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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. Courier Woes - why I'm holding off on my rebuild/flip idea

    USPS up until now has been very reliable, so I'm a bit ticked off....

    Ordered M/75 on the 8th, was "Out for Delivery" on the 15th, then turned up at a 6:41pm as "Ready for Pickup" at our Post Office. No slip, no note in the tracking - nothing. Weird since our regular carrier comes by as late as 9:10pm to deliver mail and parcels.

    So I figure - since the message on E-bay AND USPS is "be patient, we are experiencing slowdown during these unprecedented ...
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  2. NEC Versa PC-4xx Model List

    Basically a quick list to identify what model Versa you have by the PC-4xx model number on the bottom...and other information for an upcoming video that might prove useful.

    400 - Intel 486 DX-20 SLC, 4MB RAM base, 20MB MAx, WD SVGA video, Dumb Battery, no trackball
    410 - Intel 486 DX-25 SLC, 4MB RAM Base, 20MB Max, WD SVGA video, Dumb Battery, no Trackball
    4?0 - Intel 486 DX-33 SLC, 4MB RAM Base, 20MB MAX, WD SVGA video, Dumb Battery, no Trackball
    440 - Intel ...
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  3. Laptop Plastic Repair - Superglue/Baking Soda Experiment

    Did about 5 hours of footage on Saturday of this little excusrion - I will post later once I've had time to edit.

    Basically, repaired most of the damaged plastic on my NEC Versa P/75 case using baking soda and Superglue. I have heard of this for a long time and have been VERY skeptical about it, kind of funny since I have used this before in guitar repair to repair nut slots that are too low. It just seems that this solution seemed to "Mr. Ed" for me to believe.
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  4. 40EC is charging again, 2021 Plans

    Fixed the NEC Versa 40EC power supply board, turns out I melted a wire between the secondary pack negative terminal on it's way to the circuitry. I replaced it with a thinner wire. The machine now charges and runs like normal. Just needs a new battery, and I located the company that made the battery for my P/75 & M/75 - they make a version for the Ultralite/E/V models as well, so I'll spend on that sometime down the road this year.

    That said, I think 2021 is going to be a bit ...
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  5. Vintage Laptop Experiments - My ideas forvintage laptop structure issues.......

    So the P/75's trackball started getting erratic last night and I troubleshot the issues to relate to the laptops's loose plastic bits interfering with the operation of the VersaTrak. So I took out the loose bits, threw some tape on the inside, and viola....the computer is happy as a bug again.

    But this has me thinking, a lot of the problems with 90's laptops that I've had have been 2 types of issues - power, and structural issues. Something I've been interested in with regards to ...
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