Reply 40 of 68, by martinot
TechDeals wrote on 2020-08-24, 17:28:
That's a solid suggestion... that only doesn't work for me because I lothe the PS/2 line for some odd reason. […]waterbeesje wrote on 2020-08-22, 13:32:
You could look into the IBM model 30-286 if you want history. PS/2 brought us a lot of standards, including VGA and the mini din keyboard and mouse connectors.
The model 30 isn't that fast, even for a 286 I'd call it slow. But having 16b ISA on a PS/2 makes it compatible with the market (instead of the never adopted MCA on other models). The VGA also seem compatible with some CGA capable titles I've thrown at it (alley cat, digger, street rod in CGA mode, Grand Prix).
That's a solid suggestion... that only doesn't work for me because I lothe the PS/2 line for some odd reason.
Also, I actually don't want VGA on this, I think its out of place on a 286, but that's me. Tandy graphics maybe, or EGA, but that's it.
However, thanks for the pointer!
I think the problem many had with PS/2 (besides price, but that applies to everything IBM and Apple) was the MCA bus. It is still a big problem today as it is so difficult to find cards for them, and personally I stay away from them. I only collect PS/2 machines with ISA bus.
Agree that EGA is a much better match for a 286! VGA is more for 386 class machines.
I do not like CGA graphics (except the enhanced PCjr/Tandy1K enhanced version), and remember I was so happy in 1987 when my father bought me a second hand 286 clone with EGA card and EGA-monitor (actually the IBM original, as he got a good price from work on a used version). So fantastic to leave the poor CGA graphics and go EGA! Great for both text and games! 😀