Originally Posted by acheleg
those stickers on the front of the case came out nice! no usb headers on the mobo? pity...
ive never messed with 486-era hardware. my oldest build is socket 7. I actually had just bought a new copy of win 98 a few weeks before i caught on to this build log. Ive been testing lots of old hardware, socket 7, p II, P III, P4...
Moving up to PCI bus era socket 7 (especially ATX) was very nice at the time because you really only needed to invest in a graphics card and sound card. 486 you'll need controller cards, but one major perk IMO is that you don't need any motherboard drivers since they were just blank slates with a standard AT keyboard input.
Originally Posted by acheleg
ok, a little tip about exiting to dos from windows 98? i tried command at the run command, and edit isnt showing the contents of config.sys. im also trying to remember what to edit to limit it from seeing the entire 4 gb of ram id like to have installed for dual booting, but dos edit isnt working, am i not running dos the correct way, or is hiding the protected files? i also cant find dosshell.
I'm not sure I understand the question, are you trying to set it to always boot straight into MS-DOS mode? If so that's an easy edit in msdos.sys, open your command prompt (either by typing command in run, or start -> programs -> ms dos prompt.
type: cd C:\
make msdos.sys viewable and writable (it is a read only system file): attrib msdos.sys -r -a -s -h
attrib command explained here if you care)
(assuming your edit program is working, it should be, if not you can edit it with notepad, see below to make system files view-able in explorer)change BOOTGUI = 1 to BOOTGUI = 0
.. save and reboot. Now it will always start in real dos mode and you'll have to type win to get to windows... this is how mine is set up.
As for limiting the RAM I can't remember off hand, but it shouldn't be seeing 4GB. it should only be seeing 512MB regardless of what the system has installed unless you installed the unofficial SP3.
As for config.sys, that is a system file. Typically through windows you would run sysedit to tweak your system files.
Click start --> run --> type sysedit and hit ok. You'll get the following:
OR open my computer, go to C:\, hit "View" -> Folder Options -> View, look under advanced settings for the Hidden Files folder and change it to show all files or do not show hidden files (you want to see system files). You can then open your .sys files with notepad.
Originally Posted by Renairy
Very nice build actually, have you been doing any DOS gaming?
Picked up these babies not so long ago, been looking for Prince of Persia and Street Rod for over 6 years!Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
486 is oldschool, going to be a mission finding old accessories i think. Cant wait.
Ahhhh man you have a nice collection, I see the PS1 gems there too
. I haven't been doing too much gaming, I beat Robin Hood: Conquests of the longbow (takes me about 20 minutes since I've beaten it so many times in my life) and episode 1 of Duke Nukem 3D
. I've been spending most of my time programming, that's what I really built it for.
It's not too hard to find what you need for a 486, you just have to be patient and find the right parts for the right price because people love to charge ridiculous prices for their socket 3 gear. I paid $30 after shipping for that board + 5x86 which is a bit much, you can get full 486 rigs in goodwills for that price if you look hard enough. There are TONS of choices for ISA graphics, even VLB.. Plus the staple cards that tend to be a little pricey. Just be patient, the most expensive part by far if you can't find a local sale is going to be an AT case and power supply. The most annoying part is making sure your controller card + drives are working and diagnosing which one is not working Edited by Serious_Don - 4/29/17 at 9:26am