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    Hello,

    Looking for options on a horizontal desktop that has enough bays for a 3.5" floppy, 5.24" floppy and a cdrom drive.

    Wish I could remember the one I had when I was a kid. It was a 100mhz 486 that ran win 3.1 then 95 and had a turbo button. It was a fairly common case as I remember there being ones all over school just different builders stickers on them.

    Thanks for any info!

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    The 5-7 bay (2 or 3 external 5.25", 1 or 2 external 3.5", and 2 internal bays) case was very common with 486-100+ or the similarly performing early Pentium CPUs. The real trick is avoiding LPX cases which had unusual power supplies and the annoying riser cards placing the slots above the motherboard. Replacement parts for LPX systems are rare and often getting at the motherboard to replace the memory requires removing expansion cards and the slot board because the memory was on the bottom layer.

    Gateway had a fairly sturdy 486 case in the form factor you desire with a standard Baby-AT motherboard. https://ancientelectronics.wordpress...y-2000-p5-120/ shows the Pentium variant; the 486 models had a more exaggerated bump out on the left side of the case.
    Last edited by krebizfan; November 1st, 2017 at 07:34 PM.

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    The Compaq Deskpro/M has room, but only if you use a Compaq third-height 5.25" floppy drive. The Deskpro XL has room for a regular half-height drive, but mounting rails may be hard to find.

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    Does it use regular AT rails?
    If you're looking for DS/DD or DS/HD 3" or 5" floppy disks, PM me. I've got some new, used, and factory over-labeled disks for sale.

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    Compaq Deskpro/M and Deskpro XL use a different kind of rails from IBM PC AT. I found a page that has pictures:
    http://www.pssolution.com/cqdt.html

    Also here's a picture of what the Compaq third-height 5.25" floppy drive looks like:
    https://www.terapeak.com/worth/compa.../191774771186/

    While looking at pictures I saw that the Deskpro/M will actually take a regular half-height 5.25" drive also (but you still need the rails). I thought the /M had 2 third-height bays and one half-height but it's actually one third-height and two half-height. the XL has three half-height bays even though the default 3.5" floppy is still third-height (with a sixth-height spacer).

    I have no affiliation with either of those sites, they're just the first links I picked from a google search.

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    Great Reccomendations! Thanks! Now the problem will be sourcing one for a fair price.

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    OEM machines pop up regularly on eBay. For some brands / models: http://ibmvaluepoint.blogspot.com.

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