Reply 42560 of 45448, by Megantonneke
I am delighted as I was able to acquire this 486 VLB system on a Dutch auction site. I recognized it as a Planhold Powerstation VL4 system,
built by one of the best clone builders in the Netherlands during the '90s, called Planhold in Amsterdam. Good quality components but for a hefty price in those days.
I owned a 486DX2 66Mhz version of such a system, so this listing piqued my interest.
I offered a fair amount for this 2nd hand system, especially in view of the lack of information and bad image quality of the photos in the listing. But the seller
wanted more. The guy that sold the system was clearly not a hardware guy. When I asked him about the internals, he only replied with "There is not much to tell, the
floppy drives are Panasonic". But some extra photo's tempted me to offer a bit more and got the deal done.
So what have we got so far, a system in working order with:
- ADVANCED INTEGRATED RESEARCH, INC. 486SH VLB motherboard, with a barrel battery but no leakage (yet).
- Intel 486DX 33 Mhz (I think I go and find myself a 486DX2 66Mhz replacement)
- 4Mb RAM
- Diamond SpeedStar pro VLB graphics card
- CT2290 Soundblaster 16
- WD 220 Mb Harddrive
- 3.5 and 5.25 inch floppy Panasonic
- 4x cd-rom drive
- The very distinctive Micronics AT Case with the drives and power button behind a door with a tinted plexiglass feature. (Needs some RetroBriting)
It also has a red/green LED Mhz indicator in the top part behind the tinted plexiglass.
- The original Focus FK-8000 KeyCal keyboard
- MAG DX15F monitor (cheaper than those ETC and NEC monitors that Planhold sold with their system)
- Microsoft serial mouse.
A box full of original software with disks.
Just for fun: The original ad of this system from 1993 https://archive.org/details/computertotaal-19 … L4&view=theater