Restoring some Toshiba 486 & Pentium Laptops

Restoring some Toshiba 486 & Pentium Laptops

As with some of my other projects, these machines came from the vintage tech sale in Q1 2020 just before the first lockdown. The sale was absolutely massive ( a few photos below ) and there were bins upon bins of laptops, which at the time had been a big attraction...

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AOC portable monitor graveyard

AOC portable monitor graveyard

This pile was a pickup from work. Apparently, auditors are extremely rough with their kit and these AOC Portable monitors are not upto the task and the USB 3 Mini B connectors all gave up the ghost. Out of the pile, there was 4-5 that were totally dead with smashed...

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AST 386 laptop resurrection

AST 386 laptop resurrection

As another find at the retro computer day I picked up these two AST Premium Exec 386SX's that both looked pretty interesting and being the same machine I figured if I could get one to work out of the two of them then I would be in luck. I was in the zone to try get...

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LCD ASCII Binary learning box

LCD ASCII Binary learning box

After seeing a video by the 8BitGuy on how an LCD Display works I remembered I had a bunch of 20x4 LCD screens sitting in a box and most of the parts and figured I could use some of these old parts up and make on one these boxes. I basically followed the tutorial in...

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Asus RT-AC68U firmware corruption

Asus RT-AC68U firmware corruption

After getting stuck with a new internet provider and no router for weeks I decided to get an Asus RT-AC68U off trademe to both have a router and to get better performance and more control. The router was performing great for months until it started having random power...

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486 Revival

486 Revival

As part of my want to recreate some of my earliest machines growing up I thought I would go back to the very first one, a 486. It was a hand me down desktop style with Windows 95 on it. I don't think I had it long before I upgraded to a Pentium 100/120. Retro...

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Pentium Pro Revival

Pentium Pro Revival

$20 pickup After an awesome find on Facebook marketplace I came home with a Pentium 2 and Pentium Pro machine. Both had their issues. This one had a bad bios battery and a dead VRM board, something that wasn't apparent right away. The machine actually booted up at...

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Quick and Clean audio switching

Quick and Clean audio switching

After needing getting to a point of upgrading my main rigs to a ultrawide screen and going between PC and Mac I came into the strange need to have a way to switch the 3.5mm audio out to run into my desktop speakers. I tried using the speaker/audio out from my monitor...

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Building a proper NAS

Building a proper NAS

This was one of the longest running projects that I have had running. Since forever I have tried to get a proper media storage solution working. It first started with when I had the 4 bay DroboProFS. It was good for years but always had some gotcha's. It was tethered...

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Building the most modern Windows 98 PC

Building the most modern Windows 98 PC

This was one of the most frustrating projects that I have done do date. It took me right back to those painful days of installing drivers, blue screens, crashes, hardware incompatibilities and re-installs. I don't think I have installed any OS more than Windows 98. On...

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