First post, by Pajeroking
After asking some questions in this post : Your opinion on buying my first "Retro" PC .....
I bought my first "Retro PC".
I remember the old days when i had a 386 and i played GP2, Duke Nukem and Another World. So my objective with this PC will be creating a DOS Machine that will run as many games from the '90s.
- Pentium MMX - 233 mHz;
- Genius Sound Card ISA ;
- 2 mb GPU.
- Price :~ 20$.
But nothing is perfect. There is no Hard Drive.
After arriving home, i started opening it up and cleaning as much as possible. The upper right pin from the front panel was missing and i also broke the lower right one.
The controller board which was attached to a metal plate was very hard to remove and reinstall after cleaning.
The floppy disk had no screws so it's not fixed in place, it's sliding all over its bracket.
Neverteless, after removing all components one by one, cleaning them and reassimbling them, the PC started. I was finding it very strange that only the PSU fan was spinning. DUUUH, there is no active cooling on the CPU and GPU, that's why 😁.
So, next step is to find and IDE/ATA hard and maybe a CRT monitor. After that, and supposing everything works, i need to find a way to write OS/games on disks. I guess a easy way is to buy an external Floppy disk, "burn" the software using my modern PC, and then install it on my retro one.
I think that's all for today, sorry for my rambling, it's 2 AM and i just finished cleaning the damn thing.
Big success, excepting the broken pins on the front panel and the fact that the upper metal cover does not slide into place perfectly. No worries, for 20$ i was not having too high expectations.
I will update this thread once i make progress.