Terry Stewart's (Tezza's) Classic Computer Collection

Generic 386DX-40

Boring beige box(Note: Click on the image for a larger view. I also describe this machine in a YouTube video)

The late 80s and 90s saw a proliferation of "boring beige boxes" which were ostensibly MS-DOS compatible machines using the standards set by the IBM-AT and successors like the PS/2.

Although this machine is not noteworthy as as an individual model, its class of machine certainly is. Armed with a 386 processor, 8MB of RAM and a 40 MB hard drive, 386 machines had enough grunt to usefully host that graphical interface which eventually moved all the PC Line into a fully-fledged GUI.

I speak of course of Windows 3.1.

This 8MB unit is in pristine condition, looking like the day it was assembled. The 386 DX-40 processor is the fastest of it's class and not that common.

I use it for playing some of those great old MS-DOS games such as Lemmings as shown in the picture. It's also useful as a straight DOS Box for testing MS-DOS programs.

These 386 machines of course were seen everywhere in the early 90s but they are now starting to become hard to find. That's why it now qualifies for membership in a vintage computing collection.

Update: This 386-DX40 found a new owner in September, 2021 and is no longer with me.

Want to know more about this micro? Google is your friend.

This page last edited 17th September, 2021

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