Check out my new rig /g/.
Fresh from craigslist.
Paid just under £0.01 for this rig.
It has all the ports you could ever need....
Even has a 'telephone connection'
Designed for Microsoft™ Windows™ 98™ and Microsoft™ Windows™ NT™
What's wrong poorfag, can't even afford Windows 98™?
Lets look at the inside first.
Fuckhueg thumbscrews, but at least they're knurled.
oh boy oh boy oh boy. this is getting funkay.
To respond to the question who shitbox here.
I'm posting on an Athlon 64 x2 5000+ with 2gb of ram and a 100gb IDE harddrive, with a 6600gt. Got it with a bunch of parts i got for $100 a couple days ago. Made 3 pc's from it.
Nice Pentium 3 rig OP, I'm kind of jelly if I wasn't possessing superior AMD technology.
>Athlon Slot A 550 MHz
>ATI Rage 128 Fury AGP 32 MB
>VIA KX133 chipset
>AOpen AK72 motherboard
I'd like to know more about this meltdown
Reminded me that my first gpu was an ati x700
Deskpros are cozy as fuck, all it needs is a beige optical drive and you're set.
Yes, that's me. I am the guy formerly named AthlonDude.
That's not true. I post in retro threads all the time. The dox dump was initiated by me just for fun. It went a little further than predicted but no harm was done. I also pretended that someone stole my trip.
Search my old trip. I was really autistic acting though. I think I should put this machine in a better case if I can find one.
Looks like a 700, not too bad at all. The 733 was the best of its class on release, however, but that box was probably made well within availability range (on paper at least) of 1 GHz chips if you're as autistic about date matching as I am with my shitboxes.
Compaq before their merger with HP was quite nice in my opinion, not the best of the bunch (everything you hate about modern HP is their fault) but still decent quality and good-looking business gear. Honestly, prebuilts in general up until around the early 2000s were generally great if you threw enough money on it, the proprietary tech actually extended into the engineering end of it rather than just planned obsolescence bullshit and pointless form factors.
There was a ton of retro/old tech threads on /g/ around summer-fall 2014 to the point that we got a general going, it was pretty nice at first, lots of informative discussion, minimal shilling, not even a lot of circlejerking. That guy sperged out pretty heavy though, scared away some guys and eventually we ran out of stuff to discuss anyway. The general eventually moved and now exists on /vr/ in a somewhat more restricted form, never go there anymore because most of my projects lately are post-1995 enterprise hardware, and they seem to believe that allowing post-1995 gear on the threads will result in it being overtaken with shitposting for whatever reason. Never noticed much of it here.
The /vr/ general was created by the same autist who kept adding an increasingly restrictive OP text and making up rules here on /g/. This person ruined those threads as much as I did with my shitposting and attention whoring. If anything I started my immature behavior specifically to troll that guy. He specifically excludes Windows 9x discussion on his /vr/ threads. Whenever I tried to make another PC gaming thread on /vr/, the janitors often mistakenly deleted it as they thought it was a duplicate of his thread. /vr/ is a decent board, but too slow to have any meaningful PC discussion.
Back on topic though, Compaq was a really good company before the HP merger. My Armada laptop has a really good screen and build for back in 1999. In every way, it is as good as a thinkpad from that era would have been. The HP/Compaq merger really brought out the worst from both companies. Apple CEO Tim Cook was one of the many executives who got forced out of Compaq after the merger. I don't respect Apple but he's a competent tech CEO.
Here is a Speccy of the machine. Any software/OS suggestions?
Almost picked one of those up at the recycler today to pair with my M300, but it looked like someone punched a hole in the back of it trying to dock it and I already had some other shitboxes in the cart.
Have you tried something hipstery like BeOS or OPENSTEP?
I almost considered BeOS for a while, but the problem is that I ran out of blank CDs. Does BeOS have to be installed from a CD? I could install pretty much any Windows version and a few Linux distros on it.
I guess it can install directly from Windows somehow. I don't think I can do a clean install with no CDs or computers that can use ATA hard drives. I'll try the Windows install method and see if it works.
>no turbo button
how are you going to get to 188mHz
Lame, at least you tried.
Guess you can hunt around thrift stores or something for a stack of CD-Rs, they come up. I'm trying to get a good collection going of OS media myself so I'll stop burning the same shit over and over again.
How much a of a shitbox situation would you guys consider an ASUS C201 Chromebook (4G ram) connected to an old 1080p samsung monitor via VGA to HDMI cord + HDMI to Micro HDMI adapter and an apple wireless keyboard that hardly connects from 2009.
>No ATI rage 128 drivers
take the BeOS to the loo
How about a shitbook?
366 MHz Pentium II
128 MB SDRAM
6 GB IDE HDD
ATI Rage Mobility P 8 MB
14" 1024x768 Active Matrix Display
ESS Maestro 2E
I had one on a box that was a triple 7-segment readout aside from the turbo button. I wired it up so the turbo button was a power switch for the display only and the display read out ASS
it was the ASSputer and it was a shitty Pentium 150 running Windows 2000 on 128MB. it still lives on in storage someplace, I think.
I have the opposite situation, old hardware in a new case. I would like to do what you did with my AMD FX machine, but I keep finding old machines with damaged or incomplete cases.
Compaq was my favorite business-oriented manufacturer of the 90s. I think the Armada and Deskpro are both really nice machines.
I consider swapping the fairly old spindisk for an SSD.
It has a terribly outdated Gentoo install.
Haven't powered it on in ages, there's probably isopods living in it.
I wonder why your Athlon's heatsink looks so different from mine. Is that a Compaq machine (says so on the motherboard)? Mine was a custom built with an AOpen motherboard, but I got it with a case that had malfunctioning power LEDs and stuff, so I put it in that hideous green case.
Grabbed some shit in the basement and threw it all together to make a late-90s/early-2000s gaming PC. It werks.
CPU: Pentium 3 450MHz
RAM: 384MB 100MHz SDRAM
GPU: 64MB Geforce 3 Ti 200. Have a 500 but it doesn't work, no idea why.
Monitor: Viewsonic A90f, [email protected], goes up to [email protected]
Keyboard: IBM Model F AT with PS/2 adapter. Dem buckling springs.
Mouse: Logitech Marble Mouse USB with PS/2 adapter (motherboard has USB ports, but only two and they're less accessible than the PS/2 ports are)
Storage: 4GB HDD for OS, 40GB HDD for actual storage. BIOS wouldn't recognize any bigger drives I had.
Sound: Aztech 2320, was already installed. Weird triangle-shaped card. Case has built-in speakers, not great but I don't really have anywhere to put proper speakers.
>CPU: Pentium 3 450MHz
I've used a PC based on this CPU all up until 2007 when I replaced it with a 2.4Ghz Pentium 4 office box.
That feel when poorfag
I ran Gentoo on an Athlon 800 back in 2007 before it was cool to "install gentoo" on /g/. it was shit. moved back to Windows 2000.
Asus K7M with 768MB of PC133 ECC and a 40GB Hitachi. Radeon 9000 didn't want to play right with X, no sound card I had would work, and Ethernet was an entirely different set of problems.
now I understand a LOT more than I did 9 years ago and can actually into Linux and have realized that debian is best.
Satellite Pro 4310
S3 Savage IX 8MB
Yamaha DS-XG audio
Is that a Presario in the background? Pic related, it's mine.
Really nice. That case looks kind of old for a P3 machine though. I also have that trackball, but painted. Is the Aztech card sound blaster compatible? I know a lot of 90s Packard bell owners complained that the aztech cards were causing crashes.
Now I'm even more jealous. My Compaq laptop isn't nearly that good looking, plus I'm too lazy to show an Excel bar graph to emphasize what a "business" laptop it is.
Yes. That is a very old picture though and I eventually trashed the machine because the motherboard was infested with bad caps. I could have replaced them but I was lazy and had a replacement computer ready. It had a Pentium 4 based Celeron in it, I think. Not a bad machine.
It was originally a Pentium 2, I just found a Slot 1 P3 and put that in instead.
Dunno about Sound Blaster compatibility. I would guess not, since I tried some DOS games and couldn't get any sound out of them, but sound cards are admittedly not something I have much knowledge of. I did find a Sound Blaster Live! in my basement, but this seems to work fine so I can't be bothered to replace it.
With some machines (like my Athlon with the VIA chipset) you can get emulated sound in 98, but there is no real SB compatibility (my machine can emulate sound directly, but can't do MIDI in pure DOS). On some sound cards you can get the same sound hardware in 98 or DOS, like if you have a Sound Blaster 16 or whatnot. Some machines have neither, but a lot of cards and integrated sound had some degree of SB compatibility back then.
>doesn't even have a fucking turbo button