Older Intel CPUs (was Re: Central Point Option floppy controller)

From: Ethan Dicks <ethan_dicks_at_yahoo.com>
Date: Wed Sep 15 14:23:56 1999

--- allisonp_at_world.std.com wrote:
> > > and use an old 386 or 486.
> >
> > Hah! You think everybody's got 386's and 486's laying around?! Sheesh!
> > :^)
> > I'd use one of my 286's for this job-- assuming it could do anything
> > useful.
> Live with it. Before I got a decent PC everyone assumed I had a Pentium.
> In the mean time look in dumpsters and garbage pails for your 386, they
> seems to be worthless here (Eastern MA).

I've seen 12 Mhz 286 motherboards w/memory for sale at local shows for under
$10. *Finding* intact 286 systems is much harder. Personally, I stick with
stuff that will run Linux as a baseline of new stuff to aquire for day-to-day
work (like the 486DLC w/16Mb I got for under $20 that's now a webcam running
Linux from a floppy. The only reason I paid anything for it was for the 4Mb
parity 30-pin SIMMs and the ultra-tiny form-factor motherboard - 1/2 Baby AT

I tend toward XT-class and 386-class machines, depending on the use. I never
really got into 286's.


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Received on Wed Sep 15 1999 - 14:23:56 BST

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