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Springbok
August 23rd, 2013, 12:25 PM
So I bought this. An IBM PS/2

http://www.ebay.com/itm/221270928473

Here are the specs

-This system has a 386DX cpu running at 20MHZ, 6MB System RAM @ 85NS
-IBM Color display Type 8515 001
-IBM Keyboard part# 1391401 date 02 Nov 91
-Mouse Model 1057313
-IBM Hard drive Model WD-3160S 160MB
-Mitsubishi Floppy 1.4" p/n 15F7S03

So how can I make my vintage machine awesome?

I have a couple of question:

1) I know that for systems like the Commodore Amiga, you can replace the hard drive with a Compact Flash. Is that possible for my system?
2) This is primarily going to be a gaming system. What is a good source to get games. Do I go the legal route and purchase old floppy's on eBay, or are there "other" sources.
3) What other changes are suggested?

Thanks.

pearce_jj
August 23rd, 2013, 12:30 PM
That HDD is, I think, ESDI and so the interface is not compatible with CompactFlash. If the machine has ISA slots you could though add a 16-bit ISA IDE controller - hopefully a PS/2 expert will be along to flesh out the detail!

Hatta
August 23rd, 2013, 12:40 PM
Pretty sure that's an MCA box. I think your best bet is an MCA SCSI controller, and a CF to SCSI adaptor. That's the problem with PS/2s.

For games, there are big compilation torrents of DOS games out there. Google around and you shouldn't have much trouble. 6 months ago I would have invited you to underground gamer(RIP). Everything was available there.

You'll want to see if you can find an MCA ethernet card, so you can just FTP games over instead of dumping tons of images to disk.

Oh yeah, you're also going to want a sound card. Again, MCA.

Springbok
August 23rd, 2013, 12:59 PM
Pretty sure that's an MCA box. I think your best bet is an MCA SCSI controller, and a CF to SCSI adaptor. That's the problem with PS/2s.

For games, there are big compilation torrents of DOS games out there. Google around and you shouldn't have much trouble. 6 months ago I would have invited you to underground gamer(RIP). Everything was available there.

You'll want to see if you can find an MCA ethernet card, so you can just FTP games over instead of dumping tons of images to disk.

Oh yeah, you're also going to want a sound card. Again, MCA.




Regarding the SCSI card... would either of these 2 work?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Compaq-DL580-G1-Daughter-Card-SCSI-RAID-PS-2-Interface-Board-/280973512706?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item416b539002

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mountain-MCA-SCSI-Host-Adapter-For-IBM-PS-2-Computers-05-31338-01-/321180601586?pt=US_Internal_Network_Cards&hash=item4ac7db0cf2

For the MCA ethernet card.... would any of these work?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/IBM-FRU-48G7172-PCB-3434-Parts-MCA-Ethernet-Combo-Board-/360565371361?pt=US_Server_Boards&hash=item53f35ef1e1

http://www.ebay.com/itm/IBM-2994-701X-MCA-10100MB-ETHERNET-ADAPTER-yz-/350845735143?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item51b00910e7

http://www.ebay.com/itm/OLICOM-Fast-Ethernet-MCA-10-100-OC2335-OC-2335-with-disks-manual-and-extras-/300913594689?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item460fd91141

Compgeke
August 24th, 2013, 07:38 AM
the first controller you linked isn't a MCA card, but just a daughterboard for a Compaq server with a PS/2 keyboard port on it.

The 2nd SCSI controller would work.

Any one of those network controllers will work as well.

Stone
August 24th, 2013, 07:53 AM
Any one of those network controllers will work as well.Really? Thr first two are not MCA, regardless of how they're described.

njroadfan
August 24th, 2013, 09:57 AM
The first adapter is an IBM LAN Adapter/A. Its 32bit MCA and oddly enough, has a Apple AUI style connector on it!

http://ps-2.kev009.com/ohlandl/NIC/LAN_A.html

The Olicom card was the only 10/100Mbit MCA ethernet card made, but it is hobbled by a slow ISA based NIC.

Compgeke
August 24th, 2013, 11:05 PM
Really? Thr first two are not MCA, regardless of how they're described.

Whoops, that's my fault there, I didn't wait for the images to load on a blazing fast 3G connection.

Now that I look with images, the first and 3rd network adapters should work. I'm not sure where you would obtain drivers, but I would assume the Olicom has the disks with it.