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Retro build: can I have the original monitor (link) & tv running as the same time?

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I'm thinking of building a retro htpc or gaming pc in this.

I'd like to make it an itx because I'm assuming it's probably the best way to go, maybe I'll be able to fit a radiator in there somewhere.

Anyhow, I'd like to be able to run the original monitor that's built into it as well as the tv like eyefinity. all I would probably do most of the time is run Task manager to show cpu usage.

Also, I believe the keyboard still works, would it be possible to have that working with the new mb?
    
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Building it in what? Theres no photo. This was my first PC (bought in 2003)
Packard Bell iExtreme 6052 PC by pinzac55, on Flickr
and I kinda wish I had kept it and retrofitted it with high end components. It had an 80GB HDD, 256MB RAM and no GPU. On the plus side it had a floppy drive thumb.gif
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Most likely it has a DE9 plug but that's not even your biggest problem, it's figuring out how to get a color source to work on a mono-chrome monitor. For starters, you have to figure out a way to output a mono-chrome signal so you can then take one of the 3 color video outputs (red, green or blue) and connect it to the single video input on the monitor's plug. And then who knows what the refresh rate is on one of those old monitors, it's prolly 25/30Hz.

Good luck man.
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Building it in what? Theres no photo. This was my first PC (bought in 2003)
Packard Bell iExtreme 6052 PC by pinzac55, on Flickr
and I kinda wish I had kept it and retrofitted it with high end components. It had an 80GB HDD, 256MB RAM and no GPU. On the plus side it had a floppy drive thumb.gif

Oh, sorry, here it is.


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Originally Posted by Cavi Mike View Post

Most likely it has a DE9 plug but that's not even your biggest problem, it's figuring out how to get a color source to work on a mono-chrome monitor. For starters, you have to figure out a way to output a mono-chrome signal so you can then take one of the 3 color video outputs (red, green or blue) and connect it to the single video input on the monitor's plug. And then who knows what the refresh rate is on one of those old monitors, it's prolly 25/30Hz.

Good luck man.

Any idea on how to do that? And I don't really care about the refresh rate, I want it to actually look like one of those ancient monitors.
    
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rip out the monitor and mount in a suitably sized LCD replacement.
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Or maybe find a CRT monitor with better quality? A couple of years ago I had to send my monitor for repairs and I bought a Trust CRT monitor dating from 1987 and it had a fantastic picture quality.
Those floppy drives look big enough to accommodate a DVD drive in the top and maybe a Startech 2 x SSD bay?
Edited by PinzaC55 - 3/28/13 at 10:31am
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Those floppy drives look big enough to accommodate a DVD drive in the top and maybe a Startech 2 x SSD bay?

Of course they're big enough because they're the same size. Those old 5.25 disc drives are why drive bays are the size they are today and it's why CD's, DVD's and Blu-Rays are the size they are. You owe it all to the 5.25 floppy disc.
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rip out the monitor and mount in a suitably sized LCD replacement.

I guess... I wanted to keep it as original as possible but thays a good idea.
Quote:
Originally Posted by PinzaC55 View Post

Or maybe find a CRT monitor with better quality? A couple of years ago I had to send my monitor for repairs and I bought a Trust CRT monitor dating from 1987 and it had a fantastic picture quality.
Those floppy drives look big enough to accommodate a DVD drive in the top and maybe a Startech 2 x SSD bay?

Getting a different crt sounds good

Ill ask more questions when i get around to doing all this, thanks everyone.
    
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