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Thrift Store Old Computer Parts Pickup ID Help :)


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#1 iKokomo

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Posted 16 August 2016 - 02:16 PM

I was at a thrift store and I saw these neat looking older, vintage PC parts. I paid less than $4 USD for these parts. One is a motherboard with an unknown Pentium chip in it. There also is 256K of Ram. The other two I am not sure what they are. Please help me ID! :) 

 
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Posted 16 August 2016 - 05:15 PM

Your processor:

http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Pentium/Intel-Pentium%20166%20-%20A80502166.html

 

motherboard: unknown. It says Compaq (no longer in existence) but I can't remember now if Compaq made their own mobos or farmed out to jobbers.

Most likely this is befpre the Pent 386 or 486 era computers, but after the old AT and XT computers were current. 1980's.

I will tell you this is came from a DOS machine, and unless you are willing to learn archaic DOS commands and try to find ancient programs to run on it, it is useless for anything.


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Posted 16 August 2016 - 06:58 PM

motherboard: unknown. It says Compaq (no longer in existence) but I can't remember now if Compaq made their own mobos or farmed out to jobbers.

Most likely this is befpre the Pent 386 or 486 era computers, but after the old AT and XT computers were current. 1980's.

I will tell you this is came from a DOS machine, and unless you are willing to learn archaic DOS commands and try to find ancient programs to run on it, it is useless for anything.

The ROMs and RAM are definitely from the 1980s, but the Compaq hardware is from around 1996.

 

That is a Pentium (socket 7) motherboard. It is a weird form factor, and it will probably require the original Compaq case and power supply. The smaller board in the motherboard picture is the L2 cache. It could be upgraded back then. Later, it was soldered to the motherboard and eventually integrated into the CPU.

 

The PCI card is an early PowerVR 3D accelerator. It only handled 3D graphics, so a normal video card was required for everything else. The motherboard, CPU, and this card may have come from the same computer.



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Posted 23 August 2016 - 08:04 PM

Under the Compaq logo is a ID. Google that and see what you get.

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Posted 25 August 2016 - 11:21 PM

Compaq made a huge line of printers too.  The first photo looks like the interface card from an early model.  Note the serial and parallel port on the left.  The rest are pretty early with the original Pentium CPU, probably ran at 133 MHZ.






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