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Old 11-14-2014, 11:45 AM
 
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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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Old 11-14-2014, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Madrid, Spain
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In the 90s hard drives were measured in megabytes.
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Old 11-14-2014, 04:41 PM
 
Location: A safe distance from San Francisco
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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.
An original, non-upgraded, 486 would have been DOS - with maybe an early Windows version added. And yes, it would be fun to tinker with. Had a few machines like that back in the day.
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Old 11-15-2014, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Texas
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While it's fun to fool with it keep in mind that nothing in it will be up gradable. The technology is very old and parts for it will be sparse.
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Old 11-17-2014, 12:18 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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With a CD drive, it would likely be Win 95, maybe 3.1.
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Old 11-17-2014, 12:22 AM
 
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If it hasn't been upgraded since initial purchase, it likely has a less than 1gb hard drive and windows 3.1 or NT 3.x.
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Old 11-17-2014, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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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.
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Old 11-17-2014, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Agree with Swagger. Then you'll just throw it out.
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Old 11-21-2014, 12:29 PM
 
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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.
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.
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Old 11-21-2014, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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No. The early mouse connections were through the serial port at the back, and as a matter of fact I am just now today in the process of loading a replacement for a customer workstation computer that is like this and has 95 running on it. It is STILL in service and could continue to be, but using the keyboard commands are too much for the customer.

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.
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