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Whilst re-jigging my computer room, (box room really) i knocked a PSU onto my DOS Machine motherboard and although i see no damage now i can't get it to boot. (small lie there, i now see a bulging capacitor).

 

It was a VIA EPIA-M 900Mhz ITX board and was running using a PICO PSU, with DOS and Windows 3.11 on an SD Card. I was planning a CF card booting Win98SE after xmas. Drivers etc have been a pain to aquire but it was a fun project i kept going back to.

 

Now comes the ask... Does anyone have a socket 370 or 478 motherboard going spare, preferably with a CPU somewhere between 500Mhz and 1Ghz. Must be IDE which i think they all were. I can probably do a swap for some spare parts if required, may have a 775 motherboard and CPU.

 

And before anyone suggests DOSBox, i enjoy the building.:)

 

Thanks

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If you’d broken it five years ago, I would’ve said yes . . . I had several Compaq Deskpro and Dell Dimension desktops that needed a new home . . .

 

Have a word with these guys, Aspire. I’ve sent them loads of obsolete but operational kit over the years

 

http://www.aspire-sheffield.co.uk

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i'll have a look through, but I think I have an Athlon 1Ghz or 1.2 or something, with a bit of ram, on a board in my spare room, i'll dig it out tomorrow - not sure if they work or not but you're welcome to them! :)

 

might have a few bits, i'll see what I have laying around...

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I admire your efforts in resurrecting Windows 3.11 on hardware ; the furthest I ever went back was Windows NT 4.0 on hardware or NT 3.51 in a VM so I could try out the 32-bit versions of Microsoft Word 6.0 and Excel 5.0 with their long file names :)

 

Honestly though, after the initial giddy elation wore off, I don’t know why I even bothered in the first place :help:

 

You won’t believe how much you miss the red-underlined spell correction until it’s gone :blush:

 

I got Photoshop 3.0 running (layers! Woohoo!) and an early version of Winzip 5 or 6

 

Browser support was woefully bad, being limited to little more than very early Netscape or IE :|

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I know it's sad, but i have most fun hunting down drivers and getting them to work, trying different cards and boot options. Plug and play is great, but i do like solving an IRQ conflict. And i love the old blocky graphics of DOS games.

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...Browser support was woefully bad, being limited to little more than very early Netscape or IE

 

Mmm! Netscape Navigator. Happy days.

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I know it's sad, but i have most fun hunting down drivers and getting them to work, trying different cards and boot options. Plug and play is great, but i do like solving an IRQ conflict. And i love the old blocky graphics of DOS games.

 

I bet you have an eight track in the ford consul

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Mmm! Netscape Navigator. Happy days.

 

Netscape Navigator 2 was good, 3 and 3 Gold (with the inbuilt HTML editor) was great.

 

How on Earth did they manage to mess things up so badly with Netscape Communicator 4 :huh:

 

That convinced me Netscape would kill themselves before they were crushed by the Microsoft juggernaut :|

 

---------- Post added 15-12-2017 at 20:50 ----------

 

I know it's sad, but i have most fun hunting down drivers and getting them to work, trying different cards and boot options. Plug and play is great, but i do like solving an IRQ conflict. And i love the old blocky graphics of DOS games.

 

Try Windoom; all the fun of Doom, but without the nightmare of DOS :)

 

Remember the original Doom quit screen?

 

“I wouldn’t quit if I were you. DOS is much worse”

 

:D

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I've got you beat, I handmake flint arrowheads.

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I know it's sad, but i have most fun hunting down drivers and getting them to work, trying different cards and boot options. Plug and play is great, but i do like solving an IRQ conflict. And i love the old blocky graphics of DOS games.

 

Talking of blocky graphics, Prince of Persia (the original DOS version) is now freely available and works on GNU/Linux too! :D

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