View Full Version : Where to find outdated PC parts?
I have an ancient '95 box, (P1, 133 or 150 MHZ I think) that I'm thinking of turning into a video game emulator. Basically, load all the old atari, intellivision, Sega, NES, etc. games on there that I loved growing up.
The catch is that I'm going to need a PCI video card with TV output and some gamepads that would be compatable with the PC too.
Any suggestion on the best place to find that sort of stuff? Trojan Horseshoes
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12-23-03, 09:54 AM
I was gonna say my basement, but I don't have any of that stuff, sorry. Otherwise I'd send it to ya
I got some sound cards, lots of sound cards.
12-23-03, 10:32 AM
TigerDirect.com has a ton of PCI Video Cards, from $19.99 to $99.99 - just enter "PCI Video Card" in the search bar
This card at $50 might suit your needs well...
eVGA GeForce4 MX440 64MB DDR PCI with TV-Out Video Card
Might be able to find a gamepad you like there as well, not exactly sure what you're looking for since all those old systems had different controllers. (Back In Black)
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12-23-03, 01:09 PM
It may be worth it to get a USB PCI card (can probably find old usb 1.1 cards cheap) just for ease of gamepad stuff.
12-23-03, 01:38 PM
I didn't think windows 95 supported USB, thought it started with 98.
12-23-03, 01:56 PM
heh, is this what your wife was raising hell about ?
I know what to do with my old 233 box now! But how about getting sound to it, I swear i ask this every so often but can't remember but any simple ways to hook up sound to a tv from a sound card I never can remember
As for gamepads the simplest way would be a usb to console you're playing connector. Or else you're probably scrounging for one of the older joystick controlers that go to your soundcard, the name of that connector escapes me though.
Naah, this is an entirely different pc. :)
And this PC doesn't have USB ports native, but I think it supports them, if I add on a card.
12-24-03, 07:01 AM
Flea Market is always a sure bet. Get a receipt.
Otherwise, Price-Watch will give you lists of vendors that still sell just about anything. gnmish.gearbinder.ring.warden.sullon.zek
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12-24-03, 07:16 AM
Try the Mom and Pop shops around your area too. Seems like they always have tons of outdated parts lining their shelves.
12-24-03, 08:30 AM
ah @#%$, I was just thinking "there's an idea for my mom's old P1" - I wonder if we've thrown it out yet...
12-27-03, 05:09 PM
only 98SE supports USB, right?
and yeah, I was going to say pwn shops and the likes might be good places for gamepads. I remember finding some really old stuff one time...
12-27-03, 05:39 PM
95 does not support usb out of the box, but there is a "b" version of it (and a patch to get 95a to 95b) that both support USB ports. (I might be wrong about how it's all labeled or how it was distributed, but it comes down to that, with a patch, win95 can support usb ports.)
12-29-03, 03:05 AM
Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2 (OSR2) supports USB, FAT32, and almost all other "Win98 features". This is usually called Win95b. As the "OEM" part suggests, it was only new computers that got it. Even some of those didn't have the features enabled. I believe there was an OSR2.1 also, but it was a very limited release, and I've never actually seen it myself I don't think. Too many stupid subrevisions and patch levels and all that junk.
FYI, I use(d) Win95 OSR2 on older PCs that had performance issues and Win98SE on faster ones. Those are the only two Win9x's I used anytime recently, as the others had issues or lacked stuff that I felt was needed. -------------------------