I’ve been busy in the past week or so with my ongoing project to revive and improve upon my old Gateway 2000, and it has been mostly successful.

Illustration for article titled Computerlopnik - Mostly Success Edition
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For one, I cobbled together a table to use for it out of my dismantled racing sim (those blocks under three of the legs are screwed into the legs, it’s not just balancing there) so I could stop sitting on the floor. Once I finish my flooring and other projects I’m going to build a custom desk for this room, which will have space for multiple computers.

In another success, I managed to get my joystick (pictured) working - the drivers on the diskette that came with the joystick and have been kept with it since were no good. I ended up finding the ‘Sidewinder 3D Pro 2.0' software on the internet, burning a CD (ever so slightly too large for a floppy), and getting that working. I celebrated last night with a few rounds of RoadRash.

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Just this evening I have installed a 5.25" floppy drive, and amazingly it is working. My only gripe here is that the ribbon only has one edge connector, and the BIOS doesn’t have a ‘swap floppies’ option, meaning the 5.25" drive is A:\, while I’d prefer it to be B:\. Oh well.

There has been some non-success as well. I did discover that the also-originally-came-with-the-computer Boston Acoustics MicroMedia system is inoperative, outputting only one channel and no sub. Nothing is visibly bad on the circuit inside, and the subwoofer surround has disintegrated. I haven’t found a source for a replacement driver, nor am I sure it would be worth it with a bad crossover anyways. It’s connected to the tape input on the stereo I use for my main computer at the moment, which works okay.

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The other letdown was my attempt to get the USB ports working - is is Windows 95 With USB Support (version B) after all. Unfortunately, even after installing the microsoft USB supplement, it doesn’t even acknowledge anything being plugged into the ports as ‘new hardware’ - I’ll have to come back to this one.

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