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First post, by Anaxagoras

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Hello.

The first of all excuse me for my english, this is not my mother language but I am always learning.
Since a lot of years I focused in 8 bit retro computing, specially playing with my dear Speccy, but recently I setup my old 486 thanks in part to this forum.

In my desk there are permanent place to:

- my current PC
- Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K
- and recently incorporated a Compaq EVO D310 (Pentium IV @ 3GHZ) with Windows XP to run emulators and games for these era.

By the other hand I have other computers waiting for me. 😜

- My first PC, a PC-XT Clon. RAM 640Mb , HD 20MB , 2 Floppy Drives, monochrome (orange) monitor (12'')... OS: MSDOS 3.30
- PC 484DX4 @ 100Mhz, RAM 16MB, 2 X CF (2GB and 4 GB), SisS86C201 VGA (1MB I think), 4X CD reader, Sound Blaster 16 (ISA). OS: MSDOS 6.22.
- And last but no least, my first laptop, Toshiba Satellite Pro 4600. Pentium III, RAM 256MB, DVD reader, 3,5'' floppy drive, 14'' with Windows 98 SE.

Now I am looking for the best use for each computer, keeping in mind that it works in their original hardware when possible.
For example, Pinball Fantasies runs perfect in the 486. I prefer to play in this PC rather DosBOX under Windows XP.
Doom is a special case. I prefer to play in Windows with ZDoom although the original Doom runs perfect in 486.
Fatal Racing (Whiplash) is a DOS game released two moths later (more or less) than Windows 95. The best setup I have found is in Windows XP with VDM Sound, spectacular!!!, although the gameplay in the Toshiba (PIII, Windows 98) is awesome too (without any emulation of course).

I know that this is not a great deal but is funny. 😁
I will post pictures and more detailed specs soon.
Thanks to all.

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Reply 1 of 5, by Andy1979

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Welcome to the forum. Your english is very good!

Your journey sounds similar to mine. I decided to resurrect my old PCs after fixing up my 1980s/early 90s Acorn computers (8 and 32-bit).

When I am finished I will have a 386 (DOS), Pentium 133 (DOS/Win 95/NT4), Pentium III 650 (Win98/2000) and Core2Duo (XP) systems, along with a PIII 450 Laptop. The challenge, as you say, is to use each machine effectively - I suspect that my PIII will run everything that the Pentium 133 does, so therefore do I still need that machine? I prefer to keep my day-to-day Windows 10 machine free of old games which may have compatibility issues, and I figure it would take me just as long to set up DOSBOX so I might as well enjoy the old hardware that I already own.

Best of luck with your project, look forward to seeing how you get on.

My Retro systems:
1. AMD 386SX-40, 4mb RAM, AVGA1, DOS 6.2
2. Pentium 133, 48mb RAM, Matrox Millennium 2mb, 3DFX Voodoo 4mb, DOS6.22 / Win95
3. Pentium III 650 (to be constructed)
4. Core2Duo E6600 (to be constructed)

Reply 5 of 5, by Anaxagoras

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Andy1979 wrote:
Welcome to the forum. Your english is very good! […]
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Welcome to the forum. Your english is very good!

Your journey sounds similar to mine. I decided to resurrect my old PCs after fixing up my 1980s/early 90s Acorn computers (8 and 32-bit).

When I am finished I will have a 386 (DOS), Pentium 133 (DOS/Win 95/NT4), Pentium III 650 (Win98/2000) and Core2Duo (XP) systems, along with a PIII 450 Laptop. The challenge, as you say, is to use each machine effectively - I suspect that my PIII will run everything that the Pentium 133 does, so therefore do I still need that machine? I prefer to keep my day-to-day Windows 10 machine free of old games which may have compatibility issues, and I figure it would take me just as long to set up DOSBOX so I might as well enjoy the old hardware that I already own.

Best of luck with your project, look forward to seeing how you get on.

Thank you Andy1979.
I prefer to use the old hardware too, more accurately, with the same computers that I own from decades... "The Survivors" 😏

About your Pentium 133 I think that covers perfectly the gap for certainly DOS games. Is perfect for those games that run slow in 386 but too fast in Pentium III however in Windows games I think those problem no exist. A Windows 9x game always obtains better performance in faster CPUs but my opinion is based only in a few games.

keropi wrote:

Nice, can't wait for the pics 😀

Ps. Nice nickname

I found some pics 😁

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badmojo wrote:

Hi!

What do you do with your Spectrum? C64 man myself but am always interested to hear about rival products 😈

Here you are my Speccy with 2GB of games attached 🤣

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And a part of my older "computer room"...

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My respects

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