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Market Analysis

Terry Yager

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Is it just me, or have there been a helluvalot of '486 & low-end Pentiums selling for ridiculous prices on eBay lately?
Is this trend just a temporary fluke, or should I begin building up these old systems again instead of junking them?

--T
 
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chuckcmagee

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They hype em up as "dos game machines". I'm clueless also. I clearly remember the agony of trying to get my 486/33 fired up after sitting idle for years. I had totally forgotten how SLOW it was. When I was heavily into playing "mod" files, it could just barely keep up if I was using win 3.1. Getting "The 7th Guest" working correctly took days and days.
 

Terry Yager

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They hype em up as "dos game machines". I'm clueless also. I clearly remember the agony of trying to get my 486/33 fired up after sitting idle for years. I had totally forgotten how SLOW it was. When I was heavily into playing "mod" files, it could just barely keep up if I was using win 3.1. Getting "The 7th Guest" working correctly took days and days.

Yeah, that's pretty much the way I remember it too. So wazzup, are there a buncha kiddiez out there who wanna experience retro-gaming, or what?

--T
 

Unknown_K

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Retro gaming is big, will probably beomes bigger too. While I have retro gaming machines, none of them are 486 based (tandy 1000, 386/40 and p200mmx for DOS), I use my (3) 486 for messing with OS and doing Windows 3.1 programming (when I get around to it). I also collect VLB and EISA cards and need machines to put my ISA capture cards into.

Anyway yes, I have seen complete system "setup" for DOS gaming go for $100+ sometimes, but that is because they are hard to find these days outside of ebay and the landfill. I don't know anybody who has a saved 486 anymore, p2's are throwaway and more usefull so why would you keep a 486?

Its not just any 486 box either, you tend to see them with both 1.44 and 1.2MB drives, a decent soundcard, and a VLB video card, plus a cdrom and a few shareware games loaded. From the buyers point of view coming up with all the parts configuring them (jumpers suck), and getting them shipped is more of a pain and costs more then just buying the box all setup and ready to go.
 

carlsson

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But was the 386/486 in the early days of VGA and SoundBlaster really such a gaming platform? I remember big adventure and role playing games which often appeared on the PC platform, but gaming in general?
 

Unknown_K

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Gaming sucked on the PC (compared to C64, Amiga, ST, etc) up untill the 386, Soundblaster 16 or gravis ultrasound, and VGA came along. so 386/486 era machines were the big start of the PC gaming era.

It was a combination of the above items that got things going, plus PC specific games that the other platforms did not have (Wolfenstein 3d/DOOM as an example). Also prices started coming down and home penetration skyrocketed by the time the 486 was around so there was alot of money in the market.
 

dongfeng

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I sold one of my spare 486's (a DX2-66) a few months back for £35. It got gutted and rebuilt into the case of a £1.5 million laser cutting machine as the original computer (which used custom I/O EISA cards) died :)

I've just picked up a rather interesting 486 mainboard that has PCI, ISA and VESA slots.
 

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The PCI/ISA/VLB boards were buggy, I have one as a spare. You can get PCI/ISA 486 motherboards, they tend to be the last made and support overclocking the AMD 133Mhz version to 160.

I have a few 486/VLB motherboards (2 in use) and a 486 EISA in use (nice made in the USA high quality motherboard but needed a RTC click replaced before it would boot).

You can still find 486 motherboards if you look around, but they are not mainstream like they used to be.
 

dongfeng

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I have two identical MSI boards with PCI and ISA slots. One of them hangs on boot, the other one doesn't work with floppy. The other ISA/EISA board I have keeps locking up randomly (might be the memory, it has 4 4MB 30 pin SIMMS). Working 486 boards are getting harder and harder to find!!!

I have the PCI/ISA/VESA board with a DX4-100, 16MB and 800MB hard drive, it works a treat :)
 
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