Building a PC Test Bench from Spare Parts
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Building a PC Test Bench from Spare Parts

The purpose of this project is to build a solid test bench that can be reconfigured on the fly to hold just about any motherboard form factor from standard ATX to Baby AT with the single Keyboard DIN socket.

Bench testing a 486 from the Hardware Asylum Vault
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Bench testing a 486 from the Hardware Asylum Vault

Well, this 486 motherboard has a similar story. The board was part of a super cool Mini Tower computer that I acquired several months after selling off my existing 486 computer parts. I had already migrated to a Socket 5 based machine and really had no use for another 486 build but, I felt it would be a good platform for learning Linux and testing out some computer networking.

The Teardown of a Super Clean 486 from the early 90s
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The Teardown of a Super Clean 486 from the early 90s

The computer featured in this video falls into this category. This is a 486 33Mhz mid tower that was clearly a living computer having many upgrades installed over its lifetime. I tear into the build to find the hidden gems and try to figure out what it was used for.

Not all Teac FD-55FGR Floppy Drives are the same
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Not all Teac FD-55FGR Floppy Drives are the same

There is something synonymous between floppy drives and retro computing and while most of you may associate a floppy disk with a save icon they are still a key element in getting any Retro system running.

Vintage PC Shipping Fail - How not to ship computers
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Vintage PC Shipping Fail - How not to ship computers

This Vintage shipping fail is brought to you by why you should always pack items correctly. When I bought this PC the listing said it came with the original box. Which is not liberty to "ship" it in the original box.

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  • Building a PC Test Bench from Spare Parts

    Published: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - Modding Building a PC Test Bench from Spare Parts

    The purpose of this project is to build a solid test bench that can be reconfigured on the fly to hold just about any motherboard form factor from standard ATX to Baby AT with the single Keyboard DIN socket.

  • Bench testing a 486 from the Hardware Asylum Vault

    Published: Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - Asylum Vault Bench testing a 486 from the Hardware Asylum Vault

    Well, this 486 motherboard has a similar story. The board was part of a super cool Mini Tower computer that I acquired several months after selling off my existing 486 computer parts. I had already migrated to a Socket 5 based machine and really had no use for another 486 build but, I felt it would be a good platform for learning Linux and testing out some computer networking.

  • The Teardown of a Super Clean 486 from the early 90s

    Published: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - Retro The Teardown of a Super Clean 486 from the early 90s

    The computer featured in this video falls into this category. This is a 486 33Mhz mid tower that was clearly a living computer having many upgrades installed over its lifetime. I tear into the build to find the hidden gems and try to figure out what it was used for.

  • Not all Teac FD-55FGR Floppy Drives are the same

    Published: Monday, May 24, 2021 - Retro Not all Teac FD-55FGR Floppy Drives are the same

    There is something synonymous between floppy drives and retro computing and while most of you may associate a floppy disk with a save icon they are still a key element in getting any Retro system running.

  • Vintage PC Shipping Fail - How not to ship computers

    Published: Sunday, May 16, 2021 - Retro Vintage PC Shipping Fail - How not to ship computers

    This Vintage shipping fail is brought to you by why you should always pack items correctly. When I bought this PC the listing said it came with the original box. Which is not liberty to "ship" it in the original box.

  • Barrel Battery Upgrade on a Retro 486 Motherboard

    Published: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - Retro Barrel Battery Upgrade on a Retro 486 Motherboard

    For those of us wanting to mess around with old hardware it is important to check your hardware for issues including old barrel style batteries. I picked up this board on eBay and while the battery didn't explode or damage the board it had started to leak. With a soldering iron it is pretty easy to fix.