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Re: Barrel style CMOS battery question

Thanks very much for the replies, I'll take the advice get rid of it. I've de-soldered one from a another board and used the external battery header, which worked OK. So I'll go that route again if I can. The 386DX40 board I mentioned in the original post is dead - can't get it to post. But I can't …

Barrel style CMOS battery question

I've seen first hand recently what a mess these things can make when they leak - I found an otherwise perfect 386 board which has been badly corroded. But I've also found a 486 board which has a barrel battery that hasn't leaked, and amazingly still holds a charge. So my question is - can I leave it …

Hardware score at the recycle center

I got lucky at the local recycle center today and thought I'd share my finds here. First up is a 486dx2 66 - quite a cool old case and still complete, sporting DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.11! It booted up first try. Lots of games and period software included for the price of entry (all this stuff was …

Re: Wow - this takes the cake

Out of interest why are they clowns for selling (or trying at least) to sell a 486 MB for 100 bucks? I've seen that sentiment a few times on this board. I know you can get them far more cheaply - or even free - if you're patient, but is the seller doing the wrong thing for putting big prices on …

Check out this bad boy

Just noticed this beauty on eBay - if I was in driving distance I'd make an offer, but unfortunately, I aint. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/1985-ms-dos-comput … 4#ht_500wt_1413

Re: A sad hardware story, please help me.

OK thanks for the reply, I will get a multimeter and test it. I could easily switch the PSU out for another one I have but it's a nice clean one, so I'd prefer to use it if possible. The reason I suspected the connector is that - by looking closely at the molex plug - I could see a cut section of …

Re: A sad hardware story, please help me.

An update on this - eBay to the rescue once again. I found this 4-pin to 2-pin adapter to replace the dodgy one I suspect caused the burnout previously: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/160639806633?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649#ht_500wt_1180 And I found a similar looking LED unit …

Re: I want an "Ultimate DOS" gaming rig but... is this too powerful?

in DOS
"Hey, wasn't I doing this to play video games? Eh, whatever," and go out dumpster diving again. Thank goodness this isn't just me. I finally put together my ideal 486, I love it, I sit down to play some classic games at long last... then I start wondering "what would that broken down old box with …

Re: A sad hardware story, please help me.

You're dead on there I think. I pulled a similar part from another machine and connected it to the case in question, and the display did function correctly for a time, but then started to heat up and fry before my very eyes. On closer inspection it looks like someone has messed around with the …

A sad hardware story, please help me.

I have a shameful habit of taking unwanted hardware to my local recycle center and, while the attendant isn't looking, browsing other people's discards and often coming away with more things than I arrived with. On my last raid I found a beautiful AT case which is in near new condition - it even has …

Re: Games in vesa mode, hardware required.

in DOS
Thanks for the helpful replies as always on this board, I'll give fastvid a go and try to be a bit more realistic with my expectations. I'm having a ball messing around with this old hardware - most of which I couldn't afford back in the day - but, due to being corrupted by modern PC gaming I think, …

Games in vesa mode, hardware required.

in DOS
Like most things in life there's probably no easy answer for this, but what hardware is required to run games in vesa mode at a decent frame rate? I ask because I've recently been messing around with early pentiums (started with a 200MMX, now using a P2 300 MMX) to play DOS games and am not getting …

Re: Who Else Uses Anti-Static Wrist Straps?

in Milliways
Nah I've never used one and never had a problem. The only trouble I've run into with regard to zap's is mistaking an AT case for an ATX and trying to test a broken power switch by shorting it with a swiss army knife's scissors. Pretty moronic in hindsight but you know, I was young. I did sit on a …

Re: Retro Rig Photo Thread

Is that 6 case LEDs I see? Whatever for? Yes it's a cool case, smaller than I expected though and I'm sure the CPU isn't getting any airflow at all, the IDE cables pretty much cover it. But I guess they knew what they were doing, it's still alive all these years later! It would be an issue for a …

Re: Retro Rig Photo Thread

Yeah Jeff I think his name is? He's had a couple of others listed too. If only he'd listed that 486 six months ago when I decided to re-live my youth, he could have saved me a significant amount of time and money! I remember your post about that Acer 486, it gave me confidence to buy a similar …

Re: Retro Rig Photo Thread

A couple of eBay purchases: http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g330/rjheard/486.jpg CPU: Intel DX2 overdrive @ 66Mhz Motherboard: ASUS VL/I486SV2GX4 RAM: 16Mb (4 x 72pin Fastpage) Hard Drive: 270Mb Western Digital IDE Multi I/O VESA Card Video Card: VESA Cirrus Logic CL-GD5428 1Mb Sound Card: ISA …

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