I figure some new pictures are due on here of my stuff......it's been awhile. I don't have any new ones of the Tandy yet, I plan to break the Tandy 1000 in June - as I'm planning a V20 upgrade and possibly 8087 add-on, as well as installing DOSLYNX on it and giving it full internet access finally. So pics of that when I get it done.
The 486 aka "Creeping Net 486 (DX4)"
- Songcheer XT Chassis, New-Old-Stock, bought in 2004, has been a Pentium and an XT clone in it's previous lives with me
- JDR Microdevices 250 Watt XT PSU
- FIC (First International Computer) 486-PVT VLB System Board, Socket 3
- AMD 486 DX4-100 SV8 CPU (WriteBack Cache)
- 512K L2 Cache
- 64MB of 72 pin 70ns FP RAM
- 1.44 & 1.2 MB floppies
- Lian-Li RH27 Drive Caddy, now I have 4 drives for it: 40GB - Windows 95 OSR2.5, 15GB - DOS/Windows for Workgroups 3.11, 3GB - Windows 2000 Professional (but used for experiments so it's going to change frequently during the fall/winter when the 486 goes full tilt), and I think another 40GB for FreeDOS 2.1 (which is slowly growing on me as an O/S)
- S3 805 2MB SVGA VLB Video
- SoundBlaster AWE64 Sound Card (platinum)
- LinkSys EtherFast PnP ISA 10mbps LAN Card
To list the sheer amount of software this thing runs would take all day. The more impressive stuff is Seamonky, Firefox, and Thunderbird from ToastyTech, Cakewalk 4.5 which I HAVE used to record digital multitrack audio (yep - it's a 486 DAW - insane), and quite a nice collection of games for each O/S ranging from Ultima VI era stuff and some AGI titles up to stuff like GTA, Postal, Duke Nukem 3D, and Diablo.
Where I moved to - it gets pretty hot during the summer, so to keep the heat down, I change to progressively older computers over the spring/summer, I also do this because during the spring/summer I'm out playing shows and making plans with the band and don't have as much time to get immersed in the more complex things my newer boxes (486, Pentium) give me.
1989 GEM Computer Products 286/10 (but runs at 12MHz)
- Magitronic Full AT Desktop Case
- Kingspao Full AT 250 Watt Power Supply
- Octek Revision 5.1 System Board
- intel 80286 10Mhz CPU (runs at 12MHz no problem though)
- ITT 802c87 12MHz math Co-Processor (pulled from a dead IBM PS/2 Model 50Z about 15 years ago)
- 4096K (4MB) of RAM on 30 pin SIMMS, 2 more Megabytes on a Acculogic RAMpAT ISA card
- 1.44MB and 1.2MB FLoppy Drives
- 3GB SCSI HDD
- 2X SCSI CD-ROM, HP/NEC
- TSENG ET-4000 1MB SVGA Graphics Card (this 286 does 1024x768 at 256 colors in Arachne no problem)
- SoundBlaster 16
- 3Com Etherlink III 10mbps LAN Card
- O/S - MS-DOS 6.22
- GUI - Windows 3.1, Windows 3.0, Windows 2.03, Windows 1.01, and DOSSHELL
- BROWSERS - DOSLYNX 1.63 and Arachne 1.97 GPL
- MOST USED GAMES - Elfland, Utlima 4, 5, and 6, Monkey ISland 1&2, Blockout, Street Rod, BASIC games - just to name a few
The GEM has been let sit way too long. In the last month I've sorted out the conflict between my sound card and my SCSI host adapter, got DOSLYNX working, tweaked Arachne to be more comfortable, added a EMS driver to it finally, and installed the GPL version of Game Maker on it. I'm slowly starting to learn Bill Gates was wrong when he said "the 286 is braindead" - not this one, Wolfenstein 3D runs comfortably on it. It also slows down PEREFECTLY for a lot of "turbo XT" era software when the turbo button is turned off.
1995 NEC READY 9522 PENTIUM 100
- LPX Tower Chassis (from what I understand these are rare), has style similar to a Packard Bell Legend 843+ or Multimedia tower (the rare one with the smoky cover, had one of those once upon a time)
- 220 Watt? AT Power Supply
- NEC Ready LPX System Board, Socket 5, Award BIOS
- Intel Pentium 100 MHz
- 128MB of FP RAM, 60ns, Parity
- Has the COAST module installed, I think it's 256K
- 1.44MB 3.5" Floppyy
- HDD pending, planning to install a Lian-Li media bay on this one like my 486
- 4X CD-ROM Drive? IDE
- 1MB SVGA on board
- on board Audio, Aztec?
- 10/100mbps 3COM Etherlink PCI
- 24.4K? ISA Modem, not a Winmodem, this card is BIIIIIIG
- no O/S yet
- Going to be my late 90's machine
I got this last summer after I recovered the data from it for a friend. I have the 3GB original HDD as an experimental drive for my 486 now so I plan to put an 80GB drive in this and use Virtual CD-ROM to run my CD-based games in it. Currently it needs a replacement Dallas Clock module, not sure what model because it's an aftermarket weird one (I have a picture of it somewhere). It's home-base O/S will be my old copy of windows 98 SE that still all these years that somehow I STILL remember the entire product key even though the original CD and packaging have turned to dust.
My DOS Boxen
85' Tandy 1000(a)- 8088/4.77, 640K, 8gb XT-IDE, TGA, 3-voice
89' GEM 286 - 286/12 w/287, 6MB, 1GB SCSI, 2XCD-ROM, ET-4000 1MB, SB Pro2
Creeping Net 486 - 486DX4100 WB, 128MB, 512K L2, 15GB+40GB, S3 809 2MB VLB SVGA, SBAWE64