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I'm on a nostalgia trip atm. Been away for 10 years and now back seeing my old posts/photos....
I had a HD3870 for a few weeks back then. Sold it fast, and got a 8800GTS as Company Of Heroes worked better on Nvidia's hardware on Vista. But i did keep the CD with Opposing Force, that was a great addon to the game.
 
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I might be getting back into Athlon XP business. I just found out my nF2 boards will gladly take a XP-M 2600+.

I currently have it in the K7N2 Delta-ILSR and so far it runs fine. Up next is the Epox EP-8RDA6+ Pro, and the other one will be a surprise.
 
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I might be getting back into Athlon XP business. I just found out my nF2 boards will gladly take a XP-M 2600+.

I currently have it in the K7N2 Delta-ILSR and so far it runs fine. Up next is the Epox EP-8RDA6+ Pro, and the other one will be a surprise.
All the good boards will take XP-M's. ;) They are the desired chips.
Epox board is a nice board.
 
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I have just put a fan in my case it does not seem right ,the screws seem tight but the fan is moving about?
o_OIs it in the right postion ?why were the screws so hard to get in there? o_O
 

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Take out the fan, screw the four screws all the way in on the fan frame holes (this if the holes are too small, otherwise find another set of screws that match).
Remove screws, put fan back, wind the screws again.
Likely the screws&hole size do not match.
I guess using washers is out of the question there.
 
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Take out the fan, screw the four screws all the way in on the fan frame holes (this if the holes are too small, otherwise find another set of screws that match).
Remove screws, put fan back, wind the screws again.
Likely the screws&hole size do not match.
I guess using washers is out of the question there.
I did think they should have had washes. They are fully tightened now. The case came with its own screws, and the screws in there came with the fans.
 
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This oldie found its way to me from today's car boot sale.
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Specs:

Techsolo TC10-SR case - nice Thermaltake Clone, shame the sidepanel is absolutely broken
ASUS A8N-SLI Rev1.02 + Zalman ZM-SB47J heatsink
Athlon 64 3000+ Socket 939
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XpertVision Geforce 9400GT 1GB DDR2
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LG 52x CD-RW
Sound Blaster Live 5.1 SB0100 PCI
no PSU (not that I'd miss it that much)

I'll probably toss the sidepanel - it's too bent, and the plexiglass had to be removed as it was shattered beyond any salvation. I'll be thinking about it, though I don't really see much options.
 

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Nice find! Looks like an Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe.
Seem the bridge cooler has been replaced.
The case is cool too.

I have one A8N-SLI Deluxe, got 2nd hand, does not play well though, freezes
after boot into OS, both windows and Linux, caps look OK on mine. Swapping RAM and CPU has no effect.
Had a Zalman ZM-NB47J passive cooler on the bridge chip, and a ZALMAN CNPS7000B-ALCU CPU cooler.
 
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It ain't the Deluxe variant - I know this as I have a classified saved just for a Deluxe w/ the same CNPS7000B you mentioned and a 3rd party full-copper slim HSF on the northbridge. - that one has an additional SATA/RAID controller made by Sillicon Image (same Sil3114 chip as my Epox 8RDA6+ Pro) and an 2nd Marvell LAN chip.

This one is just plain A8N-SLI.
 
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Ok, was not aware there was plain A8N-SLI, but yes seem there are a few variants of the A8N-SLI (deluxe, premium, SE)
oh, forgot about the Sil3114, think I tinkered with that also when I was troubleshooting.
Let us know how this one begin to play.
 
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I'll probably keep it on hold for some time. A few things I'd want to do are:

- remove that cheesy "S" shaped metal piece from the sidepanel and install a new custom plexiglass in its place
- add the missing reset button any way I can
- replace the A64 3000+ with a 3500+ (sidenote - the Opteron build got cancelled - seller does not ship outside his town :( )
- decide what GPU to use on it - 9400GT, 8600GT, Quadro FX3700 (if I may be able to crossflash it to a 8800 or 9800GT)
- decide on storage - a 250GB Seagate will prolly suffice
- very likely replace the Zalman chipset cooler for an active solution - I'm still looking for alternatives from other mainboards I might have around - so far, I have found an option from a long defunct and thrown out ABIT NF7 (southbridge and CPU socket were FUBAR, unfortunately.), a Gigabyte heatsink from a burnt 8IK1100 (burnt SB, similar to how P4P800 and P4C800 boards went up in smoke due to missing ESD protection on the SB) and a Sapphire Cera-Dyna Fan off a 9550 (GPU that could very well run passively cooled - I have two ASUS A9550GE cards that have run that way without any issues.)

And now, the new actively cooled chipset fan. The black fan comes from an defunct ASUS K8N4-E chipset HSF, and the (what I assume is ceramic) base is from a Sapphire R9550 GPU. Plus some new MX6 in place of the awfully crappy white goop used originally.
 

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This motherboard stops working after a time I don,t suppose there is anything i can do about it .Stoped at this point.
 

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This motherboard stops working after a time I don,t suppose there is anything i can do about it .Stoped at this point.
The board is Gigabyte P55 -UD3 CPU I5 750.Keyboard and Mouse lights go out it gets to the point in the photo ,where i am trying to instal XP .I am using the PS2 Keyboard and that stops working to.o_OAny sugestions anyone can give me?o_OThe board is a bit warped ,but from what i have read else where on the web even new boards can come warped?o_OThe only thing i can think of ,is there anything i can do in the settings, to stop it freezing?
 

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Could be the hard drive you are using @Greenslade ?

Try a different hard drive and/or drive cable?
 
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Could be the hard drive you are using @Greenslade ?

Try a different hard drive and/or drive cable?
I don,t see that as it is a SSD and was working fine when in another PC bfore trying it on the board. .I will try another drive cable and a different SSD can,t see that making any difference though.
 
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I have new WiFi extender in the house.
Remembered this USB WiFi being on the shelf, not been used in years.
Earlier made a small mod to it as it was running quite warm, drilled
two small holes on each side as to have some airflow in the USB cover.

Found a USB driver that works @ Win10 (chip is an Atheros AR5007UG). Driver is from yr2007, but the stick is a fair bit older than that.
Wi-Fi 3 (802.11g was announced in June 2003).
Whaddayouknow, connects to the extender at its max, 54/54Mbps.
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As Silverstone's April Fool's case turned out to be no more than that, I went second hand and found me this thing.

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The case is Chieftec BE-01B-SL-B. It meets my requirements of 2 5'25 bays, as well as CPU height and video card length.

I compared it to my Fractal Design Focus G Mini and it's only larger in one dimension (obvious one being full ATX vs mATX for Fractal). I don't need those extra slots, but I'm ok with the footprint.
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Pressing the plastic in front reveals front panel. Unfortunately, being rather old case, it only supports USB 2.0. I'll need to look into options of upgrading it to 3.0 somehow.

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Case has vents on sides for ventilation of CPU and GPU. PSU fan is in, so it effectively functions as top mounted. I might cut a hole in a side, drill new mounting holes, install a filter and flip PSU to isolate it from airflow later. Then again I have an i3 12100F + GT1030 and PSU is Cooler Master Gold 550W fanless, so it may not matter much.


Case comes with a 350W PSU. As mentioned above, I already have one to use, so I actually asked seller to skip it in package and knock off a little from asking price. He said no to the former, but still did the latter, so meh.
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Anyways, voltage selector clearly shows this is rather ancient PSU.

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Closer shot of the PSU. Obviously ancient also by cabling, as it has more Molex than SATA connectors and no PCI-E connectors either. But should be good enough for basic IGP PC, where I might end up using it later.

With this case I actually can use other one with remaining spare parts to build a whole PC and gift it to my niece.
 
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That Chieftec is a solid Delta-made unit. I'd check the caps visually, clean it up a bit and use it for more years to come. Those rarely fail in Deltas.
 
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^I had a Chieftec CTG-500-80P (bulk), lasted 10 years, s939, AM2, AM3. When it finally gave up it took the room fuse along:) .Nothing else broken fortunately.
Looking at my order, paid 33€ for it, NIB. Opened it to see what went, the caps looked visually OK. Likely some component in the primary circuitry popped since the wall fuse blew.
The last setup it fed for some years was an OC'd FX-8300 & Radeon RX570.
 
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The GPU in the system is Geforce 7600 the fan does not work on it.I don,t suppose anyone would be able to help me o_O On my Mac i keep getting this message on Safari Re Capicha asking me if i am a bot?o_OIt happens as soon as i boot the OS ,like most sane people i do have a VPN.It does not happen on any other browser o_O I don,t like Safari, and don,t use it much.but i would like to sort it.I don,t suppose there are any Mac users on here.o_O
 
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Captchas come from websites, not browsers. It depends on the site, and could actually be caused by your VPN and bad actor’s sharing your IP.
 
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The GPU in the system is Geforce 7600 the fan does not work on it.
I have a Club 3D 7600GT PCI-e on the shelf, stock cooler&fan. A 7600GT does not run long without a fan, overheats.
Any cooler w. fan should do, if you have spare card from which you can rob the cooler, if the mounting holes match.

Does the fan spin easily by the finger? Not knowing what kind of fan you have there, but sometimes a drip of gun oil or similar lubricant on the fan bearing may help.
The simpler fans have a small tape badge in the center which can be opened a bit as to reveal the fan axle, a small oil drip there and should go. Examples on youtube eg.
 
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I have a Club 3D 7600GT PCI-e on the shelf, stock cooler&fan. A 7600GT does not run long without a fan, overheats.
Any cooler w. fan should do, if you have spare card from which you can rob the cooler, if the mounting holes match.

Does the fan spin easily by the finger? Not knowing what kind of fan you have there, but sometimes a drip of gun oil or similar lubricant on the fan bearing may help.
The simpler fans have a small tape badge in the center which can be opened a bit as to reveal the fan axle, a small oil drip there and should go. Examples on youtube eg.
I had a problem with another GPU from the same era that fan worked .but showed lines on the monitor so i chucked it out.Would the fan not working cause the PC to freeze i can,t see that as it was not spinning all the time.

Captchas come from websites, not browsers. It depends on the site, and could actually be caused by your VPN and bad actor’s sharing your IP.
It only happens on that browser.The other browsers on here are Firefox and Brave very rarely get it on them.They both use Duck duck go. :)
 
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I think you guys would enjoy this guy's vintage hardware channel
Techmoan I would like to go to his house and see all his amazing vintage stuff :)It must be like a museum in his house.o_O
 
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