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  1. I've not had a chance yet (been too busy with housework to tinker with the A2E) but I was able to transfer several files off Captain's Quarters with both Y-Modem and X-Modem. I'm using a WiModem232 and I think he uses TCPser on a Raspberry Pi.
  2. Curbside pentium 4 is officially a lost cause. On the plus side, I’m sure the 600W power supply and cf/ide adapter I bought will be useful in whatever my next project is. 

    1. Keatah


      Why lost cause? Surely there are parts to salvage, that in and of itself is a win!


  3. No. It moves a full 360 but only registers the 8 primary directions.
  4. This old Dell Dimension 8250 is so proprietary, it’s probably not worth any more effort in restoring it for fun.  

    1. Austin


      Yeah, those Dells are tricky with their custom case designs. Still perfectly usable though. Plenty of slots for upgraded GPUs, sound cards or network cards.

    2. deepthaw


      Well, the power supply died the first time I tried it. So I bought a new one but I had to cut up the case to mount it and now the weird clamshell case won’t close all the way with the power supply in it because it doesn’t fit.


      I would see if I can move the motherboard to a different case but it has a proprietary ribbon cable and PCB for the front USB and the power button. That’s assuming the motherboards screw holes will even line up with an ATX case.


      The real reason I grabbed it off the side of the road was for the CRT, and that works fine so I’m happy with that.

  5. Nice work. I seriously need to clean my IIe someday...
  6. Pop! Goes the power supply.

    1. Tickled_Pink


      Hulk: "Puny power supply. Power supply should go BANG! Like Hulk!"

    2. TwentySixHundred


      Snap, crackle, pop and the blue smoke is never good :(

    3. deepthaw


      ‘‘Twas a roadside Pentium 4. The CRT works, which I am more interested in. And it gives me a chance to teach my nephew how to replace power supplies and test/reinstall ram and cpu. 

  7. I need to log into the bbs and download it purely via my Apple IIe just to see if I can manage it.
  8. Snatched an (untested) Pentium 4 PC off the side of the road with CRT monitor. How well would this run DOS games? Are there even SB16 compatible cards available in PCI that'd work with DOS?

  9. I'd never heard of this guy before all this, but he's causing all this drama over ... what appears to be 8 and 16-bit computer game reviews? WTF man?
  10. Doing reading, it sounds like Seimitsu LS40 or LS38 is a common pick for shooters and the like...
  11. Recently converted a Fight stick with Sanwa parts to work on my Sega Genesis. I know these parts are geared towards fighter with respect to the gate, throw, etc. Is there a particular stick I could drop in that’s be better suited to shooters like Thunderforce and action games like Shinobi and Golden Axe?
  12. Taught my nephew some basic soldering by having him help me convert my Xbox 360 fight stick into a Sega Genesis one. He only burned himself once and now he respects the iron. 

    1. jd_1138


      Making memories and teaching the lad skills -- awesome.  

  13. Of those loose cards, only the disk drive controller in box is for Apple II. And they're actually fairly valuable on eBay, IIRC. Rest of the boards look like assorted PC components (one's definitely a modem.) *edit* Looks like you have a Trident video card and two internal modems. Assuming they're all ISA going by their age, but I can no longer recognize those by sight. Trident card is the only one I'd imagine might have value. That one might be VESA local bus. The official Apple manuals can fetch around $10-20 on eBay, so they're worth selling. Heck, I'd offer to buy them if I hadn't already spent way more than I should have so far this year getting my Apple II kitted out. None of the software looks remarkable, but I'm not a good judge of that.
  14. Didn't realize until I tried to hook it up that the WiModem232 uses a mini usb cable for power, not a micro usb. Also: Who else forgot mini usb was even a thing?

    1. DragonGrafx-16


      Nah I still use them... a USB hub, external hard drive, and for charging PS3 controllers and for loading games onto my PSP... though now even micro USB is being made obsolete by USB-C.

  15. When will eBay finally let us skip putting any text in when we leave feedback? I'm not even creative or non-sequitur with it anymore, I just paste "positive feedback" in there.

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    2. Keatah


      They are indeed things you previously entered.


      I just say "good job" and leave it at that if I'm in a rush.


    3. GoldLeader


      I used to write "Great Seller!  Cthulhu Loves You!",  clearly not everyone has my sense of humor/style/surreality, but some people thought it was the coolest thing ever.

    4. GoldLeader


      While others probably thought,  What's that guy smoking, and where can I get some?

  16. Logged in last night - nice place ya got there. I'm actually somewhat active in the BBSing scene and CQ looks to be one of the few "active" boards out there.
  17. I just got my enhancement kit installed last night and can verify that ProTerm appears to use at least some of the characters from MouseText. If the pins on the ROMs I received weren't in such poor shape, I'd swap back the originals to see if it'll run with only a 65C02 upgrade.
  18. Another blog entry. Impressed with myself for how long I've kept my attention tinkering on the Apple II.

    1. save2600


      Impressed as well! Having been briefly reminded as to the sounds of Apple ][ gaming... the dribble fart-like sounds out of the tinny speaker and the out of focus sloppy composite graphics, my hats off to you sir!  🤣

    2. deepthaw


      Hey, at least the floppy drive’s faster than a 1541! :D

  19. After a month or so of waiting, the enhancement kit (consisting of four replacement roms and a 65C02 CPU) for my Apple IIe arrived. I decided to save a bit over ordering from Reactive Micro by buying it from a seller on Ebay, which was a mistake. It certainly appears to be vintage (which I honestly don't care about) but it took a month to arrive and was packed in such a way that the pins on half the ROMs were badly crushed. I'm shocked I was able to bend them all back into place without snapping any off. The enhancement kit made the IIe a bit more compatible with the IIc. It adds new characters (MouseText), a CPU upgrade (65C02 from 6502) and some other minor tweaks. The big deal for me was compatibility with ProTerm, a terminal software. I was ready to plug the WiModem232 in and flash back to my prime BBSing days when ... I realized I need a gender changer. Change of plans. I already have the IIe hooked up to my Raspberry Pi for ADTPro so I figured I'd get the Pi to act like a modem. This was much easier than I expected (so easy, that in retrospect I kind of wasted my money on the WiModem232) and basically consisted of using the serial <-> usb cables I already had hooked up, doing a quick compile from a git repo and running "tcpser -s 19200 -d /dev/ttyUSB0." And success! Spent a bit of time poking around the Captain's Quarters BBS, which I believe is running from an actual Apple II. I also tried visiting a few other BBS's I frequent (The Agency and The Black Flag) but none of them really work well from an Apple II. They're targeted towards the ANSI-heads of the mid 90's, and the poor Apple IIe just can't display or send the characters their menus expect. Tonight or tomorrow I'll telnet into the Pi and try using Alpine, Lynx and other tools to browse the Intarwebs. Next up on the TODO list: I have a BOOTI preordered, which will let me mount a USB drive as a hard drive (and then I can run stuff like the Total Replay game collection.) Then I need to get a Mockingboard or Phazor for sound. I'm still slowly playing my way through Wizardry too - don't want to jump to Ultima III before I have a Mockingboard.
  20. After raiding an old closet at work that was getting thrown out for recycling... I think I'm 75% of the way to piecing together a Pentium 4 w/Radeon All-in-Wonder. Wonder if that's too new for an MS-DOS machine.

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    2. deepthaw


      Roughly 100 untested sticks of mixed DDR2 and PC100 RAM, two pentium 4 2.8ghz, and an Athlon 64 X2.

    3. doctorclu


      Sounds like a fun project.

    4. thanatos


      I had an original All-In-Wonder-Radeon, and it was in a Win98 machine.  I would think the 9700 would work for DOS, being from 2002.




  21. Then they’d think it an enhanced Apple II+. Can’t win.
  22. I tried a few minutes with it, and the anime feel immediately put me off. The dungeon graphics seem clunky and bad as well, in a distracting way. I'm no graphics snob, hell, I'm replaying Wizardry 1 on an actual Apple IIe presently. When I have more time I'll try to give it a fair shake. Cutesy elf-girls with annoying voices may be the cost of Japanese die-hards keeping Wizardry alive.
  23. Huh - I was thinking King's Bounty required a IIe enhanced or IIc. I'm going to have to give it a try tonight.
  24. You don't need a IIe enhanced to run 2.4.2. https://prodos8.com/ I have a IIe enhanced kit on order, but I suspect it'll be quite a while before it shows up. I'm going for it because there are a few games that require an enhanced, and ProTerm requires enhanced as well.
  25. Long time computer lab tech is retiring at my work, and IT is giving me first dibs on cleaning out his storage area before they recycle it all.

    1. ClassicGMR


      Nice. Treasure hunt time!

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