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April 13th, 2017, 12:16 PM
There's an IBM PS/2 Model 80 in the junk pile here at work and I'm wondering if it's worth rescuing. I know it's a 386 SX in a tower configuration, but I'm not sure how useful it would be for me since I'm mostly a gamer on these old PCs. Since it's MCA finding any cards for it that aren't old Token Ring cards is going to be a challenge.

April 13th, 2017, 12:40 PM
I"ve got adapters -- let that be the least concern.

Could be fun to restore !

April 13th, 2017, 12:58 PM
It's off-topic here, it belongs to the 386/486 section.
Anyway, it's definitely worth rescuing, it's the first IBM with 386, and one of the first PCs with 386, back in its time it was the top of the line.
I think it can run AIX - rare thing on x86.
Also, it has the original, full 386, later renamed 386DX.
Probably not so good for games, unless you're lucky to find an MCA sound card. Anyway, it would be nice to run the legendary Links 386 Pro on that machine.

April 13th, 2017, 01:41 PM
Doh you're right. Please move this if you can.

There are MCA adapters?

April 13th, 2017, 01:45 PM
Gaming on a Microchannel PS/2 is probably one of the worst things you can do. While the hardware will more than readily support whatever you want to play and they look way nicer than most generic PC's, as you noticed almost everything but Token Ring cards are really expensive with sound cards being one of the most expensive items you can get your hands on.

April 14th, 2017, 01:21 AM
Definitley worth saving, but as you say not really a gaming machine.