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First post, by matti157

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Hello,
I'll post my build!

It all started with an IBM 300GL recovered from my grandmother's attic, it was the PC that my cousins ​​and I used when we were kids.

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It was originally a:
-Pentium MMX 166 + 256kb L2
-32mb RAM
-3GB Quantum Fireball
-Sound Blaster Vibra XV CT4170
-IBM\Hitachi 16X CD
-Cirrus Logic 5446 with 1MB RAM

A strange thing, I can't find the documentation with the original configuration of this model!
He had mounted a Pentium 200 downclocked to 166mhz via the motherboard jumpers, very strange...

I enjoyed doing some upgrades, the goal is to have a PC for DOS \ Win 3.11 \ Windows 95

-Pentium 233, although on the documentation the jumpers are only up to 200mhz, setting them to 100mhz the CPU goes to 233
-32MB Celestica SDRAM, like the original one
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-1MB additional memory for the Cirrus VGA
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-Philips RWDV3210
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-Sound Blaster AWE64 CT4520
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-Creative 3D Blaster Voodoo2 12MB CT6670
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-SD to IDE adapter with 3D printed bracket
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-Olivetti keyboard, because I live in Italy, in Ivrea where Olivetti has its headquarters 😁😁
-Roland SC-88VL White Edition

I connected the pc to a DELL 4K monitor via a VGA -> HDMI adapter that supports all DOS resolutions
https://it.aliexpress.com/item/32692452101.ht … .6d2c4c4d3AIihD
AIXXCO-qualit-portatile-Plug-and-play-VGA-a-HDMI-uscita-compatibile-1080-P-HD-Audio-TV-AV-jpg-Q90-jp.webp

I added a fan on the original passive heatsink and put a Noctua thermal paste

Some photos:
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IMG-4815.jpg IMG-4816.jpgIMG-4824.jpg

Here you will find all the original documentation of the pc 300GL, including an IBM FTP mirror with all the drivers!
FTP: http://ps-2.kev009.com/pccbbs/
Docs&drivers: http://ps-2.kev009.com/pcpartnerinfo/cat/0000 … 8/860/860s0.htm or http://ps-2.kev009.com/pcpartnerinfo/ctstips/336_217.htm (search for 6282, you have 3 pages)

Reply 1 of 3, by drosse1meyer

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Cool! Did you customize the BIOS screen?

How about some benchmarks? 😀

P1 Build: Packard Bell - 233 MMX, Voodooo1, 64 MB, ALS100+
P2 Build: Dell Dimension R400 - 400 Mhz, GeForce2 32 MB, 128 MB
P3 Build: PIII @ 1 Ghz, 128 MB, GeForce2 GTS 64 MB

Reply 2 of 3, by matti157

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drosse1meyer wrote on 2021-09-08, 01:26:

Cool! Did you customize the BIOS screen?

How about some benchmarks? 😀

Thanks for the answer, what kind of tests do you recommend to do and with what software?

For the BIOS there is the possibility to customize the main logo and the secondary logo at the bottom right.
16-color BMP images should be used
On the IBM FTP mirror you will find all the necessary info and the disk to update \ customize the BIOS

Index: http://ps-2.kev009.com/pcpartnerinfo/ctstips/2a46.htm
Bios update instructions: http://ps-2.kev009.com/pccbbs/commercial_desktop/ndjt32a.txt
Exe: http://ps-2.kev009.com/pccbbs/commercial_desktop/ndjt32a.exe

* /L:xxxx.bmp CUSTOM START UP IMAGE FILE NAME FOR THE LARGE *
* CENTERED IMAGE. AN IBM LOGO IS USED BY DEFAULT *
* BUT ANY 16 COLOR WINDOWS BMP FILE CAN BE USED *
* INSTEAD. THE UNCOMPRESSED IMAGE FILE MUST BE *
* LESS THAN 50K. ONLY RELATIVELY SIMPLE IMAGES *
* CAN BE USED AS REPLACEMENTS. *
* FOR NO IMAGE, USE /L:NONE *
* *
* /LL:yyyy.bmp CUSTOM START UP IMAGE FILE NAME FOR THE SMALLER *
* IMAGE IN THE LOWER RIGHT OF THE SCREEN. IT *
* SHOULD BE NO LARGER THAN 50K. AS WITH THE *
* OTHER IMAGE, IT NEEDS TO BE SIMPLE. *
* FOR NO LOWER RIGHT IMAGE USE /LL:NONE *
*

Reply 3 of 3, by drosse1meyer

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matti157 wrote on 2021-09-08, 08:56:
Thanks for the answer, what kind of tests do you recommend to do and with what software? […]
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drosse1meyer wrote on 2021-09-08, 01:26:

Cool! Did you customize the BIOS screen?

How about some benchmarks? 😀

Thanks for the answer, what kind of tests do you recommend to do and with what software?

For the BIOS there is the possibility to customize the main logo and the secondary logo at the bottom right.
16-color BMP images should be used
On the IBM FTP mirror you will find all the necessary info and the disk to update \ customize the BIOS

Index: http://ps-2.kev009.com/pcpartnerinfo/ctstips/2a46.htm
Bios update instructions: http://ps-2.kev009.com/pccbbs/commercial_desktop/ndjt32a.txt
Exe: http://ps-2.kev009.com/pccbbs/commercial_desktop/ndjt32a.exe

* /L:xxxx.bmp CUSTOM START UP IMAGE FILE NAME FOR THE LARGE *
* CENTERED IMAGE. AN IBM LOGO IS USED BY DEFAULT *
* BUT ANY 16 COLOR WINDOWS BMP FILE CAN BE USED *
* INSTEAD. THE UNCOMPRESSED IMAGE FILE MUST BE *
* LESS THAN 50K. ONLY RELATIVELY SIMPLE IMAGES *
* CAN BE USED AS REPLACEMENTS. *
* FOR NO IMAGE, USE /L:NONE *
* *
* /LL:yyyy.bmp CUSTOM START UP IMAGE FILE NAME FOR THE SMALLER *
* IMAGE IN THE LOWER RIGHT OF THE SCREEN. IT *
* SHOULD BE NO LARGER THAN 50K. AS WITH THE *
* OTHER IMAGE, IT NEEDS TO BE SIMPLE. *
* FOR NO LOWER RIGHT IMAGE USE /LL:NONE *
*

Um I would say the standard stuff, Doom, Quake, Quake2, Descent, Unreal, and their glide/opengl equivalents if applicable. Phil's has a .zip with everything included for benching, but I'm sure you already installed full copies of some of these ;P

P1 Build: Packard Bell - 233 MMX, Voodooo1, 64 MB, ALS100+
P2 Build: Dell Dimension R400 - 400 Mhz, GeForce2 32 MB, 128 MB
P3 Build: PIII @ 1 Ghz, 128 MB, GeForce2 GTS 64 MB