I had several spare parts from my previous PC projects in my possession and wanted to do something with it. So I decided to do my first PC case-mod with retro parts. The finished PC should be able to run DOS games like DOOM 1/2, Duke Nukem 3D and others.
These are the spare components I used:
To make the PC complete I ordered several parts from Amazon:
This is what I came up with:
The chest has several holes in the bottom as air inlets. The fan of the power supply blows out the hot air on the back.
I used the RJ45 coupling to get ethernet to the backside and soldered the PS/2 adapters for keyboard and mouse myself.
The display and the speakers get their power from the ATX supply so everything turns on when you hit that power switch…
On the software side I used FreeDOS as an operating system and made myself a game launcher menu using DJGPP and the GRX library. I was even able to find code to play samples with the SoundBlaster. A short video of the box booting into the menu and running doom is available here.
This was actually the second try on the launcher menu. I already implemented a version using FreeBASIC which worked fine on all my PCs and in DOSBox but failed to switch into graphics mode on the DoomBox. I tried to change the graphics board, but with no effect. Seems to be an issue with the mainboard itself as swapping out all the other components didn’t work either…
During the restauration of my old P200 I ran into some issues: the CMOS battery was run flat and the BIOS of the mainboard was to old to get a reasonable amount of HDD space detected. As I mentioned before I was planing to update the P200 with a MMX-CPU of the same speed, but I was not sure if the GA-586HX mainboard had the right revision to be able to do so.
Continue reading Dinosaur reloaded
I benchmarked both dinosaurs with dhrystone and whetstone found on Roy Longbottoms page.
Continue reading Some benchmarks
When working on my old Pentium 200 I bought an PCI-USB card at an eBay-shop called Goniema. When I discovered their non-eBay-shop and saw the selection of retro PC stuff and their prices I decided to build another retro-PC from the generation after the P200.
Continue reading Next generation dinosaur
Nearly 20 years ago (1997) I was able to afford my first self build PC from brand-new parts all bought by myself.
I wanted it to be something high-class, with recent components and build to last for some years (and especially to last for upcoming games).
Continue reading The resurrection of a dinosaur
This year started as “The year of PC gaming” for my collection. I already possessed an old Acer TravelMate 290 with WinXP which I bought around 2004/2005 and never sold. This came handy when I discovered that e.g. Star Wars EPISODE I Racer does not run with Windows 7 x64 anymore. Continue reading Retro notebook collection
In the past month I’ve worked on a little project I came up with in December: I wanted to build a game-cartridge for the Atari 2600 which is based on a SRAM and where the ROM-data is read from a SD-card. Continue reading Atari 2600 SRAM Cartridge
I came across the project of Hartmut Wendt and wanted to do something like this myself. Continue reading Mini arcade cabinet
Today I added some pages with some of my retro gaming hardware. Feel free to take a look. Continue reading Inventory online