Spring cleaning

My home office is a pit.  It has been for some time.  I have a valid justification for its piggy state, but why waste your time?

It’s a 2nd-floor bedroom with a window overlooking the side yard, the neighbor’s house, and a decent view of the street in front of our house.  So when it’s kept tidy and organized it’s really a nice place to work.

One of the categories of junk scattered around this workspace is old computer hardware.  Now remember: I don’t test or review hardware for The Tech Report.  So any extra stuff I have is either old personal stuff, or very old review samples… goodies that have zero chance of being needed in the Damage Labs for any follow-up re-testing or assimilation into a test rig.

In an attempt to improve my immediate surroundings I’m cleaning out and throwing away as much as possible.  I came across a PC carcass that was the first computer my wife and I got after we were married.  It was built by an acquaintance and modified a couple times by me in its short and uninspiring existence as our primary system.

It has a Socket 7 Pentium 133 on an M Technology R533 motherboard.  I had barely a clue about anything in it when we specced it.  Then when I began to learn more about PC technology I focused on building a new system myself rather than this old beast.  So I’m having fun now perusing the components and disassembling it.

Before this tear-down, I tried to fire it up, but got nothing at all when hitting the power switch.  The symptoms it exhibited the last time we used it were spontaneous power downs and failure to re-start.  No POST, no beep codes, nothing.  I guess it could just be the switch, but I don’t have the desire to troubleshoot it.  

Out of curiosity, I pulled the PSU, and was surprised at how light it is — 817 grams (about 1.75 lbs.) according to my wife’s kitchen scale.  And after removing the cover, it’s amazing it weighs even that… must be the copper in the wires and the metal case that accounts for at least 700 of those grams.

Hey, you can’t beat a name like Hungtech though.  Anything they might have lacked in performance or longevity was made up for by their marketing acumen.  Believe it or not, it looks like you can still buy one of these beauties.

Well, my collection of old tech isn’t nearly as enthralling as Geoff’s, but if anyone’s interested, I could post more about it as I sort and toss.  Maybe I’ll even list some of these components in the Smoky Back Room as giveaways if anyone wants to stock their archive of ancient hardware just to save this stuff from the rubbish bin… though I’ll be surprised if I get any takers.

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    • bdwilcox
    • 11 years ago

    Hungtech? That was my nickname in college.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 11 years ago

    yeah, definitely, let’s see the list.

    I moved this past summer to start my new job and at the same time my parents sold their house and moved as well. I gave a ton of stuff to a friend, and packed up all my old motherboards (286, 486, P1, P2, P3) plus some misc. cards, all for nostalgia sakes. They’re all boxed up and I have no idea where they are…I’m pretty sure none of them work.

    However, since the purge last summer, I haven’t collected anything new. And I doubt I will for some time yet.

    • Buzzard44
    • 11 years ago

    I have an old Pentium processor. They make great combs. And hard drive platters make awesome mirrors, except they smudge easily.

      • Meadows
      • 11 years ago

      You must be the beauty spot of the county.

    • FireGryphon
    • 11 years ago

    After all of Geoff’s goodies, you expect us to get weak in the knees over a Pentium 133? Come on, show us something cool and retro.

    The PSU that powered my PII 400 system was a “Power Man” 250W unit. Modern PSU names are less suggestive, and decidedly cooler. It finally died a glorious death when a bug crawled inside and short-circuited the unit, causing the loudest bang I’ve heard in my apartment yet. I probably posted a thread about that somewhere on the forums here back when it happened.

    • redeye
    • 11 years ago

    Hungtech…they’re the same guys that make my underwear.

    /actually Jockey, but it had to be said.

    • DrDillyBar
    • 11 years ago

    Would have taken a Voodoo. 🙂

    • eitje
    • 11 years ago

    You can also usually find computer recycling joints in your area, if you’d rather have the parts not turn into refuse.

    • pikaporeon
    • 11 years ago

    Id like to see that list; old stuff is interesting

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