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Re: Advice on buying a vintage PC for retro gaming

Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:20 pm
by snowkatt
theantmeister wrote:Give in and accept the beige, I say! Cripes, even Macs were beige back then!
not all off them
that black mac was a piece of crap though and i dont mean the tam

Re: Advice on buying a vintage PC for retro gaming

Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:43 pm
by Liamh1982
What about just spraying the casing? ;)

Re: Advice on buying a vintage PC for retro gaming

Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:45 pm
by snowkatt
Liamh1982 wrote:What about just spraying the casing? ;)

oh now thats just crazy speak ;)

Re: Advice on buying a vintage PC for retro gaming

Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:13 pm
by Fandenivoldsk
Wow, a lot of replies! I didn't think PC questions would get that much attention here - guess I was wrong! Thanks for all the replies so far! Some good suggestions.

Re: Advice on buying a vintage PC for retro gaming

Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:15 pm
by snowkatt
well i am sticking with the aptiva
they are good machines even if most are beige

Re: Advice on buying a vintage PC for retro gaming

Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:21 pm
by Fandenivoldsk
I like the look of the Netvista. Would it be possible to install a 5 1/4 floppy drive instead of the cd-rom drive?

Re: Advice on buying a vintage PC for retro gaming

Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:28 pm
by snowkatt
i have a netvista ( p4 1,6 ghz) and i very much doubt it
there is no connector on that motherboard for it
you might be able to srounge up a controller card but the netvista doesnt have isa slots either and i doubt there are pci controller cards for 5 inch floppy drives

decent machines they are though and quite heavy

Re: Advice on buying a vintage PC for retro gaming

Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:30 pm
by Fandenivoldsk
When searching for info on the Netvista, I found the IBM ThinkCentre S51 SFF which also looks supercool...! Anyone know something about that system?

I like the way one can open the case:
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A shame if it is difficult to install a 5 1/4 floppy drive in these machines. Cd-rom drives are just too modern for me ;-)

Re: Advice on buying a vintage PC for retro gaming

Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:34 pm
by snowkatt
other then that it looks like a souped up netvista and can take a 3 ghz p4 cpu ?
not really

Re: Advice on buying a vintage PC for retro gaming

Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:37 pm
by Fandenivoldsk
snowkatt wrote:other then that it looks like a souped up netvista and can take a 3 ghz p4 cpu ?
not really
Yeah, not really retro machines.... but still nice.

Re: Advice on buying a vintage PC for retro gaming

Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:40 pm
by snowkatt
thats almost how a netvista opens with the tilting front section
you just lift the cover off though

Re: Advice on buying a vintage PC for retro gaming

Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:06 pm
by filecore
We used to sell the black IBM Aptivas when I worked at Silica. I think they were around the P100 - P120 mark. Certainly looked nice. Solidly built but expensive to buy at the time as you would imagine.

I've seen 5 1/4 drives work out the box with 95 and 98. If the PC's got the spare slot I can't see many problems getting it going.

Personally for my retro machine I have an IBM Thinkpad P2-400 with 64MB running Windows 98. Solid as a rock. A nice fast machine and not really retro enough but still can run all the old DOS stuff no problems and I have no problems with compatibility. It doesn't take up too much space and can plug into a real monitor if I want.

Would like a black Aptiva, or I would love to get my hands on the first PC I bought with my own money - An Apricot XEN PC. I had a DX2-66. If anyone has one lying around, sell it to me!

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