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$10 386/486 (Cyrix Cx486DLC installed + math co-processor) adventures

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  • Anonymous Coward
    Originally posted by retro-pc_user View Post
    The math co-processor is a CHiPs 387 and the CPU is a Cyrix Cx486DLC-33GP. Battery damage is minimal, so that'll be an easy cleanup and the innards, minus the battery are really clean.
    You got a fairly rare math coprocessor. C&T wasn't very popular because it was short lived.

    If you want to play speed sensitive games, DLC might not be the best choice. Maybe a standard 386-33 would be better.

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  • retro-pc_user
    The math co-processor is a CHiPs 387 and the CPU is a Cyrix Cx486DLC-33GP. Battery damage is minimal, so that'll be an easy cleanup and the innards, minus the battery are really clean.

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  • $10 386/486 (Cyrix Cx486DLC installed + math co-processor) adventures

    Bought me another computer and this time a 386 system. It currently has a 1.44MB 3.5" FDD, 1.2MB 5.25" FDD, and some size IDE HDD installed along with a generic (possibly a WinBond chip) ISA I/O controller card and some VGA video card.

    Specs of the system:
    Unknown motherboard (will look for any markings to identify the board later on)
    Cyrix Cx486DLC CPU (either 33GP or 40GP)
    Math Co-Processor (might be a Cyrix Cx487DLC, will get a better photo)
    Board has 2 EISA slots, 5 ISA slots, has cache chips populated, 4 sticks of SIMM-30 installed, and a bad clock battery (will do a swap and check for any damage and if there's minimal damage, it'll be easy to fix and do a CR2032 battery swap, but I'll follow traces to install a diode to prevent the charging circuitry from blowing the battery up)

    The system itself was only $10 at a consignment shop close by, which $10 for a 386/486 system is actually a great price (better than eBay prices).

    Going to let the system set out for a while and do some more with it. My plans are to use it as a gaming system with 3 sound cards, plus a CD-ROM drive (proprietary one) to use it as a multimedia system and to play games that are overly speed sensitive for certain MIDI modules and games that were meant for 80386 machines. The Cyrix CPU is a 386 chip (PGA-132 LIF) with 486 instruction sets and 1KB cache.

    Stay tuned for further updates, adventures, and computer lab setup for my older systems.