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    This certainly brought back some very pleasant...

    This certainly brought back some very pleasant memories. Growing up my family had a Magnavox PC very similar to yours except it had an SX-25 and a single-speed CD-ROM drive. Once we added a Sound...
  2. The ST-251-1 drivers were an improved variant of...

    The ST-251-1 drivers were an improved variant of the standard 251 drives with faster transfer speeds and seek times. At least according to the Red Hill Guide.

    http://redhill.net.au/d/5.php
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    That's a beautiful machine. Well done getting it...

    That's a beautiful machine. Well done getting it back to it's roots.....with some improvements. ;)
  4. This has been my experience with Windows 2.x as...

    This has been my experience with Windows 2.x as well with the Intel Above Board AT in my 286 machine. It does not support large page frame, but still seems to make good use of the memory when running...
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    Amazing how reliable some of these old drives...

    Amazing how reliable some of these old drives really are.
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    This is why I keep coming back to this forum. The...

    This is why I keep coming back to this forum. The amount of learning you can do here is incredible. :-)
  7. In addition to the copy of HIMEM.SYS that comes...

    In addition to the copy of HIMEM.SYS that comes with Windows 2.x, it also includes an early version of SMARTDRV.SYS that has support for extended memory. Windows 286 and above will also load high...
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    I'm very happy the Adlib worked out for you! I've...

    I'm very happy the Adlib worked out for you! I've been curious to try one myself and your recommendation really makes me want to pull the trigger. :-)
  9. Having never worked on a Compaq portable before...

    Having never worked on a Compaq portable before I'm not sure on the exact physical dimensions of the PSU, however here is a supplier of ATX PSUs that have been converted for AT use that include a -5V...
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    Lol, very true. It seems my morning brain was...

    Lol, very true. It seems my morning brain was showing......
  11. That sounds like an awesome collection you're...

    That sounds like an awesome collection you're building and a ton of fun to tinker with. As a fellow Canadian I know the difficulty in trying to find vintage machines up here so kudos on getting that...
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    So I've seen multiple references to clipping a...

    So I've seen multiple references to clipping a tantalum on a power supply to get it working again. Please excuse my ignorance, but does that mean literally cutting it out and not replacing it? I...
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    I was very tempted, but can't bring myself to buy...

    I was very tempted, but can't bring myself to buy another 286. Lol.

    I agree, it looks very nice.
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    I guess this further supports the assertion that...

    I guess this further supports the assertion that a 386sx really isn't any faster than a 286 at the same clock speed. The 486 is really hurt by the lack of cache. Even that early on it's obvious how...
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    That mouse it beyond cool! Nice find.

    That mouse it beyond cool! Nice find.
  16. Figured I'd put the lure back out there one more...

    Figured I'd put the lure back out there one more time, it's worth a shot at least. ;-)

    386/25 would also be fine with me. Basically looking for one that has the original case design, I love the...
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    The closest to a period correct sound card would...

    The closest to a period correct sound card would be an original AdLib in my opinion, but that's certainly going to cost you based on prices as they are.

    If you don't mind a reproduction one they...
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    That's really cool looking. Do you have a machine...

    That's really cool looking. Do you have a machine to test that on?
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    Lol, agreed. It's nice to no longer get excited...

    Lol, agreed. It's nice to no longer get excited about scratching out an extra 40K of memory by loading Windows or DOS high. ;-)
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    What's interesting is in my experiments with...

    What's interesting is in my experiments with Windows/286 I've actually found that it uses a lot of EMS even though I'm operating in the small page frame model since I can't disable conventional...
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    Just how slow does Windows 3.1 run? Glacially, or...

    Just how slow does Windows 3.1 run? Glacially, or would it have been tolerable back in the day if you had that much RAM?
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    Probably more than the computer cost. Lol. ...

    Probably more than the computer cost. Lol.

    Finding retro gear locally has gotten really hard over the years sadly.
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    This would make for a very interesting project...

    This would make for a very interesting project indeed. If someone ever did it I hope they would share the results!
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    8086 Compaq Deskpro:...

    8086 Compaq Deskpro: https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Vintage-Compaq-DeskPro-Computer-with-CPU-8086-8MHz/254530147547?hash=item3b432dd4db:g:RPUAAOSw-uFeXonM
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    Agreed, that's actually one of the most fun parts!

    Agreed, that's actually one of the most fun parts!
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