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  1. The LC "brick" PSUs are notorious for having...

    The LC "brick" PSUs are notorious for having leaky secondary caps. The rubber plugs in the bottom dry rot and shrink, letting electrolyte seep out the bottom. I've recapped a few so far.
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    They likely went up in smoke because of abuse and...

    They likely went up in smoke because of abuse and misuse. Most of those cheap voltage converters are triac dimmer circuits with a fixed voltage setting. They're designed for purely inductive loads...
  3. https://i.imgur.com/AxjeAHNh.png What you...

    https://i.imgur.com/AxjeAHNh.png

    What you suspect it correct.

    Installing the CPU in the wrong orientation generally doesn't result in things blowing up unless you leave the system powered for...
  4. It seems like you may be misunderstanding the...

    It seems like you may be misunderstanding the purpose of the TIGA card. It's not a conventional video card you can plug in, install drivers and have programs use it. Programs have to be specifically...
  5. The only thing I can recommend then is the...

    The only thing I can recommend then is the experimental Windows 9x VESA driver:

    https://bearwindows.zcm.com.au/vbe9x.htm

    It's not perfect and it is very slow since the CPU is doing the grunt...
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    I've hot air reflowed Nvidia D620/30s and had...

    I've hot air reflowed Nvidia D620/30s and had some success with them staying working for several years. It's best to reball them though with good old leaded solder, the ROHS junk is what makes them...
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    I hate laptop manufacturers that do this. The...

    I hate laptop manufacturers that do this.

    The "easy" solution is to desolder the battery from the board, which is generally not terribly difficult, and then running wires to some void within the...
  8. I found this DOS driver, or what I think is a...

    I found this DOS driver, or what I think is a driver:

    https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?p=874069#p874069

    As for Windows 95, I think you're going to be out of luck getting a working driver....
  9. Not something I'd recommend. Metal extraction...

    Not something I'd recommend. Metal extraction from crushed electronic waste requires hazardous acids like aqua regia, which is not something you should be handling at home without a proper lab setup...
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    Macs don't do an exhaustive memory test when...

    Macs don't do an exhaustive memory test when booting, they count the amount of memory present and that's about it. If they did check the memory every time they booted, it'd take forever for them to...
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    Spamhaus blocks direct to mx email by default, so...

    Spamhaus blocks direct to mx email by default, so chances are it will never even make it to its destination.
  12. Just get a rivet gun, they aren't that expensive....

    Just get a rivet gun, they aren't that expensive.

    https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1311&_nkw=rivet+gun&_sacat=0

    If you don't want to use rivets, you can get...
  13. The VIA C7 is little more than a rebranded VIA C3...

    The VIA C7 is little more than a rebranded VIA C3 CPU, which is very weak. When VIA bought Cyrix, they also bought another company called CentaurHauls, which was responsible for the infamous IDT...
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    https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/panasonic_rq_210srq2...

    https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/panasonic_rq_210srq210.html

    They have a schematic available for download.
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    There's no reason to emulate older DX versions...

    There's no reason to emulate older DX versions because Microsoft designed DX to be almost completely backwards compatible with older versions. The only thing you need to do in later versions of...
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    Neither DosBox or Virtualbox are magic...

    Neither DosBox or Virtualbox are magic applications where you can select whatever hardware you want to emulate. DosBox only emulates a very narrow window of x86 hardware from the 808x - 386 Era.
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    I have a 21" CRT that can do 800x600@200Hz, it's...

    I have a 21" CRT that can do 800x600@200Hz, it's nothing really unique. It took LCDs over a decade to be able to do more than 60 Hz because manufacturers thought the persistence of CCFL backlight was...
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    Ubuntu uses Gnome/Unity as the DE by default...

    Ubuntu uses Gnome/Unity as the DE by default
    Kubuntu uses KDE
    Xubuntu uses XFCE
    Lubuntu uses LXDE

    And there are probably others with other lesser used DEs.

    It was nicer 10 or so years ago...
  19. Transformers don't swell, and certainly don't...

    Transformers don't swell, and certainly don't leak, at least the kind used on power supplies. Are you sure you're not confusing transformers for capacitors?
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    Many providers don't explicitly block outbound...

    Many providers don't explicitly block outbound SMTP traffic, but where it is blocked is on mail server blacklists. There's a company called Spamhaus ( https://www.spamhaus.org/ ) that maintains lists...
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    SystemD is a cancer that threatens the entire...

    SystemD is a cancer that threatens the entire Linux ecosystem. It was originally supposed to be a replacement for sysVinit, but it has slowly feature creeped like a cancer far beyond its original...
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    Fedora is not a distro I would recommend to the...

    Fedora is not a distro I would recommend to the average user looking to get into Linux. It's a bleeding edge rolling release distro that sometimes is completely replaced every 6 months, with support...
  23. I see keyboards in that condition all the time,...

    I see keyboards in that condition all the time, they get that way from being left out in non-climate controlled storage, like a shed or garage.

    The yellowing can be taken care of with peroxide,...
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    This was true 15-20 years ago, but not today....

    This was true 15-20 years ago, but not today. Most mainstream Linux distros are made to be easy to get up and running on most generic PC configurations.

    The only "gotcha" is if you're running...
  25. Off of the -12v rail, not the 12v rail. Hang a...

    Off of the -12v rail, not the 12v rail. Hang a negative voltage regulator off a positive rail and bad things happen.
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