Solved Very Rare AST Computer, need AST Windows 98 Resource CD!

October 3, 2014 at 12:22:30
Specs: Windows 98, Pentium 3 450MHZ/ 64 MB
I found an AST Bravo 219 dated back in Mid 1999 at a friends house. They were moving and decided to give the old PC to me. I regarded it as one of those common computers and I wanted to reformat Windows 98, but before that I went on the internet to see this model's specs and original equipment, but only could find these sites. It seems like the owner of Packard Bell took over this company in 1999 from Samsung and the company was known as AST Computers LLC. I also found out that these computers came with an a CD known as an AST Resource CD. I went to web archive and went to the old AST Website and found the right Resource CD B01, because my serial number of the AST ends in A11. I want to know if any one has ANY AST RESOURCE CD for Windows 98 and if anyone had a machine like this. If you need Pictures, please inbox me.

Links:
http://web.archive.org/web/20010626...

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/AST+U...


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October 6, 2014 at 08:38:04
If you can't find the exact specs, open the case, identify the hardware that requires drivers (chipset, video, audio, network, etc), then search for & download the compatible drivers in advance. Then wipe the HDD & install Win98 from scratch.

There are a LOT of different AST Bravos & I'm having a hard time finding one with a P3. Are the specs you listed (Windows 98, Pentium 3 450MHZ/ 64 MB) for the AST or something else? This is the closest thing I could find:

http://www.computer-specifications....

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October 6, 2014 at 12:16:52
Ok, the Model is and AST Bravo 219, there is a parts store link to it. Here is a link to a similar full tower Celeron 433MHZ model around the same time frame these computers were made: http://www.qvc.com/AST-Intel-Celero...

My full specs are: AST Bravo 219 Windows 98, Pentium 3 450MHZ, 64MB RAM, V.90 56K Modem, 8.4GB HDD.

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October 8, 2014 at 11:48:47
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I couldn't find any useful info about the 219, so your best bet is to do what I suggested in my other response:

"open the case, identify the hardware that requires drivers (chipset, video, audio, network, etc), then search for & download the compatible drivers".

Are you capable of doing that? All you need to do is get the model numbers off the chipsets & do a search. Here's a few examples:

Realtek network chip: http://www.legitreviews.com/images/...

So you would put "RTL8110SC drivers" into Google & come up with this: http://www.realtek.com/downloads/do...

Intel 810 chipset: http://xn-www-sd4eq5d.vgamuseum.inf...

Google "Intel 810" drivers: http://www.intel.com/design/softwar...

Whenever possible, get the drivers from the chip manufacturer's website rather than a 3rd party site.


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