A long time ago I started off computing wise with an Amiga 500+ and that was purely to make a data base of my out of control vinyl Records and CD collection … soon realised it could do much more than that … it came as a pack with Bob Dinnermans FA/18 Interceptor and I was hooked.
Soon realised the way forward was with PC computers … it was Falcon 3.0 did that to me LOL and magazine shots I saw and lusted after, bought my first PC a 386 MHz clone same year from an off shore medic in Aberdeen I knew … he was as daft as I was LOL and showed me the ins and outs of his PC … he’d just built a new 486 (gasp at tech of time) and I was happy to buy his 386 … it put me on the right track for sure.
I learned fast though and soon realised building your own PC was no biggie, so ordered up parts for my first PC build of a 486 DX2 66 … great CPU in its day and the rest of the parts needed too and BINGO … it all worked off the bat, felt like a computer scientist for half an hour … not many people took that leap back then though in fairness, heh.
Over time I’ve learnt lots, we all have and have upgraded massive and focused on flight simulation.
Bit later wanted to re-visit those old days and decided to build a retro DOS PC to run those old sims and games I started off with … actually still have my old Gameport TM F22 pro and TQS for that, went on a hunt from my parts cupboard and even Ebay … I was on a mission … couldn’t find my my original 486 CPU or board but bought a board and Pentium 200, graphic card not sure of in my pics, but definitely 3dFX era pass through variety … Orchid Righteous I think via a Matrox card of time … will pull them both to check soon.
Ignore the case logo’s, it was best match I could find on Ebay at time … PSU is ultra noisy, remember that much.
Going to give it a deep clean this weekend, get the remaining muck and spider webs from years of shed storage cleaned off of it and hopefully it will start again.
It was well tweaked with my knowledge of DOS back then and memory management, even if I did use QEMM, even a custom menu system for my sims … GUI … pah, beat ya Windows used DOS batch files to launch my TM scripts and then sim itself … I swear we get more lazy as a species
Will try it soon and report back.