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Topic: Anyone interesting in old computers?
BladeRunner
Posts: 2814
Location: Queensland

I came into possession of this old PC, Made in around 1994. Just wanted to know if anyone would be interested in having it. I don't have experience with older PCs like these and not too interested in restoring it or getting a compatible HDD working with it. If you're not interested in it yourself, know anyone who might be? Some people collect old PCs like this.

https://i.imgur.com/JfuCEvM.jpg
system
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TiT
Posts: 6612
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Perfect system to play California Games on :)
Khel
Posts: 23966
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

8MB of ram and a CD Rom drive in 1994 would have been a pretty pimped PC
Raven
Posts: 9534
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
A "pretty pimped PC" in 1994 would still take 2 minutes to load each mission of Wing Commander III due to the speed of the CD-ROM drive.

These days when I go back to play it I just copy all four disks to a drive - but I once copied the whole game/discs to a RAMdisk just for fun :)
Twisted
Posts: 12296
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Some people collect old PCs like this.
I don't think so. People collect some older classic machines. Just like every car is not a collectable, not every computer is a collectable.
trillion
Posts: 4342
Location: Ballarat, Victoria
lol look's like something trog would sell at Costplus

trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39366
Location: Other International

A pimped PC in 1994 would have maybe run Doom at 35fps without needing to have shrunk down the viewport
BladeRunner
Posts: 2816
Location: Queensland

I googled the CPU and it's a 386DX made by AMD. They started making them in 1985 and stopped manufacturing them in 2006, which is crazy. Now that I know this, I may want to try and screw around with it some more. Also, when i turned it on, the weirdest smell emanated from it. It wasn't like a busted power supply smell or something, I could not describe it. never smelled anything like it. any ideas on that?
Morgan
Posts: 3875
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Hell yes I'd take this off your hands. I love vintage computing cause i'm a big nerd.

edit: Could be big ol' caps in the PSU dying maybe. If you have an air compressor give the entire computer a clean out and see if the smell goes away. I'm not certain what it is though.

Understand if you wish to keep this old beast to tinker with.

For old PCs, a lot of people use IDE compact flash as opposed to actually getting an old IDE HDD drive but it does detract from the experience a lil'.

last edited by Morgan at 12:10:06 12/Dec/17
Vash
Posts: 5641
Location:

https://i.imgur.com/1b9D9fT.jpg

This was my badboy many moons ago. That 8mb hard drive upgrade was good times.
BladeRunner
Posts: 2817
Location: Queensland

Here are some pictures of the inside of it. Its a bit of a mess.

Also, the HDD works, has Dos on it. I want to try and install windows 3.1 or something. Ill find a guide on that.

https://i.imgur.com/qwRaWQO.jpghttps://i.imgur.com/9RKuqPk.jpg
Khel
Posts: 23967
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Lot cleaner than I was expecting, probably has less dust in it than my current PC even does
E.T.
Posts: 5143
Location: Queensland

8MB of ram and a CD Rom drive in 1994 would have been a pretty pimped PC


Nah. I had 8mb in my 1990 PC. I was running DOS 3D Studio though.
trillion
Posts: 4344
Location: Ballarat, Victoria
still have the SGI 320

it even came with a free subscription to User Friendly
Morax
Posts: 2527
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Damn only just saw this post otherwise I'd be keen on it too. If anybody before me pulls out (lulz) I'll jump in :D That thing looks sweet!
Morgan
Posts: 3877
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
How are you getting data across to/from it? I don't even have a computer in the house with an IDE controller or ISA slots in it anymore but I do have a USB 3.5" drive and a floppy. You need to get it on a network for lulz! Try win 3.11 + TCP/IP driver + Mosaic or something. eBay has 10 mbit ISA ethernet cards for for under $30!
hardware
Posts: 11738
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Bit of a mess? That's what they all looked like!!

Man I miss those days. When computers were still a novelty. Just going on the computer was fun. When virtually any computer owner knew the specs of their PC because they were that keen. When it really was awe and wonder to load a new program.
Jayman
Posts: 1020
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

The joys of managing you upper memory with different autoexec.bat / config.sys for certain games to load.
BladeRunner
Posts: 2818
Location: Queensland

I think it has windows on the HDD. When I look at the C: directory, there is a windows folder. Do I need a windows 95 boot disc to boot into 95? I guess I would have to have one, otherwise it would have booted straight into win95. Right? But right now, I got a keyboard error, I turned it on this morning and changed the boot config back to A, then C. Saved and then the keyboard would not work. I should try clearing the CMOS and see if that will work.

I was going to make a win 95 bootdisc by putting a CD version in disc drive and then copying those files to a diskette.
Raven
Posts: 9544
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
If people do actually have a use for this kind of stuff, let me know. I have to hang on to a bit of is so I can fire up CTC* if I ever need to, or the software to transfer data from the Commodore 64, but other than that most of the old PCs probably can be thrown out.

* CTC is Car Timer Controller, the software used to read data from the SuperNodes and Trackside Receivers (TSRs) used for motorspost all over Australia, and was in use by IndyCar and NASCAR in America in the late 80s/early 90s. Pre-Pentium PCs are necessary because the UARTs in the SuperNodes can't talk to Pentium-era built-in Serial ports due to a bug that was never quite explained to me in sufficient technical detail. TMYK!
Mass
Posts: 1686
Location: Brisbane, Queensland



Nah. I had 8mb in my 1990 PC. I was running DOS 3D Studio though.


f*** you are old
hardware
Posts: 11740
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Hah raven, that reminds me about McLaren and them using an old Compaq laptop for the McLaren F1 still
Spook
Posts: 40926
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
ahahah, thats like my work place and their old old jobs. no one updates things that work, so they just keep ticking along, everything around them updates and soon we'll get to the point where its ridiculously spensy to update the infra to handle the old jobs.
Reverend
Posts: 2140
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
XT gold FTW ))
E.T.
Posts: 5147
Location: Queensland



f*** you are old



What's your point?

:p
BladeRunner
Posts: 2819
Location: Queensland

I can't see a thing to clear the CMOS, I might have to pull all bits out of it to get a better look. I could put it into a better case but I would need to get an AT to ATX power adapter from ebay, from Poland lol.

They keyboard works, I bought a DIN 5 to PS/2 adapter, I'm typing this on it.
Raven
Posts: 9545
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
XT gold FTW ))


Did you mean XTree Gold?
Morax
Posts: 2528
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Norton Commander > XTree Gold (or Pro)
Spook
Posts: 40927
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
no
Reverend
Posts: 2141
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Did you mean XTree Gold?


yep I am old ))
hardware
Posts: 11741
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
i never liked xtree gold
as much as i like old pcs
i just preferred the dos shell
system
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