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Old 11-21-2014, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Birmingham
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Don't buy it. For any amount of money. There will be nothing "fun" about owning it - it will be cute for a half hour after you bring it home, and then it will just be in the way.

If you want to play around with DOS or 3.1, use a virtual machine.
That ad made me miss those days for about half a second. My Dell Pentium 90 was a beast.
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Old 11-21-2014, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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saw a 486 computer at a local resale shop-no price.it has a large and small floppy drive and a cd drive.assuming it wasnt upgraded, what OS do you think it has,how big of a hard drive ? im guessing no more than a gig or 2.if its no more than $10 id like to buy it just for fun, I havent used a windows 3.1 or 95 in many years.
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took another look at it today, it has no connection for a mouse so it must be DOS and it had 260M of hard drive!! I started with DOS along time ago so i figure for a few bucks it would be a fun nostalgia trip--assuming the thing even works.
If you want to get more information on it, get the make and the model number and you can look it up to get the exact specifications, operating system, etc.

If you are absolutely sure there is no PS/2 connection for a mouse, then it's probably one of the earlier 486 models and it probably came with Windows 2.x. But with the CD drive on it, assuming it was not added on, the 486 processor was introduced in 1989, and if I remember correctly, nearly all of the PCs with such processors had Windows 3.x, so it most likely has a PS/2 mouse and keyboard interface on the back.
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Old 11-21-2014, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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That ad made me miss those days for about half a second. My Dell Pentium 90 was a beast.
I'm laughing at the ad because it was hard to believe that we used to pay anywhere from $1,200 to $2,900 (advertised sale prices) for a PC back then, LOL.. and 3 of them did not include monitors!
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Old 11-21-2014, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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the 486 processor was introduced in 1989, and if I remember correctly, nearly all of the PCs with such processors had Windows 3.x
Maybe the brand name systems did, but in my experience (I started my IT career in '89 as a PC tech), most systems came as a blank slate. When we would configure a new system for a customer, we built it and only installed an o/s if the customer bought one with it, and we never installed any additional software.
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Old 11-22-2014, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I'm laughing at the ad because it was hard to believe that we used to pay anywhere from $1,200 to $2,900 (advertised sale prices) for a PC back then, LOL.. and 3 of them did not include monitors!
That is a Canadian ad. Anyone know if the Canadian dollar was about the same as the US dollar back then?
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Old 11-22-2014, 12:41 PM
 
Location: A safe distance from San Francisco
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That is a Canadian ad. Anyone know if the Canadian dollar was about the same as the US dollar back then?
Good point. Based on this table, that $2488 would have been in the ballpark of $1800-$1850 US back then.

http://fx.sauder.ubc.ca/etc/CADpages.pdf
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Old 11-22-2014, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm laughing at the ad because it was hard to believe that we used to pay anywhere from $1,200 to $2,900 (advertised sale prices) for a PC back then, LOL.. and 3 of them did not include monitors!
At that time I was enjoying my $200 Commodore 64 with my $100 1541 floppy drive and my $150 1702 color monitor. That C64 did more than the overpriced IBMs. The DOS was built in the floppy drive and the Basic was built in the C64.

I loved that C64 and I was a die hard to the end.

ETA: I should say that the PCs have come a long way and took a while to get there. Now with sound, graphics and all that, they certainly are sweet. Oh yeah, and cheaper.

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Old 11-22-2014, 12:59 PM
 
Location: A safe distance from San Francisco
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At that time I was enjoying my $200 Commodore 64 with my $100 1541 floppy drive and my $150 1702 color monitor. That C64 did more than the overpriced IBMs. The DOS was built in the floppy drive and the Basic was built in the C64.

I loved that C64 and I was a die hard to the end.
So was I - had 4 or 5 of them as they kept dying on me. I loved them nonetheless and learned so much from them - programming, spreadsheets, all kinds of stuff - and some of those games were better conceptually than much of what is produced today.

Fond memories.
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Old 11-22-2014, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Texas
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So was I - had 4 or 5 of them as they kept dying on me. I loved them nonetheless and learned so much from them - programming, spreadsheets, all kinds of stuff - and some of those games were better conceptually than much of what is produced today.

Fond memories.
Yeah, I had several I bought for parts and a book to service it. I got the games/apps from a mail order software house and they're good stuff. Most of them were cracked.

Here's the games on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY2gK1MPgh8
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Old 11-22-2014, 07:19 PM
 
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An old 486 is a reasonable platform for a voice fax soundcard and advanced answering and whitelist phone system, a security webcam, data logging platform, and a few other things.
My old XP machine which still works makes a fine pedestal for the new machine.
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