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    Facebook is the sewer of the internet, I'm not...

    Facebook is the sewer of the internet, I'm not sure how any of the aforementioned things apply to it; Especially telling other groups they need to sign their life away to facebook just to view a...
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    Use a USB flash drive? That's the primary purpose...

    Use a USB flash drive? That's the primary purpose of rufus, to make bootable USB sticks, not to burn ISO images to DVD.

    Also, are you using DVD-5 or DVD-9? If the ISO is too big to fit on a...
  3. I've run FreeDOS on old 486 and Pentiums and it...

    I've run FreeDOS on old 486 and Pentiums and it generally works fine. There are some issues with their versions of memory managers that cause crashes on certain machines, but you can generally work...
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    Not on the boards that ran PCI clock the same as...

    Not on the boards that ran PCI clock the same as the CPU FSB. PCI tends not to be very forgiving of overclocking in my experience and 40 MHz PCI slots usually cause issues.



    PCI 2.0 added 3.3v...
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    Like dkarguth said, ISA is a parallel drop bus....

    Like dkarguth said, ISA is a parallel drop bus. If you have broken traces under connectors or ICs, you can remove them to repair the damage.

    You can use bodge wires, but I don't recommend for...
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    486 boards with PCI are a mixed bag. Many newer...

    486 boards with PCI are a mixed bag. Many newer PCI cards that have firmware on them (eg. video cards, disk controllers, etc.) won't work because the firmware was compiled against a Pentium and won't...
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    There is no memory installed on that motherboard,...

    There is no memory installed on that motherboard, you need the proprietary memory daughterboard that fits in the ISA looking slot on the bottom middle of the motherboard, under the CPU cache chips....
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    1. Battery is usually a 3.6/4.5v NiCD/NiMH. You...

    1. Battery is usually a 3.6/4.5v NiCD/NiMH. You can use regular alkaline AA cells in a holder if you use a blocking diode since motherboards of the time usually charged the CMOS battery. You can...
  9. I would start checking the capacitors on the...

    I would start checking the capacitors on the motherboard and inside the PSU brick.

    Getting inside the PSU brick is a destructive process since they're usually ultrasonically welded together, but...
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    Reason that disabling cache on the Athlon XP...

    Reason that disabling cache on the Athlon XP doesn't reduce performance much is because the architecture wasn't reliant on cache for performance. This is why the Duron with only 64 KB of L2 cache was...
  11. AOpen wasn't a generic brand, it was ACER's brand...

    AOpen wasn't a generic brand, it was ACER's brand for DIY components. They stopped using it in the mid 2000s because it gained a reputation for poor quality components that failed, especially their...
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    The FPM access time on those chips is 25ns, or 40...

    The FPM access time on those chips is 25ns, or 40 MHz - which also happens to be the core clock of the video chip. There were some Mach64 VDPs with a 62 MHz core clock, but those used VRAM because...
  13. There are traces running all over the top of PPGA...

    There are traces running all over the top of PPGA socket 370 Pentium 3 CPUs, they're just very small and hard to see unless you look very closely.



    You cannot reliably determine the state of...
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    The quality ones are probably wound by hand, or...

    The quality ones are probably wound by hand, or at least by a human operator on a winding machine with decent sized wire.

    All of the bad transformers I have seen go bad use thin whispy wire wound...
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    If it's an older unregulated linear type...

    If it's an older unregulated linear type transformer, check the voltage with a multimeter before you plug it into the device because they have a tenancy to drift up over time.

    The cause of the...
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    The Latitude D630(c) had either an i965PM chipset...

    The Latitude D630(c) had either an i965PM chipset with integrated X3100 IGP, or a Quadro NVS 135M (Geforce 8400M) with 256MB VRAM.

    I would avoid the models with Nvidia graphics as they had...
  17. Make sure the PSU you're using has a -5v rail....

    Make sure the PSU you're using has a -5v rail. Many motherboards up into the early Pentium era won't boot without the -5v rail present.

    Also, you can't use regular alkaline batteries in place of...
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    Yes, WDC is Western Digital. And Maxtor drives...

    Yes, WDC is Western Digital.

    And Maxtor drives have about the same failure rates as IBM drives, I don't suggest using it for anything important.
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    If you want a high end video card for the period,...

    If you want a high end video card for the period, get a Radeon 9800 Pro, Nvidia had their awful Geforce FX series at the time that was more power hungry and a lot slower.
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    Sounds like an IBM Deskstar, or more popularly...

    Sounds like an IBM Deskstar, or more popularly known as the Deathstar. Don't rely on it too much, they have extremely high failure rates.



    That's not a high end card, that's the second from the...
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    I've seen 486 to 386 adapters that used real 486...

    I've seen 486 to 386 adapters that used real 486 chips (instead of Cyrix's 486SLC/DLC hybrid chips) and they had GAL/PAL chips all over them. You'd probably have better luck looking for one of the...
  22. PCI Hotplug is required to be implemented at a...

    PCI Hotplug is required to be implemented at a hardware and firmware level, something which only servers regularly did. Commodity desktop gear hardly ever had PCI Hotswap support, and I've had more...
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    Since you'll not be hot swapping the CF card, you...

    Since you'll not be hot swapping the CF card, you don't need removable mode, but both would probably work fine regardless.

    I wouldn't get a micro drive unless you prefer spinning media, or need it...
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    There are 64, 128 and 256MB SIMMs, but the...

    There are 64, 128 and 256MB SIMMs, but the compatibility goes down drastically the larger the capacity. I've found that 64 MB SIMMs have decent compatibility on later 486 and Pentium era non-Intel...
  25. The far easier solution would be to use drive...

    The far easier solution would be to use drive overlay software. All of the common manufacturers at the time offered a free version (Seagate, WD, Samsung, IBM, etc) of their drive setup utility with...
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