The more I get into these 7th Day Adventist Cult TV Station PCs the more I am sort of glad the 3 bland ass Vectras from the listing had been misplaced and all this shit found. This stuff is FAR more interesting than 3 bland ass P90 Vectra VE5s. So far I have a 233MHZ P-MMX Dell GN1 that is restored and working, and I've got a further 3 systems to investigate aside from this one (plus a Prolinia Server I didn't even want but was coerced into taking.... I figure I can strip it for parts). Namely a Compaq Pentium Tower, a Dell Optiplex GX1 Pentium III Desktop, and what appears to be a PowerMac G4 MDD Dual 1.25. Its heavy as shit and has rack mounting hardware mounted to its chassis so I assume its maxed out in terms of HDD and RAM as well.
Well this is a first for me: a custom built NLX form factor system. I thought NLX was exclusively an OEM form factor, I've never seen it in any other context and every NLX form factor part I've had has been OEM branded.
Specifically this thing is rocking a 333MHZ Celeron atop a KU440EX. Apparently the motherboard has Rage IIC graphics and Crystal CX4235 ISA SB-Pro compatible sound integrated. Has a high speed serial card installed and a fairly beefy for 1999 64MB of RAM and a 4.1GB HDD. BIOs has been updated to a 1999 version at some point in time (as all this hardware is Aug 98 aka Celeron launch). Such a weird combo, armed to the teeth in every way except processor in which regard it has one of the cheapest options available.
Case is pretty brittle, was trying to get around whatever weird locking tab the case had and it just broke instead of releasing. No other damage though so all is well. I'm going to replace the CMOS battery, put a 20GB HDD in it (anything less than 10GB is going to be extremely unreliable in my experience. Seems like HDD reliability made a leap and a bound around that time) and maybe even throw a DVD drive and PCI sound card in it. My records indicate there is a TNT2 M64 PCI around here somewhere which would be about right for this system, might see if I can find it. I have an NOS Pentium II out in my garage that I might look into installing, but honestly I feel like leaving it as a Celeron is the correct call.
I'm going to load Win98FE onto it and go from there. With that sound card I don't see the point in getting it setup for Real Mode DOS, and PCI graphics at max limits its 3D capabilities quite seriously. I'm also going through a bunch of floppies from the giant box of floppies and this is a great machine for that as its in the compatibility/usability sweet spot.
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