Reply 60 of 71, by leonardo
TheMobRules wrote on 2023-01-31, 01:53:leonardo wrote on 2023-01-30, 18:37:
Sorry about the long wait! I got sick and didn't get around to this until today. I've attached a screenshot of the report summary and the BIOS-file. Hope you find some use for it.
Thanks a lot leonardo! By quickly examining the file in a hex editor, it seems your BIOS (A75B - Apr-21 1994) is slightly newer than mine (A75A - Mar-31 1994). Very interesting! I wonder if it has fixes for the bugs I noticed in my version, I will test your BIOS in my board in the next few days and will report back.
I'm on the edge of my seat. 😁
Vic Zarratt wrote on 2023-01-31, 02:40:
That is really a nice build for what's labelled as run of the mill, it's one for that 1994 vibe. The case is fairly correct wit […]
That is really a nice build for what's labelled as run of the mill, it's one for that 1994 vibe.
The case is fairly correct with the tri-digit LCD - the first 100mhz 486's and 90mhz pentiums were from intel were available for evaluation before october 1994 and Dell shipped them in their review machines.
There was a 2-part feature in PCW magazine in the UK 1994 april and may issues (or was it march?) where Frank Leonardt built something like this, and the cirrus 5428 VLB was in high demand at the time.
His goal was to build a multimedia PC that complied with the MPC2 standard for under £1000 I think he had to settle on a 486 sx25 as a compromise. I can't remember if the price includes a monitor but i do have the article cutting somewhere...
It did turn into a fairly nice retro-setup in the end, and it was quite fun seeing it slowly come together. If you find the article you mention it might make for an interesting read.
In other news, sadly my SoundBlaster 32 passed away recently. It was acting up from the day I got it, so I guess it may have been dying from since before I even got it. One day after I booted it, I was greeted with
ERROR: Bad Serial ID Checksum (VendorID 9C008C0E) expected=BC actual=FF
After that no amount of playing with it would bring it back online. I even flashed the EEPROM as suggested in this thread, but to no avail. This does appear to be a somewhat common problem for the model, and as none of the other components have exhibited any warning signs, for the time being I'm still focused on finding a new sound card rather than a PSU.
[Install Win95 like you were born in 1985!] on systems like this or this.