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Babblings of an Old PC User, PC Technician, and DOS/Win3x Gamer reliving his memories (and creating some new ones) through hot-rodded DOS Boxes.

I also have a channel on youtube http://www.youtube.com/creepingnet - yes, I'm that guy...

I also used to have a website on this on Geocities before blogging became popular called The Creeping Network as well. I don't have so many machines now, but I do have plenty of things to keep me tweakin' and fixin' on these old DOS beasts.

  1. Thoughts on the Compaq Portable Screen Situation

    Well, one of my long running projects of about 3-4 years now is a Compaq Portable 486C that I became caretaker to. Well, it has a cracked screen, and I'm trying to find a replacement......meanwhile, after going to ETI Express, Impact computers, and about four or five other places over the years that seem to advertise parts they don't carry as on-sale for a nice price - I'm kind of at the point now where I'm starting to consider other options into the foray of fixing one of these things.
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  2. Stuff in the Works

    COMPUTERS

    - 486 DX2/66 now has it's thermal getup done. I took a chipset heatsink from a Sony Vaio Pentium 4, roughly used pliars to shorten the fins a little bit (to clear the XT drive cage), and created a nifty, almost-modern thermal system where the heatsink has a tiny, really fast fan that throws out a lot of air across them, and it just so happens the strongest air current is also aimed at the chipset for my S3 805 video card - creating a cohesive thermal system - who would ...
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  3. Crazy Computer Weekend.....

    Got 2 machines on the bench now...one modern-ish, one retro......

    My Wife's Dell Dimension 4600, which I'm rebuilding with Windows 7 x86 for her birthday with the new licence I purchased. SHe's had this computer since 2003, the darned thing just won't die, and with good reason.....here's the list of issues it had at the start of the weekend....

    - won't "rewind" on XFINITY or Netflix videos (locks up machine)
    - grinding 20GB PATA HDD, I would lie awake ...
  4. More updates on the 486......

    Right now is the big software push....every day for the past week, I've spent about 5-10 minutes a day shoving gigabytes upon gigabytes of data/software/enhancements/updates to the 486 from my main Windows 7 desktop. I've had one of my 2 1280X1024 screens crammed FULL of file-copy windows.

    Man am I glad I put on that full duplex.

    The longest push was the first because of some AVI files I had made in my DOS game folders on the Win7 box. It will be interesting to see ...
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  5. More Tweakin' on the 486.

    After last night's post, I"m feeling a tad bit silly.....I had the most amazingly funny time just "feeling" my way through putting a 40GB drive in the 486.

    The drive is a Maxtor 7200 RPM 40GB ATA-133 drive, and It works with Maxblast EZ-BIOS.

    Initially I was planning on finding some way to dock it in my USB drive bay and "image it out" using a virtual machine, however, as it turns out, you can only use a virtual hard disk with a virtual machine ...
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