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Reply 20 of 34, by Jo22

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Reply 21 of 34, by LightStruk

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Jo22 wrote:

Surfstation.. Built-in SB16/OPL3, VBE graphics, S-Video&CVBS out, ISA/PCI.

That's a Cyrix MediaGX-based computer, is it not? I've always wondered how accurate the SB and OPL2/3 implementations were.

Reply 22 of 34, by Jo22

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LightStruk wrote:
Jo22 wrote:

Surfstation.. Built-in SB16/OPL3, VBE graphics, S-Video&CVBS out, ISA/PCI.

That's a Cyrix MediaGX-based computer, is it not? I've always wondered how accurate the SB and OPL2/3 implementations were.

Yes, it is. I'm running Windows 3.11 on it by help of a VBE driver, also. OPL3 is fine but not 100% perfect, I guess.
You can also check this other OPL3 thread by nukeykt : The way to detect OPL3 clone
The musical score of that -uhm- "game" mentioned before was recorded by myself too with that system (have a look at my channel). 😉

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Reply 23 of 34, by Caluser2000

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gca wrote:

Seeing how someone brought up small form factor Amstrad machine here is a picture of my 4386SX complete with its little 10" CRT.

It might be small but it makes one hell of a racket, damn thing can almost drown out the hoover on a good day.

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cga I had the 286 version. It didn't last long. I still have the original disks that came with it, MSDos 3.3, Amstrad branded Counterpoint menu and the two games pack disks. Sing out (PM) if you want images of them.

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I also retrieved the Amstrad Adlib clone sound card that was in it. Only thing worth while keeping in it any way. That is my Redstone XT Turbo now.

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Reply 24 of 34, by gca

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Sounds just like the bundle I got with my machine (I assume you also got Windows 3.0). Still got everything for mine but the joystick is a bit dodgy but that is the least of that machines worries right now. Kind of surprised the box is still running at this point.

Reply 25 of 34, by Caluser2000

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No Windows 3.0 wasn't bundled with mine. With 1meg ram I doubt there was any point, despite MSs claims. It was shipped with my Zenith 286/12 though which was designed to run windows from the out set, capable of supporting 8megs of ram on-board..

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Reply 28 of 34, by The Serpent Rider

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Eventually, Mini-ITX boards start appearing with VIA processors on them and a single PCI slot. What about before that?

Probably this:
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Also some late BabyAT SuperSocket7 boards are very small and could be potentially used in a small custom case.

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Reply 29 of 34, by keropi

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Here's one of my compact builds -- 9" CRT, half-ISA Pentium MMX SBC + SB AWE64 Gold. […]
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Here's one of my compact builds -- 9" CRT, half-ISA Pentium MMX SBC + SB AWE64 Gold.

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Reply 30 of 34, by LightStruk

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wiretap wrote:
Here's one of my compact builds -- 9" CRT, half-ISA Pentium MMX SBC + SB AWE64 Gold. […]
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Here's one of my compact builds -- 9" CRT, half-ISA Pentium MMX SBC + SB AWE64 Gold.

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That's beautiful. Which SBC did you use? Also, is that some kind of baby AT or micro ATX case?

Reply 32 of 34, by wiretap

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LightStruk wrote:
wiretap wrote:
Here's one of my compact builds -- 9" CRT, half-ISA Pentium MMX SBC + SB AWE64 Gold. […]
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Here's one of my compact builds -- 9" CRT, half-ISA Pentium MMX SBC + SB AWE64 Gold.

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That's beautiful. Which SBC did you use? Also, is that some kind of baby AT or micro ATX case?

AT half-ISA SBC case. (4-slot backplane.. I also have a smaller 3-slot without the 3.5" bay) The SBC is an Advantech PCA-6751.

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Reply 33 of 34, by torindkflt

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The most compact computer I personally own that still has desktop-style expansion slots would be my Toshiba T5200 luggable from the early 90s. Clamshell style, so kinda like a laptop, but has no built-in battery. It's got two ISA slots in the back, one 16-bit and one 8-bit. It's only a 386 system though, and likely wouldn't qualify if the OP is only wanting 486 or newer.

I also have my Compaq Presario 2200 desktop, it's the smallest desktop computer I currently own (but not the smallest I have ever owned). It only has a single 8-bit ISA slot though for the modem or a NIC, I dunno what else you could put in there (it would have to be a low-profile card).

Reply 34 of 34, by Hamby

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torindkflt wrote:

The most compact computer I personally own that still has desktop-style expansion slots would be my Toshiba T5200 luggable from the early 90s. Clamshell style, so kinda like a laptop, but has no built-in battery. It's got two ISA slots in the back, one 16-bit and one 8-bit. It's only a 386 system though, and likely wouldn't qualify if the OP is only wanting 486 or newer.

I also have my Compaq Presario 2200 desktop, it's the smallest desktop computer I currently own (but not the smallest I have ever owned). It only has a single 8-bit ISA slot though for the modem or a NIC, I dunno what else you could put in there (it would have to be a low-profile card).

My T5200 is sitting under the desk with a 486DX 25 in it. Also a 4GB CF drive, ethernet adapter and soundblaster card.
My backup T5200 is sitting in the closet with its stock 386.