I remember using Intern€t Explor€r (version 5?) with this thing (sic) and to do that I had to connect the internal Winmodem to a tripolar phone plug with an RJ-45 to tripolar beige wire (this also happened with the next computer). Internet speed was around 32Kbps on average. No USBs, no WiFi, no Ethernet. Only a CD-ROM and a floppy disk drive which was the only medium I used at the time to move files. Infact I remember using floppy drives for school researches using Micro$oft Word as an editor.
It was not a gaming PC but I was able to play titles like Hard Truck: Road To Victory, Age Of Empires II or Flight Simulator 98 anyway.
Sadly, some years ago this PC refused to boot up. This happened more and more frequenly and I had no idea on what was going on. I gave up using it…
… until I decided to repair it and I noticed some corrosion on the RAM module. I found this post which suggests using a pencil eraser on the pins. It worked. When booting, the leds of the AT keyboard instead of blinking once, now blinked twice. So I connected the video card as well but nothing happened. I then connected a PC buzzer and found out that it was an AGP socket problem a.k.a. Video error, since the motherboard has an AWARD BIOS.
I tried another AGP video card with no luck. The AGP socket was probably just broken.
To be sure the system was working I tried a Windows 98 recovery boot floppy disk. I issued the
dir command and listened to the floppy drive making the usual noise.
Since it’s pretty useless as it is, and of course painly slow, I think it’s time to recycle the components…
What follows is a thorough inventory of the parts with some photos.
CRYSTAL CX4235-XQ3sound card
ATI HIS Rage IIcvideo card
DIMM32MTEC AL0457BYDIMM RAM. It has 4
M.tecmemory modules on the front.
MITSUMI MODEL D359M3floppy drive
Delta Electronics, Model OIP-CD440ACD-ROM drive
Seagate U8 Model ST38410AHDD
EXON COMPUTER SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY 230W. Model name should be
These connectors are placed on the back part of the chassis. They have the classic bracket form factor.
MODEL : K280Wwith the right foot/leg broken (looking at the keyboard from behind).
UltraScan 800HS Series MODEL: D825TM, with a nice integrated crack on the basement and a non functional horizontal line on the screen.