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First post, by digitaldoofus

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I have read of a few 286 "upgrades" that were put out back in the early 90's. Some would upgrade your 286 PC to a 386...and there were even a couple that would upgrade your 286 to a blistering 486 processor!

I, personally, would like to someday acquire a "386" upgrade for my 286 (of course, a "pure" 386 is almost certainly better -- but the geek in me would nevertheless still like to own an "upgraded" 286!)

Do any of you VOGON'ers have a 286 system that has been transformed by one of these upgrades? (Cloudschatze...I see you smiling! 😁 ) I'd like to hear any of your experiences, knowledge , or opinions of such upgrades, and comments about the hardware involved!

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Reply 1 of 6, by Zup

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I recall that Fujitsu sold "upgradeable" PCs. The main board had a special bus, and you inserted an "upgrade" card, so a 386PC could be upgraded to a 486PC.

Also, there were computers built around ISA "backplanes" (passive boards fitted with some ISA slots and no logic, memory or CPU in them), where CPU and memory were placed in ISA cards, and you could replace those ISA card to upgrade your tower.

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Reply 2 of 6, by keropi

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I have sent Amigaz a (IIRC) Kingston 286-to-386sx upgrade card... it just sits on top the 286 and it is a pcb with the 386sx cpu and extra glue logic
Maybe Amigaz sees the thread and reports 😀

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Reply 3 of 6, by Amigaz

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keropi wrote:

I have sent Amigaz a (IIRC) Kingston 286-to-386sx upgrade card... it just sits on top the 286 and it is a pcb with the 386sx cpu and extra glue logic
Maybe Amigaz sees the thread and reports 😀

*Thread seen* but can't report (yet) I've been too lazy to test it in my IBM 5170 😁

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Reply 5 of 6, by digitaldoofus

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keropi wrote:

I have sent Amigaz a (IIRC) Kingston 286-to-386sx upgrade card... it just sits on top the 286 and it is a pcb with the 386sx cpu and extra glue logic
Maybe Amigaz sees the thread and reports 😀

I think there is nary an exotic piece of hardware that has not at some time passed through the hands of "Mr. Amigaz"!!! 😁

Once you try retrogaming, you'll never go back...

Reply 6 of 6, by Anonymous Coward

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I have an original IBM AT that has an Evergreen 286-->486SLC2 upgrade. This is just about the fastest upgrade module available for 286. I think the only thing that could possibly be faster is a 486SLC3 upgrade.

IBM 486SLC series are chips are modified intel 386SX. They have the 486SX instruction set and 16kb of internal cache memory.

EvergreenIBM-Cyrix-286-upgrade-L.jpg

I also have another module made by "Buffalo" that uses TI486SXL, which has 8kb internal cache. It is also quite good. I have had better luck getting this one to cooperate with my DMA SCSI controller.

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