First post, by kennyPENTIUMpowers
TS54PAIO motherboard - FX chipset - brand?
S3 Trio64v video card (PCI)
ESS ES1688f / ES968f sound card (ISA)
1.3GB Seagate HDD
64MB RAM (prob should only have 16 or 32)
Desktop case system Built by OPTIMA Computer Systems (biggest australian pc maker at the time I believe)
Has original Keyboard and serial mouse.
Unfortunately no original monitor (using modern LCD - for the time being till I find a beige 15inch screen)
Im building a mid 96 mid level average type computer of the era and will run software appropriate to the time. Will slowly add newer software up till around late 98 early 99 when I will commence my next build (hopefully P2-350 - I think thats the right era the 350 was popular).
My actual pc of the time (1996) was a P100 / 8MB RAM / win 3.11 mini/mid AT tower case.. that thing struggled till I upped the RAM (guessing 97 sometime - I remember driving to a computer shop in footsgray melb and paying about $100 AUD for it) to 64MB (which was overkill) .. yes my replica is desktop, but oh well I havent found a similar case to what I had
The optima system is as I bought it, and looks like its pretty much untouched since 2001 as thats the date of the oldest files it has on it still .. old owner used it for writing her uni assignments on Word 97..
This is going to be fun loading on and using all the period software (win 95, office 95, games - warcraft 1 and 2 were huge for me - etc) and re-experiencing the highs and lows .. but first problem to be solved is file transfer, USB? (can 95a handle it), NIC?, zipdrive (is that period correct), transfer via burnt CD roms?.. or maybe just use sd card drive (no idea how to do that as of yet)..
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