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  1. If you're willing to go the CF route, you can get rid of TWO HDDs. And you can get rid of DoubleSpace and run a clean system. Just buy a handful of 1GB cards and format to 540MB. I use CF with both of my 486 builds (MS-DOS 6.2 and Windows 3.1 only), and they work great. (Don't recommend for Windows 9x). You can even have separate CF cards for different DOS and Windows setups (games, drivers, MIDI mapping, etc.) and use them like cartridges.
  2. What to do next with a 486? Five syllables: MT-32. Also, burn CD-Rs with another computer with game directories on it, allowing you to copy them over to your HDD only when you need them. Problem is that a period-correct CD-ROM drive probably won't be able to read a CD-R.
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  4. You can probably pick out a theme: Atari 5200 TI 99/4A Sony PS3 fat The best-looking consoles looked de-luxe. The 5200 was a DeLorean.
  5. Fantastic controller! Space Dungeon, Robotron, and Berzerk are basically my favorite 5200 games. I think I rigged a couple of Masterplays and a Battlestation II to get a similar functionality.
  6. Agree that the Astrocade is underrated. It has arcade-quality sound that is still impressive. Incredible Wizard is reason enough to own the console, but Solar Conqueror is just about my favorite game from the pre-NES era. However, it has to be played with the original Astrocade controller to truly be appreciated.
  7. Take a look at p. 33 https://books.google.com/books?id=0AEAAAAAMBAJ&pg=PT33&dq=alienware+athlon+2001&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiihsXztdrnAhUSeKwKHVsQDrAQ6wEIRzAF#v=onepage&q=alienware athlon 2001&f=false Edit: Close, but not a match for the case.
  8. What I'll miss most about the Coleco Chameleon is its bug-free game technology.
  9. I like the DOS response, but I'll say the Windows 95/98/ME platform with the DirectX 7 era as the sweet spot. It was roughly a 6-year span between 1996 and 2002, after which Pentium 4s became entry-level and XP took over. (If you wanted to be a stickler, you could say the Windows XP platform was better since it could play all 95/98/ME games that didn't require Aureal 3D sound, but I think it's fairer to be period correct with the hardware.) So maybe a Pentium 3 with a DX7 AGP graphics card (e.g. Geforce 2 MX) and a PCI sound card (e.g. Aureal Vortex 2) would be the typical Windows 98SE platform in 2000. Too many games to list even the best of the best, but Half-Life, Unreal, Unreal Tournament, Quake 2, Quake III Arena, Baldur's Gate 1 & 2, Diablo 1 & 2, and Starcraft were gaming experiences that couldn't be matched on any console at the time.
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  11. Back to driving games on the Amico ... anything like Outrun 2006 Coast 2 Coast on PS2 and original Xbox will be a winner. It wouldn't be a bad idea to take a second look at PS2/original Xbox/Wii games that hold their value in the used market. Outrun 2006 is one of these. Earlier, someone had mentioned Family Feud for Wii. That's another one. Easy, cheap research. These used games hold their value because they're good (not all do, obviously).
  12. Not sure if this has been mentioned before, but a Blue Sky Rangers special edition console would be a good fit for the Amico's optimistic vision.
  13. This is so true. We still play 3DS a lot, and my kid wanted to use the SpotPass functionality to visit his friend's Animal Crossing town or send him a note in Swapdoodle. I clicked the box that said that the person playing is a minor, and that led to this really complicated process where I had to read a policy, literally sign my name with the stylus, then wait a couple of days for Nintendo to verify and send me a code that I needed to plug into the 3DS. When I asked me friend if he wanted to me to the same for his kid's 2DS, he said, no, sign him up as an adult so that they could communicate immediately. I would have done that too had I know about the complicated process, but you also don't like the possibility of strangers communicating with your kids.
  14. I think I said this in a thread from years ago, but the appeal that retro DOS/Windows 98 PCs have for me is ... problem solving. There's a satisfaction in getting everything to work just right with the benefit of hindsight and the wisdom of the community. Using the perfect drivers, tuning the settings for optimal experience, etc. For instance, right now I'm playing around with my K6-3+ build and an AWE32 with 28MB of RAM. I've loaded a 28MB sound font and am listening to Tyrian's music with this new sound font. That's why it's fun for me, but I'm in a very small minority of enthusiasts. But if you just want to play the games, the emulation is the route for you.
  15. As well, you get Play Coins if your 3DS is in sleep mode, and you walk around with it. Can be used to buy special items in some Nintendo games such as Animal Crossing.
  16. Ooh, LAPC-I. Love it. One with the connector box just sold for $800 on eBay.
  17. I love my 486, but it's a limited platform that I wouldn't recommend to someone wanting only *one* DOS computer. It's not really capable of playing later, CPU-intensive DOS games (Descent, Duke3D, Quake). Maybe a 486DX-100 would allow for an okay experience (not for Quake), but I'd still aim for a more recent CPU. Again, if you plan to have only one retro build, go for an AMD K6-2+ based system on a Super Socket 7 motherboard. It's not cheap, but the versatility is worth it. You can then use a program called SETMUL to set the multiplier in a range of CPUs (including the K6-2+) as well as turn the caches off and on -- all from the command line. You will then be able to slow your PC down to 486 speeds, giving you the ability to play any DOS game that is not too fast on a 486. This route will require you to source a good video and sound card as well. If you think you're going to want to play any FPS Windows games, you're better off with a Pentium 3 but will lose the SETMUL functionality. I don't recommend a laptop for DOS gaming, but if you want to go down this route, you need a laptop with video that has good DOS compatibility. They're not all the same. Any S3 graphics (Trio64, Virge) will be a good choice. And you want to look for a laptop with Yamaha OPL3 sound or a good clone. It's hard to connect a controller to laptops because most lack a game port. Some may have USB, but then you're into late Windows 95 territory. You don't need super-high screen resolution because you won't be playing most DOS games at a resolution higher than 640x480 (most below that). A 1024x768 screen is ideal. I have a Toshiba Tecra 550CDT that is a very nice DOS gaming laptop.
  18. I'm on the other side of the state -- Eau Claire. Yes, I have a few CECHAs that work fine but am afraid to use them. I took apart a CECHE to learn how to replace the thermal paste but couldn't get the heat spreader off the die. So no rush -- whenever you have the time and inclination, let me know. Thanks!
  19. Ooh, I'd be in for a recap if you're offering that service. I'm in WI, so shipping wouldn't be horrible. I'm scared to use my CECHA but love it so much.
  20. Also, it's still mid-morning in Japan and other East Asian countries.
  21. I bought three and used PayPal every time. Got three PayPal receipts.
  22. Got mine. Can't specify quantity, so cmart is furiously clicking away still, buying one at a time, I predict.
  23. I don't use EZ-Drive, but check out this thread over at Vogons: https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?f=61&t=42113 Phil also has a YT video on EZ-Drive.
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