The 486DX 33 MHZ Retro Gamer - Or The Adventure Games MIDI Master

Discussion in 'Retro & Arcade Worklogs' started by philscomputerlab, Jun 7, 2016.

  1. Court Jester

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    why not just run an emulator / virtual Machine on a modern PC
     
  2. technoir

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    Because it's nowhere near as fun as resurrecting a classic 486 machine!

    Top work Phil. Great photos as well. Like many people here, had a 486DX33 back in the day... 8Mb of RAM, 14" non-interlaced monitor, what a beast :leet: Cost $3,000 new :tongue: Interesting that the value of old equipment like this quickly plummeted to zero but now continuing to rise as they become collectors items.
     
  3. power

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    spoken like someone who doesn't understand what retro computing is all about.

    real hardware is just different, the look, feel, sound are all part of the experience.
     
  4. Dellwood

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    I just threw a brand new DS12887 in with my last order from Element14. That way I know I'm getting a brand new part. Most of the devices on eBay look like their date stamps are around 2003, so they'd probably only have a year or less left in them!

    I really should write up my retro 486 build, as I hit a lot of pitfalls on the way too.
     
  5. Dellwood

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    Especially the part where you draw blood handling the pins on the back of the motherboard, or trying to get everything into the case!
     
  6. Flamin Joe

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    I can't believe people still ask questions like this. It's like walking up to a car enthusiast who's restoring a classic car and asking him why bother when you can just drive a Hyundai. :lol:
     
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    Yes that is true. That was the reason why I put in a socket, that way I can just replace it when needed.

    I'll do more 486 projects, the legendary DX2-66 is definitely the next one on the list :)
     
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    Friggin awesome, you've just brought back so many memories for me! i still have original lemmings 1991 on disc here, alone in the dark, GODS, commander keen, and flashback..& another world

    From memory alot of those video cards came with underpopulated memory slots.


    T1
     
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  9. shane41

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    Bolt on a high rpm P4 turbo, she be right :tongue:

    Good job Phil, always a fan of your work. Yes we do need more focus on the older parts. Especially saving & preserving them. Still to find a working 486, though plenty of socket 7's will run :thumbup:
     

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