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    I received some pics of this machine from Canada, eh?

    Commodore 386DX-33C

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    AT keyboard and PS/2 (presumably) mouse? Never seen that combination before!

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    So how much RAM? 2MB?, 8MB?, 32MB? Not a bad looking little low-profile system, but I'd replace the 5 1/4" drive with a CD-ROM and go for a larger HDD to play some DOS Games. 143MB (formatted) isn't a lot to work with (at least now)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-R-A View Post
    So how much RAM? 2MB?, 8MB?, 32MB? Not a bad looking little low-profile system, but I'd replace the 5 1/4" drive with a CD-ROM and go for a larger HDD to play some DOS Games. 143MB (formatted) isn't a lot to work with (at least now)...
    Looks like a really nice one. Good motherboard, and an SB 2.0. Probably 8MB.

    I'd keep the 5.25" drive. CD-ROM drives were pretty uncommon on 386s. IF you want one, use a back pack drive, or a SCSI card with an external device.
    The drives are original to the machine with matching bezels. It's best not to screw with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by itsvince725 View Post
    AT keyboard and PS/2 (presumably) mouse? Never seen that combination before!
    It wasn't at all uncommon on Taiwanese machines. I think Tandy had one too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsvince725 View Post
    AT keyboard and PS/2 (presumably) mouse? Never seen that combination before!
    Quote Originally Posted by KC9UDX View Post
    It wasn't at all uncommon on Taiwanese machines. I think Tandy had one too.
    I had an Osicom 286 with a WD286-WDM20 motherboard that had that as well as Paradise EGA and serial/parallel, all on the motherboard. The only card I had in that machine was a modem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by itsvince725 View Post
    AT keyboard and PS/2 (presumably) mouse? Never seen that combination before!
    I just sold a couple of Amptron PRM-PRO1000 Socket 8 motherboards with that AT-PS/2 combo port configuration in back. The pain is finding an I/O backplate for something like that. I have AT, old style in-line ATX and ATX I/O backplates, but nothing for this.

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    Sometimes you get lucky with a case like this old Gateway 2000 P5-90 which allows you to unscrew a metal plate from the back where the PS/2 keyboard & mouse ports are and that AT-PS/2 port config would actually fit nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsvince725 View Post
    AT keyboard and PS/2 (presumably) mouse? Never seen that combination before!
    It was a somewhat common arrangement in the mid 90s. Often the PS/2 mouse port was covered up because the case didn't have a hole for it and you had to resort to using a serial mouse.

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