Got a text from a friend's dad yesterday evening, "You don't happen to have a spare Asus P5A-B mainboard to sell?". Explained to him that no, I don't have one, that it's one of the hotter retro mobos, and next to impossible to fetch at a reasonable price here, if you even can find one. If he told me what he was up to though, I could perhaps come up with alternatives. This guy is retired since a few years, and got plenty of spare time, wondered if he'd been bitten by the retro bug by some odd chance 😁
Turned out he's repairing an old broken CNC plasma cutter, which is equipped with a P5A-B mobo, some custom ISA control card, a special PCI graphics card with dual outputs, and is running DOS. The CPU is a Pentium 133. Funny choice of mobo for that CPU, I would certainly have gone for a 430 series chipset board if I didn't need more than 66 MHz FSB. Perhaps a question of availability when the machine was built?
Figured any old AT board should do the job, scrounged up a working 430VX board from my stashes, and suggested we swap boards. He gets the tested and working board from me to replace the P5A board, and I get the latter back, to give repairing it a shot.
Even the transport problem was elegantly solved. My friend is going to visit her parents - they live in the southern part of the country, 500 km from here - tomorrow. Sending the board with her, and she brings back the P5A when she goes back 😀
So, soon I've got a P5A-B to try to restore during rainy days. Really looking forward to it, haven't really done anything retro computing related for quite a while 😀