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HP Vectra VE 6/350

GottaLottaStuff

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Central Virginia, USA
Not vintage, but the local thrift store had it so I grabbed it. It's pretty clean, and looks like it's been upgraded with more RAM and a second hard drive. Haven't had a chance to plug it in and fire it up, should get to it this weekend.
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Chuck(G)

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I like the low-slung Vectras mostly for their cases (I have two). These come from a time when HP provided a power supply and case and left the motherboard to third-party manufacturers. In your case, the motherboard is an FIC VB-609. (If you want to upgrade to a PIII, let me know--I've got a couple of the Vectra VL motherboards a-mouldering away in my hellbox.

One gotcha is that HP contracted the boards out for special treatment of the power supply fan control. So if you replace the motherboard with a generic one, the PSU fan will run full-tilt making for a noisy system. If you try to use a generic power supply with the motherboard, some HP BIOSes will complain about a lack of power supply fan. There are ways around both of these issues.

For my own cases, I've got one hosting an overclocked Slot A board and the other, a Socket 478 P4. The latter needs the CPU 12V, so the PSU was replaced with a Seasonic model that fit the rather tight space.
 
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