[Bulk] Re: how to kludge a 486 PC into thinking it has a video card?

From: Jules Richardson <julesrichardsonuk_at_yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Fri Feb 18 11:52:07 2005

On Fri, 2005-02-18 at 17:41 +0100, Jochen Kunz wrote:
> On Fri, 18 Feb 2005 11:01:45 +0000
> Jules Richardson <julesrichardsonuk_at_yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> > (I was wondering what to do with a pile of 486 boards at Bletchley and
> > figured I'd build a cluster out of them... :-)
> Move those PeeCee crap to /dev/null. If you wane play games like this
> get the mainboards from SPARCstation ELCs.

If I had access to sufficient quantities of SPARCstation ELCs then yep,
I agree - but I don't. Even tapping all the contacts I know, I could
probably only rustle up two or three, not the 10-20 that I want.

> They are as fast as a
> mid-486, can use serial console, have Ethernet build in and need only
> 10..15 W of power.

I know, I know... but they just don't exist in sufficient quantities
though. Other SPARCstations are a little easier to come by, but I still
couldn't get together enough of one model.

Besides, people still get enjoyment out of collecting old Sun stuff and
playing with it. Nobody will care if I rip apart a bunch of old PCs.
Which to me is important anyway...


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