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Solar Powered Class-A RV

MK and I have been discussing this dream for many years and it’s finally going to happen. Our health problems make winter painful, so we’re going to follow the warmth. We’re going to snowbird in a 40ft diesel pusher, and I’m going to cover it with solar panels. My career is as a solar designer, […]

Vintage IBM Portable PC 5155

The IBM Portable PC, basically a 5160 XT in a case with a handle on it.  This one is fairly tricked out, with a full 640k, a 30MB RLL ST-238R HDD, 2GB CF adapter, MediaVision Thunderboard sound card and more. It’s running IBM PCDOS 2000 Can’t fit much more inside this chassis Rear view, showing […]

IBM PS/2 Model 30 286 Project

The IBM PS/2 Model 30 is that version of PS/2 that has real 16-bit ISA slots in it rather than microchannel.  This is a good thing, because ISA cards are cheap and easy to find whereas MCA ones are expensive and good luck finding a sound card in MCA format. My PS/2 came to me […]

90s RetroComputing using Industrial PCs

This page is primarily about my 90s PC “tiny industrial builds”.  For my 80s collection, go HERE. Remember the good ‘ol days of C:\>, SET BLASTER, Cubic Player, and the PCDOS DemoScene? The glory days of computing when you set your modem’s jumpers to COM1, IRQ4 and it always worked? Or when you made your mouse […]

Vintage IBM 5150 + 5161 Project (Original PC)

This is my IBM 5150 PC with expansion chassis.  Main unit contains twin 360k floppies and expansion contains twin 10MB hard drives. The two look good together.  This is basically your maximum 5150 PC configuration, with 13 ISA slots total. Inside the main 5150 unit with floppy drives. The cards, from left to right (top […]

Vintage 386 Project

This is a 386 build in an XT chassis.  AMD 386DX @ 40MHz, 8MB RAM, 1.44MB + 1.2MB floppies, 600MB IDE HDD and CD drive. ALI M1419 386 motherboard Cards are my favorite clone SB from a Packard Bell, VGA and IDE+Floppy Controller  Running IBM PCDOS 2000 ATI VGA Wonder-16 Video Card Packard Bell Clone […]

Vintage 286 Clone Project – Rebuilding My First PC

My first computer, received around age 9 or so (1990), was a 286 clone made by the Korean Hyosung Computer Company.  I kept the motherboard and HDD, a Seagate ST225.  I finally got around to re-building it though with upgraded subsystems.  The original had the ST225 20MB HDD and 5-1/4 floppy.  I will likely add […]

Vintage 486 Project

This is an IBM PS/1 Re-build.  Spec: 64MB RAM / Evergreen AMD DX5-133 CPU upgrade / MSDOS 7 / Floppy Emulator / Generic GUS / IBM 4GB HDD / Resound OPL3 Like it just came off the assembly line Originally had a 3.5″ and 5.25″ floppy with a slow CDROM.  Replace with Floppy emulator, IDE HDD […]

Vintage TurboXT Project – 1985 Dream Machine

This details my TurboXT building adventure.  All of my other XTs are genuine IBMs, running at 4.77MHz, with Intel or AMD 8088 CPUs.  I decided to take my crustiest of the IBM machines and rebuild it with a TurboXT clone board.  I also wanted certain extras, like NEC V20 CPU, Yamaha OPL audio, CompactFlash slot, […]

Mobile Solar: Pickup Mounted 300w Off-Grid System

I’ve been putting some form of solar on my truck for many years now.  It started with a 25w module on my 1997 Tacoma, which expanded to 150w.  Then that truck broke and I had this shiny new 2015 Tacoma with no solar.  It felt incomplete.  The first iteration was a full-size SolarWorld 285w 60 […]