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untitled



Joined: 02 May 2006
Posts: 11
Location: Pheonix, Arizona

PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2006 4:51 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I recently picked up another 5150 to play around with it, and it came with an interesting surprise-
A 386/16 accelerator card with 1mb of memory which sat in an ISA slot and conntected via a ribbon cable to where the 8088 cpu would normally sit-
When I looked up the FCC id number, it came out to be manufactured by intel-
not in my entire life have I run accross such an odd thing - I've seen 186 and 286 accelerator cards in the past, but never a 386-

Any documentation on this oddball or a clue to what it is really called?

Also for some reason, my regular username (Cprossu) I cannot seem to register on this board- it gives me "Sorry, but this username has been disallowed."

any way I can get this name changed over so I don't have another name to keep track of in forums? (yeah I know how silly it sounds)
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T-R-A



Joined: 02 Oct 2004
Posts: 576
Location: Western NC

PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2006 7:53 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Intel Above-Board 386.

Actually it wasn't that uncommon of a board in its day. But info on it is scarce today.

Sorry, but a rash of spammers put a lot of potential user names on the "banned" list. We've only recently curbed the spammers, and still need to whittle down the blocked-username list. 386page.com is an example of what goes wrong with a phpbb board that isn't blocking names (Sorry, john, but you're over 850 members, with only 50 or so of them being "real")...
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wdegroot



Joined: 03 Feb 2006
Posts: 488
Location: pennsylvanai

PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2006 12:07 am Reply with quoteBack to top

a note on the intel 386 bpard ror the ibm pc/xt
there was a special edition of windows required.
may have been a variant on windows 3.0.
I have one of those boards somewhere.

in those days, few cared anything about windows.
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ryan



Joined: 19 Apr 2006
Posts: 261
Location: WisConSin

PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2006 8:20 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Quote:
a note on the intel 386 bpard ror the ibm pc/xt
there was a special edition of windows required.
may have been a variant on windows 3.0.
I have one of those boards somewhere.

in those days, few cared anything about windows.


Hmm, that explains a few problems I had. I remember trying to install windows 386 and having it only work in the base mode, I couldn't use virtual memory.
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wdegroot



Joined: 03 Feb 2006
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Location: pennsylvanai

PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2006 1:34 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

i am pretty good at recallingb old and obsolete stuff.
but seem to get puzzled trying to do very simple and modern stuff.
Oh i can use a microwave and stuff like that and can operate a car with a microprocessor.
and even a dvd player.
but try to ignore many newer things ( like xp and firewire)
I prefer old cameras and stuff that isn't even in the " modern photography 1983 buying guide" ( too new)
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untitled



Joined: 02 May 2006
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Location: Pheonix, Arizona

PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2006 5:09 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

thanks for clarifying that...

all I know is that it sure weirded me out seeing that thing....

as soon as I find where the heck my XT keyboards are I will get back to you on what the hdd contains....

where did I put those things?! Confused
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untitled



Joined: 02 May 2006
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Location: Pheonix, Arizona

PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2006 11:13 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

got the thing booted, from what I gathered, the beast I own is called in it's full name, a "Intel Inboard 386/PC" which has 1MB ram onboard and as one of you said, will only run a special brewed version of windows 3.0....

I have no intention of running that, since I don't have a copy, and it's a messed up OS anyway......

lets see, it came with Quicken5, a really old version of Norton Commander, Lotus 123, the Inboard driver files (Although not all of em, if anyone here has a file called iNBRDPC.sys, it would be very nice!), Q&A, a utility called LeMenu, an ancient version of laplink, First Choice, TurboTax ('93), and good ole dos 5, no games except gorilla.bas and nibbles.bas though...
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Erik



Joined: 28 Feb 2006
Posts: 117
Location: LI, NY

PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2006 3:33 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

wdegroot wrote:

I prefer old cameras and stuff that isn't even in the " modern photography 1983 buying guide" ( too new)


I have a whole slew of antique/vintage cameras if you want to buy some. It would be nice to get them to a home where they can be "treated right". (Instead of sitting in a box in the deepest reaches of my closet). Let me know if you're interested and I'll post some models I have.

About the 386 board though, that's pretty cool. Do you notice that much of a performance boost? I mean Win3.0 could run on an 8086 processor, with this "special brew" version could you run it in anything besides real mode? (aka useless mode Razz)
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untitled



Joined: 02 May 2006
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Location: Pheonix, Arizona

PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2006 4:29 am Reply with quoteBack to top

well, it does run dos proggies really fast,
it's just like having a 386/16 dos computer in most reguards...
also it's nice and speedy on free space calculations on the dir command Rolling Eyes
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IBM Portable PC



Joined: 23 Dec 2007
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Location: Melbourne, Australia

PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 11:45 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I've just bought one of these for my IBM Portable PC, however I am in need of the drivers, which include:

o INBRDPC.SYS provides features to let you get the
most from the Inboard 386/PC, such as extended
memory, changing speed with control keys, and
faster system and screen performance.

o ISTATPC.EXE displays the status of the
INBRDPC.SYS settings.

o ICACHE.COM stores data from the computer's hard
disk in Inboard 386/PC memory so disk reads are
faster.

o ILIM386.SYS turns extended memory into expanded
memory.

o ILIM386.COM displays the status of all the
memory in the computer, including on Inboard
386/PC.

o ISPEEDPC.EXE changes speed from the DOS prompt
or from a batch file.

o CHKCOP.EXE verifies that the optional 80387 math
coprocessor is installed correctly.

(From http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum/archive/index.php/t-3203.html)

Does anyone have the original disks or at least the above files?

Clem
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