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Playing with 486 100 MHz
on: October 12, 2021, 13:16:12 PM
I have installed using CF cards to IDE as hard drives (less noisy and much faster) DrDos 7.03 with ansiplus , 4dos , ftp server, Doug menu. Really fun with "fast" 486 can browse with Arachne sending and recieving  files to on my linux mint laptop :)

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Re: Playing with 486 100 MHz
Reply #1 on: October 12, 2021, 13:25:30 PM
That's quite cool. I wish I'd kept some of my older hardware with older versions of Windows on, mostly just for retro gaming but also because I want to play around with Vue D'Esprit renderer again and its 16-bit only, which means I have to faff around with VirtualBox and old images.

My most recent cool purchase was a powered SATA/IDE to USB cable, which worked just fine to boot up and read an old Fujitsu 20GB IDE drive :)

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Reply #2 on: October 12, 2021, 14:12:48 PM
sounds fun,I have one of those so I can get to my old
HDDs :) for the 486 I have several CFs that I can have
two at the time and swop from outside the computers
bakside. I have widows 95 with Lite Step shell,DrDos,
DSL (Damn small linux) and now I have started a freeDos installation, which
takes some learning.
I am posting this with Arachne on the 486 :)

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Reply #3 on: October 12, 2021, 14:19:42 PM
I f you have old pc stuff especially IBM  86-92, floppies, drives, books etc. keep it, I have sold for about £1800 on swedish "ebay" Tradera.

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Reply #4 on: October 12, 2021, 16:34:58 PM
That's incredible. It's amazing how much some of the hardware is worth now if its in very good condition.

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Reply #5 on: October 12, 2021, 16:51:23 PM
A good IBM kbrd model M goes for 100-200 £s (I sold one :) ) I have an even older in good condition, a model F which I will keep for a while as I tinker with my IBMs  5150 and 5160 before I sell them.
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Reply #6 on: October 14, 2021, 23:04:15 PM
Now posting using Arachne in FreeDos on IBM 486 DX100 :)

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Re: Playing with 486 100 MHz
Reply #7 on: October 15, 2021, 08:49:59 AM
What monitor and resolution are you using?

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Reply #8 on: October 15, 2021, 12:30:29 PM
Viewsonic LCD  800x600 but 1024x768 also works but a bit slower. Does not look great but workable really slow though :)  Only fast thing is reading news with Microweb (a text only browser,works on 8086 and up)
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Reply #9 on: October 15, 2021, 12:57:12 PM
I tried Lynx (text  based with colors) works much faster and I could log etc. in to tekforums (Much faser)

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Reply #10 on: October 15, 2021, 14:49:51 PM
I would imagine text based browsers must really struggle with the modern web, aren't most sites almost unreadable, or does it rely on accessibility components like a screen reader?

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Reply #11 on: October 15, 2021, 20:55:21 PM
Well lynx does not seem to struggle with tekforums at least arachne much slower but show gifs and pics.

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Reply #12 on: October 17, 2021, 20:31:30 PM
Now getting a bit more familliar with FreeDos it is quite good :) Now posting from DilloDos browser on the 486 seems faster than Arachne and things looks better :)

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Reply #13 on: October 17, 2021, 20:34:43 PM
Turned off pic loading when posting incresed speed quite a bit and still showed pics in cache it seems :)

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Reply #14 on: October 18, 2021, 09:26:46 AM
Now getting a bit more familliar with FreeDos it is quite good :) Now posting from DilloDos browser on the 486 seems faster than Arachne and things looks better :)

I very nearly mispronounced that :lol:

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