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Old 09-08-2018, 12:51 AM   #2301
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Got a freebie from the county today. Some cheapass flimsy case with an Allied 300w PSU, connected to a Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L with a Pentium dualcore @ 2.6, 2gb RAM, and a 250gb SATA seagate 7200.12 HDD. Working order, this post created from it. I wiped the drive as I promised I would, then threw W7 on it.

I'm sure the PSU needs to be recapped, they always do....and these are junk PSU's anyway....but the system seems stable.



Was also given 2x Cisco Aironet 1200 PoE access points.
The PSU looks like an Allied PSU which is (or at least used to be) the somewhat high end line of Deer's PSUs, and could make a good little 300W PSU for that Pentium machine after being recapped. Justy 2 cents.
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Old 09-08-2018, 03:24 PM   #2302
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Scored this:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/142898676466

Lenovo Thinkcentre A70Z AIO. They say it has screen damage but other than a scratched up bezel, it all looks fine from here. $49 shipped, it will be a good replacement for the Polymac G5 in the kitchen (which is a bit anemic to say the least). Also uses a desktop 775 CPU (not a BGA or even a Socket P laptop chip) so if I want to go nuts with it, I can (at least to the extent that the lenovo whitelists will let me).
Came in today... runs fine. Memtest 86+'d w/o errors... no screen issues... it's a bit rough in the front, but damn... Installing 7 on it now. Other than being limited to intel graphics, I could go places with it. It has a wimpy E7500 CPU and a measly 4GB of 1066 DDR3, both of which are upgradeable. Hmm...
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Old 09-08-2018, 09:58 PM   #2303
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Came in today... runs fine. Memtest 86+'d w/o errors... no screen issues... it's a bit rough in the front, but damn... Installing 7 on it now. Other than being limited to intel graphics, I could go places with it. It has a wimpy E7500 CPU and a measly 4GB of 1066 DDR3, both of which are upgradeable. Hmm...
Discovered a very annoying quirk with it... the stupid audio keeps cutting out every 10-60 seconds. Bumping the volume (in windows) restores it. From what I read it's a common fault with these although the only explanation provided is "faulty main board, use external speakers" which I call BS on. Maybe an issue with crappy connexant audio chips?

Otherwise, no issues.

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Old 09-09-2018, 06:22 AM   #2304
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try a live-disk,
i'v not heard of this.
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Old 09-09-2018, 09:51 AM   #2305
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try a live-disk,
i'v not heard of this.
Me either, thats kind of a weird one.
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Old 09-09-2018, 11:23 AM   #2306
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try a live-disk,
i'v not heard of this.
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Me either, thats kind of a weird one.
https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkCe...s/td-p/1863224

Whatever it is, it's not just me. I may try ripping the HDD out of my main laptop and booting the arch install off of that... although for a system I'm not personally using, I'd rather not arch it (just asking for trouble).

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Old 09-09-2018, 11:27 AM   #2307
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Why would it not be an excellent score? Batteries have a lifetime of 3 to 5 years.
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Old 09-09-2018, 12:51 PM   #2308
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Why would it not be an excellent score? Batteries have a lifetime of 3 to 5 years.
It's a 17 year old NOS... and batteries don't grow on trees.
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Old 09-09-2018, 02:28 PM   #2309
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It uses regular 7.2AH 12v batteries, they don't cost much.
And they are consumables anyway.
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Old 09-10-2018, 06:59 AM   #2310
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It uses regular 7.2AH 12v batteries, they don't cost much.
And they are consumables anyway.
I see.

Also, apparently the SUA750, while not a current model, can still be purchased as a new unit. And an $600+ one at that . Maybe my wife made a better score than I gave her credit for. Doh!
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Old 09-10-2018, 12:03 PM   #2311
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Discovered a very annoying quirk with it... the stupid audio keeps cutting out every 10-60 seconds. Bumping the volume (in windows) restores it. From what I read it's a common fault with these although the only explanation provided is "faulty main board, use external speakers" which I call BS on. Maybe an issue with crappy connexant audio chips?

Otherwise, no issues.
You could always get an LP sound card. Or take a regular sound card and take the bracket off, or a dremil to the plate.
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Old 09-10-2018, 06:05 PM   #2312
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Wifey almost made a cheap score: NOS APC Smart UPS 750 for "less than $5". Great, except the batteries are beyond dead 17 years young! I was honestly looking more for a rackmount one anyway...
Depending on how fussy you are about your choice of battery vendors, you can pick up a set for about $50. By contrast, anything (of similar capacity) rack-mountable will be at least twice that.

That series is a pretty reliable workhorse (I have several of the 1500VA units in service, here). Though I've been trying to move to newer units with "displays" (instead of idiot lights) as I can get more information at a glance (without having to fire up a web browser).

The 750VA newer version would be the SMT750:
https://www.schneider-electric.com/e...750va-lcd-120v
I have one sitting on my SB2000 (gets the UPS up off the floor to a more accessible height) to power the switch in my office.

You'll probably want to grab an NMC for it as the PowerChute (personal) software doesn't offer much in terms of functionality (or, run some FOSS to access that functionality).

[The downside of tethering the UPS to *a* machine is that the UPS can't talk to anything other than that PC -- which may be powered down when it wants/needs to talk! The NMC lets you broadcast to other devices that might also be powered from that UPS (but can't talk to it directly owing to the single interface supported)]

[[Note there are two different generations of NMC's -- the SUA750 uses the "older one".]]

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Old 09-11-2018, 11:10 AM   #2313
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Scored these free stuff from a friend:

Maxtor 6L200M0 - won't spin up, heads are fine and platters okay. (tested with a 6Y080P0 PCB just out of curiosity)
WD 64AA 6.4GB - has 2000 Pro install on it, but can't access as Paragon Adaptive Restore won't work on it for some reason (maybe it doesn't like small drives? Gotta test with a Maxtor 3.2GB)
4x 8MB SIMM 72pin
Intel Pentium i166 (interesting - classic Pentium without MMX, but in the same package as MMX chips)
CAT5e ethernet cable
15w soldering iron with a quite crappy tip
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Old 09-11-2018, 04:44 PM   #2314
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Yesterday I picked up a Wii console at Savers for $15. It came with 2 remotes (including nunchuks/straps/rubber sleeves and sensor bar), AV/power cables and Wii Sports 8-in-1 pack in a carry bag (with racquet, golf club etc.)
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Old 09-11-2018, 10:11 PM   #2315
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Reticent to show this, given its cosmetic condition and my OCD

Nevertheless, Dell Latitude E4310 for $au30 (~$us21)

Bought without SSD & charger, blue screen at Windows startup with multiple SSDs

Was a sales rep's machine apparently, three of its four corners damaged

Had a nasty feeling first time I fitted an SSD, after which it refused to power on

Although had been successfully running inbuilt Dell diagnostics prior to that

Some lateral thinking, now no DVD drive, SSD in caddy using optical bay, fresh Win7pro install activated by barely readable licence sticker, goes like sh*t off a shovel

And does have some battery life

Duct tape my handiwork - better than snagging broken corners
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Old 09-13-2018, 11:03 PM   #2316
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Picked up another cheap BP6 on ebay....didn't need another one, but it was cheap....
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Old 09-14-2018, 05:01 AM   #2317
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No cheap/free scores for me lately, as I haven't been buying any electronics.
... unless we count food items . On that front, I was at my grandmother's countryside house and went for a walk along the river. Picked up a big grocery bag full of Stinging Nettle. It made a great tasting soup (similar to spinach... and yes, you can eat Nettle, even though in its raw form it will burn and blister your skin ). Just need to eat more fiber-rich foods alongside it too, as it contains way too much iron and tends to constipate.

Also picked few pounds / Kgs worth of apples from the apple tree in the same house. Not sure what kind they are, but they are delicious. No one's been tending to the trees either, so the apples are 100% pesticide-free. Normally, that means you'd always find a worm inside. But this year, it was very rainy there in the spring, so that probably prevented all of the moths and butterflies from infesting the blooms with worms. So most of the apples were worm-free.

Oh, and hazel nuts - my grandmother has a tree in the yard too. Picked up about 2 lbs / 1 Kg worth of good fresh hazel nuts. Mmmm...

All of this for free, because no one picks up these things anymore. Gotta love the countryside life every once in a while.
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Old 09-15-2018, 05:48 PM   #2318
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A Citizen PN60 "Pocket Printer" for $1. These use thermal ribbons (like a label printer, so no ink cartridges to worry about drying out) but print on regular paper and are extremely portable, albeit very slow (1-2 PPM):





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Old 09-16-2018, 06:13 AM   #2319
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Another load of free stuff:

ASUS P5LD2 SE w/ 512MB RAM, Pentium E2160 and Leadtek PX8400GS 1GB (sadly without the VGA breakout cable)

Seagate ST3850A 850MB - amazing that it still works. Has 98SE with a bunch of Windows and DOS FTP stuff.

Fujitsu MPA3062AT - sadly not spinning up at all
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Old 09-17-2018, 03:32 AM   #2320
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All of this for free, because no one picks up these things anymore. Gotta love the countryside life every once in a while.
haha lucky u. over here in singapore, the laws here dont allow u to remove wildlife (this includes wild vegetation and fruits) from its natural habitat and u are not allowed to feed the wildlife. so no going forest/jungle diving for wild berries and fruits.

maybe singapore could use a dose of nightlock berries from the hunger games... *mumbles something about a police state taking their laws and shoving it* lol! oops... okay this is not the vip room. i'll take my mouth and shove it now...
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rofl @ "black citizen" written on the printer ribbon. im sure someone in the african-american community would love to own such a printer!
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