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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, […]

80s RetroComputing

This page is primarily about my 80s PC collection.  For my 90s collection, go HERE. My Collection Consists of: 2x PCjrs – one with 640k internal via Hotshot (detailed below) and another stock 3x XTs – 1 standard, 1 portable, and 1 custom project XT (will be detailed soon; currently rebuilding as of 07-14-2018) IBM PS/2 […]

90s RetroComputing

This page is primarily about my 90s PC collection.  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 work simply […]

Vintage Fan Collection

I love old fans, you know, the kind where your fingers are at risk while running. I like to keep them as authentic “as I found them” as possible.  Therefore, I’ll replace cords with cloth cords as needed, oil the motor, clean them up a bit, but otherwise leave the original patina intact. I currently […]

Portable 8-Bit Nintendo

Some of the greatest games ever made were on the good ‘ol 8-Bit NES of the late 80s. I had my original NES laying around and decided to bring it back to life…as a giant “Gameboy” like portable. Highlights: -5″ color TFT backlit LCD -Externally rechargeable Lithium-ION power supply w/ > 3 hours runtime -Sound […]