Reply 23840 of 25386, by BitWrangler
Wow, been on a bit of an adventure digging in a neglected stack, tight spot in basement, so just have to take a quick look at stuff and put it back or I block myself in. It's teasing me as much as you guys, but I wanna know what I can arrange to make room for ...
Micron ClientPro MTA ex USAF, HX chipset Virge DX onboard and a yamaha OPL chip, nice high end pent box.. Compaq deskpro, also containing a Virge DX compaq edition, no sound though boo, slot load CD is a little interesting, 233MMX, (Series 3546) be top end MMX with a graphics transplant and you know, some noise makey bits. Empty horizontal box, thought it lost the front but I stuck it inside, "Primax Panther III" it used to be, can't remember if I got it empty or with something in it.
Mid tower AT, did I put this one together? Seems too dusty, like I got it in like this and didn't do much. P5F76, CT1600, Bali32 PCI, yiss, now we're finding the good stuff.
AEG Olympia Desktop AT case, what the heck was this "Model D212" whatever that was, don't look like one any more. Crack it and what do we have, M919 v 3.2? or something real close.... PODP5V... ATI Mach64 VLB 109-30100-00, again "oddly" dusty, like I don't remember running a POD for more than testing in the past and it has a little too much in the sink like it was ran a few months at least. Is this THE POD I thought I had or another?? IDK.
Now we have an AT clone desktop case, styled like a 5170 but for baby AT. It's by a region builder "CAD/CAM Center" wooo... a CAD box, crack it, devoid of HDD so won't know what they ran 5.25 drive, tape controller with hardware compression and a Porsche... 86c911, Diamond Stealth VRAM (ISA) on an Asus 486-ISA board, 486dx33, think this was a few thousand bucks worth in 1992. I/O card didn't look too special, normal ISA looking, didn't clock the P/N.
Is it seeming like there's some weird stuff in this pile to you? Well I was trying to get to the prince of weird..
Patriot Computer Company (That one, the one most famous for going bankrupt while selling hotwheels/barbie machines due to their PSU supplier screwing them over) Patriot Personal model SL4100 ... mine is missing 5.25 drives/covers, front of floppy and turbo switch cap, might have been a freebie/pickup not sure. Contains an NLX style board supplied by IBM, Cyrix Fasmath visible, onboard CPU under HSF, empty socket 3, this coulllld be, a clock tripled IBM blue lightning! 256kb cache, 16MB RAM installed, GL5428 onboard but someone put a trident 8900C in it??? hmmm might be that there's only 512MB onboard, or onboard needs attention, ISA card is 1MB.
Anyhoo, can't see any difference to this one https://twitter.com/dougberner/status/1374543210626740224 but that dude thinks he has a normal/full DX4-100 which I don't think it is. But apparently the highlight for Xmas 94 in Canada was these beasties being $1000 CDN in the run up. I thought my ISA riser was an odd one because it leans in a bit, but I see his is the same. Looks like it maybe had a VLB riser option too. Maybe PS/1 stuff fits.
edit: probably more like LPX form factor, I never did get all the whackass ones straight.
editII: Hah yeah it was just early this month I found my "original" P5F76 Re: What retro activity did you get up to today? that one must have come in that case. It's either one offs or stuff starts breeding on me.
editIII: some vague memories are creeping back about that AEG Olympia case PODP M919 ... Some 20+ years ago, was during a period of being hard to find computer stuff in the area, but also, 486 class were "done" and value was somewhere between free and $100 realistically, kinda where P4 to Core2 is now.... I think this is the system I was at a yard sale, and he started high and kept saying "but it's a Pentium" and I kept saying it was 90% 486, and I think I ended up paying $40 or $50 for it, because I did recognise that the Mach64 was higher end and wanted one, but I think I still felt like I paid a bit much. The irony of this is that I think it was shortly after this I hit some kind of strike/seam/run of VX and HX pentium boards and forgot about this, with faster hardware to play with/build up and pass around the fam.
Unicorn herding operations are proceeding, but all the totes of hens teeth and barrels of rocking horse poop give them plenty of hiding spots.