First post, by BinaryDemon
So I take a lot of chances on ebay in the hopes of finding something unique. In my recent ebay searches for 386, I happened to come across a listing for a Tektronix RIC386 controller. It's apparently an old controller for an oscilloscope or similar hardware that captures data via something called a GBIP interface. It was listing fairly cheap and some google searches had indicated it was a "80386SX, 4 MB DRAM, 50 MB HD". So I bought it, and got some nice surprises.
It's an 386sx-20, but 387-20mhz chip is included as well. 4mb DRAM is accurate, but mine came without the 50mb HD. It has two 16bit ISA slots, built-in VGA, built-in IDE.
Honestly I love the design. It was so clean, either it saw very little use or it operated in a clean room environment.
So here's my plan - Dos 6.22 + Win3.1 as OS. I have a spare Yamaha MF-009 ISA card for sound, and the other slot will have an IDE->Compact Flash so I don't need to open the case to remove the Compact Flash. I'm sure some people would use the 2nd ISA for a network card, but I have no plans for networking this PC.
Oh and checkout this sexy bootup screen:
I'm still not finding a lot of information online, what's a good dos utility to help identify the vga chipset. I'm guessing it's the VLSI chip?
Any thoughts? Hopefully I can finish the CF-IDE setup tomorrow and run it through some benchmarks. I'm betting Doom will be a slideshow.
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