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Old 03-10-2014, 05:27 PM   #1
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Slackware 8.1 on a 386 laptop 6 Meg Ram :)

Up and running as a dual boot Win95/Slackware 600 Mb disk space 6 Mb ram connected to internet over serial cable @ 2400 bps. I'm making this post on the machine now from the Links browser.
Old 03-10-2014, 05:29 PM   #2
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That is some badass geek
Old 03-10-2014, 06:04 PM   #3
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Well, socket error when trying to upload an image from the old 386, so I'll do it from the iPhone
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Nice picture, this reminded of an user signature I've seen on Crunchbang forum

"I'd rather run Linux on a 6.5KHz machine through an ARM emulator than run Vista"
Old 03-10-2014, 08:30 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Radiotubes View Post
Well, socket error when trying to upload an image from the old 386, so I'll do it from the iPhone
That Iphone could emulate a dozen of your 386s if apple would allow emulators on it. :-)
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That is a very cool piece of retro kit
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Old 03-10-2014, 08:39 PM   #7
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I would have probably done Windows NT 4.0 rather than 95, but still... very very nice.
Old 03-10-2014, 09:35 PM   #8
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Very cool stuff.
Old 03-11-2014, 03:14 AM   #9
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love to collect old hardware. sadly i do not have any 386 machine now - i have my first pc motherboard - 286 12 mhz with 1 mb sipp.
also have 486dx66, and then - pentiumk 133, 166mmx, and 200mmx.
some time ago install win95osr2 on 200mmx - speed is fantastic.
much faster load and shutdown, than my core2duo 2.2 ghz with lot of ram, and nowadays linux.
sometimes i think, where we go?
cpu power and so on all times grow, but we do not need that fantastic power actually, most of time. ok, video / audio recoding, and so on is another deal, but simple OS, web browsing ( fcking webbrowser with 15 -30 open tabs on slack 14.1 eat about 30 - 50% of CPU! for what??? )...
good old days...
and i have my Gravis UltraSound PnP too! midi's, tracker music... demoscene....doom1, doom2, duke nukem 3d, warcraft 2,wing commander series, x-tension, elite...oh my god!
Old 03-11-2014, 06:35 AM   #10
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What a waste! The first computer I used worked pretty well with 96 times less RAM

PS before that, circa 1973 I also used an Olivetti Programma 101 at work. Programs were stored on plastic cards with magnetic coating.

As quoted by Wikipedia "About 10 Programma 101 were sold to NASA and used to plan the Apollo 11 landing on the moon."

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Old 03-11-2014, 07:36 AM   #11
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That's pretty cool. I've had to toss most of my retro gear just from lack of space. I did hold on to a Tandy 8088 that had DOS3 in ROM, a tiny daughterboard sound system, and the earliest IDE drive I've ever seen which was a huge clunker mounted on an ISA card (covered the next ISA slot), until just 2 years ago when I moved and it too, had to go.

The oldest unit I still have is also a laptop but it's a Sony P2-430 w/ a Seagate 7200 rpm 60G hdd, 256MB ram, multi-booting FreeDOS, OS/2 Warp4, and Slackware 12.2. It's actually still quite useful. By a considerable margin OS/2 is the fastest on it, but Slackware (naturally) the most "updateable" for browsers and such.


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