Upgrades for CPU, hard-drive, ISA Card.

Ast / Advantage! adventure 4066...
December 19, 2011 at 09:39:40
Specs: Not Installed, Intel 486 DX-2 66Mhz Cyrix Model
How do I upgrade my old A.S.T. 486 and with what parts? What would it take to completely vamp it out to the maximum?
Hard-Drive--stock H.D.D. has 540MB--need to upgrade this to something larger in gigabytes,
Replace little 4X CD ROM to DVD R-W
Replace 486 Cyrix DX-2 66Mhz with built in-math co-processor for floating-point calculations used mostly in graphics. Is there a C.P.U. with a built-in math co-processor and running at 100Mhz or 133 MHz?
Replace RAM cards currently at 8MB each (two slots only and see only upgradeable to 16 MB each slot)? Can those two ram card slots have instead two 32 MB 72-pin RAM Cards?
Adding up to 68MB (with the 4MB Ram on board)?
Install 750 MB Iomega or other internal IDE 3.5 inch Zip Drive?

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#1
December 19, 2011 at 10:07:53
What is the purpose of this upgrade?

You probably can't increase the hard drive capacity. If memory serves me correctly the max drive size for that series is 528MB. Your 540 is probably not fully recognized as 540MB. Watch the screens when booting.

The RAM can't go beyond 32MB total.
You need a much faster processor to use a DVD burner.

The proposed upgrades are not feasible.


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#2
December 19, 2011 at 10:19:56
Why are you doing this? What do you hope to accomplish? Is it just for fun of the learning experience, or do you actually think you're going to create something "usable"?

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#3
December 19, 2011 at 11:57:51
It's junk, scrap it.

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#4
December 19, 2011 at 13:42:02
Amd had a 133 cpu for the 486 and it was 33x4 and overclocking was quite easy to 160(40 x 4) but it is still a 486 class cpu. There is simply no way to make this system run anything close to modern software and money spent on this would be a waste unless there is something a modern system cant do for you. I would not Junk or scrap it because 486 computers are going for over $100 on ebay. With your ram limit it looks like win 95 is your limit.

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#5
December 21, 2011 at 05:07:51
OMG man, old system...
upgrades for this machine is like buying a new pc.

computers are a second home
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#6
January 2, 2012 at 11:05:49
You can get a refurbished P4 3GHz for less than $100 at geeks.com.

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#7
January 2, 2012 at 15:38:30
Wiz: There is no way a P4 would work in that, it is pre-pentium. I believe the first Pentium was the 586. Let him retire it or sell it, it will never again be useful.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#8
January 2, 2012 at 16:06:34
"What would it take to completely vamp it out to the maximum?

As mentioned above, there's very little you can do to bring the machine up to "more modern-day" specs. And the price you'd pay to try or even to "max-out" the machine would likely be far greater than a more modern, decent used system (also as mentioned above). While relics can be fun to tinker with (I do that all the time), they get to be a money-pit once you start trying to go much beyond their original capabilities. See if Computer Geeks or PacificGeek doesn't have something for a hundred bucks or so that would much better suit your needs:

http://www.geeks.com/products.asp?c...

http://www.pacificgeek.com/showcate...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#9
March 27, 2012 at 20:10:09
Am enthused about replacing the hardrive with an effective controller card that I can use to connect newer, larger harddrives and am going to replace the ribbon cables for round wire cables. On my Xbox I have replaced the regular 40-wire, 40-pin grey ribbon cables with 40 pin, 80-wire ribbon cables that allowed it to achieve 30% faster load times. Round wire ables also allow for better air-flow and I have to flesh-out what I need for the old AST Advantage! Adenture 4066d that I've been working on and will be making some more progress on it soon.

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#10
March 28, 2012 at 04:59:28
Waste or time and money. It will never be more than a toy today. It will never be able to run modern software.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#11
March 28, 2012 at 08:42:05
You can go to Goodwill or Amvets & buy a much more modern system for about $5-10. Or you can sometimes find them for free on Craigslist (free items) or thru Freecycle or at the curb on trash day. No matter how much time/money/parts you throw into that old/outdated/slow 486 system, it will stay an old/outdated/slow 486 system. Which OS do you hope to run on it?

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