First post, by Vaudane
Some of you may have seen my introduction thread over in General, but now I've had a chance to strip down Bessie and actually get to grips with what's going on.
So, for those of you who haven't met, this is Bessie.
It's got the classic keyboard, which unlike every other keyboard I've ever had since, the spacebar has zero wobble in it. None. It goes down and up again. Marvellous.
There's the classic floppy drives, with the mandatory, though largely decorative 5.25", and the useful, but in this case non-functional 3.5".
It even has its birthday stamped on the inside. Not sure if it's US or UK format as the only other example of this I'd seen was US format, but the code above was also reversed. Several of my friends who have been following Bessie's saga are younger than it. That's not terrifying at all. 😒
So lets see what we have:
So we have the BIOS on 2x socketed ICs, the processor is an Intel 16 MHz 80386SX, and I've been lucky and also got the Socket F/ 16MHz Intel 387SX coprocessor so if I ever play the select handful of games that use it, I may notice ever-so-slightly improved gameplay... Of if I feel like doing some CAD on a 386...
Apparently I've already reached the 5-upload limit so I shall continue in the next post.