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Heihachi_73
Heihachi_73
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Last Activity: 06-19-2024, 03:06 AM
Joined: 06-02-2012
Location: Melbourne
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  • Re: Gutless, not bloated, killer, and should be hall of shame POS

    Would be ideal for a vintage model train layout (Athearn blue box etc.) if it had DC output, a variable resistor and a way to switch polarity. Wouldn't put it anywhere near a modern DCC layout though.
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  • Re: Supercapacitors/EDLCs...why are they failing?

    To be fair, regular 2001-era capacitor technology didn't age well either. If you had an MSI board back then you were lucky it lasted two years as they were full of Chhsi junk. Even uber-expensive servers didn't get away from it when their Nichicon HMs started taking a dump. Need I mention KZGs?
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  • Re: Modded PS1 stuck in black and white

    Thanks for the schematic.

    I had a look at the PS1 today, and as soon as I took it apart a modchip wire fell off before I could even start. Fun.

    Turns out that whoever soldered it in 20-odd years ago destroyed the solder pad to pin 5 of IC732 (where said modchip wire is supposed to be connected), ripped up the 0.5mm trace and then soldered the wire directly to what was left the trace in mid air using the smallest amount of solder imaginable, and it's been sitting there loosely for over twenty years waiting to fall...
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  • Modded PS1 stuck in black and white

    First, before anyone bothers with the usual "your PAL TV doesn't support NTSC" or vice versa...

    This is a regular Australian market SCPH-7502 PAL console, with a modchip, running on a 2003-era PAL TV (LG Flatron RT-21FA31 CRT) and several LCDs, all of which are dual PAL/NTSC and have no issues whatsoever displaying either signal.

    It is not a TV or cable issue (I have four PS1 composite cables which work flawlessly with the other three PS1s and two PS2s I have lying around). FWIW, PAL PS2s output NTSC in 60Hz mode, despite the games saying it's "PAL60"...
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  • Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

    Regarding this:


    I had the same "junk" HP case for the Pavilion 500a (1.2 GHz Socket 370 Tualeron, 256MB SDRAM, crippled to death by having an i810 chipset which meant no AGP).

    While the PC was a pile of crap, the keyboard was awesome, just a shame is was still ye olde PS/2 despite being Christmas 2002 when I got it (manufactured in 2001).

    Of course though, the PC still wiped the floor with the Pentium 166 it replaced, but got old very quickly, especially when I tried gaming on it (24-bit...
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  • Re: Hard drive reliability

    8A4A = 35402. A long way for this one to get to the 140K hours of my 40GB Seagate (and my dead 60GB which was about 20K lower). Also, XP!!!!

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  • Re: The Hall of Shame - Badcaps Photo Montage

    HMs (and HNs) from the early 2000s are known to be flaky. 2005 and later are usually fine, as are 1990s.
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  • Re: This is Why You NEVER Ignore Bad Capacitors!

    An old news article, but still relevant...

    [url]https://wongm.com/2015/01/melbourne-exploding-siemens-trains/[/url]

    (Note, the blog as a link to articles from The Age, which is a paywalled news site, if you absolutely need to click on them, open the links in private/incognito mode to get around it)Re: This is Why You NEVER Ignore Bad... <br /> (Note,
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  • Re: Anybody here still uses Win 7?

    Apparently ReactOS can run Firefox 48, but that implies your PC is actually able to run ROS straight out of the box without ROS completely failing when it comes to drivers e.g. not being stuck in 640x480, 16 colors, no video acceleration, no sound, no ethernet and no USB. I'd rather not be stuck in 1995.

    No, I haven't bothered trying it as ROS has been in an alpha state since forever and XP SP3 is still in front in virtually department aside from the open source one. Maybe I should resurrect a crappy old P3/P4 for the cause, but I'm...
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  • Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

    I'm with Topcat regarding dmill89's laptop from the previous page - Windows 98 is such a waste on anything > Socket 7. That said, you could always dual-boot 98/XP if needed (note that apparently you need to have 98 installed first for the dual-boot setup to work properly - not sure if both partitions can be FAT32 and dual-boot like that, but it would come in useful if 98 could read the XP partition).

    Windows XP is OK on 512MB, most P3s/P4s that came with XP had a lowly 256MB and still ran well enough (128MB would probably be pushing...
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  • Re: Hard drive reliability

    I had a 60GB Seagate last 140000 hours before it randomly died (3/4 of the way through backing up no less) - never had any errors or bad sectors, was copying flawlessly, then suddenly dead, a few clicks upon powering up then power down immediately. The 40GB Seagate in the same PC had 160000 hours and was still good the last time I checked two years ago (no point as I backed it up before the 60GB).

    Still got a long way to go with this PC - it's a 320GB Hitachi Deathstar HDS721032CLA362 with just 33684 hours.
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  • Re: Anybody here still uses Win 7?

    Not Windows 7, but I've had a trash-find Core 2 Duo for years and it still runs Vista. Naturally, I tweaked it so the OS is actually usable and fast (no background BS etc.), unlike the default Vista straight out of the box.

    The only issue is the lack of modern browsers, as Firefox 52 ESR can't load a lot of websites these days, either due to failing to render JavaScript elements or the site itself having an a$$hole script that blocks "unsupported" browsers.
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  • Re: Question electrolytic capacitor from 1990`s


    Older consoles e.g. 70s/80s/90s rarely ever have capacitor problems, original Xbox supercap aside. I'd only recap the TV if the picture is looking like crap already. You're more likely to have an old console stop working properly due to corroded traces, and that's even easier to fix. I have a Tekken 3 arcade PCB (which is basically a PlayStation 1 on steroids) and the caps are still fine - the thing was probably running 24/7/365 for well over a decade before I ended up with it.

    The thing about caps dying from disuse...
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  • Re: Aracde Chassis Cap Replacement Help

    By chassis, do you mean the arcade PCB, power supply or monitor? 180V caps are not what you'd find on a regular old JAMMA board, but it's also too low to be for AC power supply filtering in Australia (unless of course the board came from the US/Japan and blew up in seconds when connected to 230V).
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  • Re: 3300uf 6.3V Poly recpaing

    Or months. I'd trust 20-year-old Rubycons pilfered from old boards over those.

    Edit: Well, maybe not 20 given the height of the Pentium 3 era capacitor plague, maybe 15 years. ...
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  • Re: The ghetto mod thread

    I picked up a dead Super Mario Kart SNES cartridge on eBay for next to nothing just before Easter. The seller said it didn't do anything at all even after being cleaned. I plonked it into my Super Nintendo, and sure enough, nothing but a black screen, even though the pins were clean. Last night I had a look at the cartridge after leaving it sitting for over a week.

    Turned out that the cartridge had been wet at one stage (luckily the water mixing with a live battery didn't do anything to the chips) which had caused corrosion on pins 50, 51 and...
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  • Re: The longest you've ever used a single system?

    Acer Aspire T310 desktop, 2004-2019. Before the PC died the original 40GB Seagate HDD, and a trash-find 60GB Seagate of very similar design (found in 2006) had both clocked upwards of 140000 hours (yes, 140 thousand, not 14).

    The PC basically ran 24/7 with its original Windows XP SP1 since new in 2004 until the fan controller chip failed in July 2019, stopping every single fan in its tracks (except the hard-wired PSU fan). Yes, Service Pack 1 (with a few "critical" MS updates), meaning it maxed out with Firefox...
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  • Re: The 2021 Operating System Thread

    My E7400 is still running Vista with good old Firefox 52.9.0 ESR.

    The number of websites that still load on Firefox 52 is slowly diminishing.
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  • Re: Nintendo Wii power supply

    Just for reference, I have uploaded some photos of an Australian Wii power adapter RVL-002(AUS), manufactured by Zebra. It is most likely the same as the European/UK 230V version but with a different AC mains plug.

    If anyone has an American or Japanese Wii adapter to show, it would be interesting to see the differences.

    This thing was a pain to open. Not only did it have 2 gamebit screws (same size as the ones on a SNES/N64 console), but the enclosure has four locking tabs, two on each side, and trying to get to them is...
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  • Re: Windows XP EoL Security Rollup...or similar?

    Actually, I just disabled JavaScript in about:config (javascript.enabled = false) to get that message. It's still ridiculous that a website is 100% dependent on every single thing being JavaScript. Whatever happened to plain old HTML? ...
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