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  1. I received an offer on one of my accounts but not the other. Check your homepage just in case: What is the Promotion? 5% in eBay Bucks on every qualifying item (the “Promotion”). Who's eligible? Only invited, registered eBay Bucks participants who receive the promotional offer from eBay in My Messages are eligible. Sorry, no forwarding—the offer is not transferable. Promotion details The Promotion starts at 5:00AM PT on May 4th, 2020 and ends at 11:59PM PT on May 6th, 2020 (the “Promotion Period”). The Promotion applies to any qualifying items purchased during the Promotion Period that meet the minimum purchase requirement. You must activate the offer to qualify. *Qualifying items exclude all items in the following categories: Classifieds; Business & Industrial, but only for Heavy Equipment within that category; Real Estate; Gift Cards & Coupons, including eBay Gift Cards, Gift Cards, and Digital Gifts within that category; Bullion within the Coins & Paper category; and all categories in Motors, except Parts & Accessories. Rewards are capped at $100 per transaction and $500 per Earn Period. See eBay Bucks Terms & Conditions for other program restrictions. Purchases must be completed during the Promotion Period and paid for before the Promotion ends. eBay reserves the right to cancel, amend, or revoke the Promotion at any time.
  2. If you want to spend the money, a Voodoo 3 PCI is the best choice. As for Nvidia, it might be difficult to find PCI versions of Geforce 2 cards, but I'm surprised to hear there are fakes of such common cards. Your best best might be ATI Radeon 7000 PCI cards (on up to Radeon 9250 PCI, but that's a little overkill).
  3. I've been meaning to try out a DOM solution. Do you have a brand you recommend?
  4. Good choice to go with a 3.5" IDE drive. You can buy NOS "white label" IDE HDDs for about $20. They are name brand HDD, but you don't know which brand you'll get. I recently ordered a 120GB drive and received a 180GB Maxtor. I use CF drives for my DOS and Windows 3.1 builds. I don't trust them with 98SE because of all the swapping. The era where the P2-300 appeared was such a great era for gaming. Get a Geforce 2 card or a Voodoo 3 (if you're willing to spend $) and enjoy Unreal, Quake 2, etc. You can play demanding DOS games like Duke 3D and Blood with your stock video. I'm not sure if the Presario included an AGP slot, but all the better if so.
  5. Adlib cards (and clones) don't need to set any variables in AUTOEXEC. The game just knows where to look for the hardware. Not sure why--maybe because there wasn't a choice of ports, IRQ, DMA, etc. Just this week I installed my first Adlib clone and fired up Wolfenstein 3D, and the game detected the card.
  6. My guess is that the seller wants to "punish" the watchers. Sociopathic behavior, if you ask me. I love my SS7 build. Back in the day, I researched the market and bought an FIC VA-503+ (baby AT). About five years ago, I built a new system with the exact same board. The coin battery was still working after twenty years. Dropped in a K6-3+ and oc'd it to 550MHz. I couldn't afford a P2 or P3 system back then, and although I have Slot 1 systems out the wazoo now, the SS7 is still my favorite. I rigged the case buttons to manipulate the FSB speed between 66MHz and 100MHz and use SETMUL to change the multiplier/disable cache. I can run it from 550MHz to 386 speeds without opening the case.
  7. Over the past couple of weeks, I've had two sales go south AFTER a buyer made me a best offer. In both cases, the offer was about 30% below the BIN, and I wanted to move these things out, so I accepted. Then the buyers don't pay and don't respond to messages. I opened unpaid item cases, and after a week or so, eBay lets you close the case and refunds your selling fees. But I'm more interested in the psychology of this behavior. It seems stranger than hitting a BIN and having buyer's remorse. I guess you could get sticker shock once you see the total with shipping and--now--sales tax. One buyer had 0 feedback, and the other had 11, so it could have been just a game on their part. Which makes the psychological angle even weirder.
  8. I bought some Pentium CPUs from OLD CS1, and it was a great transaction all-round. Good communication about shipping options, and the items were professionally packed!
  9. I just sold a game after a long back and forth. The game was $15.99 OBO. The buyer started at $10, I think, and I countered with $13.99, which was as low as I was willing to go ($15.99 was the cheapest already). They countered with $12, and I rejected. They offered $12.99. Rejected. Then $13.89. At this point, I realized this was the kind of buyer that just wanted to "win." Rejected. Finally, they offered $13.99, and I accepted.
  10. The new video will absolutely trigger Pat and Ian because it hits the kids and family angle so hard. Just watch.
  11. If anyone knows of a good replacement battery and vendor, I'd appreciate hearing about it, thanks!
  12. Today is eBay Bucks redemption day! Check your email. Don't forget about it like I did last quarter. 😞
  13. Sold an item today with best offer at 40% off BIN price. Buyer opened with 50% off, and I countered with 30% off. We ended up splitting the difference. I don't normally counter lowball offers, but the value of this item has dropped a lot since I first listed it a few months ago. I just didn't pay attention. That's another thing I like about best offer: you don't have to monitor values of your items and reprice stuff--the buyer does it for you.
  14. I watched that video podcast and then the one they posted the day after about the guy hoarding hand sanitizer. One commonality between the two videos was how much disdain Pat and Ian seemed to have for people who tout having families (nuclear families, I assume) as a virtue. (The hoarder was talking about being a "family man" to defend himself.) It's a pretty interesting tell, and I wonder how many other times it's been repeated on the podcast. The point is that among those who will dislike the Amico no matter what, there will probably be a sizable chunk who dislike the "family" angle. The word is probably a trigger that in their minds discredits them and their tastes somehow. So "hardcore" is part of the narrative of Amico dislike, but the emphasis on "family" is somehow threatening to that identity even though it doesn't have to be, of course.
  15. Just had five best offers in a row rejected. I was trying to buy four sticks of PC133 SDRAM. The seller is selling a pair for $15.99. I made of offer of $11.99 per pair, quantity 2, which may have been a little low. Rejected. Then I went to $12.00 because I thought the threshold was an even number. Nope. $13. Rejected. $14 was rejected too. And $15. So now I have to buy at $15.99, the regular price. I'm guessing a $0.50 discount would be accepted? That's, what, 3%? I didn't buy. I went rummaging and found the memory I needed in my own stock, lol.
  16. Overall, I like the Best Offer option as a buyer and a seller. I never use it for anything rare that I really want because anything truly undervalued in most video game categories will be scooped up by a BIN within 30 minutes tops. I've been in the slightly-embarrassing situation of trying to save 20% or so with an offer, then coming back after a few minutes to pay full price because I feared someone else doing the same. It can still be useful to submit an offer on an item you really want on the off-chance that the seller has set an auto-accept threshold. This is still a little risky because it will take you a little extra time to go back and buy the item at full price in case of no auto accept. I think it has added back a little of the "fun" eBay had when it was mostly auctions. BIN really took away a lot of the fun, and Best Offer returns what a lot of folks liked about eBay: the feeling that you were getting a deal. As a seller, it's helped me get rid of a lot of less-collectible/lower-condition stuff and still turn a small profit.
  17. I'd say that 10-20% off is in the range of a reasonable offer. The seller might counter with 10% off if you want 20%, but that's to be expected. What's kind of weird to me is when the buyer counters on a low-priced item so that the difference between your last offer and theirs is like $2. At that point, I begin to think that the buyer just wants to "win" by getting the last word.
  18. Not too long ago, I shifted all my eBay listings from BIN only to BIN/Best Offer. What happened was kind of surprising. I didn't expect very many people to hit the BIN when a Best Offer option was available. Some items were rare, which would explain why the buyer would not use Best Offer (risking that the item would be sold while waiting for a response). But most items did not fall into this category. The surprising thing was that about half of my sales have been at the BIN price. These buyers didn't want to bother with making an offer even though they could have saved 10%, maybe more. It makes me wonder whether some buyers are nervous or intimidated when making an offer. Anyway, I thought this would be a fun thread to discuss this finding or to share other entertaining stories about Best Offer.
  19. Try this: https://www.computerhope.com/hdd/hdd0037.htm
  20. This is your HDD. Its geometry is listed too. Can you plug these figures into the BIOS setup? https://stason.org/TULARC/pc/hard-drives-hdd/conner/CP-3104-104MB-3-5-HH-IDE-AT.html
  21. Here's a Vogons thread where your question is asked but not answered at the very end. But it does have more info about your Promise card. https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?t=47421
  22. Oops, meant 504MB, not 540MB. Should probably just go with decimal 528MB. If his stock BIOS recognizes 528 of 540MB, why wouldn't it recognize 528 of 1000MB (on a CF card)? Of course, he could just buy 512MB CF cards or partition the larger cards.
  23. If you're willing to go the CF route, you can get rid of TWO HDDs. And you can get rid of DoubleSpace and run a clean system. Just buy a handful of 1GB cards and format to 540MB. I use CF with both of my 486 builds (MS-DOS 6.2 and Windows 3.1 only), and they work great. (Don't recommend for Windows 9x). You can even have separate CF cards for different DOS and Windows setups (games, drivers, MIDI mapping, etc.) and use them like cartridges.
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