So, since I joined Operations a couple of weeks ago I decided to drag in a bunch of stuff that's been collecting dust in my apartment, on the off chance it'll be useful. So, the HP Visualize workstation I got from solipsistnation and *never* used is now running across the room from me here in the lab (and John, another Ops guy, is having way too much fun playing with it and HP-UX), the two PortMaster PM-2eRs that have been sitting my my storeroom are in here, and are destined for use as console servers. (Oh, solipsistnation, did the PM-2e-30 I gave you ever find use, or is it still floating around out there? I can't remember who I gave my 4th PM-2 too, that was a while back...) I brought in a box of random old converters, connectors, and cables. And I found my 'lost' stash of obsolete PC parts. The two ISA Etherlink-III cards are probably beyond usefulness (maybe I'll send them to the MIT Flea), but I had a couple of Velocity-128 PCI video cards, a PCI SoundBlaster Live! (early one, not 5.1 AFAIK), and a bunch of 30 and 72 pin SIMMs. And today I dug out the old Qume X-tube/serial console and brought that in. We've upgraded the PMs with larger SIMMs from my stash, so they should handle the last OS when we set them up.
Tonight I went to upgrade a new developer's system to dual-head. We have a couple of AGP dual-head cards, so no problem.
Except when I opened her box I was fairly confused. There were a couple of slots that weren't PCI, but also not AGP. In fact, I'd never seen them before... Turns out one was PCI-e 8x (or was it 16x?), and the other was PCI-e 1x. So no dice.
But then I remembered my stash and I grabbed one of the old PCI cards - and it worked just fine. It'll drive the second monitor at 1024x768, which is all she wanted (it is LCD, not sure it goes past that actually, it isn't new.), and the primary monitor stayed on the system adapter.
I know, big deal, but I just think it is cool that this old stuff I pack-ratted away for the past many years is actually finding a use. :-)