Saved from a college!
This machine stood into a classroom until 2008, with only 1MB... What a misery!Saved from destruction, it has been fully upgraded.
What's in the box?
The rear panel
- CPU 80386SX, at 20MHz
- Maths Coprocessor 80387 at 20MHz
- 8MB RAM
- Floppy drive 1.44
- Hard drive IDE 80Mo
- Sound card ESS that drives the CD
- Network card RTL8019 with RJ45
- Two COM and one LPT ports
- ZIP drive, Panasonic printer and a serial mouse
- VGA on board 640x480x16
RAM and CPU
|Here you'll find the different ports. Note that one serial is with a DB25 (the one with the mouse), and the other with a DB9.|
|On the right, the CPU card. If you install the FPU 387, as I did, you must close the J11 jumper. |
Under, the DIP switches. If you install 8MB (this is the maximum managed by the BIOS), the DIP1 must be pushed up. Else, your limit will be 4MB.
|Test for the 80387: |
To test its presence, you can use this little tool CHIP that detects and displays the CPU and FPU included in your computer.
For real test, you can use my little program FRACTVGA that heavily uses the FPU to computes a fractal in VGA 320x200 and 256 colors (with its assembler source).
On the Windows side
|Two tools you must have: |
- WIN32S to allow the execution of 32 bits programs, comes with the card game FreeCell as a test.
- VFW: Video For Windows to replay AVI files under Windows.
| ||Office with Claris Works 3.0: |
A good alternative to Microsoft products, a text editor, spreadsheet, database, bitmap and communication. A bit long to startup, but then really useable on a old computer like this.
|Setting up the Net card: Starting under DOS was necessary for my card as it has no jumper and that my BIOS is not Plug and Play. So I used RSET8019.EXE to set the hardware: IRQ10, Base address 300h and Full Duplex on my Jumperless card. |
|The Net card under Windows:|
I have Windows for Workgroups 3.11 with the net facilities. So my Ethernet card with RTL8019 chip from Realtek wasautomatically detected as NE2000 and the drivers were installed by Windows.I just had to precise the IRQ and the base address.
| ||TCP/IP installation:|
The TCP drivers are not included in the system. So, you have to download them at: TCP32B.EXE and execute the file. Just verify then that the TCP layer is listed!
|Configuration for my LiveBox (Orange): |
TCP is configured wia DHCP to get the IP from the box. And then, just write the box address for both the gateway and the name server.
Netscape Navigator 2.02fr
|Software for Internet: |
Here are three programs adapted to an old computer. They don't need lots of ressources, they offer the essential and are very reactive, even on this slow machine.
- FoxMail for the e-mail. You can have several accounts but everything is mixed in the same box.
- Forté Free Agent, a news reader. Messages are classified by discussion.
- mIRC for the chat
That's the maximum I can ask to my computer! Surfing on the WEB can be done, but it is really slow.Mostly because of GIF and JPG management. Here is my homepage under Netscape with 16 colors..!Since december, 15th, 2007