Forum Rules and Etiquette

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This forum is part of our mission to promote the preservation of vintage computers through education and outreach. (In real life we also run events and have a museum.) We encourage you to join us, participate, share your knowledge, and enjoy.

This forum has been around in this format for over 15 years. These rules and guidelines help us maintain a healthy and active community, and we moderate the forum to keep things on track. Please familiarize yourself with these rules and guidelines.

Rule 1: Remain civil and respectful

There are several hundred people who actively participate here. People come from all different backgrounds and will have different ways of seeing things. You will not agree with everything you read here. Back-and-forth discussions are fine but do not cross the line into rude or disrespectful behavior.

Conduct yourself as you would at any other place where people come together in person to discuss their hobby. If you wouldn't say something to somebody in person, then you probably should not be writing it here.

This should be obvious but, just in case: profanity, threats, slurs against any group (sexual, racial, gender, etc.) will not be tolerated.

Rule 2: Stay close to the original topic being discussed
  • If you are starting a new thread choose a reasonable sub-forum to start your thread. (If you choose incorrectly don't worry, we can fix that.)
  • If you are responding to a thread, stay on topic - the original poster was trying to achieve something. You can always start a new thread instead of potentially "hijacking" an existing thread.

Rule 3: Contribute something meaningful

To put things in engineering terms, we value a high signal to noise ratio. Coming here should not be a waste of time.
  • This is not a chat room. If you are taking less than 30 seconds to make a post then you are probably doing something wrong. A post should be on topic, clear, and contribute something meaningful to the discussion. If people read your posts and feel that their time as been wasted, they will stop reading your posts. Worse yet, they will stop visiting and we'll lose their experience and contributions.
  • Do not bump threads.
  • Do not "necro-post" unless you are following up to a specific person on a specific thread. And even then, that person may have moved on. Just start a new thread for your related topic.
  • Use the Private Message system for posts that are targeted at a specific person.

Rule 4: "PM Sent!" messages (or, how to use the Private Message system)

This forum has a private message feature that we want people to use for messages that are not of general interest to other members.

In short, if you are going to reply to a thread and that reply is targeted to a specific individual and not of interest to anybody else (either now or in the future) then send a private message instead.

Here are some obvious examples of when you should not reply to a thread and use the PM system instead:
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  • "How much is shipping to ....": This is a very specific and directed question that is not of interest to anybody else.

Why do we have this policy? Sending a "PM Sent!" type message basically wastes everybody else's time by making them having to scroll past a post in a thread that looks to be updated, when the update is not meaningful. And the person you are sending the PM to will be notified by the forum software that they have a message waiting for them. Look up at the top near the right edge where it says 'Notifications' ... if you have a PM waiting, it will tell you there.

Rule 5: Copyright and other legal issues

We are here to discuss vintage computing, so discussing software, books, and other intellectual property that is on-topic is fine. We don't want people using these forums to discuss or enable copyright violations or other things that are against the law; whether you agree with the law or not is irrelevant. Do not use our resources for something that is legally or morally questionable.

Our discussions here generally fall under "fair use." Telling people how to pirate a software title is an example of something that is not allowable here.

Reporting problematic posts

If you see spam, a wildly off-topic post, or something abusive or illegal please report the thread by clicking on the "Report Post" icon. (It looks like an exclamation point in a triangle and it is available under every post.) This send a notification to all of the moderators, so somebody will see it and deal with it.

If you are unsure you may consider sending a private message to a moderator instead.

New user moderation

New users are directly moderated so that we can weed spammers out early. This means that for your first 10 posts you will have some delay before they are seen. We understand this can be disruptive to the flow of conversation and we try to keep up with our new user moderation duties to avoid undue inconvenience. Please do not make duplicate posts, extra posts to bump your post count, or ask the moderators to expedite this process; 10 moderated posts will go by quickly.

New users also have a smaller personal message inbox limit and are rate limited when sending PMs to other users.

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For Free, Sale or Trade: IBM PC AT parts and related parts

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  • Super-Slasher
    Well it's the entire system that goes, but I don't know if the buyer has an EGA monitor to use with the card. I'll ask him and if he'd rather use his own vid card and monitor, I'll give ya the card for cheap.

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  • Jorg
    I might be interested in the EGA card, but would have to find a monitor too

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  • Super-Slasher
    I've considered keeping it for parts, but seeing how either the motherboard/MFM card is messing up, I don't see much of a point in keeping it. I've already found a buyer, plus it'll clear up some much needed room in my bedroom. Even without it I'll still have a spare hard drive and floppy drive...

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  • mbbrutman
    Well, sorry to see that you can't get it running. Don't be too quick to ditch the spare parts though - you might need them for your running machine.

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  • For Free, Sale or Trade: IBM PC AT parts and related parts

    Well, I've been doodiling around with my second PC AT and I can't seem to get it working. It keeps saying that the disk drive controller isn't working, despite putting different cards into it, so I'm convinced it's a possible motherboard problem. Considering I already have one working PC AT, I'm going to give the non-working one up for parts. To clear up some room as well as possibly make some other AT owners happy. The parts I have to offer are as follows:

    IBM 30MB full-height hard drive, no bad sectors or errors with MS-DOS 6.22 and Windows 2.03 installed
    IBM 1.2MB 5.25" floppy drive
    MFM floppy/hard drive cables
    PC AT case
    Type II motherboard, 512KB, Intel 80286-10 @ 8MHz (possible problem)
    IBM MFM floppy/hard disk controller card (possible problem)
    128KB Base memory card
    64KB IBM EGA video card
    Intel 200W power supply

    I'm going to keep the PC AT and parts around until mid-December or so, so if you want anything, feel free to pick at it. I'll maybe ask just a few dollars and the price of shipping for the parts requested.

    I also have a few other ST-506 hard drives as well, incase interested. All drives are tested and boot to MS-DOS 6.22:

    85MB Micropolis full-height with IBM PC-style black faceplate and red LED
    43MB Magnetic Periphrials half-height
    30MB Seagate full-height

    Don't let this classic computer and parts go to waste! Pick it clean, folks!