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30-pin SIMMs 72

An anonymous reader sent in: "I'm curently working on some 386s at home that use 30-pin SIMMs and all the ones I have are only 512k. Does anybody know where I could get some more? Or does anybody have any that they would be willing to give up? Also, does anybody know where i could get Slackware 3.x other than"
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30-pin SIMMs

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  • a joke (Score:2, Insightful)

    by skenfrith ( 173060 )
    is this a joke? i think we literally have a bucket of simms at work
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 27, 2002 @04:43PM (#3236692)
    Okay. Enough.
    /. is now listing classified ads as front-page articles?!
    Get on Google, numb-nuts!
  • Try (Score:2, Informative)

    by questionlp ( 58365 )
    You can try []. I was able to find three different 30-pin Fast Page SIMMs within about a minute here [].
  • There are lots of places/online stores that sell them, just Search Google [].
  • Just do a search for '30 pin SIMM' and you'll get hundreds of possible sources.
  • keychain (Score:5, Funny)

    by Calle Ballz ( 238584 ) on Wednesday March 27, 2002 @04:56PM (#3236775) Homepage
    I've had a 1 meg 30 pin simm of my keychain for the last 3 years, one of the memory chips broke off a while back. The other two could be in good working order. Sold: AS IS
  • Lottsa 30 pin simms on ebay. Got about 50 4megers for $10 once (Not including Shipping).
  • AC=Idiot Boy (Score:4, Flamebait)

    by gmhowell ( 26755 ) <> on Wednesday March 27, 2002 @05:03PM (#3236839) Homepage Journal
    At least in this case.

    First, if you want the fucking things, at least put up a hotmail address where we can reply direct. If you weren't such a 'tard, I might let you have some 4 MB chips.

    Second, for what you are going to pay for these chips, wouldn't it make more sense to pony up the bucks for a Pentium that takes more modern memory?

    Third, haven't you ever heard of Google or Pricewatch? Yes, you are a tard.

    Finally, if you send email to my almost nonobfuscated address, (If not viewable on slashdot, go to the web page listed, and find it there. Shit, must I do everything for you?) and ask nicely, I may have a copy of Slack 3.0 at home. Won't even charge you shipping.

    But please, try not to be a tard.

    (Moderators: yes, a flaming troll. BUT, I've offered to help out this poor sot. Are you going to bury my generous post at -1, or mod it up to +5, and quickly get him taken care of for free? Do I really think he is a tard, or am I just seeing which side of moderation will win out? Are you a part of an experiment?)
  • If you're going to get more than just one module, then Slackware's ZipSlack mini-distro (distributed starting with version 7) should do quite well on a 386, and it can be migrated from its original UMSDOS filesystem to a ext2 filesystem. Slackware 8's ZipSlack still works on anything with more than 4 MB RAM, and can even work with 4MB if you download an additional file. I would definitely recommend this over Slackware 3.x, unless you want to run a 2.0.x kernel.
  • Think I have Both (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Okay, I think I have both. Just email me at:


    No charge.

  • If you need 30pin SIMMS, slackware 3.x is a good choice. Old software works good on old hardware, my 486/33 I keep in the freezer(Don't ask) is a perfectly useful machine running slack 3.6. I tried slack 7 and it was *sloooow*. It seems to me, as hardware grows more powerful, code becomes less efficiant/more bloated. Ever install Win 3.1 on a modern machine? It's quite fast, for only using mostly 16bits..
    • How do you run a computer in a freezer? Doesn't it get wet? Do you have to defrost it? Moreover, why do you run it in a freezer? Does it keep a grocery list? Does it run hot? Do you not have room? Does the freezer use it somehow? How does it get power?

      If you didn't want anyone to ask, you shouldn't have mentioned it.
      • I could see putting a 486 in a freezer. I mean, you could overclock a 486-100 to 2 GHz and get the performance of, say, a 1 GHz Celeron.

      • Re:Slightly OT But.. (Score:3, Interesting)

        by MadCamel ( 193459 )
        There is a hole drilled for the wires, power and 10baseT, with a nice rubber gromet installed. It does not get wet or need defrosting, frost-free freezers have a dehumidifying property. I run it there because the largest HD I own suffers from major thermal problems, and does not work properly unless chilled.It does not keep a grocery list(Good idea though..), it is a headless NFS server.

        Appropripriately enough, it's hostname is 'penguin'
  • by 4of12 ( 97621 ) on Wednesday March 27, 2002 @06:46PM (#3237290) Homepage Journal

    I remember paying over $100 for each 1 MB SIMM back in 1990 and there's absolutely no way I'd be willing to part with one for less than $80 because they're still perfectly functional.

  • Other way around (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Rick the Red ( 307103 ) < minus poet> on Wednesday March 27, 2002 @06:56PM (#3237353) Journal
    I eagerly clicked on this story, hoping that it offered some cool geek solution to the problem of what to do with all these damn 30 pin SIMMs! But no, just someone who actually wants more of them!

    So, does anyone have a cool project that can use these things? Maybe a programmable robot made from an old disk drive [] or a homebuilt one of these []?

    • Ha! That'd be great! A home-built USB storage device that's made out of 30-pin SIMMS. OK.

      So to reach the 128 MB size some commercial USB keychain devices have, you'd need 32 x 4MB SIMMS. Each of those is about 4in x 1in x 1/8in. Let's say you can stack them up next to each other and you've got a 4in x 1in x 2in block in a plastic case with a circuit board underneath to replace something the size of a keychain. Why not just retrofit a 40 GB laptop harddrive with a USB interface instead! It'll be about the same speed as those old 30-pin SIMMS, too!
      • The other thing to remember is the FLASH keeps data once the power is removed, where "regular" memory doesn't. As soon as you pull the plug, away goes your data.
    • If you've got a computer that takes 72-pin memory, there's converters that let you jack in 4 of the 30 pin chips per 72 pin slot. I've never used them personally, as my old 486's haven't got the headroom inside for the converters, but I figure that counts as 'something to do with all these damn 30 pin SIMMs' ;)

      I forget what the names for them are, but I'm sure a google search for "30 72 convert simm" should turn up at least a couple results.

      You could also replace lost Lincoln Logs with them, get the kids into hacking at an early age. ;)

    • garland ... we tied a few hundred old 30-pin simms together (with red and green wire ties) to make some nice garland for our christmas tree ...
  • I've got a LOT of 1MB 30 pin SIMMs, and a smaller handfulof 4MB.. I'd be willing to part with most of the 1MB and some of the 4MB for cheap. Just reply to this with an email address (don't post it like though).
    By cheap, I mean 1MB=$1, 4MB=$2, plus whatever shipping is. They all are known to work, and would arrive in nice silver static-protective baggies for ya.

    While we're on the topic of 30 pin SIMMs, does anyone have any info on the 8MB 30 pins that my old 486 (Tandy) is supposed to be able to use? The largest I've ever seen is the 4MB.

  • I normally am an avid reader of Ask Slashdot but this is gone too far.

    Is this the "Ask Slashdot Technical Support Forum"?

    Man. Do some searching. Ebay or Google could have easily answered both of these questions.
  • For the last 6-7 years, I've bought all of my memory from Coast to Coast Memory (1-800-4-MEMORY) [] I've never been screwed by these guys. Had to have one 256MB PC133 SDRAM replaced that crapped out on its second day of use, no problems with exchange.

    They're at all the local computer shows, always test before they sell and have a lifetime guarantee on all memory. Plus, they carry old stuff like the 30-pin SIMMs (up to 16MB, I think), SIPPs, SOJJs and they can find more esoteric stuff.

    There's nothing wrong with Crucial, either. Have you tried checking out local computer shows? If they're any good, they test the memory right there. No shipping charges, and often, no taxes.
  • Article mod (Score:4, Insightful)

    by andaru ( 535590 ) <> on Wednesday March 27, 2002 @07:52PM (#3237700) Homepage
    If only you could mod down an article (like this one)...
  • I have never complained about an Ask Slashdot before, but this HAS to be some kind of joke. I mean I was laughing out loud when I read it, because it sounds so much like one of the typical posts that mock Ask Slashdot. Someone please tell me this is a joke, if not, "I'd like to sell a used 1997 3000GT...." :)
  • ... on my key ring! (4Mb)
  • I have a 1MB 30 pin SIMM, but I don't think you would want it. I use it as a keychain :) all the memory chips have fallen off since I bought it though.
  • by adolf ( 21054 ) <> on Wednesday March 27, 2002 @09:26PM (#3238195) Journal
    I seem to have trouble finding my ass.

    I used both hands, even.

    Can someone help me find my ass? sells memory, including 30-pin simms. Not that it'd be difficult to with google, yahoo, altavista, lycos, or any number of other similar things. has a list of mirrors. Some of them are fast, some of them are good, and some of them are both.

    Go away.

    • Can someone help me find my ass?

      Sorry, I just mailed my last copy of that remedial ass-finding video along with all my 30 pin SIMMs to this dolt.

    • I just had to let you know I loved your response. I've come back to read it twice now. I really hope the inquisitive old-hardware fan read it, and understood it.
  • Slashdot should become a replacement Ebay, they have an large audiance, and people are already using it to buy and sell stuff. Now they just have to get a cut of the sales, and that will pay for more servers/storage/bandwidth/cars/food.
  • by ShawnD ( 21638 )
    I have found EBay a wonderful source of obsolete and oddball computer equipment. Just find the stuff with a $0.01 minimum bid and low shipping charges.

    BTW I was given a bag of various SIMMs. I have no idea what to do with the 30 pin ones...

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  • YHBT.


    HTH, HAND.

    - A.P.
  • I have an Atari 5200 and would like to pick up some additional cartriges for it. I went to my local supermarket and was shocked to find that they do not carry Atari games!

    Does anyone know where I can find Atari 5200 (or 2600) games?

    Just beware of some vendors, obviously.

  • by Anonymous Coward
    how can I get a girl???
  • Get the damn classified ad off here and use fscking google!!! This is crap and a waste of our nerd resources.


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