Compaq Deskpro boards/hard drives from the late 1990s
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Wed Jul 21 11:00:44 CDT 2021
On 7/21/21 3:20 AM, Liam Proven via cctalk wrote:
> I _think_ ISA ones are in more demand these days.
I suspect there are more people restoring ISA systems than PCI systems.
But that's probably a matter of time.
> CD, or CDRW, or DVD, or DVDRW?
I doubt it's likely, but (traditional) WORM drives are not out of the
question. (I'm not counting CDs / DVDs in the /traditional/ WORM mix,
despite many early writable drives being exactly that.)
> You can't tell?! They don't even look similar. Google will give you
> pics in seconds.
Sadly, that might not be enough to discern things. I've seen similar
cases used for a lot of different internal components. The OP (or
someone else on their behalf) is almost certainly going to need to get
more details to share with would be buyers.
> You will need to identify this stuff much more specifically. Makes,
> models, capacities, speeds, etc.
> E.g. nobody wants 10base-2 or Thick Ethernet cards much any more. UTP,
> slightly more so: 10base-T, not much, 100base-T somewhat yes.
Um ... that's not true. I just purchased 10Base? cards specifically for
the AUI ports to connect to my 10Base5 / "Thicknet" segment. Depending
on price, I'd probably walk away from a swap meet with more too.
> Plain old CD? Probably not. DVDRW? You might find takers.
It depends. I've talked with a handful of people wanting some sort of
CD-ROM or their retro computers. They prefer the faster IDE drives.
But they would rather have the slower IDE drives than nothing. So I
believe that there is a reasonable chance that CD-ROMs sill have some value.
> Graphics: depends what. Early 3D cards are somewhat wanted.
I still see some value in 2D cards. I'd lay down a $5 bill for a PCI 2D
card like I had years ago. -- If I'm willing to do it, I assume that
there are others that are willing to do it too.
> Tiny IDE hard disks, probably not. CF-card is cheaper, faster and
> more reliable.
It depends on the capacity and price. And /known/ status of the drive.
"For parts"? Probably not much value at all. Maybe for in a lot for
someone else to test. "Known working / passed SpinRite Level 4" much
They aren't IDE, but I suspect that drives in IBM PS/2s that were known
to be working would be worth more than the smaller IDE drives. I think
that mostly means ESDI and SCSI.
> It's not worth a lot.
> OTOH, those unique Compaq combined 5.25" + 3.5" floppy drives are
> quite sought-after.
> SCSI drives are quite desirable.
> It's probably not worth a _lot_ but maybe a few hundred bucks if
> you are specific and ship anywhere. Remember a lot of collectors are
> in countries where this stuff is very hard to come by, and will pay
> top dollar.
> But you need to be willing to be specific, list exact model numbers,
> take photos showing ID labels, and ideally, to _test it_.
Though it sounds like the OP wasn't interested in doing this. As such,
I suspect that the OP is probably looking for someone to acquire (large
portions of) the lot and let that buyer test / resell things with
details and shipping to lots of places.
Grant. . . .
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