Monday, 26 October 2020
Saturday, 24 October 2020
Saturday, 17 October 2020
Monday, 12 October 2020
Saturday, 10 October 2020
My collection has grown somewhat since my last post on the matter so thought it about time I posted an update so here are a couple of photos for you:
It's a bit difficult to find an angle where all the badges can be clearly seen hence why I've had to take 2 photos from different angles. My favourite new pin badge is the PC Virus one with the Police Constable's helmet on top of it!
Sunday, 6 September 2020
Sunday, 9 August 2020
Tuesday, 23 June 2020
Thursday, 18 June 2020
Having once worked at Currys in the UK I was the Business Centre Manager (fancy name for the salesperson who knows about Computers) I got given a Compaq pin badge by the local rep in return for listening to their in-store training. I also gained an MCP so got a pin badge from Microsoft and recently I saw some Compaq pin badges on eBay and it's all starting to snowball out of control in to a full-blown collection!
Friday, 12 June 2020
Wednesday, 10 June 2020
Tuesday, 9 June 2020
In this video I will use a HP nc6120 I got as part of a 'Tech Job Lot' on eBay the other week and show you how to properly refurbish a laptop and how different the process is compared to 'Second Hand' where in most cases it has not even been cleaned!
Friday, 29 May 2020
The only thing I can remember being in this haul is a HP laptop that works but has a broken screen (which I just so happen to have a spare of) so the plan is to fix it, flog it and the rest (as they say) is gravy! More money to buy more interesting Retro Computing stuff!
Anyway, here's the video:
Friday, 22 May 2020
Tuesday, 19 May 2020
Wednesday, 13 May 2020
If you'd like to see the unboxing video I did then take a look here:
Sunday, 10 May 2020
Tuesday, 5 May 2020
Saturday, 2 May 2020
The first one I took out of the storage box was pretty beaten up, the lid is covered in very deep scratched - clearly the car booter had no idea what the real value of these laptops is and had not been storing them properly or looked after them at all.
Without giving too much of the game away, in Part 4 I also do a speeded up tutorial on how to install Windows 98 Second Edition!
Thursday, 23 April 2020
Well, you can visit https://www.archive.org which is the Internet Archive website and you can see if anyone has uploaded a backup copy there that you can download, burn to a disc and then restore your Vintage/Retro laptop back to factory settings!
The only way these disc images get on to the Internet Archives website is by people uploading disc images of the Restore Discs that they have. This is why it is important that if you have any system restore discs, when you get a chance, make backup images of them and get them uploaded to the site.
In this quick video I will show you one way of creating a CD disc backup and how easy it is to upload them to the Internet Archives website...
Wednesday, 22 April 2020
To begin with I would scour the likes of eBay and Amazon looking for the correct power supply that would have originally come with the laptops and pay between £7 and £25 without even knowing if the laptop(s) worked or not!
Then, it suddenly dawned on me, there must have been some Universal Laptop Power Adaptors 'back in the day' - I wonder if I can find some on eBay...
Just in case you want to try and get hold of some yourselves, here is a list of the part numbers of the Universal/Replacement Laptop Power Adapters that I have:
72W DC (Car) Adapter - CUC0001B
75W AC (Mains) Adapter - CUA0002B
90W AC (Mains) Adapter - CUA0001B
90W AC Dell Laptop Power Adapter - LPDELL12
90W AC Lenovo Laptop Power Adapter - LPLENO17
(Despite its name, the Logik Lenovo Adapter works with other makes too).
150W AC Power Notebook Adapter - APA08EU
Although these model numbers are no longer manufactured, every now and again 'New Old Stock' seems to turn up on eBay and that's what all these are/were, new but old stock and were never used until I got them - in fact at the time of writing this I have two more 2-Power NOS power adapters on their way to me in the post! It's amazing what you can find if you look hard enough.
Friday, 17 April 2020
Some just do a quick format (not the best way), other may even do a full format (still not the best way) but I test any hard disk drives I get from Car Boot Sales or eBay by using Active KillDisk as it's (currently) Free for Personal Use and in this short video I will show you what I do...
Thursday, 16 April 2020
Monday, 13 April 2020
One thing I have learnt from doing this video is that going forward, even if I'm not making a YouTube video, I shall start recording anyway as for those of you who have seen the video will know that whilst air dusting the laptop a spring shot off across the screen that basically stopped the power button working! Luckily I spotted this whilst I was editing the video and found the spring under my screwdriver set and it's now safely in a small plastic bag and Sellotaped to the laptop!
As you will see from the photos below, it's a hell of a lot cleaner than when I started but the weird and wonderfull markings and dents are still there - looks like something acidic has touched the laptop but no idea what.
Because it has no Hard Disk Drive or HDD Caddy, it's covered in scratches and strange dents and has a few cracks in the case I have labelled this one up as Spares and Repairs - you can't win them all, beside for £1.90 it's well worth it for the parts in case I get another one of these that requires a floppy disk drive or CD-ROM drive :)
Friday, 10 April 2020
First things first, time to check the voltage on the power adapter I have to ensure it doesnt damage the laptop:
It's the correct voltage so we're good to go!
As you can see not only did the laptop power on, but it has a working hard disk drive in it with what appears to be a relatively fresh installation of Windows 95 on it!
Overall the laptop is in very good condition, although there is some damage to the bottom right-hand corner:
I was pleasantly surprised to see Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (just about) runs on this laptop even if the playing back of videos was a but jerky it was still playable.
CPU: Intel Pentium 150MHz (P150)
Optical Drive: 8x CD-ROM
Floppy Disk Drive: 1.44MB
Graphics: 1MB Neomagic NM2093 MagicGraph 1282V
Audio/Sound: Crystal Audio (SoundBlaster Pro 2.0 Compatible)
Tuesday, 7 April 2020
I picked up these games a few weeks back but I've only just had a chance to see if any of them work and if they do, are the games I've picked any good?!
It's a bit of a long one (that's what she said) but it was a lot longer before I edited out the long installation times! One of my most favourite games of the day was Theme Hospital which wasn't the first game I ever completed (that was Doom) but it was the first game I ever completed without using any cheats like I did with Doom...
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2000
OS: Windows 95/98
CPU: Pentium 166MHz
DISK SPACE: 110MB
As the laptop I was using is a Windows XP laptop I didn't think this would work but thought I'd give it a go but as expected, it didn't work so got a thumbs down from me.
OS: Windows 98/XP/Vista
CPU: (Pentium) 75MHz
DISK SPACE: 55MB
GRAPHICS: DirectX 5 compatible
This is one my most played games of all times, certainly in the top 10 of my favourite Retro Games (oooh - that's a good idea, I'll have to create one of them)...
I spent many an hour on this game and loved every minute of it - even when all the patients got the squits and vomited all over the floor!
FRIENDS - The One With All The Trivia
OS: Windows 2000/XP
CPU: Pentium III 1GHz
DISK SPACE: 240MB
GRAPHICS: DirectX 9 Compatible Graphics Card
In the UK Friends was shown on Channel 4 at 9pm on a Friday night and was a must watch TV show and as Netflix has shown, it still is! I never knew this game existed until the other day so had to pick it up and give it a go...
Starsky & Hutch
OS: Windows 98/ME/XP/2000
CPU: Pentium II 450MHz
DISK SPACE: 700MB
GRAPHICS: NVIDIA TNT2 3D Card with 256MB of RAM
Wow! The graphics and gameplay on this game are amazing. Why have I never seen this game before?? If I had gotten this game 'back in the day' I would have spent hours and hours on this game - as you'll see from the video, the graphics are fantastic and the gameplay is brilliant.
Monday, 6 April 2020
I am going to start with this rather nice Dell Latitude D820 that has Windows XP on it - although it has already got 1GB of RAM (2 x 512MB sticks) I'm going to upgrade it to 2GB for not other reason than I can :)
Now I've got my test Windows XP laptop all set up it's time to get testing things so watch this space!...
To make your own battery you will need the following items:
- CR2032 Button Cell Coin Battery
- Conductive Tape
- Heatshrink Tubing
- Heat Gun (a soldering iron up close will do if you dont have a proper heat gun)
Appologies for the bad jokes (there aren't many) - #thatswhatshesaid
Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Tuesday, 24 March 2020
Friday, 20 March 2020
As you can see it came with 5 40MB disks (2 are in the case with the PCMCIA card). They're all labelled up from 1 through to 5 so not sure if there is some software on these disks that needs to be installed in this order or if it was simply a numbering system where they kept notes on what was on each disk so they didnt have to keep re-writing the labels and ruining the disks.
Wednesday, 18 March 2020
Once you unfold the keyboard, you have to slide the two sides inwards so you can then use it. It has a built-in dock that you connect and rest your iPAQ on to so you can type using this full-size keyboard on a very tiny screen!
There are 4 tiny torx screws holding the back on the Compaq 3660 iPAQ and then all you need to do is take an appropriate spudger and carefully prise the back off.
Sunday, 15 March 2020
Oh, and I also purchased these retro PC games while I was there:
Starsky & Hutch and Tiger Woods PGA Tour golf were both 50p each and Theme Hospital and the Friends game were £1.50 each so not too bad a price.
I really must spin up a Windows 98 and/or Windows XP gaming computer to try all these out...
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