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    Hello I am new on here been lurking for a while and finally registered. I came across two computers next to a dumpster at a business that recently closed.

    Here is one of them. It has no Brand but is similar to this one http://www.sd-omega.com/sd625.html without the cd/dvd option. It has a Intel Celeron M 420 1.6 GHz processor and 40gig hd but it was missing the memory and the 12v power supply. I put in a stick of ram and found a 12v ps and it booted right up and is now running win7. But only one problem when I put it back in the case the ram was too tall and would not close. I have looked everywhere for very low profile DDR ram but can't find it. So I put this pc aside in the meanwhile.




    On to the the next one.

    It came with no case just attached to a board. Msi fuzzy 945gm1 / 1.6 Intel Celeron M 420 1.6 GHz processor / DDR2 512 mb ram and a 40gig hd. But it had a problem it kept getting a cmos error even with a new battery. It turned out the contacts were bad so I soldered it and now works fine.

    Here is a little vid of it in action booting/hibernating/resuming http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JA1dVXk9_8o what you guys think worthy if a install? I am planning on getting a CarNetix P2140 for the power soon. I am still undecided on the lcd. Just taking it slow reading up on here this will be my first install.

  • #2
    very nice find! Too bad you didnt find a monitor.
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    • #3
      Bonus! If everyone could start out with a couple of free PC's, I dare say this sport would be twice as popular.
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      • #4
        ^ +1 though with the new prevalence of smaller home pc's, hopefully this is a growing trend!

        in the search to try to help you find memory--i have a 'harder' solution..

        i first searched newegg for low profile memory. and all that came up was super-expensive server stuff.. but! there are many standard-pc type sticks that are low profile, but the low height is not listed as a feature..

        sometimes, some memory is backwards-compatible. you might be able to use a higher-speed stick and that stick will slow down to meet the pc's requirements. the reason this is tougher is that you now need to find low profile ram that is backwards-compatible--a niche-of-a-niche in carpc'ing!! in my experience, some sticks that might work don't list this as a feature. so it might be easier to take the whole pc to a pc store, and try to get a nice sales rep that would allow you to try different sticks of suitable ram until the pc posts.
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        • #5
          I love what people throw out. About a decade ago I saved over $400 on a scanner thru procrastination; finding the next model up discarded with other stuff on footpath; hunching that the USB had failed but the parallel was ok; finding my hunch was right.
          Last year I spent $400 on an A3 MFC scanner/printer/fax after I killed both the freebie scanner & my old printer...

          The latest - should I get mobo etc for the Antec mini I found, or get a tablet instead for my mobile/in-car system?
          (Or just use its PSU for hobby stuff?)



          The problem - buying replacement or old stuff like RAM can be more expensive than a complete new PC or mobo (with its >20-fold processing improvement)!

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          • #6
            i just recently got some low profile memory for my atom board at newegg:
            this was on my invoice:
            20-134-489 MEM 1G|KST DIII1066 KVR1066D3N7/1G $12.99
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            • #7
              Originally posted by soundman98 View Post
              ^ +1 though with the new prevalence of smaller home pc's, hopefully this is a growing trend!

              in the search to try to help you find memory--i have a 'harder' solution..

              i first searched newegg for low profile memory. and all that came up was super-expensive server stuff.. but! there are many standard-pc type sticks that are low profile, but the low height is not listed as a feature..

              sometimes, some memory is backwards-compatible. you might be able to use a higher-speed stick and that stick will slow down to meet the pc's requirements. the reason this is tougher is that you now need to find low profile ram that is backwards-compatible--a niche-of-a-niche in carpc'ing!! in my experience, some sticks that might work don't list this as a feature. so it might be easier to take the whole pc to a pc store, and try to get a nice sales rep that would allow you to try different sticks of suitable ram until the pc posts.

              Thanks for the help soundman98! I have tried going to stores around my area but with no luck in finding this exact size of 0.8" hight mp3store had it at some point but is has been out of stock for a while as you can see here http://store.mp3car.com/ProductDetai...ctCode=MEM-008

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              • #8
                Originally posted by scott_fx View Post
                i just recently got some low profile memory for my atom board at newegg:
                this was on my invoice:
                20-134-489 MEM 1G|KST DIII1066 KVR1066D3N7/1G $12.99
                Scott_fx I believe that is DDR3 that you got I am looking for DDR1 which is harder to find

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                • #9
                  I know you can buy right angle pci-e riser cards, are there such a thing for memory, my quick search on google didnt bring up much.

                  However after reading this article it doesnt sound like it:

                  http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=133306

                  Hows your soldering skills
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                  • #10
                    I am trying to build a tiny pc that will still play games for a friend and wanted to lay the graphics card on it's side.
                    Found this..
                    http://linitx.com/viewproduct.php?prodid=10881

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                    • #11
                      We can find treasure in the trash.

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