First post, by kanecvr
So I almost finished my 386 build. Still have a few issues to hammer out, but it runs and it's usable!
CPU: Intel 386DX 25MHz
Math Co-Procesor: Intel 387 25MHz
Mainboard: MORSE KP-386C-25 - no cache - expansion board for cache is missing.
RAM: 8x1MB Siemens single sided 30 pin simm
Drive Controller: Adaptec AHA 1542C ISA
Video Card: TSENG ET4000ax ISA 1MB VRAM
Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster PRO 2.0 CT2600
HDD: Toshiba MK537FB 3,5" Full-Height 1,06GB SCSI Drive with 2MB cache
FDD: 3.5" Samsung 1.44MB and 5.25" Teac 1.2MB
CD-ROM: Sony 52x IDE (not yet working - see below)
Case: Baby-AT case with two digit display and 150W PSU.
I picked up the motherboard from a guy who works at a recycling center, together with a Voodoo 2 and some other stuff. Most of it was damaged, including the 386 mb witch has some components missing (RTC Oscillator and corresponding capacitor). Despite that, the MB is functional. Battery hasn't leaked, and it now holds a charge (3.1v) and correctly stores CMOS information. Pics of the motherboard damage linked below.
Here are some more pics of the testing and assembly process the machine went trough:
As you can see, two of the SIMM slots are broken - the clips securing the modules in place have been snapped off. Either someone tried to force the ram out, or it had something heavy stacked on top.
^^ Notice the rubber band holding two of the SIMMs in place 😀 - could think no other way to fix it since the plastic clips are broken. ^^
I successful installed MS-DOS 6.22, Norton Commander and the CT2600 + dos drivers. No issues whatsoever.