about ~2yrs, then die....but for the usual ~$19 shipped, you can't really complain versus the price of the OEM...
Forum: General Computer Discussion Today, 10:05 AM
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Posted By Topcat
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

The fastest one I've got laying around is a GTX460....so you'll get me on the GPU.....but there's strength in numbers, 3 of these awesome systems! :rock:
Forum: General Computer Discussion Yesterday, 09:03 PM
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Posted By Topcat
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

I think I found one today. HP case I stripped out (bad motherboard). The motherboard mounts upside down, and there's about 1/16th clearance on that 'bottom edge' of the motherboard. I'll just have...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 09-18-2019, 03:04 PM
Replies: 3,934
Views: 631,001
Posted By Topcat
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

2 goodie boxes in one week...one from a nifty source in the southwest with a fake return address, so add some SCSI HDD's to the fleet and one from the infamous 'supermicro tree' (which has been VERY...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 09-09-2019, 01:34 PM
Replies: 3,934
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Posted By Topcat
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Nah, nobody 'owes' BCN anything....its just our usual junk trade merry-go-round! :)
Forum: General Computer Discussion 09-09-2019, 12:03 PM
Replies: 3,934
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Posted By Topcat
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

You're the best!! :rejoice: If a few of those 16gb SSD's made it, I have a NVR and a couple HTPC's excited for those!! :rock:
Forum: General Computer Discussion 09-06-2019, 10:44 AM
Replies: 3,934
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Posted By Topcat
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Awesome!! :rock: :pimp:
Forum: Troubleshooting Computer Displays 09-05-2019, 09:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 155
Posted By Topcat
Re: Recapping a Packard Bell PB1443CG CRT monitor

That was going to be my suggestion as well. Horizontal circuits in old CRT monitors & televisions are typically the first things to go, even before power supplies.
Forum: General Computer Discussion 09-05-2019, 09:29 PM
Replies: 3,934
Views: 631,001
Posted By Topcat
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Those would be stellar for HTPC's!! If some happen to show up here, I wouldn't be offended! :D
Forum: General Computer Discussion 08-31-2019, 03:53 PM
Replies: 3,934
Views: 631,001
Posted By Topcat
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Today's freebie is a 42" Vizio TV. Satellite provider told them it was shot (over the phone) after a storm fried the dish receiver, they went and bought a new one. I didn't even have to take the...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 08-23-2019, 09:45 PM
Replies: 3,934
Views: 631,001
Posted By Topcat
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

I wasnt referring to costs...more @ performance...and then the reliability of a spinner then the redundancy of a striped/mirror (raid10). SSD can't hang with that in a good workstation.....but I'll...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 08-23-2019, 02:54 PM
Replies: 3,934
Views: 631,001
Posted By Topcat
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Yup. Made for hot swap bays & servers. 68-pin internal SCSI drives were more workstation-oriented, and it was a small & short-lived era. The nice thing about 10k & 15k 2.5" drives is fast access...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 08-22-2019, 01:42 PM
Replies: 3,934
Views: 631,001
Posted By Topcat
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

heh....never seen those in a 2.5" flavor.
Forum: General Computer Discussion 08-17-2019, 10:40 AM
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Posted By Topcat
Forum: General Computer Discussion 08-13-2019, 06:15 PM
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Posted By Topcat
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Ebay had a 2-pack of them for $24 bucks shipped. If you subtract what the actual shipping would be, they're ~9 bucks.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/382670673634

They also have 3 and 4 packs for...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 08-13-2019, 10:14 AM
Replies: 3,934
Views: 631,001
Posted By Topcat
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

I was given about a dozen Tripplite internet550u UPS's. Batteries are toast of course....but replacement batts are a whopping 9 bucks....I actually had a couple of the batts on hand, they're used in...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 08-10-2019, 04:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 191
Posted By Topcat
Re: SCSI controller problem

I've never had a 29x or a 39x ever do anything like that. The only real wonky adaptec controllers I remember were the 2100s raid and the aaa-131u2 raid. They could be very fickle with their...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 08-10-2019, 03:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 191
Posted By Topcat
Re: SCSI controller problem

I had a buslogic controller that did this....even after firmware updating. It ended up in the recycler box.
Forum: General Computer Discussion 08-10-2019, 02:17 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,519
Posted By Topcat
Re: Topcat's Dream Service Bench Reborn!

The next step in this bench's reconfiguration....relocation of the light.

Had to carve a channel for the light cord to run through. Nothing annoys me more than wires showing when they shouldn't...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 08-10-2019, 12:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 191
Posted By Topcat
Re: SCSI controller problem

That is a very old controller. Make sure it's got the latest firmware on it. What drive specifically? Check the drive jumpers and make sure drive spinup delay is off. Depending on the drive, this...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 08-09-2019, 06:18 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,519
Posted By Topcat
Re: Topcat's Dream Service Bench Reborn!

Now we get down to the nitty gritty!! Tarp laid out since I'm not about to pack this heavy bastard out to the garage to do the finish work on it. ...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 08-09-2019, 05:32 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,519
Posted By Topcat
Re: Topcat's Dream Service Bench Reborn!

More fun continued.... The service bench in my office now needed a little reconfiguring.....since no more component level stuff (messy stuff) will be done in here....this bench is strictly for clean...
Forum: General Computer Discussion 08-09-2019, 02:20 PM
Replies: 3,934
Views: 631,001
Posted By Topcat
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Also good for a security camera monitor.
Forum: General Computer Discussion 08-05-2019, 09:07 PM
Replies: 3,934
Views: 631,001
Posted By Topcat
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

^
Kinda sad actually....
Forum: General Computer Discussion 08-04-2019, 05:40 PM
Replies: 3,934
Views: 631,001
Posted By Topcat
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

How could I forget about that one! :facepalm:

FWIW to add to the thread, I was given a Panasonic KX-TA624 analog telephone system with the master telephone (used for programming) and 6 extensions....
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