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Acquired a Gateway P5-133 for some Retro Gaming.

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+warwagon    13,954

Yesterday I acquired a Gateway p5 133. Boy does this computer bring back memories. I'm going to use it for some old school dos gaming. The computer came with 16 megs of memory which probably would have been ok, but I wanted to add more.

 

I was worried such an old machine might take a special type of memory that I might not have but nope, I had a box full of it! So I upgraded it to 64 megs.

 

When I went out to my shed, into my tub of REALLY old audio card, I came across an ESS ISA card. Turns out that is one of the best Sound Blaster clone cards. Installed it and it works great.

 

I also have an STB PCI graphics card which I’m not sure if it has any 3d graphics acceleration. I guess I'll find out when I install the drivers.

 

What should be arriving by the end of the week is a Compact Flash to PCI adapter. This will allow me to put in a compact flash card, into the back of the computer. It also allows me to remove it and plug it into a card reader so I can easily transfer files to and from the old computer, because that machine is a pain to take the case off.

 

While I wait for a CF card to IDE and the CF card, I just pull the hard drive out and hook it up to a spare workstation I have setup, then just boot in to a PE environment and transfer some files to the hard drive and connect it back to the gateway. I'm going to be using that for the time being until my compact flash card and reader arrives. I had originally thought about upgrading the CD drive and using CD-RW disks. I did find a brand new sealed RW disk that wasn't even opened but had some issues burning the disk. I have quite the collection of IDE and Sata CD/DVD drives to choose from.

 

Installed some dos games and they run great. Also installed Windows 95 tonight, and that 64 megs of ram really speeds things up.

 

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My Ram collection

 

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IDE / Sata CD / DVD / Collection

 

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Sata Cable Collection

 

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IDE Cable collection

 

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Power cord collection

 

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Floppy Drive Colleciton

 

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Video Card collection (At least would I could find laying around) 

There photos were taking with a cell phone 

 

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Really old Modems I found in my shed

 

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Mindovermaster    3,690

Wow... That's going waaay back...

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+warwagon    13,954

What's nice is having all the parts laying around to work on something that old.

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Mindovermaster    3,690
Posted (edited)

I used to have a whole bagful of SDRAM, but unsure where it went to...

 

I still have my bag of 15 network PCI cards. But driver support ended after Win 2k...

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Astra.Xtreme    2,971

The real question is whether you'll still enjoy those old games.

 

I revisited Rainbow Six Ravenshield a few years back and boy was I disappointed.  OG Oregon Trail would still probably be the bomb though.

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+warwagon    13,954
19 minutes ago, Astra.Xtreme said:

The real question is whether you'll still enjoy those old games.

 

I revisited Rainbow Six Ravenshield a few years back and boy was I disappointed.  OG Oregon Trail would still probably be the bomb though.

Ya, doom is pretty fun.

 

Christmas 2018 , we all loaded a version of OG Trail on dos box on all the laptops and everyone around the table was playing it. They had fun.

 

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Mindovermaster    3,690
22 minutes ago, warwagon said:

Christmas 2018 , we all loaded a version of OG Trail on dos box on all the laptops and everyone around the table was playing it. They had fun.

Who died? 🤣

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+warwagon    13,954

Got the Compact Flash to IDE adapter installed today. Now I just have to reinstall DOS again, then just copy over the files from the IDE hard drive I had already installed on the spinning hard drive. Yesterday I also installed Windows 95 .. that was a blast!

 

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jnelsoninjax    14,675

@warwagon any of your system have the 5 1/4 floppy drive still?

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+warwagon    13,954
2 hours ago, jnelsoninjax said:

@warwagon any of your system have the 5 1/4 floppy drive still?

That is one thing I have nothing of.

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