Solved Is an ast 486sx/25 worth anything

April 14, 2013 at 15:30:10
Specs: Windows XP
I HAVE AN OLD AST 486SX/25 COMPUTER IN GOOD WORKING CONDITION WITH WINDOWS 3.1
DOES IT HAVE ANY VALUE OR SHOULD I JUST DISPOSE OF IT?

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#1
April 14, 2013 at 23:20:49
That was my first PC 20 years ago, and now it is worth nothing.

Nonetheless, if it's still in working order it would be a shame to scrap it. See if you can find a home for it, perhaps with someone who doesn't have a PC at all and just wants to learn the basics.


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#2
April 14, 2013 at 23:37:17
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You can check Ebay to see how much people are paying for them in the completed listings. Laptops from the era are mostly $50 or less, but desktops fetch more from my recent perusing.

In my opinion, the 486 is not yet a valued collectible. The hard-to-get stuff is much older and even then hobbyists are still able to get a lot of vintage material cheaply. However, this is always subject to what is known as vicissitude.

Projecting the trend for the value of vintage computers, the parts and peripherals is difficult. It is not the same as restoring an old bicycle or writing desk. It requires specialized knowledge that fewer and fewer people in the future will have low enthusiasm for - e.g. understanding DOS. However, it is not quite the same to parcel old computers as one would with vintage televison or radio, which vary greatly in their value to the few people who collect these devices.

What is important, is that of the X86 processor group fitted computers, the 486 is the easiest to set up and get working on the internet owing to the fact most can fit old ethernet cards for a broadband connection - this makes it sort of useful as well as fun. That said, it is text-based connectivity at best to be strived for - which is not as old-fashioned as many people think.

I would keep it if you can. As for hobbyist value - still marginal. General public value - near zero.


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#3
April 15, 2013 at 13:43:43
I agree with the above answers. Of little value but a shame to scrap it.

These old things can be a lot of fun playing with office applications, old games, applications that won't work on anything else, old ebooks in .txt or .pdf formats, general computing knowledge...

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#4
April 18, 2013 at 15:05:37
Worthless. You can't even use it as a gateway to a bunch of drives to make a NAS server.

Responsibly recycle it like it should have been done 10+years ago.

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#5
April 18, 2013 at 17:05:09
Only if you have some interest in Windows 3.1 (or DOS)...
If it has 16MB of RAM (24MB would be better) in it then you could give DSL a try:

http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/

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#6
April 27, 2013 at 13:38:58
Looking at some recent VCF posts there are indeed folk with an interest in older computers after 486s as they are becoming more scarce as time moves on.

Pop on over to VCF and place an ad in their for sale section http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcf...


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#7
May 8, 2013 at 01:10:41
I have a 486DX that has 8 MB RAM. I have Windows 95, that works ok. The office package (Word, Excel...) and Deepburner. It can burn CD & DVD -R -RW. I want to try to connect that computer to the Internet with a modem.

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#8
June 27, 2013 at 16:46:53
Re #7

If that is a question (and not an answer to the question raised on this thread) then please post it as a new topic in the appropriate forum.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#9
July 25, 2013 at 16:07:38
No it is worthless. Windows 3 or 95 will work on it but slow. You should be able to get a much better computer still for free. Get rid of it.

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#10
July 25, 2013 at 16:41:53
Montana7

As we've had nothing from the poster since April 14 it looks like he is no longer watching this thread.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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