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Postby Klash_nebula » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:09 am

Hey guys! and nope I'm not talking DosBox here although that is a great tool. I'm talking real hardware... I have been interested in something for retro gaming, and got the idea to find some old laptops to mess around with. I picked them up on the street for a decent price. The first one I've already received, taken apart, formatted, installed DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.1 and some games etc. The second is still in the mail and is slightly newer

The first is a Digital DECpc 425SE. It's got a blazing fast 25mhz 486SX, 8mb of RAM, and the original (as far as I can tell) WD 170mb hard drive. I've had to transfer everything to it via floppy disk so I don't have any big games on it, and the screen refresh is a little disappointing being passive matrix. It also has no onboard sound except the PC speaker. When I received this computer it had Windows 95 which was pretty sluggish, and is partly why I downgraded it. The computer is from 1994 and was used at the Digital corporation, it has a "Property of" sticker on the bottom with an employee name and badge number, and Windows 95 said "Digital Internal Use Only" before the login. Not to worry, this company is long gone along with 99% of information and parts for this computer so I'm crossing my fingers that nothing goes wrong. Because of the screen I've been avoiding the first person shooters but it seems to run fine. I grew up with computers from this era so it's pretty nostalgic and entertaining to me.

A friend jokingly asked me if this computer would run KSP and I had a mental image of hitting the floor it button, going to sleep, waking up and hitting space, waiting two days and putting a roll of coins on the D key to start my gravity turn... I'm thinking of trying out the original Orbiter on it but that may be a little over my head.

The other computer is a Dell Latitude XPi P133ST from 1997, with a larger active matrix SVGA screen and a mono speaker. It has the 133mhz Pentium 1 and 40mb of RAM (8mb onboard) and I believe it came with Windows 95 preinstalled, but it has no hard drive at the moment. I'd like to set that one up with a dual compact flash to IDE adapter to dual boot Windows 95 and Dos6.22/Win3.1. It has some cosmetic issues but I have epoxy and got it cheap so it's not a big deal and I can actually get (some) parts for this one online. Pics when it gets here...

So if there's anyone else here with oldschool computers show them off!
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Re: Any retro PC enthusiasts / gamers?

Postby Mute » Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:19 am

I have a ..Pionex PC With M5CNB motherboard and CYRIX MEDIA GX 233MHZ CPU MMX ENHANCED , with 256mb ram and a 20gb hdd with a ATI RageII +DVD video card running Windows 98..

I am into old dos games plus fps games, I like playing old dos games like nightmare 3d and wolfenstein 3d + doom etc..

I think it would be better to have win98 installed instead of 95'... it's easier to run/use, plus you can switch between dos and pc and all the old games will be compatible with the system..

With the old laptops like the Latitude XPi P133ST, you are better off running only one OS instead of a dual boot....If you are planing on using it for gaming purposes...Better to update the ram and the video card if possible...

ps..Just to say...For gaming purposes, you want to go with a desktop...If possible..laptops don't have the power needed to run all those fps games...
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Re: Any retro PC enthusiasts / gamers?

Postby xcursion666 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:22 am

I have an ibm pc jr ibm at 286 a few tandy 1000s and 4 gateway 486 machines
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Re: Any retro PC enthusiasts / gamers?

Postby erik1977 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:46 am

I have way too many retro PCs to list them all, but you can see my main ones listed below in my signature.
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Systems I currently own:

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Playstation (modchip)
Xbox 360 slim
PS3 slim

Gaming PCs:

Win7 x64 desktop (Athlon II X2 250 3ghz, 2gb ram, Radeon x1650 512mb)
WinXP desktop (Athlon XP 2800+ 2.1ghz, 2gb ram, Radeon X800GTO 256mb)
Win98SE desktop (Pentium 3 550mhz, 320mb ram, Geforce TI4200 128mb, 3DFX Voodoo 2 12mb)
Win95 desktop (Pentium 133mhz, 40mb ram, Matrox Mystique 4mb, 3DFX Voodoo 2 8mb)
Win95 laptop (Pentium 166MMX, 32mb ram)
DOS 6.22 laptop (486DX2 50mhz, 8mb ram)
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Re: Any retro PC enthusiasts / gamers?

Postby Berzerk » Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:01 am

Coco 3
Coco 2
Atari 600XL
Atari 800XL
Commodore VIC
Commodore 64
TI-99/4A
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Re: Any retro PC enthusiasts / gamers?

Postby MisterXiado » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:59 pm

Atari XEGS
Radio Shack branded Color Computer 2 (CoCo 2)
Commodore 64
A couple 486 systems, a couple Pentium 1 systems, and a smattering of other computers up to 2007.

The Vogons forum is the premier place to learn about, and discuss classic computers. A great many of the regular users are technical experts.
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Re: Any retro PC enthusiasts / gamers?

Postby xcursion666 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:23 pm

The non pc vintage computers i have are c64 ti99 atari 600xl atari 1040st fm towns sharp x68000 and a sony hit bit
the fm towns and sharp x68000 cost me an arm and a leg to have shipped from japan the sony hit bit i got lucky and found one at a local pawn shop the fm towns also has been upgraded to a 486
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Re: Any retro PC enthusiasts / gamers?

Postby sasapinjic » Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:15 pm

I am retro PC gamer, couse my main PC is so old and crappy i name him "The Anciet One"! :lol:
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Re: Any retro PC enthusiasts / gamers?

Postby kremiso » Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:05 pm

I have also a crappy 286 PS/2 IBM with monocrome VGA and sharped-mouse,
dos 3.30
i can not throw it away... i can not do it
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Re: Any retro PC enthusiasts / gamers?

Postby MisterXiado » Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:35 pm

Never throw away old tech. It only becomes more rare over time, and if you have no desire to keep it, others will be chomping at the bit to acquire it. Think of all of the old games and systems that are crushed and deposited into landfills all the time, and there's nothing you can do, personally, to stop this from happening. Don't be part of the problem. Old technology is a window into the past, and knowing the past is the key to predicting the future.
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Re: Any retro PC enthusiasts / gamers?

Postby kremiso » Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:32 pm

MisterXiado wrote:Never throw away old tech. It only becomes more rare over time, and if you have no desire to keep it, others will be chomping at the bit to acquire it. Think of all of the old games and systems that are crushed and deposited into landfills all the time, and there's nothing you can do, personally, to stop this from happening. Don't be part of the problem. Old technology is a window into the past, and knowing the past is the key to predicting the future.


i'm pretty sure i'll keep it (there's Commander Keen installed inside !) :)

my little room is infested of old stuff
think there's something retro-tech also in the underpants drawer...
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Re: Any retro PC enthusiasts / gamers?

Postby Mute » Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:19 am

xcursion666 wrote:The non pc vintage computers i have are c64 ti99 atari 600xl atari 1040st fm towns sharp x68000 and a sony hit bit
the fm towns and sharp x68000 cost me an arm and a leg to have shipped from japan the sony hit bit i got lucky and found one at a local pawn shop the fm towns also has been upgraded to a 486


....You got an x68000....You lucky Bstrd :o
....So Jealous :x :P
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Re: Any retro PC enthusiasts / gamers?

Postby MisterXiado » Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:19 am

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Shot of my primary 486's motherboard, before I added more parts to it.
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Re: Any retro PC enthusiasts / gamers?

Postby MisterXiado » Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:04 am

Oh, and what the hey, here's that system in action.
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Re: Any retro PC enthusiasts / gamers?

Postby xcursion666 » Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:31 am

Mute wrote:
xcursion666 wrote:The non pc vintage computers i have are c64 ti99 atari 600xl atari 1040st fm towns sharp x68000 and a sony hit bit
the fm towns and sharp x68000 cost me an arm and a leg to have shipped from japan the sony hit bit i got lucky and found one at a local pawn shop the fm towns also has been upgraded to a 486


....You got an x68000....You lucky Bstrd :o
....So Jealous :x :P

the x68000 i got via a trade with a friend who lives in japan i traded a 16k tandy color computer and a atari 400 the only thing i had to pay for was the shipping on it because he was short on cash the fm towns i payed over 600 for sadly :( the most ive ever spent on a vintage computer luckily the towns plays burned games because real ones are expensive on ebay
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