ScuzzBlog: Diaries July 2017
Entry 10th July 2017: Post: 1
Guess I should just shut the Windows
Gave up on the one tower. When I did further research the CD-ROM was
receiving no power and what was worse there was only one power connector
available and from the connector there was this strange wire which
looked seriously burnt and in line on the wire was what I assume was a
heat sink. It was impossible to touch it was so hot. The computer
refused to boot properly. I managed to get in but when I fired up Adobe
the screen went bonkers. I switched the video card but sadly need the CD
and so the machine needs a new PSU and probably everything else.
The second tower, which looks identical has a more modern motherboard
and 80MB RAM. I swapped out the hard drive on the slave and replaced the
battery. I jacked the sound blaster to run through the front headphone
socket. Plugged in a remote headphone transmitter and currently
listening up here to Christina Aguilera which is playing on the computer
downstairs. I have the machine running on the 'bfo' Mitsubishi which
really has splendid colour.
Win98 and armed with network card so already on the circuit. So three
down and two working. Cleaned the case and looked at the Colorado Backup
but may replace with a ZIP drive.
Tomorrow I will look at the two desktop mini towers. In truth I never
thought of these machines as retro but given they are now twenty years
old. The computers date from the Win95 era. There is even Lotus 1-2-3 on
the computer. Great having all the Norton utilities on hand. The days
when software came on CD and was not web dependant. Even Win95 and Win98
are on the CDs so haven't needed the internet all day.
Just put my big box of Windows based cards away. I can always find a
suitable graphics card, sound card or Ethernet plus I have a bag full of
mice with the PS/2 connector plus keyboards. As you do.
PS I actually have another 8 of these large towers... Seriously. I use
them as stands for monitors. I know these others work as I test them
regularly. One is a Windows 2000 Pro machine. Slow. Very slow.