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Old 02-16-2020, 10:55 PM   #4241
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Scored some stuff at the "new" goodwill outlet near me (actually bought a lot there, but none of it worthy of posting). This is where rejects from the other goodwill stores (USA thrift store chain) in the state go to be sold for dirt cheap, dumped in big carts that customers dig through (rotated out every 2 hours) They price stuff by the pound (currently $1.29), so I don't have exact prices paid.

Notable item: In box (possibly new) Netgear Nighthawk R7000. Pretty sure it was less than a pound, so that puts it around $1? I already have one (which is my house's router and AP, runs DDWRT like a dream)... they currently go on ebay for around $60-80 from what I'm seeing. Haven't tested it yet, but it's already spoken for... (tradebait).

I also almost bought a HP W2207 22" LCD, but at 19.6lbs ($25) the per-pound pricing makes it a loser (got nailed by that a couple trips ago on some old SFFs, both of which ended up being DOA). Feel bad that it probably got dumpstered, but short of shoehorning a 3rd LCD to my main setup (it's more or less a glossy-screened reskin of my HP L2245wg's), I had no use for it.
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Old 02-17-2020, 02:27 AM   #4242
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if it's a heavy item, can you make an offer??
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Old 02-17-2020, 07:36 AM   #4243
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if it's a heavy item, can you make an offer??
Nope. No haggling, company policy.

I kinda wish they'd price such items like they do furniture (per piece in the corner of the store). I've skipped a lot of stuff due to the weight pricing (compressed air tanks, etc.). Or like with books (which are on a different pricing system). Maybe even a "large items: max pricing weight xxLbs" rule. But they have their reasons, the whole idea is to get stuff out the door quickly and cheaply (they even have floor scales at the cash registers calibrated to weigh entire carts of stuff).
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Old 02-17-2020, 11:45 AM   #4244
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I also almost bought a HP W2207 22" LCD, but at 19.6lbs ($25) the per-pound pricing makes it a loser (got nailed by that a couple trips ago on some old SFFs, both of which ended up being DOA). Feel bad that it probably got dumpstered, but short of shoehorning a 3rd LCD to my main setup (it's more or less a glossy-screened reskin of my HP L2245wg's), I had no use for it.
Store it as a spare. I have a herd of 24 and 20 inch monitors (I think 10 of each?) that I fall back on whenever I need a display for a short-term project (wouldn't want to have to steal a display from a workstation). It seems like I've got them scattered in most available "corners" of the house!

They've also been handy when my other half had a display crap out WHILE she was doing something (so, needs a replacement before she can even "log out"!). Or, when friends/neighbors need to "borrow" one. I figure finding storage space is a lot easier than having to run out and *buy* something on the spur of the moment!

(besides, I don't like spending money! <grin>)
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Old 02-17-2020, 06:49 PM   #4245
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Store it as a spare. I have a herd of 24 and 20 inch monitors (I think 10 of each?) that I fall back on whenever I need a display for a short-term project (wouldn't want to have to steal a display from a workstation). It seems like I've got them scattered in most available "corners" of the house!

They've also been handy when my other half had a display crap out WHILE she was doing something (so, needs a replacement before she can even "log out"!). Or, when friends/neighbors need to "borrow" one. I figure finding storage space is a lot easier than having to run out and *buy* something on the spur of the moment!

(besides, I don't like spending money! <grin>)
I have about 3-5 LCDs spare already (widescreen 20"+), and more older units (5:4) at my parent's house.

If it was $10 or less then I'd be happy to nab it. But $25 for something I don't have a use or buyer/recipient for is too much. I'm not going to say money is tight, but I'm trying to cut down on my equipment hoarding...
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Picked up a voodoo3 3500 for $25. Untested since the EVC cable was missing. Spotted a couple caps knocked off, so I'm assuming it doesn't work....but I have a working one here, so I can easily identify the missing caps and replace them...and after that, odds are it'll work.
I finally took a gander. 4 caps missing, and 3 inductors. It's nice having a working one to compare to.... No trace damage. The caps will be no trouble, but finding the inductors might be more challenging....



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I finally took a gander. 4 caps missing, and 3 inductors. It's nice having a working one to compare to.... No trace damage. The caps will be no trouble, but finding the inductors might be more challenging....



OMG Voodoo 3's i am getting a raging HARDON now.

Reminds me of 2009 when Obama's cash for clunkers plan went into action, he gave 3DFX owners $300 to trade in their Voodoo's for a ATI/NVIDIA card and because of that many voodoo cards were destroyed. Retailers were required as part of the program to cut caps and inductors to make sure the cards would never be used again but they never counted on someone skilled and talented like topcat to be able to fix it.
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I finally took a gander. 4 caps missing, and 3 inductors. It's nice having a working one to compare to.... No trace damage. The caps will be no trouble, but finding the inductors might be more challenging....

https://www.badcaps.net/forum/attach...1&d=1582072711

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Upon further inspection pre-surgery, I discovered a SMT cap was also missing next to one of the inductors. That brought the count to 5x caps missing and 3x coils missing. Sadly, it was just poor handling that caused all this. Sometimes I just want to smack people.

I found donors from a bad Dell motherboard and a bad Matrox video card. Surgery was successful, the card came back to life!! I'll make a little thread with pics later on.
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