Carcenomy wrote:Wow... ten years ago I never thought I'd hear someone use the term 'desirable' and '386SX' in one sentence... how times change! I always thought people desired 386DXs anyway
SpidersWeb wrote:Turns out it actually is a PC Direct 386DX anywho but he wont separate or send
recycled wrote:Back in the day, I had a Compaq 386sx system. It was truly horrible, in only the way Compaq could have managed. Proprietary memory, diabolic layout, 'disc spaces' needed Compaq branded drive slides to fit anything
recycled wrote:Even ten years ago, a 386 of any class was considered a vintage box! (The pentium had arrived in '93) If I had known they would have vanished so quickly from the scene I would still have admitted, however foolish it sounded, that I would give house space to an SX!
Back in the day, I had a Compaq 386sx system. It was truly horrible, in only the way Compaq could have managed. Proprietary memory, diabolic layout, 'disc spaces' needed Compaq branded drive slides to fit anything - see my current Compaq Prosignia 300 system as another example! Poor BIOS (which was barely configurable with the Compaq diagnostics) and none of the user selectable drive shapes forcing you to use really ugly old small hard drives - (System had an IDE HDD cotroller built in, no MFM, but yeah, finding an IDE drive that matched one of the old MFM CHS patterns was so much fun, 33MB of a 40MB HDD. money well spent). So if anybody was going to say I'd like another 386sx I might have hit them. Eventually, I got a wonderful no-name motherboard. Used standard SIMMs, no controller on board, and I think it may have had the exemplary Award BIOS. It was only 25MHz, and I quickly sold it as a 386 had become just a toy - clock doubled and tripled 486 or pentium for everybody!
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