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Offline Treah

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THE POTATO - CDDA on a 486DX
« on: July 21, 2017, 09:40:50 PM »
So like the title says I plan to see Just how bad the game runs on a really REALLY old computer.

System Specs
Packard Bell Legend 12CD
MODEL: A940-4X4A
Processor: 486DX 66mhz
RAM: 40MB
HDD: 540MB
Floppy: 1.44mb
CDROM: 12x
VIDEO: onboard
SOUND: External ISA Card  - Stickers on them were all packard bell but I removed them to find a AZtech and Crystal chips.




This started as a result of some discussion on the IRC channel as outlined below.
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10:34 < Dalenacio> Like, if someone's computer legitimately couldn't run CDDA, I'd ask what
                   farm they got their potato from because even a potato should be able to
                   run this.
10:34 < Treah> haha Dal challenge accepted
10:34 < Treah> ill post pics of the potato

I plan on posting pics for every step of the way. So far I have obtained the system and did some initial cleaning and tearing it apart. Next step will be to clean it more and see if i can get it to post.
« Last Edit: August 17, 2017, 05:54:15 AM by Treah »

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Re: THE POTATO - CDDA on a 486DX
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2017, 10:15:41 PM »
Be sure to not accidentally turn your potato into vodka. I have done that with this game once.

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Re: THE POTATO - CDDA on a 486DX
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2017, 06:03:54 AM »
What happened, Treah? Did you get it working? Did you give up and instead are now playing Little Big Adventure?

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Re: THE POTATO - CDDA on a 486DX
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2017, 11:31:11 AM »
A 486DX50 with 64 mb ram ? A computer with a processor like that would usually get ~8mb RAM at the time (~1994). And a 4x cd-rom.

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Re: THE POTATO - CDDA on a 486DX
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2017, 12:49:54 PM »
Well, the problem is cdda starts with more than 64M ram.


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Re: THE POTATO - CDDA on a 486DX
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2017, 12:40:33 AM »
Finally got the potato cleaned up and all washed now just waiting for it to dry. Cleaned up the power supply some so that it does not auto fry when I attempt to turn this thing on. Surprisingly this system was not that dirty on the inside and I only had to do some cleaning to the floppy and cdrom drive after disassembling them.




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Re: THE POTATO - CDDA on a 486DX
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2017, 12:42:20 AM »
Here is some more pics of cleaning it and it drying out. Also pics of the front and model tag.





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Re: THE POTATO - CDDA on a 486DX
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2017, 12:44:32 AM »
A 486DX50 with 64 mb ram ? A computer with a processor like that would usually get ~8mb RAM at the time (~1994). And a 4x cd-rom.

Yes you are correct this system had some upgrades over the years probably. However the main game when I checked on my linux system uses 10mb of resident memory. So I need to have at least that available to run the game after the OS and other things take up some too.


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Re: THE POTATO - CDDA on a 486DX
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2017, 12:57:17 AM »
Having fought with trying to get various old Linux distros to run well on a 486 a couple of years ago, I recommend giving Basic Linux a shot. It's slackware-based and worked nicely for me. Simple and fast, and very low ram requirements.

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Re: THE POTATO - CDDA on a 486DX
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2017, 04:05:20 AM »
Putting the POTATO back together.
Here are all the parts.


Here is the stuff for the power supply on this beast. Thats right a cool 150W :P




Here it is all nice and packed away.



And finally were ready to go.

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Re: THE POTATO - CDDA on a 486DX
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2017, 09:44:29 PM »
Well no power off the first power supply that I had for this but I was not worried as I have another. Tested the second one and it worked fine but then after moving the computer into the other room where it was going to be used it suddenly stopped working. I was able to get it to work a couple more times before it completely stopped. Seamed there was some type of loose connection as I was able to get it to work by tapping on it. However after removing it completely and going over the supply everywhere I was unable to find the fault...

Now I cant get it to power on at all. Good news however is when I did power it on with everything attached everything seamed to be working correctly got some post beeps and the drive spun up. So at this point I will either need to get a replacement supply ( they are about 30 bucks ) or I will need to go back over to the EX's house and pull a ATX one out of another system and buy a conversion kit.

Really wanted to get this working this weekend but I am all cut up at this point and frustrated at the system. I also cant afford the 30 bucks for the replacement right now for a computer I will probably not really use. So for now the project is stalled and will resume when I can get another supply and conversion kit.

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Re: THE POTATO - CDDA on a 486DX
« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2017, 10:38:33 PM »
First off, I'm dating myself here, but I started out on a 386 or a 486. Dayumn.

Secondly, it is clear that the OP has at least Electronics 4+ IRL.
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Re: THE POTATO - CDDA on a 486DX
« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2017, 10:29:21 AM »
First off, I'm dating myself here, but I started out on a 386 or a 486. Dayumn.

Secondly, it is clear that the OP has at least Electronics 4+ IRL.

Ah, back when floppy disks were actually floppy. I "THINK" I still have a copy of "The Savage Empire" on 5.25" disk around somewhere...

And Treah that's pretty epic what you're trying to do.
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Re: THE POTATO - CDDA on a 486DX
« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2017, 10:46:19 AM »
Well, you will make it.

When back then I had an 486 DX2-66, and I made it to have Quake 2 running on that machine on Win95. Though, with astonishing 10-20 frames per MINUTE on a GENOA 8500L SVGA graphics card.



It should work, good luck. :)

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Re: THE POTATO - CDDA on a 486DX
« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2017, 09:23:30 PM »
Small update on this project. I have ordered me a conversion cable from Amazon that will allow me to use a ATX power supply. I should get it by friday and will continue to try and get the potato working :).

So we will see. I can grab a old ATX supply from the ex today.