Got the PC General 486 at sparrows fart this morning. Popped off to work for a hard days yakka, came home had dinner, after which I connected the beasty up. Confirmed the fdd wasn't doing what it should so swapped it for another and all's good to the floppy department. When I pulled the old one I noticed a "rattle" so took the top cover off to find a small, well 2cm by 1.5cm by 2mm thick peice of plastic. Looks like a tab off something. Tested the old fdd and it's reading disks again. I won't refit it though. It has a DS0/DS1 jumper so can be used on other systems that require one or the other.
Next was the cdrom. It wasn't showing up in explorer. It's running Windows 95b. Easy fix-just run add new hardware and it's there. Tested it out with a MS Home Musical Instrument cd.
Bit of a let down really. I was expecting a bit more of a battle. Turns out the hdd is 240mb item. Reading the documentation the original owner was contemplating a 386sx40 machine but changed their mind, getting a 486dlc33 instead and later upgraded that to a 486dx2, which I haven't positively I'D yet. No indication from looking on the top of the cpu which is covered by an unmarked heatsink. No tweeking had been done in the bios and there was a noticable speed improvement with both level 1 and 2 cache enabled. A bit more fiddling to do but that can wait for another day. It does have two vesa lb slots and I do have a vesa lb video card and multi i/o card doing nought.
Last edited by caluser2000
on Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:00 pm, edited 1 time in total.
The Acorn never falls far from the tree.. x86 GUI whore.