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  1. Unknown_K

    Couldn't help myself...

    nforce boards were pretty common and decent during that era. No idea how well they run on Linux since I don't use that on vintage systems. I try to sample pretty much all that was around when I collect (and they are cheap enough to give them a try).
  2. Unknown_K

    Couldn't help myself...

    There are always some corners cut with budget motherboards that you can't really blame the chipset maker for. The ECS K7S5A was one of the better and faster FSB 266 boards out at the time it was sold and was one of the first to offer DDR support plus it was very cheap and stable. I do have a P4 SIS chipset 8x AGP motherboard in my collection and that board is a pain in the rear mostly because it has issues with not liking dual channel RAM ever after a recap (MSI 655 Max SIS 655 chipset).
  3. Unknown_K

    Couldn't help myself...

    Well I collect Athlon XP era motherboards and machines and have quite a few Via KT400a and Nvidia Nforce 2 chipset boards among others. I also have an original Athlon Slot A AMD chipset board running with SDRAM. Back in the day my original Athlon XP board was a SIS chipset SDRAM or DDR1 board that was very popular ECS K7S5A SIS 735 chipset. I ran it with DDR and it worked fine till I upgraded and sold it (ran a Hercules Kyro II video card then a Radeon 9000 in it).
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    Couldn't help myself...

    The Socket A Thunderbirds were 100 FSB so SDRAM vs slow DDR probably didn't matter that much and early chipsets sucked. Later Athlon XP's went to 133FSB/266 DDR, 166 FSB/333 DDR, 200 FSB/400 DDR and internal cache went from 256K to 512K. Once you get into the faster FSB then DDR speeds mattered especially the last generation chipsets with dual channel DDR.
  5. I would love a multi processor 486 UNIX system but those are very rare (there should be some MP 386 systems as well from Compaq I think). Was hard enough to find a dual processor Pentium 1 board. You are very limited in what OS you can use on those oddball beasts since they don't act like later MP systems.
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    Couldn't help myself...

    Mine has PCI slots but no ISA slots for a Soundblaster. They were decent low end servers.
  7. Unknown_K

    Couldn't help myself...

    I have one of those ML330 servers but with 1 P3 (is that a G2 or a G1?).
  8. Unknown_K

    Someone should get this!

    OEM batteries would be past their shelf life by now.
  9. Unknown_K

    Insane SCSI to FW prices

    Much more solidly built and using a standard interface.
  10. Unknown_K

    SE/30 - ceramic recap causing distorted audio?

    Replace the capacitor(s) in the audio signal path with electrolytic (doesn't have to be SMT style).
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    Macintosh II - Revival and overhaul

    Is there writing on the yellow area around the middle of the capacitor?
  12. Unknown_K

    Insane SCSI to FW prices

    Wanting things to match gets expensive. I kick myself for not stocking up on Plextor SCSI drives when they were getting blown out. Luckily I had stashed a bunch of Mac SCSI CDROM drives and a few auto inject superdrives around for my last few machines but you can never hoard enough. A few years back I snagged a NEC Multispin 3Xp external drive, they were so cool when new. Also have an oddball Toshiba XM-4101BME with is a 1" tall 50 pin SCSI drive where the whole face slides out (think my MicroVax has one like it installed and ). The oddball drives just stick out so I snag them when I see them cheap. I don't know where you are going to find those internal 1" SUN scsi cdrom drives these days except in another SUN.
  13. Unknown_K

    Insane SCSI to FW prices

    External SCSI CDRW drives used to be common and bootable with old macs but the supply dried up years ago I think. If you really need one bad PM me.
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    Insane SCSI to FW prices

    SCSI is needed for OS installs on machines that don't have a drive built in. I keep SCSI, PCMCIA, USB, and Firewire external Optical drives around for that reason. Also accumulated a bunch of SCSI external burners for back when I burned disks on vintage systems. Kind of funny how these cheap easy to find tools are getting hard to find and expensive lately.
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    Insane SCSI to FW prices

    Sooo many different SCSI removable media and recordables out there along with scanners and other odd things.