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I’m back — Why is buying a new graphics card so difficult?

My good old Nvidia 7600GT started crapping out. It has crashed my computer several times, leaving semi-permanent artifacts on the screen. I discovered that the heatsink doesn’t touch some of the RAM chips, which might explain just that. Why it … Continue reading

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Playing with the OSCCAL register of an ATmega168

I was having problems with the “led ring” boards. Their internal oscillators were not ticking with the same speed and required constant re-syncing. I tried to improve the situation by recalibrating by adjusting the OSCCAL registers. Recalibration can be done … Continue reading

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V3.04 PCBs from MakePCB have arrived

I’ve waited for 5 weeks for the 2nd batch of the 64-pixel RGB matrix controller boards. This time I ordered from MakePCB as I wanted to test another PCB manufacturer. Also I couldn’t get gold plated pads from GoldPhoenix for … Continue reading

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FrOSCon 2009

“FrOSCon is a two day conference on Free Software and Open Source, taking place for the third time on August, 23rd/24th 2008 at the Fachhochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg in Sankt Augustin near the cities of Bonn and Cologne. “We are looking for … Continue reading

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Trying to fix the sound of my Sega Game Gear — part 2

I was lucky :-) It seems the guys at Sega just replaced the 470µF capacitors shown in the reference setup for the TDM2822M dual amplifier with 47µF ones. Other people have had problems with these too, so I just pulled … Continue reading

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Trying to fix the sound of my Sega Game Gear — part 1

Last time I turned it on, I didn’t get the usual boot-up sound of ‘Seeeeegaaaaa’. There’s a little chip next to the earphone plug. I haven’t checked yet, but I suspect it’s some kind of amplifier. So I’ll warm up … Continue reading

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Computer archaeology

Today, while cleaning out documents, I found a some old things and really ‘prehistoric’ ones:

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