My AST premium 286

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My AST premium 286

Postby PgrAm » 2017-12-14 @ 20:23

Had my AST premium 286 open today so I thought I'd snap some pics:

The machine in it's case
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Date of manufacture I think (1989) & 1.2 MB, 5.25" floppy drive:
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Addon Cards:

Drive Controller
Trident VGA card (will replace this with a more period accurate one later)
Lots of ram, AST Fastram (1MB)
Sound Blaster 16 Value, hope to replace this one day with an Adlib
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10 Mhz 286 processor & Bios Roms
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Re: My AST premium 286

Postby Anonymous Coward » 2017-12-15 @ 00:22

Now THAT'S what I call a 286.
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Re: My AST premium 286

Postby Unknown_K » 2017-12-15 @ 00:43

A nice looking clean machine.

Back in the day the OEM machines were the solidly built stylish one while home built and clones were the crappy ones. These days OEM machines seem to take retail boards and cheapen them up until they barely work.
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Re: My AST premium 286

Postby Jo22 » 2017-12-15 @ 06:11

Anonymous Coward wrote:Now THAT'S what I call a 286.

The camera is impressive, too! :D
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Re: My AST premium 286

Postby SpectriaForce » 2017-12-19 @ 23:31

Wow that is one amazing pc. That thing is built like a tank, ready for 30 years of service :cool:

Of course we should not forget that such pc's were very expensive. And this is just a 286, imagine what a 386 would have cost..

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Re: My AST premium 286

Postby PgrAm » 2017-12-20 @ 19:26

Yeah I found the original price for this machine in an old Info World magazine, $2,995 in 1987, by 1990 the price had dropped to $2,395, not sure if that was with or without a monitor. Of course I managed to pick it up for about $25.
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Re: My AST premium 286

Postby badmojo » 2017-12-21 @ 23:21

What a stunning machine, thanks for sharing!

PgrAm wrote:Sound Blaster 16 Value, hope to replace this one day with an Adlib


I've never really been comfortable with the sound options I've tried in my 286, which is a 16MHz hotrod from '91. I currently have a SB 2.0 in there and am pretty happy with it - nice OPL2 sound but they are pretty noisy little cards, i.e. they pick up a lot of "thinking" sounds.

I find myself really digging on PC speaker for that era though, I think it's underrated :lol: And it can really resonate nicely in those old, heavy cases.
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Re: My AST premium 286

Postby Jed118 » 2017-12-28 @ 06:54

That looks a lot like my 386 from 1989 - Those grounding straps, and lack of smaller MOLEX connectors for the floppies. XT style power supply too.

I ALSO have a "modern" soundcard in mine (from 1993) and I too am looking for either an 8 bit Soundblaster or an Adlib. It'll do for now though.
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Re: My AST premium 286

Postby Jed118 » 2017-12-28 @ 16:14

PgrAm wrote:Yeah I found the original price for this machine in an old Info World magazine, $2,995 in 1987, by 1990 the price had dropped to $2,395, not sure if that was with or without a monitor. Of course I managed to pick it up for about $25.


That's interesting, where in Toronto did you get this thing?
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