a humble 386

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Re: a humble 386

Postby chinny22 » 2015-4-21 @ 12:02

creepingnet your case looks so retro with those lines and the keyboard connector in the front, any more pics?
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Re: a humble 386

Postby Dutch Breeze » 2017-2-16 @ 09:58

Hi,

I have this motherboard too, the SY-016A / SY-019B - I don't know which one of the two because the manual does not describe the difference of these boards. The original manual also describes the type SY-019C. Anyway, I bought this computer 25 years ago, february 1992. It is still in its orginal mini tower with led display. It is not 100% orginal but the video card is, a Tseng Labs ET4000. I replaced the I/O controller back in the 90s with an UMC type.

About 5 years ago the battery was replaced by a new one because the old one started to leak and damaged the board a little bit. At that time the board gave BIOS or Keyboard errors and was not reliable anymore, so I gave up. A few weeks ago I decided to power the system up again, and ever since its running so smooth ...

So I decided that the battery should be replaced by an external one before this one is causing damage too. I checked the manual and noticed that there is an option to connect an external pack of batteries, but there is no information about what kind of batteries should used. I found this thread and to my big surprise there is a pictured attached that shows an external pack .... So my question is, what type of batteries should I use for my mainboard ? (and what type absolutely not ?). Any help is appreciated.

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Re: a humble 386

Postby keenmaster486 » 2017-2-16 @ 17:33

Don't necropost. Start new threads rather than resurrecting old ones like this.

Anyway, welcome to the forums :)
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Re: a humble 386

Postby Jo22 » 2017-2-16 @ 18:22

As keenmaster486 said..

Welcome to the forums! :)


Dutch Breeze wrote:. I found this thread and to my big surprise there is a pictured attached that shows an external pack .... So my question is, what type of batteries should I use for my mainboard ? (and what type absolutely not ?). Any help is appreciated.

Um, we better not extend that thread too much.. But I guess it's okay if I do answer your question.
The battery pack in picture one is just an ordinary set of AA batteries. You can buy them about everywhre (I often buy them in my local electronics shop).
In the pic, there are four of them. That's aprox. 6V. Some mainboard usually had either 3.6V or 6.3V batteries installed.
So better check the manual. Normally, about 3V is fine (2x AA). You can also add a diode to prevent the batteries from beeing "charged".
Or to lower the voltage a bit (if using silicon diodes). There are many repair guides out there which do cover that topic.


(Btw, that necropost stuff seems to be really an issue nowadays; esp. since late 2016.
All the years before I never heard about that term. :sweatdrop: )
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Re: a humble 386

Postby Anonymous Coward » 2017-2-17 @ 14:26

If you have the original manual, could you please scan it and upload a copy?
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