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ubertrout

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So, this is a bit offbeat, but does anyone have a 30ish year old PC they're looking to get rid of? Been thinking about setting one up to play some of the games from my youth on the original hardware, but getting one is a crapshoot - and I figure there's people on this forum who might have one taking up space somewhere. If it has a vintage sound card in it all the better. It's fine if the hard drive doesn't work (I plan to use a CF card as a boot drive) but it would be good to see if it at least gets to the BIOS screen on startup. Having a working VGA or higher CRT monitor would be a bonus.

Not looking to pay a lot, but will cover shipping of course. Also willing to do a trade for something from my surround collection potentially.
 
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MidiMagic

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Have fun. The power supply is probably shot from disuse. Just like old audio equipment, the power supplies lose their electrolytic capacitors.

And just try to buy 5.25 inch diskettes that still work. The ones I had shed their oxide,

I am trying to rebuild my Pentium 4 XP HP after a disk failure. I thought I had everything I needed to do it, but I am missing 4 driver files: sound card, widescreen monitor, CD burner, and ethernet.

I rebuilt it 6 years ago with the same disks and it worked.
 

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The computer works fine. It boots right up. I actually do have a 5.25 drive I will throw in because I will never ever use it. It's a 350 mHz. I don't remember how much memory it has but all the slots are filled.
 

ubertrout

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The computer works fine. It boots right up. I actually do have a 5.25 drive I will throw in because I will never ever use it. It's a 350 mHz. I don't remember how much memory it has but all the slots are filled.
Sweet. I'd love to have one for my crazy archival adventures, even if it won't get much use.

I'm pretty comfortable working inside PCs, both generally and in this chassis in particular, so whatever is there is fine.
 

ubertrout

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Have fun. The power supply is probably shot from disuse. Just like old audio equipment, the power supplies lose their electrolytic capacitors.

And just try to buy 5.25 inch diskettes that still work. The ones I had shed their oxide,

I am trying to rebuild my Pentium 4 XP HP after a disk failure. I thought I had everything I needed to do it, but I am missing 4 driver files: sound card, widescreen monitor, CD burner, and ethernet.

I rebuilt it 6 years ago with the same disks and it worked.
If power supply doesn't work should be an easy fix. Bigger problem might be the BIOS battery if non-standard, but that's not the end of the world.

I've been able to read floppies from the 1990s with no problem, and had others that were so destroyed even low-level reads couldn't get the data off them. Like so many things, you take the wheat with the chaff.
 
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