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Help Finding an old 486 PC?

Posted: Tue May 04, 2010 10:52 am
by takesages
Hey Doods!

So just when you want one of these things, you can't actually get one!

I'm looking for a 486 PC to play some old games on. A 386 is too slow for my purposes and I'm not really after a pentium, so I wanted a nice 486, DX2 or above, to run these games!

Thing is unless I'm searching wrong there are only like 2 systems on eBay! Anyone know of a place I could pick these up, or, even better, have one hanging around at all? I know postage on these things is a censored, but if I can get the system for a good price I'm not too worried!

Re: Help Finding an old 486 PC?

Posted: Tue May 04, 2010 10:57 am
by DPrinny
You could try sites like gumtree and Freecycle.
Failing that you could buy a cheap-o PC and down grade

Re: Help Finding an old 486 PC?

Posted: Tue May 04, 2010 11:04 am
by takesages
I've gone back a few months on Gumtree and nothing has been older than say, a pentium 3 or so. Maybe that's just my area though.

I'll give Freecycle a look though, thanks dood!

Re: Help Finding an old 486 PC?

Posted: Tue May 04, 2010 11:30 am
by MattyC64c
I've taken a look on eBay and 486 systems are like gold dust. If you can't get a 486 system then you may need to branch out a little a get an early pentium model, nothing higher than a 133Mhz though as unless it has the old 'turbo' switch some games will be just too fast.

Re: Help Finding an old 486 PC?

Posted: Tue May 04, 2010 11:41 am
by takesages
I can't help at being confused by the situation! A few years ago you couldn't pay to get rid of these old systems, usually. If you go on ebay.com now the Americans have plenty going for like $50-$60 each, how annoying!

I'd be happy with a slighty faster system like a 90 or indeed a 133 but I can't find any of these on ebay either, what a shame!

Thanks for looking though.

Re: Help Finding an old 486 PC?

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 9:43 am
by oldtimer
You can still find them at carboot sales, ive seen a few recently, but never enquired about prices tho.

Re: Help Finding an old 486 PC?

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 10:23 am
by The Master
takesages wrote:I'm looking for a 486 PC to play some old games on.
It's deep in the crack of the sofa along with half a dozen ha'pennies and some really ripe twiglets.

Anything you could run on a 486 can be run on a modern PC with the right magic...

Re: Help Finding an old 486 PC?

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 10:56 am
by woody.cool
Well, if you really must get a 486 PC, I have a few and I could quite easily part with one or two.
PM me for further details!

Re: Help Finding an old 486 PC?

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 11:01 am
by ruffian
The Master wrote:
takesages wrote:I'm looking for a 486 PC to play some old games on.
It's deep in the crack of the sofa along with half a dozen ha'pennies and some really ripe twiglets.

Anything you could run on a 486 can be run on a modern PC with the right magic...
DOSbox...though I must admit i had a similar hankering for a 486 not so long back, for the full on retro pc experience...doesn't sound like it's worth the expense though.

Re: Help Finding an old 486 PC?

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 11:02 am
by woody.cool
I keep my 486s for 'the retro experience' but not got the room nowadays, so will be happy to offload one of them.

Re: Help Finding an old 486 PC?

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 11:07 am
by rocky1980
I have one, i would be happy offload however postage might kill you, drop me a PM

Re: Help Finding an old 486 PC?

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 12:01 pm
by oli_lar
woody.cool wrote:I keep my 486s for 'the retro experience' but not got the room nowadays, so will be happy to offload one of them.
Do you have a 5.25" floppy disk drive by any chance?

Re: Help Finding an old 486 PC?

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 12:03 pm
by woody.cool
oli_lar wrote:
woody.cool wrote:I keep my 486s for 'the retro experience' but not got the room nowadays, so will be happy to offload one of them.
Do you have a 5.25" floppy disk drive by any chance?
I do, but it isn't for sale or trade, as it's the only working 5.25" drive I have (I use it for 'preservation' purposes) however, I'm quite happy to read in 5.25" disks and convert them to disk images or 3.5" disks for you.

Saying that, I have a spare 5.25" drive that's "spares & repairs" ..... it sort of works, but is very unreliable (unlike the one in my disk imaging machine)

Re: Help Finding an old 486 PC?

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 12:13 pm
by oli_lar
That would be very handy if you could do that for me. Its nothing immediate but there is an undumped homebrew X68000 game that I'm chomping at the bit to play. There is someone selling a copy of it on Yahoo Japan so if you can dump such floppy formats I'd be very grateful. Its entirely possible via PC as I have a description of the process saved from a forum.

Re: Help Finding an old 486 PC?

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 12:17 pm
by woody.cool
oli_lar wrote:That would be very handy if you could do that for me. Its nothing immediate but there is an undumped homebrew X68000 game that I'm chomping at the bit to play. There is someone selling a copy of it on Yahoo Japan so if you can dump such floppy formats I'd be very grateful. Its entirely possible via PC as I have a description of the process saved from a forum.
Well, I'll certainly give it a try ..... if you have instructions on how to do this via a standard PC floppy drive/controller then that will help tremendously. Thanks.