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old 286, what to do with it?

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First post, by Amigaz

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Just found an old unknown PC model with this CPU in it

http://www.cpupages.com/store/index.php?id_item=154

It has some isa riser card which is mounted in one of the ISA slots on the mobo so I guess I can stuff the case with a newer mobo and use that riser card?

Can this ancient PC play any games after 1990?, 🤣

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Reply 2 of 50, by DosFreak

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Wolf3d
Mean Streets
Monkey Island 1, 2
Blake Stone
Flight Simulator 4...probably 5 as well. Don't remember.

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Reply 3 of 50, by Amigaz

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avatar_58 wrote:

Throw it down a flight of stairs while giggling like a schoolgirl.

hmmm....consider it done 😁

nah....if the damn thing starts I'm going to keep it until I'm grown tired of it and keep the case (maybe)

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Reply 4 of 50, by Amigaz

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DosFreak wrote:
Wolf3d Mean Streets Monkey Island 1, 2 Blake Stone […]
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Wolf3d
Mean Streets
Monkey Island 1, 2
Blake Stone

I had a feeling it could coipe with those games but Wolf3D? doesn't that game demand at least a 386?

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Reply 5 of 50, by DosFreak

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Nope, definetly runs on a 286. Remember going up to the BX and seeing it run on the latest 386's....."aquiring" a copy from school and installing it on the school's 286's and my home 286-12mhz.

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Reply 6 of 50, by Amigaz

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DosFreak wrote:

Nope, definetly runs on a 286. Remember going up to the BX and seeing it run on the latest 386's....."aquiring" a copy from school and installing it on the school's 286's and my home 286-12mhz.

Maybe it's worth then to breathe some life into this PC 😀

Think I have to upload a pic of the mobo so you guys can tell me if it's crap and what memory that goes into the weird looking "simm sockets"

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Reply 7 of 50, by DosFreak

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I wish I'd kept my 286. 🙁

Oldest PC I have now is a P166 laptop.

Think I have to upload a pic of the mobo so you guys can tell me if it's crap

It's crap. 😉

I think SIMM memory goes in SIMM sockets.

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Reply 8 of 50, by Amigaz

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DosFreak wrote:
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I wish I'd kept my 286. 🙁

Oldest PC I have now is a P166 laptop.

Think I have to upload a pic of the mobo so you guys can tell me if it's crap

It's crap. 😉

I think SIMM memory goes in SIMM sockets.

It sure is crap....quality looks crap too but back then PC's were crap and Amiga's + Mac's ruled the world

I think it's 30pin simm slots like I have one some of my Amiga memory/scsi cards and my Golden Gate 486 PC emulator card for the Amiga

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Reply 9 of 50, by Kreshna Aryaguna Nurzaman

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Since it's 286, I think you need an Expanded Memory Board instead of EMM386, am I correct?

Never thought this thread would be that long, but now, for something different.....
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Reply 11 of 50, by Amigaz

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Kreshna Aryaguna Nurzaman wrote:

Since it's 286, I think you need an Expanded Memory Board instead of EMM386, am I correct?

Which is like finding a needle in a hayestack? 😜

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Reply 12 of 50, by Amigaz

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wd wrote:

emm386 needs v86 mode (ie. 386+)

really? so I'm stuck with 640k base mem for everything?

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Reply 15 of 50, by Amigaz

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wd wrote:

really?

Hehe ever wondered why they named it emm386 and not emm286 😉

Damn, that person must have been smart 😁

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Reply 16 of 50, by Amigaz

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Qbix wrote:

well extended memory(int 15) and xms will propably work

Can you please explain what you mean by "(int 15)"

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Reply 17 of 50, by wd

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Well games can request memory by different means: below-1mb ram,
ems, xms, int15 (bios interface) or by switching to protected mode.

In your case ems will be missing, i'm not aware of a tool similar to emm386
for 286 systems, but you might want to try looking for such a thing.

Reply 18 of 50, by Amigaz

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wd wrote:
Well games can request memory by different means: below-1mb ram, ems, xms, int15 (bios interface) or by switching to protected m […]
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Well games can request memory by different means: below-1mb ram,
ems, xms, int15 (bios interface) or by switching to protected mode.

In your case ems will be missing, i'm not aware of a tool similar to emm386
for 286 systems, but you might want to try looking for such a thing.

I see...but himem.sys (XMS) will work?

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