Hi Gang !\n\nHave found a few more PB's to add to the collection lately, but the most\nimportant one is an "Art Deco" desktop 486 machine.\n\nIt's a Packard Bell Legend 38CD Supreme. Originally came with 486 DX2/66 MHz\nCPU, 12 meg of ram ( 4 soldered on board ), 2X CD-ROM drive ( proprietary,\nworks with Galaxy Sound card ), sound card, modem, etc.\n\nIt's the 2- 5¼" and 2 - 3½" drive bay case. Good condition, but will need\nsome cleaning.\n\nSomeone had installed a NIC, and had left a 6.4 gig IDE drive just laying\ninside the case. Fortunately, it was packed in pretty well, and didn't hurt\nanything. Didn't have anything interesting on it, so I pulled it out.\n\nThis 486 board is the "450" version:\n\n[URL]http://www.uktsupport.co.uk/pb/mb/450.htm[/URL]\n\n..... and frankly is rather impressive. Has the PNP BIOS, and it natively\ntranslates the original 811 MB IDE HDD, so it might even recognize a 2 gig\ndrive. The 6.4 gig drive was recognized as a 528 meg drive, which is pretty\nnormal for an old 486. However, the 811 meg drive is not using a DDO, and\nthe BIOS is "seeing" it correctly using LBA. I'll do some more research\nsoon. Interesting.\n\nAccording to that site above, there was apparently a PCI version. Be nice to\nfind that ! I wonder if Ben knows if the PCI riser just slides in ? :-)\n( and would it work, by just flashing to the PCI BIOS ? )\n\nI have installed 32 meg of ram for a total of 36 meg, and slapped a DX4/100\nCPU in there. It's running Win95, and ALL of the drivers are installed\ncorrectly! Win95 actually runs pretty good. I can't get the thing to connect\nto my network, and I suspect the NIC to be the problem. I will probably\nthrow a 3Com in there.\n\nThe fact that this "Art Deco" version of an old Packard Bell with a 486\nexists re-convinces me that there is a tower version (probably) also. Which\nmeans that a Pentium 60/66Mhz must exist also. I KNEW that I remembered\nseeing these in stores brand new back in 94-96.\n\nI'll be doing some more testing of the 486 PB soon. I have backed up any\npossible thing I might need off of the hard drive, and will try installing a\ndifferent "clean" OS soon. Probably try installing a Pentium Overdrive also.\n\nI'll be looking for some cache chips to throw in there. I have bags of the\nthings, but must find some that are compatible ( without blowing the thing\nup ). Sadly, the cache must be dis-abled when using the POD.\n\nSince this NG appears to be on life support, I'll wait to see if any\ninterest in this project develops. I'll post some pics if anyone is\ninterested also.\n\nbobwatts\n\n\n-\-\nboBWatts®©\nEartH\nWatts Carburetion Service\nWhizzbang Computers\nOfficial collector of: transfat asian plastic junk trinkets !