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Anyone interesting in old computers?
BladeRunner
Queensland
2814 posts
I came into possession of this old PC, Made in around 1994. Just wanted to know if anyone would be interested in having it. I don't have experience with older PCs like these and not too interested in restoring it or getting a compatible HDD working with it. If you're not interested in it yourself, know anyone who might be? Some people collect old PCs like this.

https://i.imgur.com/JfuCEvM.jpg
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TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
6612 posts
Perfect system to play California Games on :)
10:45am 11/12/17 Permalink
Khel
Brisbane, Queensland
23966 posts
8MB of ram and a CD Rom drive in 1994 would have been a pretty pimped PC
12:26pm 11/12/17 Permalink
Raven
Melbourne, Victoria
9534 posts
A "pretty pimped PC" in 1994 would still take 2 minutes to load each mission of Wing Commander III due to the speed of the CD-ROM drive.

These days when I go back to play it I just copy all four disks to a drive - but I once copied the whole game/discs to a RAMdisk just for fun :)
01:47pm 11/12/17 Permalink
Twisted
Brisbane, Queensland
12296 posts
Some people collect old PCs like this.
I don't think so. People collect some older classic machines. Just like every car is not a collectable, not every computer is a collectable.
06:42pm 11/12/17 Permalink
trillion
Ballarat, Victoria
4342 posts
lol look's like something trog would sell at Costplus

08:13pm 11/12/17 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Other International
39366 posts
A pimped PC in 1994 would have maybe run Doom at 35fps without needing to have shrunk down the viewport
08:52pm 11/12/17 Permalink
BladeRunner
Queensland
2816 posts
I googled the CPU and it's a 386DX made by AMD. They started making them in 1985 and stopped manufacturing them in 2006, which is crazy. Now that I know this, I may want to try and screw around with it some more. Also, when i turned it on, the weirdest smell emanated from it. It wasn't like a busted power supply smell or something, I could not describe it. never smelled anything like it. any ideas on that?
02:11am 12/12/17 Permalink
Morgan
Brisbane, Queensland
3875 posts
Hell yes I'd take this off your hands. I love vintage computing cause i'm a big nerd.

edit: Could be big ol' caps in the PSU dying maybe. If you have an air compressor give the entire computer a clean out and see if the smell goes away. I'm not certain what it is though.

Understand if you wish to keep this old beast to tinker with.

For old PCs, a lot of people use IDE compact flash as opposed to actually getting an old IDE HDD drive but it does detract from the experience a lil'.

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Vash
5641 posts
https://i.imgur.com/1b9D9fT.jpg

This was my badboy many moons ago. That 8mb hard drive upgrade was good times.
01:17pm 12/12/17 Permalink
BladeRunner
Queensland
2817 posts
Here are some pictures of the inside of it. Its a bit of a mess.

Also, the HDD works, has Dos on it. I want to try and install windows 3.1 or something. Ill find a guide on that.

https://i.imgur.com/qwRaWQO.jpghttps://i.imgur.com/9RKuqPk.jpg
10:27am 13/12/17 Permalink
Khel
Brisbane, Queensland
23967 posts
Lot cleaner than I was expecting, probably has less dust in it than my current PC even does
10:45am 13/12/17 Permalink
E.T.
Queensland
5143 posts
8MB of ram and a CD Rom drive in 1994 would have been a pretty pimped PC


Nah. I had 8mb in my 1990 PC. I was running DOS 3D Studio though.
11:48am 13/12/17 Permalink
trillion
Ballarat, Victoria
4344 posts
still have the SGI 320

it even came with a free subscription to User Friendly
04:26pm 13/12/17 Permalink
Morax
Brisbane, Queensland
2527 posts
Damn only just saw this post otherwise I'd be keen on it too. If anybody before me pulls out (lulz) I'll jump in :D That thing looks sweet!
04:47pm 13/12/17 Permalink
Morgan
Brisbane, Queensland
3877 posts
How are you getting data across to/from it? I don't even have a computer in the house with an IDE controller or ISA slots in it anymore but I do have a USB 3.5" drive and a floppy. You need to get it on a network for lulz! Try win 3.11 + TCP/IP driver + Mosaic or something. eBay has 10 mbit ISA ethernet cards for for under $30!
05:10pm 13/12/17 Permalink
hardware
Brisbane, Queensland
11738 posts
Bit of a mess? That's what they all looked like!!

Man I miss those days. When computers were still a novelty. Just going on the computer was fun. When virtually any computer owner knew the specs of their PC because they were that keen. When it really was awe and wonder to load a new program.
10:41pm 13/12/17 Permalink
Jayman
Brisbane, Queensland
1020 posts
The joys of managing you upper memory with different autoexec.bat / config.sys for certain games to load.
08:10pm 15/12/17 Permalink
BladeRunner
Queensland
2818 posts
I think it has windows on the HDD. When I look at the C: directory, there is a windows folder. Do I need a windows 95 boot disc to boot into 95? I guess I would have to have one, otherwise it would have booted straight into win95. Right? But right now, I got a keyboard error, I turned it on this morning and changed the boot config back to A, then C. Saved and then the keyboard would not work. I should try clearing the CMOS and see if that will work.

I was going to make a win 95 bootdisc by putting a CD version in disc drive and then copying those files to a diskette.
07:58pm 17/12/17 Permalink
Raven
Melbourne, Victoria
9544 posts
If people do actually have a use for this kind of stuff, let me know. I have to hang on to a bit of is so I can fire up CTC* if I ever need to, or the software to transfer data from the Commodore 64, but other than that most of the old PCs probably can be thrown out.

* CTC is Car Timer Controller, the software used to read data from the SuperNodes and Trackside Receivers (TSRs) used for motorspost all over Australia, and was in use by IndyCar and NASCAR in America in the late 80s/early 90s. Pre-Pentium PCs are necessary because the UARTs in the SuperNodes can't talk to Pentium-era built-in Serial ports due to a bug that was never quite explained to me in sufficient technical detail. TMYK!
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Mass
Brisbane, Queensland
1686 posts


Nah. I had 8mb in my 1990 PC. I was running DOS 3D Studio though.


F*** you are old
05:58pm 18/12/17 Permalink
hardware
Brisbane, Queensland
11740 posts
06:30pm 18/12/17 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
40926 posts
ahahah, thats like my work place and their old old jobs. no one updates things that work, so they just keep ticking along, everything around them updates and soon we'll get to the point where its ridiculously spensy to update the infra to handle the old jobs.
06:35pm 18/12/17 Permalink
Reverend
Gold Coast, Queensland
2140 posts
XT gold FTW ))
07:31pm 18/12/17 Permalink
E.T.
Queensland
5147 posts


F*** you are old



What's your point?

:p
07:33pm 18/12/17 Permalink
BladeRunner
Queensland
2819 posts
I can't see a thing to clear the CMOS, I might have to pull all bits out of it to get a better look. I could put it into a better case but I would need to get an AT to ATX power adapter from ebay, from Poland lol.

They keyboard works, I bought a DIN 5 to PS/2 adapter, I'm typing this on it.
10:14am 19/12/17 Permalink
Raven
Melbourne, Victoria
9545 posts
XT gold FTW ))


Did you mean XTree Gold?
08:53pm 19/12/17 Permalink
Morax
Brisbane, Queensland
2528 posts
Norton Commander > XTree Gold (or Pro)
10:46pm 19/12/17 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
40927 posts
no
06:56am 20/12/17 Permalink
Reverend
Gold Coast, Queensland
2141 posts
Did you mean XTree Gold?


yep I am old ))
06:26pm 20/12/17 Permalink
hardware
Brisbane, Queensland
11741 posts
i never liked xtree gold
as much as i like old pcs
i just preferred the dos shell
08:06pm 20/12/17 Permalink
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