I liked the A600, I had one a few years back, wish I hadn't given it away What's wrong with the keyboard on it?
The membrane's connector end is completely torn. A way of fixing it would be cutting some of it back then taking off the green plastic cover, but so far I haven't been able to do that without damaging the wiring underneath it.
This would be more classed as "old and sort of pimped" than retro. At the moment, i'm using a PIII-650 with windows 95 and it also dual boots Fedora 8. It's got 512 MB of RAM (as much as Windows 95 can handle without dying), and a Matrox MGA/Millenium G200 (8MB) AGP card in it. Thanks to the GA-6BA having 4 SDRAM slots, I could make use of a few spare 128MB PC100 RAM sticks.
The only reason i've replied to this post twice in 24 hours is because I set up a web server thing and a dodgy looking website about 3 pages big, which also means I have somewhere to host photos! (yay for me anyway). Sorry for super huge photos, but they've already been cropped from 2814x21something
I'll just shove in a link because the photos are huge due to the fact I didn't consider the camera takes photos at high resolutions. Bloody kodak!
Post by Tom Maneiro on Sept 11, 2009 13:12:02 GMT -5
Huge photos... broadband... Firefox... Yep, i like the smell of doom in the mornings
Mmm... typical 286 motherboard: tons and tons of parts (also, it does look very similar to Acer motherboards... maybe the same Taiwan factory?). Does it have a 287? Socketed chipset! WIN. Also that riser card looks... weird (pin-header slot!?). Also the case reminds me a lot of Acer cases of that age (huge plastic shells, no tools needed for removal...). Oh, wait... metallic case? Pass...
XT harddrive... is that thing alive? Now try to add some IDE thingy here... I like that HD bracket thingy, it can be useful for future experiments...
I've had Duke Nukem II running on it, and Wolf3d, it was more torture to me than the machine! DN II was playable, and wolf3d was just pure PAIN! Windows 3.1 is even torture for this poor old thing . She's got a 287, maxed out with 1MB (GET EXCITED!!!) of RAM. Pretty good for recycler grade material, hey? . Yeah, the riser card is pinned instead of slotted. I guess it's a normal NEC computer, strange and quirky, the keyboard port is even on the front! WTF?!?!?? It makes no sense to me.
The case is metal, and that section where the power supply and the drives sit doesn't come out! (Unless, you enjoy grinding and spot welding...).
An IDE hard drive would be very nice, but it needs to have a controller BIOS on it (An SCSI adapter would be cool as well, but I don't gots one ) seeing as the BIOS doesn't support user drive inputs or auto detect. The hard drive bracket? I thought it wierd to even see a 3.5" MFM (Yep, it's MFM, not RLL) drive, and then a funky bracket for it? I don't know... The BIOS program is even on a 5.25" floppy!
I tried DOOM once, and then it told me it needs a 386 for protected mode (duh idiot... *slaps self in head*)
I recently bought an Atari 130XE 8-bit computer from the local Goodwilll store during August, for $39.99 . Although the plastics are somewhat brown, it still runs quite well, and the device is now officially the oldest computer I own . Retr0bright should be able to clean it up.
The lot came with the console itself, a console power cable, x2 5.25" Floppy Disk Drives and x2 FDD power cables, x2 SIO cables, and the RCA-mono video cable. I returned to the store the next day to buy the compatible light gun for $9.99. At the local Ma & Pa video game store, I bought an Atari joystick, and 2 Atari 400/800/XL/XEGS cartridge games for it. Moreover, I recently ordered and received the Atari 130XE manual, a CIB box of 11 5.25" floppies, and a Bowling floppy game. However, I cannot test the FDDs until I find a DOS diskette . I may get an Ultimate 1MB Cartridge instead, for Christmas.
Audio/Video is displayed using an RCA-to-"F" converter. I can't wait to get those FDDs working, so I can debug some Atari homebrew games on hardware !