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on a not-very-related note...

Postby Theo » Tue May 19, 2009 12:48 pm

...this thread is officially HOT. :twisted:
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Re: So...what are you working on?

Postby wammie » Tue May 19, 2009 1:39 pm

So here's a parts list with a Thermaltake PS and GeForce card:
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Re: So...what are you working on?

Postby wammie » Tue May 19, 2009 7:38 pm

wammie wrote:...Also, I might need a port controller card to add serial ports to this motherboard and maybe a parallel printer port. I have an old flatbed scanner with a parallel port, though it's very possible I can no longer find a driver for it; I might have to get a new one anyway.

So this part would seem to fit the bill, if the motherboard has 5V PCI voltage:
Rosewill 2x Serial & 1x Parallel Port PCI card Model RC303 - Retail

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Re: So...what are you working on?

Postby Theo » Tue May 19, 2009 7:48 pm

Please, PLEASE try to avoid Rosewill. NOT a quality manufacturer. They're one of those shops where the deals are too good to be true.

I once ordered a case of simple optical mice from Rosewill. 25 of them. I figured, cheap mice, no cleaning, how hard can it be? Most of our folks had old two-button ball mice; I thought it'd be a nice Christmas present for the office. Except, all but two of them (TWO!) ended up being defective. And they didn't die right away, either; each one worked for a while. But then, it was like 1 or 2 would die every week. No moving parts, mind you, but one after another... pfft, ptui, pleh.

And really, there are soooo many other options on Newegg (and all kinds of other places), it can't hurt you to go another way.

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Re: So...what are you working on?

Postby wammie » Tue May 19, 2009 10:18 pm

Theo wrote:Please, PLEASE try to avoid Rosewill... And really, there are soooo many other options on Newegg (and all kinds of other places), it can't hurt you to go another way.

OK man. This PCI to parallel/serial ports card isn't needed that urgently. I suppose when I get into programming some microcontrollers then I'll need the serial ports.

Anyone have other suggestions for this PC? I know that the Newegg Memorial Day thing is coming soon too, but usually by the time I log on to the website everything good is sold out.

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Re: So...what are you working on?

Postby Theo » Tue May 19, 2009 11:05 pm

wammie wrote:I suppose when I get into programming some microcontrollers then I'll need the serial ports.

Most Arduino stuff can be done via USB, right?... but y'know I'm not saying skip the card, I'm just saying skip that manufacturer.

(Oh hey, here's a nice $40 card from SIIG which has two serial ports and one parallel; I do like SIIG)

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Re: So...what are you working on?

Postby wammie » Wed May 20, 2009 12:29 pm

Theo wrote:
wammie wrote:I suppose when I get into programming some microcontrollers then I'll need the serial ports.

Most Arduino stuff can be done via USB, right?... but y'know I'm not saying skip the card, I'm just saying skip that manufacturer.

(Oh hey, here's a nice $40 card from SIIG which has two serial ports and one parallel; I do like SIIG)


Hmmmm. This motherboard only has two PCI slots. I expect my Audigy 2 ZS card will occupy one, and the other may be used initially by my current TV tuner card. The best option is probably an adapter cable or cables for serial/parallel ports instead.

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Re: So...what are you working on?

Postby darus67 » Wed May 20, 2009 12:49 pm

Hardware ports are not absolutely necessary for microcontroller work. The Arduino uses USB.
USB serial adapters work for most things.
Using a parallel port for direct bit banging is probably the only thing you might need real hardware ports for. Even then there are workarounds.

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Re: So...what are you working on?

Postby wammie » Wed May 20, 2009 1:00 pm

wammie wrote:So here's a parts list with a Thermaltake PS and GeForce card:

I'm not going to mull this over much more. I'll probably order the parts list above tonight unless someone comes up with a good suggestion for alteration.

This configuration should serve me for 3-4 years, barring bloatware explosions in coming months.

Thanks Theo and Darus67 for your feedback!

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Re: So...what are you working on?

Postby wammie » Wed May 20, 2009 2:16 pm

So... here are some pics of my basement improvement and workbench projects!

My basement has an interior wall that separates a workbench/work area from a large main space. We've waterproofed and painted some of the area around the workbench, including painting of the floor.

Lots of wallboard teardown to dispose of! Anyone know a good, cheap place to rent a construction dumpster?
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