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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2003 4:33 am    Post subject: New boxen Reply with quote

Wow, yesterday I got my new laptop, it's a killer
A 486 with 33 MHz and about 6MB ram, cool stuff... around 120MB HD...
The screen i monochrome and it's the ugliest laptop i've ever seen... The brand is a "Sun Race" Hyperbook 2300/DLC
This will be my new Seal machine, when I get the mouse to work in DOS...
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2003 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You've got a genuine prehistoric creature on your hands! Old machines are great to toy around with, though. How much does that weigh, anyway. I know a lot of the old laptops were pretty huge. I used to have piles of old machines around. I had a nice little setup. One running Win98, one running Linux, one with DOS, one with QNX, some other stuff. It was great. So many monitors it looked like a sci-fi movie. Then I moved into a little apartment and regretfully, I had to get rid of them. But anyway, have fun.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2003 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nothing prehistoric about a 486 laptop really.

that's if it's able to do vesa graphics to a high enough degree for SEAL.

i had a 386 with mono display that couldn't run SEAL and similarly a 286, in fact i still have them, one's a compaq 286/SLT http://www.davidhales.net/slt286/ and the other's some Goldstar thing with german keyb.

the Compaq unfortunately has a dead CMOS battery and i can't locate it in order to replace said component, plus it's floppy drive defaults to 360K 5.45" type which means i couldn't get it to boot from a floppy even if i wanted to, and of course the IDE hard disk wont format on another machine because there's something special about it...

ooooh, i want this one http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2744425151&category=179

i still want a nice Alpha station though, i'm jealous, david's got his PPC
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2003 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know its not really that old, but I'm only 22. Anything below a pentium reminds me of my childhood. My first machine was the acclaimed TI Home Computer, followed by a 286 12 MHz. It all seems so long ago.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2003 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

heh, i know what you mean, i'm 19 now and 286's are looking a little archeic these days, but i didn't have anything more powerful than a 486/DX2 50 for a long time, so that doesn't seem quite so old, we had various glorified calculators that my dad used for work, but i really don't remember them terribly well.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2003 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, my beloved PPC... I'll have to reinstall MacOS on it... the guy/family that owned it before my really put a lot of crap in it and slowed it down... running ie5.5 on a 150 MHz PowerPC.... and all those crappy extra addon programs... yuck.. *shuddering*

Anyway, the machine is quite cool since it actually got a scsi interface... The machine feels quite contradictional since it's a cyrix processor in it... it's about 30cm x 20cm x 8cm... really thick... My old samsung 386 was about half of that in thickness... and a better keyboard, this one is not good... the enter button is as big as most keyboards right shift key... so i press ' almost everytime i want an endline.... and alt gr is misplaced too, so i press everytime...

By the way... at my work we have 15 SGI O2's and 15 more SGI Indys... they are going to be retired in a not too distant future, I hold my hopes upp

Now if I only could get the serial mouse to work with the 486 laptop... ctmouse doesn't work and neither do microsofts mouse routine.... strange... when I use a normal ps2 mouse it works... hm...

If I discover that my laptop doesn't do vesa, maybe it's time to make Seal more independent from vesa too. But that would be a looot of work...
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2003 5:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

heh, do you need to disable any settings in the BIOS prior to attempting use of a serial mouse? my P120 laptop has a pretty poor built in touchpad which needs to be disabled in the BIOS before it'll talk to a Microsoft Mouse Version 1
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2003 5:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

*ponders cost of shipping SGI O2 to UK from Sweden*
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2003 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the BIOS isn't really advanced so to speak... not many settings are toggable...

the real problem now is that it reports errors when i try so write to the disk... the computer crashes after telling me it get errors... running chkdisk crashes it too... (msdos 5)

I may have to leave it back... bleh!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2003 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I have given up on the laptop... I will borrow a stationary pentium from a friend instead... so soon i will be back in Seal development... I hope... though it doesn't have any soundcard... i hope i have one left over somewhere...
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2003 6:18 pm    Post subject: heh Reply with quote

I have a Sun Sparc IPC... and a Dual P-Pro box...then there are the countless Pentium 100 to 133 systems, the 200, the 233, the 350, the 500, and the 700...all crammed into one tiny little room....thank god for air conditioning.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2003 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i've got a Dual p90 box(kernel panics with 2.4, and linux wont recognise the scsi controller, apart from that, just great, maybe i'll install NT3.5), a compaq 286/slt laptop, a goldstar 386 laptop, a pentium of some description, a pretty generic, very warm, p120 laptop, a gutted Celeron 500(soon to get put back together) and my lovely Athlon XP2200(the reason the celeron doesn't have any components ), but what i really want is an ultraSParc, an Alpha or a MIPs box.

oh, and did i mention, one monitor
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2003 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laptops:
406 (the box mentioned thourough this thread)
2GHz Dell laptop (512MB ram)

Stationary:
500MHz Packard Bell thing
120 MHz Pentium of some kind, pretty generic
120 MHz PowerPC (Mac Performa)
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