So like the title says I plan to see Just how bad the game runs on a really REALLY old computer.
Packard Bell Legend 12CD
Processor: 486DX 66mhz
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finally got the potato up and running with the 4th power supply! I got it booting but found that the cd rom and the floppy are not working :(. Floppy is probably a lost cause it just makes a terrible grinding sound when asked for data. I do have another one but I may not need to get it working unless I cannot get the cd rom to boot anything. Cdrom is not seen in the bios. Bios wont save any data even past resets so thats an issue. The bios battery was a small coin cell LiIO battery. Never seen one in a computer like this before only teh cr32’s. I would just add any coincell to it but I am unsure if the system is passing power back to it for a charge and adding a normal one would probably result in bad things. Anyway Ill see what I can get going. Will probaly have to load linux externally and then move it to this system…
Finally got Debian 2.1 installed on the system.
Found out that the 64mb of memory that I thought I had was not actually that much. It only has 32mb of extended with about 6mb onboard. :(.
There was a sticker on the memory on both chips that said 32 so i assumed they were 32mb dims. Yeah no it must have been some sorta kit that was 32 together.
Anyway I did get it installed but booting has been a problem… For some reason the fucker wont boot from the HDD and dos says the disk is not even there… SO I have to boot from floppy now which SUCKS hard.
Here is me installing from floppies ( not the most awesome method to be honest )