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    cool, i'll have to try that. Not sure what applications will run in real mode windows 3.0 that will take advantage of it, but might be fun to play with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkdonut666 View Post
    Man, I LOVE the look of the original Compaq deskpro line... i SOOOOOO wish I could scoop one from Computer Reset. being in texas it seemed they had pallets and pallets of the. I'd love to have an original Deskpro XT with the deskpro monochrome CRT and matching keyboard. idk man something about the design just speaks to me.

    and besides the ones at Computer reset and a few 286 machines on ebay for big $$$$ I've never been able to find one for sale

    more on topic, I have an 8mhz turbo XT clone with VGA and it seems to run windows 3.0 fairly well for just messing around with stuff. have to admit that i butchered my windows 3.0 720k install disks to include the 8088vga driver (normal one requires 186 instructions) because what else am i gonna run windows 3.0 on than an XT? :P

    I wish there was some way to get sound working on windows 3.0 on an XT class machine. as the XT turbo i have running 3.0 has a SB 2.0 with CMS chips and it be kinda fun to mess with that in windows. I wonder if windows 3.0 could make use of a Lo-Tech 2mb LIM memory card? hmmmm
    What is the etiquette for passing on an eBay link? There is an original Deskpro on there right now.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyM1981 View Post
    What is the etiquette for passing on an eBay link? There is an original Deskpro on there right now.....
    You could post it here: http://www.vcfed.org/forum/showthrea...nues-listings)

    DeskPros are heavy. Gonna be expensive shipping (to do it right).

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    EMS under real-mode Windows 3.0 is of questionable value unless the application is written to use it directly. It's best used as a disk cache and/or RAM drive. As such, I pulled the 2MB Intel AboveBoard from the DeskPro 8086 and put it in the DeskPro 286, then reconfigured it from expanded to extended memory. Also upgraded to Windows 3.1 and now I have 3.5 MB of extended memory; I can run a *lot* of Windows applications albeit slowly.

    I played around with GEM for a hot second. Not much to see there, moved along. Still have GEOS to try. I think Windows 3.1 is going to be hard to beat for looks and functionality on a 286. Now I'm looking for the last 286 compatible development environment under Windows 3.1. I think Borland C++ 3.1 might run as a 16 bit application under Windows even though I'm pretty sure the DOS IDE is 32 bit. Good thing I have some time on my hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyM1981 View Post
    What is the etiquette for passing on an eBay link? There is an original Deskpro on there right now.....
    I really appreciate you sending me the Link, I couldn't justify it without it being a complete outfit with keyboard and monitor. which would make shipping even more expensive! do you know how much it is to ship an IBM XT & 5153 2500km? lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkdonut666 View Post
    I really appreciate you sending me the Link, I couldn't justify it without it being a complete outfit with keyboard and monitor. which would make shipping even more expensive! do you know how much it is to ship an IBM XT & 5153 2500km? lol
    Probably more than the computer cost. Lol.

    Finding retro gear locally has gotten really hard over the years sadly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by resman View Post
    EMS under real-mode Windows 3.0 is of questionable value unless the application is written to use it directly. It's best used as a disk cache and/or RAM drive. As such, I pulled the 2MB Intel AboveBoard from the DeskPro 8086 and put it in the DeskPro 286, then reconfigured it from expanded to extended memory. Also upgraded to Windows 3.1 and now I have 3.5 MB of extended memory; I can run a *lot* of Windows applications albeit slowly.

    I played around with GEM for a hot second. Not much to see there, moved along. Still have GEOS to try. I think Windows 3.1 is going to be hard to beat for looks and functionality on a 286. Now I'm looking for the last 286 compatible development environment under Windows 3.1. I think Borland C++ 3.1 might run as a 16 bit application under Windows even though I'm pretty sure the DOS IDE is 32 bit. Good thing I have some time on my hands.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyM1981 View Post
    Probably more than the computer cost. Lol.

    Finding retro gear locally has gotten really hard over the years sadly.
    $350cad for the monitor and PC as two separate boxes. monitor box 24x24x24 37lbs XT box 24x24x12 32lbs

    yes it has gotten scarce. the only "vintage PC" for sale local to me is a cheap PCCHIPS DX33mhz 486 some guy wants $600 for.

    almost my entire collection I've had to import from the US. I feel like here in Canada everything has been recycled at this point.

    I'm used to paying $150+ for shipping a vintage computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyM1981 View Post
    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?
    If you had 4 MB+ of RAM, it wasn't too bad. Just don't try to run the last Win16 programs released. Office 4 is such that each program will want more memory than a reasonable 286 can offer. WinWord 1 or 2 will about the same speed as the average DOS word processor on the same hardware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krebizfan View Post
    If you had 4 MB+ of RAM, it wasn't too bad. Just don't try to run the last Win16 programs released. Office 4 is such that each program will want more memory than a reasonable 286 can offer. WinWord 1 or 2 will about the same speed as the average DOS word processor on the same hardware.
    I couldn't seem to get my IBM AT 6mhz with 3.5mb of ram to run windows 3.1 at all. would just crash during install. Ran windows 3.0 fine, but no father than windows 3.0 running on an 8mhz turbo XT :P

    wouldn't a nice clock doubled 386sx drop in replacement for a 286 be great? lol.

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