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

From: Jeffrey l Kaneko <jeff.kaneko_at_juno.com>
Date: Wed Sep 15 14:53:43 1999

On Wed, 15 Sep 1999 12:23:56 -0700 (PDT) Ethan Dicks
<ethan_dicks_at_yahoo.com> writes:
> I've seen 12 Mhz 286 motherboards w/memory for sale at local shows
> for under $10.

That's about what they are here

*Finding* intact 286 systems is much harder.

I was given a Taiwan No-name 286 system last year. I picked up
a PC's limited 286 box for *nothing*.

> 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 sized).

I use my 286's to torture test MFM disk drives (among other things).
I also like toying with Xenix, when I've nothing better to do.

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

I'm thinking of building an XT, just so I can test my WD-1003-WX2's,
and -XT-GEN's. Yeah I know, I know, they should work in an 'AT', but
'it aint natural'.


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