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Old 07-10-2019, 07:46 AM   #3801
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Cheap rummage sale find....I'm normally not a yard sale guy....but when driving by and I spot this:



Yea, I stop!! It lights up and appears to work. I haven't fed it a signal yet though. It's all there and intact. One knob missing.
Let see if you can rival shango066 and do a recap and repair video on youtube.
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Old 07-10-2019, 09:37 AM   #3802
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Philco Predicta. Those are PITA's to service.
It's not my first one....not the easiest, not the worst.
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Old 07-14-2019, 02:20 AM   #3803
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Scored a free PC with interesting specs:

PSU: Torrent LC-8400BTX - kinda weird considering board doesn't have SATA
Mobo: MSI 845 Pro - Socket 423!!!!!!
CPU: unknown, probably a Pentium 4, since IIRC no Celerons were made on 423.
GPU: ATI Rage XL 8MB PCI
RAM: 128MB SD-RAM PC133
HDD: Seagate-rebranded 80GB Maxtor
ODD: Liteon DVD-RW
Case: cheap as hell Deer casing with only one side panel removable, but at least the only redeemable thing is it's glossy and it's black. Doesn't look too bad either.

I'll come up with any findings later, since first I have to recap the board - MSI was absolutely dumb enough to use Rubycons for CPU caps and el cheapo Teapo everywhere else, not to mention a few G-Luxons thrown in the mix. It's going to be a interesting machine once I get it up and running.
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Old 07-15-2019, 11:17 AM   #3804
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Given a LG 55" TV (55LE5400-UC) with the classic cracked solder under the processor on the main board. I did the oven reflow on it, which woke the backlight up, but it didn't cure it... I buzzed it again with a heat gun, which finished it off....well poo.... I never saw the need to invest in reballing/reflowing equipment....so now the hunt is on for a mainboard for it. Too nice to junk, but still not worth much.
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Old 07-15-2019, 04:23 PM   #3805
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Given a LG 55" TV (55LE5400-UC) with the classic cracked solder under the processor on the main board. I did the oven reflow on it, which woke the backlight up, but it didn't cure it... I buzzed it again with a heat gun, which finished it off....well poo.... I never saw the need to invest in reballing/reflowing equipment....so now the hunt is on for a mainboard for it. Too nice to junk, but still not worth much.
Looks like I didn't kill the board. I poked at it again, and it just rang out TCON issue (would light up, but gibberish & lines on the screen)....upon further digging, it appears something was spilled down the screen (appeared to be soda). It corroded & destroyed the tab bonds, the panel is toast. That sucks....but atleast I had nothing in it.
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Old 07-15-2019, 05:45 PM   #3806
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Six Lenovo ThinkCenter M92p (2.6G i3, 500G, 16GB). I'll pull the disks and run them diskless.

Three Moto Droid Maxx 2. Unsure as to how much "memory" they'll support (and if they'll support microSD's) so they may end up going back to the tip...
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Old 07-16-2019, 10:12 AM   #3807
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Six Lenovo ThinkCenter M92p (2.6G i3, 500G, 16GB). I'll pull the disks and run them diskless.

Three Moto Droid Maxx 2. Unsure as to how much "memory" they'll support (and if they'll support microSD's) so they may end up going back to the tip...
https://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_droid_maxx_2-7712.php

Nice score on the Motos!
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Old 07-18-2019, 12:06 PM   #3808
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Got a free 55" TV! Samsung LN55B650T1F, kinda old, but it works. 4 HDMI ports, so it's good enough for me!

I moved my current TV (a 32" Samsung Smart TV) to my desk and am using that as my main computer monitor, and now I'm making space for the 55" TV where the 32" was before... easier said that done when you live in one room and you have a ton of stuff.

Currently the 55-incher is living at work. In other news, my mini-fridge died after several years of faithful service so at least I reclaimed a little space there.
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Old 07-18-2019, 05:06 PM   #3809
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... easier said that done when you live in one room and you have a ton of stuff.
Get/make some ~30U racks and set your bed atop them. You'll have plenty of room for a desk/work area underneath and can install shelves in the racks (assuming you don't have any rack-mountable kit, already).

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<grin> Isn't it a sort-of "sick" feeling when you actually are GLAD something is irreparably broken and you can be rid of it??!
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Old 07-19-2019, 01:40 AM   #3810
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Random bag of ram for $5, Had a few good ones in it, 6 4gb ddr2 sodimm (rare) and 12 1gb ddr1 400 (nice for old stuff) the rest wasnt impressive but hey for $5 i cant conplain.
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Old 07-19-2019, 09:25 AM   #3811
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4gb ddr2 sodimm (rare)
yea those sell decently on junkbay for 20-25 bucks a stick. in contrast 2x2gb ddr2 sodimms only sell for 5-8 bucks a pair. why does brethin get all the good stuff?! lol!
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Old 07-19-2019, 09:41 AM   #3812
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I have an AIO that could use a pair of them too....I just wasn't spending $50 bucks on it.
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Old 07-19-2019, 12:01 PM   #3813
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so strike a deal.
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Old 07-21-2019, 05:10 AM   #3814
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Great free scores!

WD Caviar 2250 - dead sadly - spins up but won't seek

WD Caviar 1210 - working - spins up okay, just won't boot (probably been used as slave drive)

Hercules 3D Prophet Radeon 9700 Pro - working - just needs a new fan as the one it uses is some cheap aftermarket Titan cooler - shame as it looks really cool

EPoX EP-3VCM w/ P3 1GHz - needs a recap, filled with crap GSCs already bulging - surprisingly it POST'd!

ECS G31T-M2 w/ Q6600 2.4GHz - cool score although the board isn't anything special

Gigabyte Radeon X300 128MB PCI-E - working - useful as test GPU for boards

Gravis Gamepad - untested, a nice controller to have!

Chaintech (?) Geforce2 MX200 - untested
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Old 07-21-2019, 02:07 PM   #3815
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just a Gforce2?
a lot of those had 2 outputs or vga and a tv output or even a tv-tuner combined with them.
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Old 07-21-2019, 02:23 PM   #3816
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just a Gforce2?
a lot of those had 2 outputs or vga and a tv output or even a tv-tuner combined with them.
Yeah, and it's the most plain GF2 I've seen. Only a VGA port, nothing else.

I do have a Radeon 9000 somewhere that I have to solder a broken cap from RAM back on. That thing is the AIW variant and has a integrated TV Tuner. Haven't got around testing the tuner section though I'd love to, and even more under Win2k Pro.
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Old 07-22-2019, 06:51 AM   #3817
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I have an AIO that could use a pair of them too....I just wasn't spending $50 bucks on it.
Ditto... I have two laptops and an iMac (at church) in that category. 8GB (6GB for the iMac) would be nice... but not $$$ nice.
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Another 15-slot DAS and a boatload of DDR3 Ram. Plus, a pair of old iPads. And a pair of Smart-UPS 750's.

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Old 07-29-2019, 08:48 PM   #3819
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A 4 drive DAS with miniSAS interface. Haven't yet determined if
the backplane accommodates SAS/SATA or if it's just SATA (as
would be apparent by the 4 2T SATA drives presently stuffed in it)

And a pair of Dell 3007's (folks just don't seem to understand them
so they find their way to the bin pretty often -- despite working!).
Hard to resist as freebies!
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Old 07-30-2019, 09:32 AM   #3820
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Saved a Sony CDP-550 made in December 1987 from getting hurled into a dumpster at the 11th hour and 59th minute. Spotted it on a trailer of garbage getting thrown out, asked if I could have it, they said sure.

Had a Soundgarden CD in it, which plays fine. Lubricated the mechanical components and had to roughen up the tray belt so it would grip. Need to order one of those soon. Otherwise, just needs a general cosmetic cleanup and it'll be good as new!
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