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    Mice were far less necessary during the first...

    Mice were far less necessary during the first half-decade after the introduction of the IBM PC. AFAIR, Microsoft tried to spur interest by offering a discount on their Bus Mouse with a copy of...
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    http://www.mcamafia.de/mycomp/mycomp06.htm ...

    http://www.mcamafia.de/mycomp/mycomp06.htm

    Microsoft Bus mouse was likely the most common one in the XT's heyday.

    https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?t=23901
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    Personally, I'd suggest #2. Yes, it's a PITA,...

    Personally, I'd suggest #2. Yes, it's a PITA, but you're more likely to find someone who'd take care of the machine. Most decent bidders on there are pretty knowledgeable about what a machine...
  4. If you mean the CR-563-B series, then an IDE...

    If you mean the CR-563-B series, then an IDE cable may work, but the interface card has to be the proprietary Soundblaster card. It looks like a standard 40-pin IDE drive, but it isn't.
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    You'll be hard-pressed to find anything "recent"...

    You'll be hard-pressed to find anything "recent" that'll run on it, since (sadly), Linux kernels have gone the way of Windows insofar as hardware demands. Even the latest versions of Puppy demand...
  6. Sure it doesn't (or didn't at first) just...

    Sure it doesn't (or didn't at first) just need(ed) degaussing?
  7. Yep. Most USB to IDE drive adapters don't...

    Yep. Most USB to IDE drive adapters don't interpret the CHS geometry properly, and even if the drive were somehow "recognized", there's a high likelihood that the incorrect interpretation of CHS...
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    Could be (for some strange reason) that the GND...

    Could be (for some strange reason) that the GND to -12V connection can drive more current or to take load off of the +12 to GND connection. For whatever reason, I'd stick to what the machine was...
  9. Stick with a DOS/Win9X based retrieval method. ...

    Stick with a DOS/Win9X based retrieval method. You'll have far fewer problems that way. As GiGaBiTe mentions, a "tweener" system is the best way. Mine is a Win2K/Win98/DOS triple-boot with a...
  10. If you attempt to install the AMD CPU without...

    If you attempt to install the AMD CPU without dropping the core voltage, you'll destroy it almost instantaneously.
  11. 2 problems: 1. The SX25 in the machine may or...

    2 problems:

    1. The SX25 in the machine may or may not be a surface-mount CPU (QFP). If so, that's going to make replacement impossible unless there's specifically a socket for a PGA-chip.

    2....
  12. XP will require more RAM for anything approaching...

    XP will require more RAM for anything approaching decent performance. Even with 768MB of RAM, that 550MHz CPU is gonna feel mighty slow. Jump to a 1GHz CPU if possible.
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    I repair SMD stuff on a daily basis. While it...

    I repair SMD stuff on a daily basis. While it takes some soldering expertise and careful attention to detail, it's not impossible.
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    It may be (depending on the motherboard) that the...

    It may be (depending on the motherboard) that the "bad" slot has to be populated before the system will boot and/or any other RAM would be recognized.
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    This is with proper RAM installed? What is the...

    This is with proper RAM installed? What is the issue with the one slot you have marked with a note/tape?
  16. Glad you got it fixed. So was the power-gnd...

    Glad you got it fixed. So was the power-gnd resistance related to the chip problem?

    Just by looking at the photo, it almost appears that the pin on the IC you're pointing out has insufficient...
  17. Don't stop with just the caps. They're used to...

    Don't stop with just the caps. They're used to filter the 5v-GND noise from the logic chips. You could easily still have a chip shorted as well. Measure the resistance on the good board and make...
  18. Likely, yes. Those types of capacitors are a...

    Likely, yes. Those types of capacitors are a frequent problem. You'll probably need to remove them one by one and test individually to be sure.
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    Yep. Don't know if it was the difference in the...

    Yep. Don't know if it was the difference in the tape drives or what...just remember starting around 2:30pm on a Sunday afternoon and getting finished after dark that evening. Still can hear the...
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    Yep, I remember when I moved up from a 120MB HDD...

    Yep, I remember when I moved up from a 120MB HDD to a "humongous" 1GB HDD on my 486DX33 (around 1995). Borrowed an external tape drive from where I worked at the time (Siemens) and the...
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    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9Dy6OlXhWVk

    However, if you're not familiar with such or don't have a CD/DVD-burner, this may be of little use.
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    Well, Compaq's did have odd P/S's, though I've...

    Well, Compaq's did have odd P/S's, though I've never heard of one needing an additional load in order to start. Had an original one many years ago, but it was too far trashed to do anything with.
  23. The internal speaker on almost any machine...

    The internal speaker on almost any machine (except some odd Compaq's) is a diagnostic speaker (i.e....beeper) used to determine if the machine is booting correctly (prior to POST). It generally has...
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    That's a load resistor of some sort. What...

    That's a load resistor of some sort. What is/was it connected to?
  25. Integrated sound was still fairly rare in Pentium...

    Integrated sound was still fairly rare in Pentium II machines. Have you opened the case up to see if there is a card or not? Are there any ports/Jack's to install speakers? Your answer above isn't...
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