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About coius

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  1. I went to the Goodwill thrift shop in Columbus, NE when seeing a friend I made at Anime Nebraskon, and my wife and I found several things we wanted. I got several games including Oddworld (PS1 game), and several PC games, but I got a perfect in box (maybe installed once?) Diablo II BattleChest with LOD: Expansion pack and keys and strategy Guide. I also found a CD copy of Sim City 3000 for the Mac. I didn't know it was for Mac OS until I got it home and went to install it on Windows 98 SE. Is this rare? I looked on eBay and can't find a single copy of Sim City 3000 for Mac OS. I only found Windows (and I think playstation or something). The game disc is in perfect condition, has a key code (i think) and the case is in good condition. It wasn't in box but it works. Recently I got a Pentium 4 1.5Ghz with 256MB RAMBUS (I upgraded to 512MB last week) Dell Dimension 8100 which I am turning into a multi-OS system to play old games (Transport Tycoon/Deluxe, Monopoly, Several other games, probably Diablo II as well). So I am working with that for other games. I have yet to haul out my G3 Beige to play either Diablo II (more likely to leave that on the Pentium 4) or Sim City. My back is messed up so I can't lift the desktop to set it into place. Probably sometime over the next month I will do it and let you know what I think. The last time I played Sim City it was Sim City 2000 (which I still have a copy on CD with Urban Renewal Kit) and that was maybe 10 years ago? Whatcha think?
  2. coius

    Kicking it old-skool

    Yup. it's fully terminated. The termination is built into the cable which is a 16-bit SCSI cable (68-pins). So that's not the issue. I looked up the drive and it does not specify SCSI-2 as a standard is supposed. It's either Ultra160 or Ultra320 and that's all that is listed. So it's most likely not going to work unless I get at least an Ultra160 card. It does work with an ultra320 card I have for a PC, and that's using the same cable with terminator. I will look later for the card. I am currently searching for a new job so I can get out of the hellish one I am in right now. I have one I think I will be getting, but I will find that out monday. It's at a cloud hosting provider where I am as an Admin/Support Admin
  3. coius

    Kicking it old-skool

    So a bit of an update, and I will post pics tonight. I cannot get the 36GB 15k RPM HDD working because it is a fully 16-bit SCSI drive. Which means it will not down-convert to an 8- bit bus like the onboard SCSI bus is. The only work-around would be to get a SCSI card. With resources a bit cramped because I had to get a new job that paid less, it reduced my Mac Funds™ that I have to work with. I will at some point get a SCSI card but that is shelved for now. The system does Diablo II well, and Warcraft II very well. I still haven't had a lot of time to play much with the system due to work and other matters. I will be making an announcement later on the board about the "other matters" but it's a pretty big thing in my life. So I am putting those as a priority before the G3 and gaming.
  4. coius

    Kicking it old-skool

    Bit of some disappointing news. I got the CPU in but I had to go on an emergency trip for a family member that went into the hospital (they are ok now thankfully) but last night I put the system together. The results are as follows: The CPU they sent me was NOT 366Mhz, it was 266!! I have filed a complaint on ebay. The person listed it at 366Mhz and the CPU clearly shows it as 266Mhz. What's worse is that the CPU will not even overclock to 300Mhz. So I am stuck at 266Mhz. On top of that, I didn't realize when I bought it that the shipped was marked up (I was tired when I bought it) meaning the CPU with shipping cost me $25!!! I am going to want at LEAST half my money back. I could've bought a 266Mhz for $5 on ebay with shipping at that time. So it ticks me off I think one of the RAM sticks that came in is dead. The system will not boot with it installed. I will try to troubleshoot more tonight. It's possible the slot is bad, or I didn't get it all the way in. I will report back later the 36GB 15k RPM Ultra320 SCSI drive will not work on the 50-pin. I don't think the drive can speak in narrow SCSI mode. I found a 4GB SCSI drive that works fine (Ultra160) but the 36GB will not report. I have no way to put jumpers on the drive either to try to force it. I have done all the usual SCSI voodoo/etc... and it still can't be found. I know the drive works. I was using it on a 68-pin LSI MegaRAID card in a PC. The drive is good. The only way I might be able to get it working is to track down a Fast/Wide PCI SCSI Card. I might do that, but in the future. Gonna throw a 120GB Maxtor IDE/ATA-133 drive on the IDE bus for now. I played some Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness last night. It felt there was a bit of a lag for some reason. It might be the SCSI drive. I tried a block verify and OS 9 said the drive had no bad blocks, but there was some delay on the disk reads. I will play with it a bit more tonight, but for now that's all I have to report. I do want to say, don't play with jumpers around cats. Both of mine kept grabbing my bag of jumpers and then taking off with it, leaving me to track down the cats to get it back. Another issue I encountered was my system is a bit finicky when it comes to booting. It's very possible the PRAM battery could be the cause. If I power it up, sometimes I have to power it off and then again to get a boot chime and video. After that, it's pretty stable. I also did have one issue with the 4GB HDD locking up, but I believe that was because of a bad SCSI cable. When I replaced the cable it seemed to work fine after that.
  5. coius

    Kicking it old-skool

    So... All the parts finally arrived. I will try to get the computer assembled over the weekend or maybe even tonight and take pictures along the way. I found a friend willing to let me have his copy of Warcraft II to install. This is going to be a heck of a lot of fun. I can't wait to start some old-school gaming.
  6. So, the vintage bug has bit me once again, so I decided to do some old-skool mac gaming with Mac OS 9 as the host. The setup: PowerMac Beige G3 Rev.2 board with Revision C ROM. Desktop Form-factor 366Mhz G3 CPU with 512KB L2 Cache 3x 256MB Low-Density, Low-Profile RAM (768MB Total) Radeon 7000 32MB PCI video card with DDR RAM Whisper Personality card (no need for Video in/out) 10/100Mb PCI Ethernet card (D-Link 530TX+) 36GB 10k RPM SCSI Drive (80-pin SCA) on the 50-pin SCSI bus DVD/CD-RW Drive (Compatible with iTunes as well) 19" View Sonic 1440x900 LCD Monitor attached to DVI on Radeon 7000 card I have a girlfriend that grew up using a G3 as a primary computer for a long time. I am going to do some old-skool gaming of games I grew up with to show her some of the stuff she missed because she didn't either have or know about the game. Setting up the following games: Widget Workshop Sim-City 2000 w/ Urban Renewal (SKURK) kit Diablo I and DIablo II with Lord of Destruction Expansion pack Myst Soulblighter II Sim Ant Escape Velocity and Escape Velocity: Override A crap-ton of shareware Terminal Velocity Doom Marathon as well as any other things I can think of. I also have an old version of Photoshop and dreamweaver I will use on it as well to fart around I already have the G3 but dropped $55 with shipping for all the other parts I needed. So I had to get a video card, as well as RAM and a new CPU since my old one kicked the bucket. I am OK with it being 366Mhz G3. I could bump it up to 400 I am sure, it's a 350Mhz ZIF CPU, and I couldn't get the 1MB version since they are getting a bit harder to source. I already have the SCSI HDD with adapters. I will probably hook my old LC III up as well via Local-Talk or Ethernet (i have an LC PDS for the LC III) to play some networked games on it. I will also invite my friend Evan (Eisenfaust88 on the forum) to do some old gaming as well. Would be fun to do Diablo II with him
  7. Is that a tamagotchi? Wow, I haven't seen one of those since the early to mid 1990's I remember when furbies were new. Anyone heard about the furby convention which resulted in 5000+ fried furbies when they simultaneously fried their circuits due to a bug? I thought that was hilarious and couldn't stop laughing
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    Conquest: First new mac in 5 years

    Totally loving it. I haven't had too much chance to play with it, you know with being social (now) and having a job. I am spending more time with my girlfriend than computers (beats computers) so it will get put through more paces when Anime Nebraskon comes up and I do a bunch of photography pictures. So it will help most during that time. Other than that, work has me busy for the other 10 hours of the day (1 hour commute both ways (30 minutes each) and the rest of the day, I just want to come home and relax with my girlfriend, so computers takes a back seat to all that. The keyboard is really nice, and so is the trackpad. The best thing is the screen. The sad thing is, with the resolution, if I put it at the finest quality, I can't read the text because it gets too small, so I backed it off by one, which leaves a lot of screen real-estate still. It's supposedly like 1680x1050. If I put it on the max, it's supposed to be like 1920x1200. But even though the screen is still crisp for text, it's just very small text. I will let you know how it holds up over time.
  9. coius

    Conquest: First new mac in 5 years

    Pics. sorry for the dark pictures, I didn't use a flash so it wouldn't reflect off the screen. I can get better later.
  10. coius

    Conquest: First new mac in 5 years

    Got my new laptop. Wow, it's extremely well built. The initial impression of just taking out of a refurb box made me have the impression that even second best is considered first place. I have never had a refurb product packed with such care and even packaging that made me think it was being opened for the first time. Of course, the product was immaculate. Almost as if it was new (then again, it could very well be brand new). The build quality is very well. Ditto on the keyboard (I hate sloppy keyboards, while I like the power of my Asus G74SX, the keyboard and trackpad sucks). The keyboard on this is just so solid. The retina display is everything I wished it was an more. I have it one knotch down from the top (it says it's supposed to be like 1680x1050 sized) but it's still crisp. I wish I really knew what resolution it is indeed running out. Funnily enough, it will not do the native 2560x1800 as that would be too microscopic (I could dream but then even the smallest pixel rate is way too small). The screen is crisp. I haven't used it in the dark, so I have no clue about the backlight keyboard yet, but the one on my 2008 MBP 17" sufficed when I had it. I still have to get the two adapters I need (firewire and gigabit ethernet) so I can do all the stuff I want.. I also haven't tested out the graphics. I am giving it a test drive on the battery. Sitting here with the screen at 70% the battery has been in the 90+ % for at least 20 minutes, and it still says I have over 5.5 hours left. I also have an external USB 3.0 2.5" HDD plugged in and an iPhone 5 charging off it it. I will post some pics, but wow. I even used the facetime on it. My friend was impressed when I chatted with her about some stuff at the quality of the HD camera. Oh on a bonus side, I got my FireWire iSight working on my hackintosh. Apparently the microphone on the camera was locking up the bus. I guess it fully died. It won't pick up audio, but the camera works. So I use an external mic hooked to the mic-in port. Pics come later, picking up my girlfriend from work right now, so waiting for her to get off.
  11. coius

    Conquest: First new mac in 5 years

    And on top of that, It looks like I found myself a girlfriend
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    Conquest: First new mac in 5 years

    The laptop will be coming on thursday through UPS. I have asked my dad to be at my mom's to sign for it since I will be at work probably when it comes. I have a date tonight with a really cute girl that I worked up my courage to ask out. I also have other things to do the next few days to keep me occupied till thursday comes. I will swing by either a local electronics place (more likely) or venture out to the Apple store (less likely) to get those adapters. Looking forward to the laptop. I hope with this laptop that I won't suffer like I did with my macbook from 2007 -> 2009 that prompted me to sell it and get Thinkpad T400 (which is still kicking after I gave it to a friend's wife). I will report back later. After such a crappy year and making many life changes for the better, this year is getting incredibly much better a positive attitude and incredible luck after having a car stolen, a second broken into, a massively failed relationship, failed job and a breakdown involving an inpatient hospital stay, this has been the happiest time in years
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    Conquest: First new mac in 5 years

    I only got a small amount of time to mess with the retina display, but was really impressed by the display quality. I am spoiled by having 1080 displays like the 17.3" LED 1920x1080 display on my Asus, so it's hard to go down to something like 1440x900 like normal on the 15" MacBook Pros. I also wanted the display as it will make working with photographs easier, especially when getting to higher resolution photos (my camera takes in the 3xxx*2xxx range easily) I will have to buy a thunderbolt FireWire and Gigabit Ethernet adapter. Not very happy that they ommited a basic ethernet adapter to save space and they don't include the adapter by default for something I consider a basic essential on a pro machine. So I will be dropping $70 with tax on something I expect to be essential that apple has touted as "The greatest thing since sliced bread" over the last 10 years. FireWire was a failed experiment, but they are backpeddling now and now forcing you to pay more for what used to be on a mac. I will find the thunderbolt ports useful, At least there are two of them, so I can have ethernet and FireWire in use at the same time. From what I saw online, the SSD is a card that is removable. So in the future I am sure there will be third party companies that will be making clones/upgrades of them. In the next two months, I will spring for the warranty on the laptop. Don't have $350 after dropping that much for a warranty at the same time.
  14. I dropped the money a few days ago on a Refurbished MacBook Pro with the following specs: 2.6Ghz Quad-Core Core i7 15" Retina-Class Display 16GB DDR3 RAM 512GB Solid-State drive The cost? $2,400 with tax (ouch!) but I have been looking at one of these for 6 months and wanted to make sure I had enough spare money after buying. I now have made significant advanced in my life recently. I move into my new (first time renter) 2-bedroom apartment in Omaha, NE which is now closer to work than where I used to live. I move in on the 25th of this month (October) and I have been working hard at google every day for almost 8 weeks now, with lots of room to move up soon to full time status (I am contractor. Conversions usually happen around 4 months in and it looks like I am on track for that.) So now that I am doing more photography, plus paid sessions, plus doing video for weddings, etc... I decided it might be worth it to plunge the money into a machine that will perform well with my equipment (probably sometime next year I will be dropping about $1000 on a new canon camera body as an upgrade to my T3. Probably a T5) Let you know more of how it works out. Looking forward to it. I plan on keeping my hackintosh as well as my Asus for adobe premiere. The Hackintosh mainly so I can do faster work. I will be selling my MacBook (Mid-2009 White non-unibody with nVidia 9400m Graphics and DDR2 RAM) to recover some costs, plus a Lenovo B510 which i refurbished.
  15. coius

    Not a mac... but will be?

    On MS site you can get trial versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8. Google "Digital River Windows 7" and you will find the images. MS makes them available for trial ware with no keys. You can install Windows without a key for 30 days, and since it's a core2duo, it will run Windows 7 easily. Since you have no key, after 30 days it will make you activate. Until then you can use it like any normal windows install.