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    #31
    I use TU system from Eway Co:
    http://www.ewayco.com/51-embedded-sy...ed-system.html

    You can't go wrong. It's only like $100 boots from CF card and has a LAN / wireless, audio etc. All you need. And it's size of box of 3.5" floppies.

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      #32
      Originally posted by tenox View Post
      I use TU system from Eway Co:
      http://www.ewayco.com/51-embedded-sy...ed-system.html

      You can't go wrong. It's only like $100 boots from CF card and has a LAN / wireless, audio etc. All you need. And it's size of box of 3.5" floppies.
      Do those little things have SB-compatible sound? If so, I'm sold.
      More commonly known as "Yushatak" - www.yushatak.com
      Focused on 486 and Pentium Machines
      I collect All-In-One PCs and Keyboard PCs, especially Compaq.

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        #33
        Seems my reply to this thread disappeared earlier for whatever reason, or never got submitted.

        I found a ton of these on eBay (around 100 or more), just thought I'd let you guys know in case anybody wants one. I made an offer one one myself.

        Oh and by coincidence I happen to be familiar with MediaGX (quite a bit) now, and can say that the PCs linked to above (The TS/TU stuff) should be SB-compatible, around 98% of games (Monster Bash is the only one I've come across so far, and it has FM just not Digital Sound). I'll likely get one sometime.
        More commonly known as "Yushatak" - www.yushatak.com
        Focused on 486 and Pentium Machines
        I collect All-In-One PCs and Keyboard PCs, especially Compaq.

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          #34
          Originally posted by Cloudschatze View Post

          340MB hard-drive, 12MB RAM (IIRC), 3.5" floppy, built-in video and NIC... not too shabby. Throw a soundcard into the single ISA slot, and you're good-to-go...

          I want one! I like the unusual little machines like this, and I think I could use it for something interesting.

          IBM 5160 - 360k, 1.44Mb Floppies, NEC V20, 8087-3, 45MB MFM Hard Drive, Vega 7 Graphics, IBM 5154 Monitor running MS-DOS 5.00
          IBM PCJr Model 48360 640kb RAM, NEC V20,, jrIDE Side Cart, 360kb Floppy drives running MS-DOS 5.00
          Evergreen Am5x86-133 64Mb Ram, 8gb HDD, SB16 in a modified ATX case running IBM PC-DOS 7.10

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            #35
            My offer of $38 was accepted on one from the batch of 'em that was listed for $75 obo.
            More commonly known as "Yushatak" - www.yushatak.com
            Focused on 486 and Pentium Machines
            I collect All-In-One PCs and Keyboard PCs, especially Compaq.

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              #36
              I found a ton of these on eBay (around 100 or more), just thought I'd let you guys know in case anybody wants one.
              Care to post a link? I've tried every search term I can think of and can't seem to find 'em.

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                #37
                Originally posted by Old Thrashbarg View Post
                Care to post a link? I've tried every search term I can think of and can't seem to find 'em.
                http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT <-- 486 model @$75obo
                http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT <-- 486 model @$100obo
                http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT <-- Later Case Design (I think) 486 model @$100obo

                I'd posted these in my original post that disappeared magically before. :P
                More commonly known as "Yushatak" - www.yushatak.com
                Focused on 486 and Pentium Machines
                I collect All-In-One PCs and Keyboard PCs, especially Compaq.

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                  #38
                  I think I might have to get one of those 4002 models when my paycheck comes in. Looks pretty sweet.

                  Just out of curiosity, is there any more information floating around about the specifics of the hardware... like what the system, video and NIC chipsets are, how much cache it has, stuff like that?

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                    #39
                    One of the people who owns one in this thread should be able to answer at least some of those questions - I'd like to know about the NIC/Video too. If they don't get to it I'll let you know once I get mine.
                    More commonly known as "Yushatak" - www.yushatak.com
                    Focused on 486 and Pentium Machines
                    I collect All-In-One PCs and Keyboard PCs, especially Compaq.

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                      #40
                      Originally posted by Raven View Post
                      One of the people who owns one in this thread should be able to answer at least some of those questions - I'd like to know about the NIC/Video too. If they don't get to it I'll let you know once I get mine.
                      Great find! I'm going to see how low he'll go if I buy 2.

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                        #41
                        The CWD5001-ZA, according to a thread I found googling the model number, has the following specs:

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                        unisys CWD5001-ZA (model No)
                        p166
                        32mb ram
                        1.4gb hd
                        int vid
                        int LAN
                        passive hsink
                        135w psu
                        floppy
                        ps2 mouse/ kboard
                        1 parallel
                        2 serial
                        1 serial lookin port for IRed
                        and it is beige
                        -------------------

                        It seems the eBay seller is just pasting generic specs for all the Unisys systems he's selling, so he's reusing the ones from the Cwd4002 model. Can anyone confirm that these are really P166's instead of 486's?

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                          #42
                          When I looked at them I assumed they were Pentium boxes, but I second guessed myself and looked close - it has an "Intel Inside" sticker, no specific processor listed. This typically means it's a 486, but the stickers for that are usually red or blue, so who knows. Anywho personally I was looking for a 486 anyway. If I'm gonna have a Pentium box it's gonna be huge and laden with Voodoo cards and the like - that's on the backburner though, due to lack of funds. Until then I'm setting up my huge full-height Socket 5 Artec as my Pentium box.
                          More commonly known as "Yushatak" - www.yushatak.com
                          Focused on 486 and Pentium Machines
                          I collect All-In-One PCs and Keyboard PCs, especially Compaq.

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                            #43
                            Originally posted by Raven View Post
                            When I looked at them I assumed they were Pentium boxes, but I second guessed myself and looked close - it has an "Intel Inside" sticker, no specific processor listed. This typically means it's a 486, but the stickers for that are usually red or blue, so who knows. Anywho personally I was looking for a 486 anyway. If I'm gonna have a Pentium box it's gonna be huge and laden with Voodoo cards and the like - that's on the backburner though, due to lack of funds. Until then I'm setting up my huge full-height Socket 5 Artec as my Pentium box.
                            I'm on the same boat... Looking for a compact 486. I really don't have much space these days.

                            Do you happen to know if Creative ever made an ISA Sound Blaster with an external SCSI connector? Would be nice to add a CDROM option, for some games of the "multimedia" era (such as Wing Commander III).

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                              #44
                              As far as I know, they did not (but I'm not an expert on that). However you have a few alternatives:

                              - Use this box for other things (lol, this is my plan. xD).
                              - Put a huge HDD in it and store the disk data and mounting software (SHSUCDX can do some stuff like that).
                              - Host the disk data on a network share and map drives to it when you're going to play a particular game.
                              - There are parallel ports on these, though, and parallel port CDROM drives aplenty (they aren't rare yet).

                              I'm not sure which of these might be too slow, but I'd imagine that expecting a 1x or 2x drive the software can't be tooooo picky about the speed.

                              I surprised myself with how many ways to do this I thought of.. I've been spending WAY too much time with DOS it seems... yay.
                              More commonly known as "Yushatak" - www.yushatak.com
                              Focused on 486 and Pentium Machines
                              I collect All-In-One PCs and Keyboard PCs, especially Compaq.

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                                #45
                                Originally posted by Raven View Post
                                As far as I know, they did not (but I'm not an expert on that). However you have a few alternatives:

                                - Use this box for other things (lol, this is my plan. xD).
                                - Put a huge HDD in it and store the disk data and mounting software (SHSUCDX can do some stuff like that).
                                - Host the disk data on a network share and map drives to it when you're going to play a particular game.
                                - There are parallel ports on these, though, and parallel port CDROM drives aplenty (they aren't rare yet).

                                I'm not sure which of these might be too slow, but I'd imagine that expecting a 1x or 2x drive the software can't be tooooo picky about the speed.
                                The parallel drive idea is enticing... Although, I'm not sure what would be the max speed on that. I remember most games that were worthwhile required 2x or 4x, so 300 ~ 600KB/s.

                                Mapping/mounting a network share emulating the original CD(s) might work, but some of these games had multiple CDs, so that might be tricky.

                                Where there's a will, there's a way... I will have my compact 486 with every feature needed to play any game that did not require a Pentium processor. You'll see.

                                (Then there's always the T6600C.........hehe)

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