Thursday, December 28, 2017

Windows 8 on old hardware results

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Here's the table that shows the results, which is self explanatory...
OS Pentium II (and older) Pentium III Katmai Pentium III CM + T Pentium 4 (Northwood)
Windows 8 Beta (DP/CP) 0x000000A HAL_INTIALIZATION_FAILED Success! Success
Windows 8(.1) RTM and RP 0x000000A 0x0000005D 0x0000005D* 0x0000005D*
* May work with patching, but not guaranteed to work.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

$10 PC upgrades

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In this blog post, I will talk about the $10 PC hardware upgrades that I am going to do to it. At first, I ordered a Socket 370 Intel Pentium III @ 800 MHz and  2x 256 MB of Memory since the computer already has 256 MB of memory, and the max is 768 MB. When the 800 MHz PIII came in through the mail (the 2x 256 MB memory hasn't came in yet, hopefully will be coming on Monday), I toke out the socket in the computer.
Socket adapter with the Celeron 300A CPU and the dusty heatsink.

Pentium III processor received from the mail.

After installation...

Then, after I inserted the Pentium III processor and put the heatsink back on; I put the socket back into the computer, after that I powered it on then I heard no POST beeps (or any beeps at all), so I decided to go to chat with someone on why it wasn't working. After that, I found it was the revision on the socket which it didn't support Pentium III processors.
Says version 1.1, which means it lacks Pentium III cpu support, meaning it only supports Pentium II and Celeron CPUs.
I was kinda a bit disappointed at first, so I decided to order another socket that supports Pentium III processors which it should probably be arriving somewhere this week, I will make an update on this blog post when the memory and the socket arrive.

Late update (12/18/2017)

Sorry for the late update, but when the socket adapter arrived, sadly it didn't work (There was no POST at all) probably due to the processor being FSB 133MHz, and probably the processor had higher power requirements that the computer didn't support, according to ABIT's website (WebArchive), they say that it doesn't support Coppermine since according from them it's due to the "power". Also, the memory I've ordered worked fine and no issues whatsoever at all except one which was the computer recognizing one of the memory sticks as 128MB although the memory stick is 256MB. Later on, I will order a compatible processor and lot more research what good Pentium III cpu will work with this machine and that is at a low price, because I am not gonna spend a thousands of dollars just for a old PIII cpu.  The socket adapter itself works because I have tested out the Celeron processor and it POST just fine with no issues whatsoever, but when I put in the PIII processor in it, there was no POST completely at all, I even tried to reset the CMOS and check the connections, even checked to make sure the connections were fully connected, but still no POST. As I said before, I will make another update on this blog post like I just made this late update which I forgot to update on because I forgot all about it, sorry for that. Anyways, I will update this post again once I order the proper processor and I test it out. If anyone of you have a good pentium III processor that works in this ABIT BH6 motherboard (rev 1.0), please feel free to comment below and please make sure it's not expensive.

Mini UPDATE (12/21/2017)

Yesterday, Ordered a 600MHz, 100 MHz FSB Pentium III Slot 1 processor, hopefully it will work according from ABIT's website max cpu. Will update as I said before on how well it goes! It should be here by Saturday. Also, I've gotten a USB 2.0 PCI card, so now the file transfers should be a lot more faster compared to USB 1.1's speeds. I'll use the USB 1.1 ports just for the keyboard and mouse only.


I've gotten the Pentium III Katmai 600 MHz (100 MHz FSB) Slot 1 and it worked perfectly. Here are a few videos below to show the difference between a celeron 300a, overclocked celeron 300a, and the Pentium III Katmai clocked at 600 MHz.
As you can see, it's a huge difference with these upgrades.


These upgrades have made this computer a bit more faster to use and it helped out with the performance and it's more snappy and quicker to use than before. Was it worth it? I'll say yes because USB 2.0 card and the Pentium III upgrades helped out in the speed section.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The $10 PC

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One day at the thrift store, I've found an old computer that costed $9.99 ($10). It's very interesting to see what it was. So I wanted it, and I was wondering if this thing was gonna work or not when I went home to try it out... Shockingly, it worked.

The system specifications:

CPU: Intel Celeron 300A Socket 370 with a adapter that fits in the Slot 1 CPU socket.
Memory: 256MB PC100
Hard Disk: None
Motherboard: ABIT BH6 (Intel BX440 Chipset)
Case: Unknown brand white case?
Internet Card: Some ISA ethernet card?

Bringing it home

At home, I decided to play around with it and see what was inside and it had everything, but the hard drive inside. I decided to put my 40GB HDD drive and it didn't work due to the bios supporting the max of 32GB so I had to get a different hard drive that had a jumper function that allowed the drive to be shown as 32GB to the computer. The next day, I decided to go googling for the bios updates which it was very hard to find and when I eventually found it, it was the wrong bios therefore it couldn't flash the bios, so I had to do a lot more and more researching and using WayBack Machine web archive of the ABIT website since the website for it has been offline for almost 10 years. Eventually, I found the BIOS update for it and what it did was it removed the 32GB HDD limit and the best part is ACPI support meaning that it can support Windows 7 too since Windows Vista requires ACPI, originally on the stock BIOS before updating there was no ACPI option.


The BIOS has the soft cpu mod feature meaning that the cpu can be overclocked. The latest BIOS update for the machine is from Mid-2000. It's just one of those generic energy star bios from the late 90s, nothing really special except the overclocking soft cpu mod feature in the BIOS.

Windows XP Time

When installing Windows XP, it toke around 50 minutes to install and it detected almost all of the devices in the computer except for the ISA card, probably due to Windows XP dropping native drivers for the ISA Cards, which means I would have to do a lot of researching for the drivers for the ISA card. Other than that, Windows XP performed fine than what I expected at first, I will surprised it booted under 5 minutes. I will probably install Windows 98 or Windows 2000 on it considering this computer was built in the year 1998.

Overclocking time

Overclocking the processor, the best thing I could overclock the processor was to 450 MHZ, but sometimes the computer would randomly lock up, so I've decided to revert it back to its stock processor speed, since it was very stable and I haven't ran into issues.

Going on the internet!

This was probably the most regret to do on an old computer since almost every webpage on the old computer spikes the CPU usage to 100% most of the time which is unbearable in 2017. The "latest" web browser I could get working is Firefox 48 which was released in 2016 since the latest version of Firefox and Google Chrome require the SSE2 instructions which the Celeron lacked.

Putting something modern...

I decided to put something modern like I tried to put Windows 8 Consumer Preview, but I got the 0x000000A error code, which is probably due to the processor lacking SSE instruction since I have seen people running the Windows 8 preview on a Pentium III computer because the Pentium III contains the SSE instruction. I have decided to make my own very stripped down Windows 7. After that, I did a livestream of installing Windows 7 on it and it was a bit more slow than Windows XP considering the OS was designed for more modern computers at the time and it was released in 2009.


Its a good computer for retro gaming from the 90s like DOOM and Half-Life, but using this computer  as a daily driver is just a big no no since it's very obsolete for the modern world especially when using it on the internet. Maybe someday, I plan on upgrading this $10 computer's memory and processor to a Pentium with 768 MB of ram (maximum ram memory amount it can take).

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A new major change coming soon.

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Here's a little mini blog post I want to discuss that is coming next year 2018...

Starting next year 2018, there will be a big change happening, what it will be called is "Bob Pony Bulma".

What's Bulma?

It's a modern framework that will be used for the homepage and other pages too! It will be a complete redesign and it will have a better dark theme and many more neat modern codes for the modern web that we are in right now.

When will it be rolled out?

During early 2018, it will be rolled out as a beta for our users to test and give feedback. If it all goes well, it will be fully rolled out to the public during summer 2018.

Will this change affect BPN and this blog?

Maybe, but as of now... there are no plans.

We hope that you will enjoy the upcoming Bob Pony Bulma update in 2018! We hope that you are excited for this upcoming new change. As always, feel free to comment below if you have any feedback at this upcoming change.