I'm thinking of selling or just getting rid of the 486 because of size and bulk. It's huge and weighs like 30 pounds. And the original monitor needs recapping. I'm wondering if I can get my retro jollies from my old P3 and DosBox on modern i7.
The specs of the P3 are:
The key points are that the system has 2 ISA slots, though I would also like to add 3 or 4 more through a bus expansion backplane, a winter project. It also has legacy serial + parallel and other accouterments via the Winbond Super I/O chip (standard stuff).
I'm fairly certain the AWE64 Gold and Supra 56.6 (not softmodem) would support all the old DOS stuff. And I could run Windows 3.1 through a Riva-128 videoboard.
What's nice about the mobo is that you can select what card to init first, AGP or PCI. And you can swap floppy drives a-b or b-a. All through bios. That means I could swap between old-school Riva-128 or more "modern" GeForce 4!
I'm also thinking of taking out the SB-Live card and just relying on the AWE64 Gold. I only do 2-channel sound in legacy stuff.
I also have an HDD switcher, that lets you electrically swap between 3 HDD at the push of a button. And the BIOS supports old CHS or larger LBA modes! That means I could use 120MB or 120GB drives.
So thoughts and recommendations are welcome.
Edited by Keatah, Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:31 AM.