Good news and bad news.
The bad news first.
I encountered a sorta language barrier.
The one partner wasn't there today, and his Korean cousin was in charge.
He doesn't speak english too well, but i bought a keyboard
and mouse for two dollars each, anyway.
I'm on the Dell now.
It works quite well, actually.
I just added a sound card (TurtleBeach something or another)
I had come out of a Dell, and the thing is this:
Visit that website & look for the model number and it will tell you it's OEM, (Dell).
Not Turtle Beach retail. So, they say visit Dell for support.
Enter the Dell number and they'll download a "diagnostic" file.
If it doesn't work, call the customer service.
It didn't work.
So, instead, I entered Turtle Beach into their search engine and got results.
I pinned it down to one very likely the one I installed.
Called a Aureal Montego II if it was the retail version.
Downloaded the driver & it worked.
It wasn't easy as pie, but no big problem.
The Video driver issue was also not easy at Dell,
so I used an old ATI that was a AGP unit of relative antiquity.
3D Rage IIc.
Chip is called "mach64GT" so it might be 64MB RAM, and the AGP aperature sixe is the same, so I guess that'll work. I should put more than 2 32MB & 1 64MB system RAM into it, but oh, well.
Also cheap ... 10.00.
It works great. (enough)
Last hurdle, since I'm not restoring the Dell to original was the modem.
A US Robotics 56K one, mounted on some other kinda slot than the PCI.
Using the Everest Report it appears to number 5 of six, four being PCI ones.
Anyway, the drivers for it naturally weren't exactly available, but like the
sound card that bypasses the one in place integral to the board, I figured I could remove it and replace it with another one into an empty PCI slot.
Well, long story short is I ended up using the original one with drivers that MS
supplied based on it's locating the modem. It works, but at 28,600kbps.
Not my ideas of ideal, but I could just but a new 56K modem with drivers on CD for under 10.00. Probably will, but that'll put me at risk of going over the
considerably under $100.00 for
floppy disk drive
CD-RW (slow, at 32x/12x/40x and sorta generic, but what the heck)
another $40.00 would buy a lexmark X5150 (Dell 940) all-in-one, but win98 doesn't cut it, so no go.
The missing vnetbios.vxd was part of the non-default OS installation I went back in and picked up after updating. Part of the Net Meeting stuff.
All in all it will be a good little system for the 8th grader who cuts our lawn.
I mention this to you because no matter what the level of PC you build,
the parts put together will more than equal the equivelent dollars spent in most all retail circumstances, and you'll learn something everytime.
I'll visit the other "more of a franchise" place later in the week.
Heck, for $29.99 you can get winNT 4.0 for Workstation in the original plastic pack with instruction manual. Update it ...
It'd be perfect for some of these oldie but goldie systems.