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First post, by ananananas

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Would this be an I/O card but what's with the memory? I/O + RAM expansion? Or cache for HDD? If that was a thing for 286(?) or 386(?)

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Reply 1 of 5, by Vynix

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Looks like a RAM expansion board with two serial ports.

I can't decipher the markings on the big chips near the bracket, a better picture of these could probably help.

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Reply 2 of 5, by BloodyCactus

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the chips are 82c450's, which are serial port chips (56k).

and two 40 pin ide connectors maybe but I dont see any chips to control them.

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Reply 4 of 5, by Horun

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yes looks like 386 SIMM RAM silk screened. Looks like a Wang (or similar) keyboard connector top right of the card, only 5 connections to the Hi bits on the ISA connector so it can not be true 16bit memory interface to the board unless those 40pin connectors go to a proprietary mother/daughter board....not enough parts for IDE controller from 1990.

Hate posting a reply and have to edit it because it made no sense 😁 First computer was an IBM 3270 workstation with CGA monitor. 🤣 Second computer a 286 12Mhz with real IDE drive ! After that came 386, 486, Pentium, P.Pro and everything after....