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Today I got a computer from the dumpster at the apartment complex where my friend lives. When I powered it up, I was amazed to see that it was the computer from their office! It has all sorts of information, like drivers license numbers, social security info, previous adresses, bank and credit info, all sorts of stuff. Its scary to know that this kind of thing happens all over the place.

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Opened it up...its got an OEM

Opened it up...its got an OEM Cyrix chip. Never seen one of those before...its also got some black slots about the length of PCI (a little shorter, and no notch...anyone know what that is? And I see some 16 bit slots with the brown ones coming off the end. What is this for?

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I used to have a Cyrix 486

I used to have a Cyrix 486 DX2 Computer with ISA and VESA?? (i think- cannot remember the exact name) slots. I remember the really long slot (VESA??) was used for the graphics card, and we had an ISA sound blaster card (which i still have to this day) for some weird reason.

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Yes! It is VESA. Actually the

Yes! It is VESA. Actually the vid card on this system is ISA, but I have a VESA card in another system of mine. I too have the original ISA soundblaster card- its amazing that this stuff used to be top-of-the-line.

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Old School

Ah, vesa, what goodness. I remember when I was in high school, a teacher gave me a giant box of computer goodies. Mostly 486 boards, and corresponding accessories. The high point was the 486 dx2 66 with vesa. It had a vesa trident card, a vesa ide card, and what I found odd, a vesa scsi card. Along with microchannel and EISA, it's one of the old forgotten buses.

I also had an IBM PS/2 model 57slc. That was some goodness there, microchannel, onboard scsi, and a 75mhz Cyrix 486slc2. My parents still have that somewhere. It had the ultrarare microchannel soundblaster card. I ran OS/2 warp 3.0 on it. Good times.

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This is slightly off topic, b

This is slightly off topic, but does anybody know of a way to look up cards/peripherals/etc by their FCC ID? A lot of the stuff in this system has no manufacturer info on it, but they all have their FCC numbers on them. Just wondering...

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FCC numbers

Hey,

Silly as it sounds, have you tried Google? I vaguely remember searching FCC numbers there. Also, try the FCC website.

Good luck.

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I have tried Google. I've bee

I have tried Google. I've been Googling since about 8 last night. Thats almost 12 stright hours of Googling haha. I wasn't aware that the FCC had a site though, I will be sure to check that out.

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A Cyrix?

OMG, throw that thing away! Cyrix are the crappiest POS's i have ever seen. I owned a Packard bell from that era that had one of those. I went through 7 CPU's under the RMA. And I finally got replacement for it. I never went back to Cyrix. I'm glad that Cyrix finally died out of the market.

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Re: Old School

iantm wrote:

It had a vesa trident card, a vesa ide card,

Ok Found the specs of my Parents second pc (First was an Amiga 500)...

Cyrix 486 DX2 80mhz
4mb Ram
540 MB Quantum Maveric IDE Hard Drive
Creative 1X CD Rom Drive
Floppy Drive
VESA Trident Graphics Card (According to the sales slip it was 128k)
VESA IDE Card
ISA Sound Blaster Card

Windows 3.1

My parents also bought a Canon BJC4000 Color printer @ AUD $800.

Total Cost (with monitor) AUD $3493

Pretty Big Bucks for 1995!

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Actually, I quite like it. It

Actually, I quite like it. Its pretty zippy under Dos 6.2 and Windows 3.1.
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(talking about the Cyrix system.)

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Re: Actually, I quite like it. It

themike wrote:

Actually, I quite like it. Its pretty zippy under Dos 6.2 and Windows 3.1.
EDIT:
(talking about the Cyrix system.)

Gah! As long as you can stand to live in DOS 6.2 and Windows 3.1, that is.

DOS is the one thing that made me first try a Mac back in the early '90's, and I've only looked back to laugh.

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FCC.GOV

There is a search on FCC.gov