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Classic Video Games / Re: The Original Xbox Appreciation Thread
« on: August 03, 2022, 01:36:21 pm »
I ended up softmodding Xbox #2 and installing a 2TB HDD into it and an 80 wire IDE cable upgrade . I'm just filling it up with my games now . So far I'm liking it a lot .

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I’d keep it if I liked it. It might be a gift that had some thought put into it, but it’s not a personalized symbol of your undying love like customized jewelry or a bottle of her favorite cologne ;D. As for a plushie or other trinket that I’m not really into, it’d go right into the bin or I’d give it away.

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Classic Video Games / Re: The Original Xbox Appreciation Thread
« on: June 25, 2022, 07:16:23 am »
Xbox #3 tested fine . It was another early model from 2001 . Inside the clock capacitor was leaking just like the first one . Cleaned the heck out of it , no damage again to the motherboard , installed a new Eaton Supercapacitor for the clock cap and put new thermal paste on the CPU and GPU . It should be good for another decade or two . I think this one I bought about ten years ago cheap because it wouldn't read discs . I ended up replacing the DVD drive and sticking it in the closet as a spare .

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Classic Video Games / Re: The Original Xbox Appreciation Thread
« on: June 25, 2022, 07:05:36 am »
I've been lucky. I keep hearing about leaks in them. My original Xbox is still going strong. As well as my modded one.
I went three for three . All three of mine had leaky caps . The two with leaky clock caps would've eventually killed the consoles . Definitely worth checking once in a while .

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Classic Video Games / Re: How to store your video games properly
« on: June 24, 2022, 06:04:39 am »
Have you ever considered using protective sleeves ? I bought some DVD sized and Blu-Ray sized . Haven’t started putting my games in them yet. I also got some assorted sizes for the different manuals as well . It’s crazy how much money some of the manuals are worth on their own just to have them clipped inside unprotected bugs me. Especially Genesis and SMS manuals, they’re always in rough shape and fall out when you open the case half the time.

I actually do have protective bags for my games, but haven't started bagging them up yet. I will probably bag up all my sealed games to keep the seal from becoming torn, and possibly my CIB expensive games as well, just to keep my friends grubby paws off :). I really don't care for the look of bagged games on my shelf, but will make the exception for sealed games.

As for the manuals issue, trust me I'm right there with you on that. I've started bagging up my manuals for my CIB N64/SNES games. The N64 manuals are especially prone to damage every time you try and take the game out, just because of the way the inner trays are designed inside some N64 boxes. I should probably make a video on that one day to show how I store the books once all bagged up.
Nice, I thought maybe I was the only one . I started getting into the habit when I started buying steelbooks. Those get scuffed up so easily. You’re right , it looks kind of sloppy on the shelf.

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Classic Video Games / Re: How to store your video games properly
« on: June 23, 2022, 03:32:28 am »
Yeah I never keep my games too tightly packed on a shelf. If you do, over time you will scuff the outer plastic on the case, causing it lose that shiny fresh out the shrink wrap feeling, you know what I mean. I always allow for just enough wiggle room between each so to say, but never too lose where there not standing up nicely. I also never stack games vertically if I can avoid it, as this is the easiest way to put dents into your case artwork.
Have you ever considered using protective sleeves ? I bought some DVD sized and Blu-Ray sized . Haven’t started putting my games in them yet. I also got some assorted sizes for the different manuals as well . It’s crazy how much money some of the manuals are worth on their own just to have them clipped inside unprotected bugs me. Especially Genesis and SMS manuals, they’re always in rough shape and fall out when you open the case half the time.

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Classic Video Games / Re: How to store your video games properly
« on: June 22, 2022, 12:15:08 pm »
Certainly the number of cases per shelf is very important to the equation . The more cases you have on a shelf , the easier is to get them in too tight so keep that in mind too .

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Classic Video Games / Re: The Original Xbox Appreciation Thread
« on: June 22, 2022, 11:50:16 am »
#2 Xbox

This purple one has a problem . I tested it and it wouldn't even power on so I was fearing the worst . It's the later model and doesn't have the clock cap problem , but it has 5 bulged out leaky larger capacitors (3300uF 6.3v) . Apparently this is also very common . All of these are bulged at the top and 4 are leaking orange crap also out of the top . Ordered a set .

Update on #2 : I replaced the 5 bad caps and she fired right up , good as new . I also replaced the thermal paste and let it run for a few hours .

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Classic Video Games / Re: How to store your video games properly
« on: June 22, 2022, 06:00:58 am »
I don’t know if PS2 is any different than any other cases, but my rule is to keep my games snug at the worst , never tight . If you can pull a single game out without pulling out others with it, it’s probably okay. I know some DVD cases were made out of flimsy brittle plastic and even those do fine snug on a shelf.

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General / Re: Modern Physical Games
« on: June 17, 2022, 03:26:28 pm »
I understand Xbox's reasoning for doing it since a lot of people can't get a new Series X or Series S console. And this ensures more sales for them.

But as an Xbox Series X owner it's a bit frustrating because they are holding back the potential of this powerful hardware by doing so. Of the games are made to run on inferior hardware, then they aren't being made to fully take advantage of the new hardware. So I personally hope they move away from this policy so I can really see what my Series X can do. I paid a lot of money for exactly this reason.
Series S will likely continue to hold games back once Xbox One and PS4 are no longer supported.
Nonsense , they've been managing to make PC games for numerous performance levels for decades . Consoles , the main difference is that the optimization settings are not as user selectable as they are on PC . The logical thing to do would be to develop for the top performance possible and then scale back for lesser performing systems . Games on the Series S will basically have all the bells and whistles turned down or off and will run at lower resolution and framerate as necessary . Even current MS exclusives like Halo Infinite have higher graphical settings on PC than even the Series X can do .

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Modern Video Games / Re: Xbox Showcase 2022
« on: June 12, 2022, 11:01:19 am »
It should be interesting . There are a lot of eyes on them right now so I expect at least a few good things . I don't want to get my hopes up for anything in particular so I won't be disappointed .

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Classic Video Games / Re: The Original Xbox Appreciation Thread
« on: June 10, 2022, 09:20:38 pm »
   I decided to finally do the clock capacitor and the thermal paste on my first Xbox which is a Version 1.0 . I also found a seller on ebay that makes custom 3d printed fan mounts for the case fan and the GPU fan (Version 1.0 motherboards only) that allow you to use Noctua fans on both so I ordered a set of those for it as well . When I opened it I could only see what appeared to be a little leakage around the clock cap , but no visible corrosion . I desoldered it and the legs of the cap had a small amount of crust on them . Cleaned the motherboard up and put some Thermal Grizzly on the CPU and GPU . Now I'm just waiting on the fan mounts . I got that capacitor just in time , zero damage .
  I'm psyched to have that one taken care of , I've been dreading looking inside and have been putting it off . I bought this one brand new and have good memories on it . I have two more OG Xbox's to go . Those should go faster as I won't be doing the fans in those probably and I already have all the tools and supplies out and ready to go .



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In the dial-up days of the internet when I was getting 5kbps of blazing speed ,I would play solitaire while I waited for a web page to load . Those built in games were a necessity .   

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If you have an Xbox account you can get achievements playing it on your windows PC , I think Minesweeper too .

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General / Re: Games you almost Finished but gave up on.
« on: April 17, 2022, 01:43:39 pm »
Conan on the 360 . I got to what I think was the end boss battle and got so frustrated I put it down and never finished . I enjoyed that game way too much .

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