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Mar
10th
2017

Tech Blog #5 · 10:01pm Mar 10th, 2017

My robotics team is currently at 7th place, out of a total of 48 teams! :pinkiehappy:

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Mar
10th
2017

Tech Blog #5.5 · 10:53pm Mar 10th, 2017

Drooped a few places, proceed to regain them all in a crazy record-breaking act.

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May
7th
2017

Calculator's fully repaired! · 9:12pm May 7th, 2017

It took a frustratingly long time with the $2 soldering iron I have in my shed, but at least it works now.

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May
16th
2017

Turns out that my "old laptop" is actually surprisingly upgradable! · 4:55am May 16th, 2017

I honestly didn't expect that, considering how laptops these days are pretty much as locked down as phones in terms of upgradability.

BUT.

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Jan
16th
2018

Welp. · 6:13am Jan 16th, 2018

I've ordered a motherboard with the well-known VIA MVP3 chipset for my project builds, so hopefully being able to support 500mhz+ CPUs should help video playback be buttery smooth on my first PC. Though, it's got ATX support, so I could maybe even put it in a different case and use it as a backup PC of sorts. 166Mhz actually worked pretty well for day to day tasks if you weren't watching video.

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Jul
19th
2017

My 128mb RAM upgrade arrived today. · 9:09pm Jul 19th, 2017

Went straight into my oldest PC, and bumped the memory from a lowly 64mb to 160mb.

Now I can launch Google Chrome in less than ten minutes!

Now, the biggest problem is the 166mhz CPU bottlenecking literally everything. And maybe the buggy display driver that gave me a BSOD while I was trying to play a .mpeg clip.

Either way, it loads Fimfiction, so that’s certainly an improvement.

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Mar
15th
2018

My flash drive was stolen. · 12:04am Mar 15th, 2018

I stole it back from the guy who took it, but turns out they formatted the drive to put a pirated copy of Halo on it, overwriting around a quarter of the several hundred files I had on the drive. While nearly all of the files were archived assignments, I often use them as reference for future assignments or to study from for tests and quizzes.

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Jun
4th
2017

Huehuehuehuehue... · 5:48pm Jun 4th, 2017

I've found the charger for one of the first smartphones my family ever owned, back from around 2007/2008.

Additionally, I've found pictures of myself, my sister, and my dog when we were all kids/puppies.
:pinkiecrazy:

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Mar
19th
2019

SO. · 4:39am March 19th

I get Windows 2000 installed.

Works fine now.

Go to Win98 to check if things still work.

They don't.

Windows protection error.

I know exactly what caused it, too. I swapped the Sound Blaster Pro 2 in the system for an AWE32 so that I could get sound in Win2k. I uninstalled the Pro 2 drivers in Win98, installed the AWE32 drivers, and rebooted.

And then the install did the dead.

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Oct
28th
2019

IT BEGINS. · 9:08pm October 28th

Time to kick off my capstone project. :,raritywink:

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Dec
4th
2018

HOLY CRAP. · 3:47am Dec 4th, 2018

WINDOWS 10 NOT ONLY RECOGNIZED A 5.25" FLOPPY DISK, BUT CAN READ 360K DISKS.

Formatting a disk crashes Windows Explorer tho.

I'll keep y'all updated.

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Jan
12th
2018

Hrm. · 4:51am Jan 12th, 2018

Seems like BSOD-ing with an nv4_disp.dll related error is relatively common. I'm gonna try some of those fixes and see if I can get the Fx5200 to run properly.

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Sep
18th
2017

I nearly got Minecraft running on my first ever PC. · 12:24am Sep 18th, 2017

Specs:
AOpen AP53-1 mobo, Baby-AT form factor, using a BIOS from a later revision for K6 support.
AMD K6/233 underclocked to 166mhz due to motherboard limitations
160mb of EDO 72-pin SIMM ram
ATI Rage XL gpu, ~8mb VRAM (I think), supports up to OpenGL 1.4 depending on which driver is used
8gb SD card used in an SD-to-IDE adapter as main boot drive.

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Mar
18th
2019

*Insert long sigh here* · 4:43am March 18th

So y'know how I was gonna use Office XP?

Oh boy... product activation.

Not fun to do on a computer with an ethernet card that can handle at most 10Mbps.

I'm just gonna see how well things fare in Windows 2000. At least there I'd be able to transfer files more quickly over USB, and I could probably get quite a few more programs working.

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Mar
18th
2019

Gave up on USB flash drive support in Win98se. · 3:30am March 18th

At least I have a dvd burner and a stack of blank CDs still.

This is also the reason why I'm glad I left the ethernet card in the system. If I absolutely have to, I'll resort to network sharing.

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Mar
20th
2019

Getting the new dual-boot setup with FreeDOS and Win2k · 1:59am March 20th

Yup.

Gonna make it stable this time.

'Cause I know what works and what doesn't work.

I'm gonna install Office 2000.

And hang with my ol' friend Clippy.

Wait

Hold on

Screw you, Clippy.

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Dec
22nd
2017

Finally got a mousepad. · 11:45pm Dec 22nd, 2017

It's been nearly 3 years since I've had one, but I finally have a mousepad that isn't a piece of paper taped onto a clipboard again.

I still have no idea what happened to my old one though...

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Mar
19th
2019

Ah, screw it. · 3:54am March 19th

Win2k has much better USB support, but for anything besides the flash drives I have. No matter the drive, it always nags me to "insert disk".

At least now I can just share files over my local network instead.

Maybe I can find a driver that'll work properly.

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Jun
18th
2019

Posting from an iBook G4! · 6:36am June 18th

Yup. Yet another 'puter.

And holy heck does this thing need a new keyboard. This blogpost took faaaar longer than you might think it would've taken.

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Jan
13th
2018

Yussssss · 7:58pm Jan 13th, 2018

Finally got video playback working (almost) smoothly on my oldest PC.

It only took a new SD card to IDE adapter, FreeDOS, and some internet hunting for DOS Sound Blaster drivers.

Next up: getting Minecraft to play on the thing. Instead of WinXP, I'ma try Win2k.

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