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RonV

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    Finding 486 machines, machine parts: I mostly run DOS 3.1
    « on: September 06, 2019, 05:29:30 PM »
    Looking for 486 machine(s) that work OK, (and/or parts, 3.5 floppy drives, etc.
    I run some original software that I really enjoy which I got back when 486 machines were the latest machines available. 
    The programs I run were written for DOS 3.1, and they run great on that OS.
    My original machine is a Vector, though I think any 486 will work if I can load Window 3.1.

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    Re: Finding 486 machines, machine parts: I mostly run DOS 3.1
    « Reply #1 on: September 10, 2019, 01:20:38 PM »
    Ebay is probably your best bet for old computers like that however depending on how well the computer and components were stored they may be good or they might be unreliable. Buy from a source that had good feedback and a return policy if there are any problems.

    I use to get these for free each year at a computer recycle "Earth Day" event that a local computer shop use to hold. I knew the people who worked there and they allowed me to pick out anything I wanted for free, so it was a great opportunity to grab an old computer for free or newer ones that were dead of which they might just need a power supply etc. As well as good modern guts to stuff into a healthy motherboard and build a new computer cheap.

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    Re: Finding 486 machines, machine parts: I mostly run DOS 3.1
    « Reply #2 on: September 10, 2019, 09:57:58 PM »
    If price is an issue, it is too late.

    A 486 machine in good condition will cost more than a refurbished Pentium  PC with a warranty. Check it out, eBay has a  lot of certified Pentium computers  very few old 486 working  PCs.

    Some have worked  out a way to slow down the newer PCs to run old DOS games at the near original speed. Really  :o
    https://support.gog.com/hc/en-us/articles/213039445-Game-speed-issues-too-fast-too-slow-uneven-speed-

    https://www.howtogeek.com/171945/why-do-old-game-run-way-too-fast-on-modern-computers/

    Making a PC run slower is not as easy as you might imagine.  :||